Band Bio

Anuryzm started out as a college band in Lebanon, in 2003. Within a year, the band performed at college festivals,wrote original songs, and garnered a modest following. Soon after, founder & lead guitarist John Bakhos moved overseas; briefly revisiting every now and then to play with the band. Sadly, this did not last and Anuryzm went on a hiatus after news of the passing of rhythm guitarist Bernard Moussali in late 2005.

In 2007, Anuryzm made its comeback after John moved to Toronto, in Canada, with an improved repertoire of songs and with new band members. They performed extensively in and around the area, gained a new following, and soon began recording the long awaited debut album. But in 2009, John took an important decision to return to his childhood city of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and stumbled onto a unique opportunity to work with renowned drummer Martin Lopez (Soen, ex-Opeth) to finally record the debut album.

In 2010, as Martin was recording drums in Sweden, John reconnected with an old friend, Nadeem Bibby, to invite him to handle vocal duties for the album. Soon after, bassist Rami Lakkis and guest synth player Uri Dijk (Textures) joined the ranks to complete the line-up. And the long-awaited debut album ‘Worm’s Eye View’ was released through Melodic Revolution Records in the autumn of 2011, receiving critical acclaim. Anxious to perform in front of live audiences, the band invited synth player Jay Jahed and other sessionists into the line-up. This phase saw Anuryzm on many live stages, performing in local bars, festivals, and arenas supporting prominent acts such as Avenged Sevenfold, Yngwie Malmsteen, Scorpions, Nightwish, Epica, Dark Tranquillity, Myrath, and others.

By 2014, Anuryzm established itself as a prominent force for progressive metal in the region and this feat would not go unnoticed. The band was invited by the legendary Black Sabbath to perform at the iconic Du Arena, in Abu Dhabi, for a one-off event. Also, later that year, Anuryzm was invited to Turkey to perform at a festival headlined by Orphaned Land. After completing those shows, the band returned home to the studio to write up the next album, and sought help from guest musicians Michael Lepond (Symphony X), Uri Dijk, Charlie Zeleny, and composer Christopher Chaplin. And by the summer of 2015, ‘All Is Not for All’ was released through Melodic Revolution Records to positive reviews. Capitalizing on the new album’s momentum, the band decided to showcase their new music in Europe. As a result, the ‘Awakening the Humanoids’ tour took place across cities in Germany, Holland, and Belgium in 2016.

By 2017, the band’s second record cycle was nearing its end. Opting to perform only at select events, Anuryzm made a few appearances at festivals in Lebanon and Romania, as well as a unique showcase event with Sceptic Flesh in Dubai. And by the end of 2018, the band went into hibernation to write new material for their next album. The process was slow-paced forcing John, Jay, and Nadeem to let go of the other band members and seek fresh talent. They invited Simen Sandnes on drums, and former friend & band-mate Rami Lakkis back on bass to accomplish the task. And with a new line-up in place, Anuryzm pushed ahead to begin writing and recording the follow-up to ‘All Is Not for

By mid-2019, the band hit a setback after long-time vocalist Nadeem Bibby parted ways with Anuryzm due to artistic differences. And after an exhaustive search to find a new vocalist, John and Jay eventually turned to Will Patterson, an Anuryzm-alumnus from John’s days in Toronto, and invited him on board to handle all vocal duties. Today, Anuryzm is back on track to work on its much-anticipated third record, slated for release in late 2021.

Band Members

John Bakhos


Jay Jahed


Will Patterson


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