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Before Lagrima I had another band named "Enormity", we mostly played covers for Metallica, Sepultura, Death.
Even I composed two albums in that band but nothing was actually recorded, that band project was put aside because of
the big musical difference between the band members. After that I started working on a new band project around 2000 - 2001,
with new songs and new style of composing. That's when I started working on "Hannibal Ad Portas" and at the same time looking
for band members which was completed in 2003, but after 3 month or so, the band started having member changing which was
a big step back for the band.We first changed the drummer, and it's really hard to get a really good drummer in Lebanon.
Then we finally got a great drummer Bader Abdennabi after trying 3 or 4 and during that time we changed our bassist, also couple of
times, until we found a real good bassist (he is now the lead guitarist of the Lebanese band 'Innerguilt"). Also we had
at that time a lead guitar player (after having couple of other lead guitarists). Problems started again (talking here around 2005),
for every one wanted to orient the band to a different direction and even to turn the band into a cover band. The final result was
that I broke the band up turning it into a one man band (during this time I was composing the second album of the band) and asking
the help of our lead guitar player, Hany AL-Hassan, to add some solos to the songs and introducing me at that time to his friend,
Bilal Al-Aghar, to do the vocal works on the songs and he agreed.Recording started at that time on the guitars and drums
(there are earlier recordings of the album done in crappy ways actually) and Bilal would join me later to record the vocals
while Hanny didn't record the lead parts for the songs (for personal reasons), even Bilal at that time didn't record any vocals
(the reason was the lousy acoustics in the room in which we were recording) - during that time (2005 - 2006 ) was composing music
for the third album for the band.In 2006 or 2007 I was introduced to another vocalist, Nabil Raad, who actually recorded the whole
vocals lines of the albums except for "Death of the Father ... Saguntum" which was left without any vocals. Another year or two would
pass until I decided to call Bilal again in 2009 since I liked the way he re-arranged the way the lyrics are sung and he accepted and
I re-recorded the album another time with a better quality ( and re-recorded it again in 2011 - which is the current released version ).
The whole album was home recorded, for the vocals we used a very cheap microphone. For the guitars, I used an amt SS-20 tube pre-amp
with an eq pedal. The bass is recorded with Line 6 UX1, and finally the drumming is done with software (During that time starting 2010 till 2012,
me and Bilal worked on two full albums, and currently starting to work on another). We tried to find a label to release the album,
but we couldn't find one ... Until this year, we decided to freely release the album on the net for it has been sitting in our drawer for a long time ...
It took me a long time but many circumstances prevented me from making a release especially the recording quality and finding members to record.
Currently we are recording a new album that would be entitled "Gilgamesh (Quest for Immortality)" based on the Epic of Gilgamesh, the album should be released
in early 2015.