Al-Namrood - Kitab Al Awthan - Reviewed By Full Metal Mayhem ! Check it out here at this link: https://lorenzvangore.wixsite.com/fullmetalmayhem/post/al-namrood-mit-kitab-al-awthan
Release date: The album originally came out on January 20, 2012, but first released on vinyl on July 21, 2021
Other releases of the band: It is their third album of seven, in addition they have released four singles, two EP's and splits each and a compilation.
How did I get to know the band: They were somehow always somehow on the edge of my haze circle, but last year the Metal Devastation Radio offered me to discuss their current album. I struck immediately and now comes the re-release of their third album.
How do I find the disc: The class was already nine years ago and I still wonder why I didn't investigate more closely back then. But enough of that, let's listen to it:
MIRATH AL SHAR opens with a dark keyboard that somehow sounds like strings. In addition, some noises and an impressive intro is ready.
MIN TRAB AL JAHEL really gets going. Again, the production is not outstanding, but you can recognize its oriental roots and the music is really fun for me. Nasty mid-tempo black metal Arabic accents. As with the rest of the album, I can't say anything about the lyrics, but the vocals speak for themselves: A deep, but hoarse growl that sounds like a desert demon. Even with their previous singer, the Arabs could really tear something.
HAYAT AL KHLOOD takes the tempo back a bit, but sounds all the heavier. Here they even managed to pack in a certain groove. Really great and the track is already one of my favorites.
ASHAB AL AIKA surprises me, just like any other song of theirs, because they manage to create a perfect symbiosis of oriental melodies and nasty black metal. This surprise remains even with repeated listening. Some western folk/pagan/viking black metal bands can cut a huge slice.
AL QAUM, HAKREM AL HUROOB remains true to the mid-tempo at first, conjuring up images of dark rites and the desert. Later, the gas is really stepped on here and tears the listener relentlessly along.
KIRAM AL MATAIA continues the high tempo and leaves the heavyness of his predecessors behind, in favor of more hardness and shenanims with the keyboard. Just great, what the three deliver there.
EZ AL MULOOK We slow down again but the track stomps inexorably through my ear canals to my brain to settle there. Another entry on my favorites list. Here they have found a great mixture of hardness and heavyness and seasoned with Arabic influences.
At BANI LA'EM, the pace is reduced a bit. A little breather and also the weakest song, or rather the least strong one, because even I like it better than the strongest track of other albums.
WA MA KAN LIL SUFHA' ENTISAR finishes the album and could well serve as a soundtrack for a movie. Like the intro, the outro is instrumental and blends organically with the rest of the album.
Conclusion: I should really listen to the complete works of the band. So far, since my review of their last year's album, something has always come between me. This time it will be different, because they have already convinced me with two albums. If you want to listen to black metal with oriental borrowings, you should definitely listen to it: - Full Metal Mayhem
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Originally released in 2012 by Al-Namrood, this album is now coming out for the first time on vinyl on July 21 2021 in its original sound. The vinyl will be limited to 300 with 200 being black and 100 being splatter orange/black.
That (Black) Metal has found its way into the most remote places in the world is nothing new. Saudi Arabia, however, is still a specialty, after all, it is certainly no picnic to produce such music in an Islamic state of God. Nonetheless, curious and open-minded listeners of extreme musical styles should risk an ear, because AL-NAMROOD is definitely well thought-out - Metal.de
Offers a lot more than Black Metal with a few oriental sprinkles. Here, too, the black art is coherently interwoven with Arabic rhythms and melodies, creating a very unique sound from which the Norwegian roots rarely emerge. The mixture turns out to be extremely catchy and atmospherically gripping, and works in both mid-tempo and faster pace. - Powermetal.de
I wish I could tell you what the song titles mean, but my Arabic is a little rusty. But I can tell you what they sound like. They sound like a massive sandstorm sweeping across the Arabian peninsula. - No Clean Singing
That's presumably because it's a lot easier to be in an anti-Christian metal band in the US, than in an anti-Islamic metal band in Saudi Arabia. In America, your obstacles extend to overhearing your mom tell a friend you're just "going through a phase." In Saudi Arabia, you face social ostracism and the possibility of imprisonment or death. - Vice News
Released January 20, 2012
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