AL-NAMROOD - Diaji Al Joor
January 8, 2016, a year ago
I love me a good metal backstory, so even though I'm not the world's hugest black metal fan, I was intrigued by this fifth full-length from Saudi Arabian three piece Al-Namrood. I generally give little to no worry to band's bios, but when one mentions that the band members could be killed by being stoned or via decapitation for playing metal, well, I'm listening, as potentially sensationalistic as that may be. But that only goes so far, and here the tunes carry the story well, songs like the excellent “Zamjara Alat” riding a line between Nile-esque Middle Eastern-tinged death metal and a more grim black, only main deterrence being the rather unlovable vocals.
The band use the scales and instrumentation of their surroundings well, meshing them in with the more traditional death and black sounds found here, cuts like the cool, stomping “Ejhaph” kicking tons of ass, definitely being held back by the borderline comedic and mainly distracting Muppet vocals. The whole album is pretty great and glorious, definitely carrying with it a feeling of majesty and uniqueness, and when it's over you're kinda wanting more, which is a very good sign indeed.