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AL NAMROOD - Estorat Taghoot - CD - Shaytan Productions - 2010

review by Mladen Škot

Apparently it took this CD three years to arrive from Bahrain to this writer's room, but, hell, it's a good thing that we didn't know about it anyway, as impatience could have killed us. Compared to a big part of today's black metal, Al Namrood are so fresh that it's not even funny. Real oriental melodies that the likes of Nile would die for, a totally harsh black metal sound, an excess of energy and an ability to hold the listener's attention for an hour, all serve a purpose of telling you the story of life and times of one Nebuchadnezzar.

 

As Estorat Taghoot didn't come with lyrics, all we can do is judge it by the liner notes... and suffice to say that with Al Namrood's English skills only second to Google Translate, we're really glad that the screams are in their native tongue. And, whatever they are saying, we believe them. We can only assume that they are planning to conquer the world and probably plan to make you use their language when they succeed, so it's all good. That's what black metal is supposed to be, anyway.

 

So, whether being epic, relaxed, playful or aggressive, Al Namrood pull it off and then some. Just to give you an idea of the scale Al Namrood's "pulling it off," right now I'm listening to a drum beat that, when my drummer tried it, made me say some pretty harsh words and threaten with replacing it with the sound of me hitting pots and cans. Anyway, when Al Namrood play it I like it. The whole song. Damn. What the hell just happened here? (8.9/10)

 

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