One of the bands in the Middle-Eastern scene is the trio Al-Namrood, and it's a force to be reckoned with. Using typical black metal elements like furious guitars, haunted screams and blast beats, they clearly connect with the traditional Scandinavian scene. However, Al-Namrood also use a great deal of Arabian instruments and vocals in their music as well, turning it into something extremely original and originally extreme. To make the list complete, there's a great deal of electronics used as well, or so it seems.
Before we go deeper into the music, allow me to pay my respect to these pioneers. Because, yes, they are pioneers. Like the Scandinavian scene decades ago, this trio takes some serious risks bringing out this music. It's apostasy, heresy and blasphemy over there and if discovered, their very lifes are in danger. However, it proves my point about the whole racial issue that is currently being spawned everywhere. Race doesn't matter, behaviour matters. There's skilled metalheads everywhere, just like there's dumb people talking rubbish about others everywhere.
On to the music than, because there's a lot to say about it. First, don't expect typical black metal like Darkthrone or Mayhem. Al-Namrook only borrowed the intensity and the musical background from that scene. Second, there's lot of different Arabian instruments used, adding a strange atmosphere to the music. Third, the vocals don't really sound like the haunted blackened screams of the earlier mentioned bands. In fact, they remind me more of pagan or viking metal bands.
The album opens with an Arabian intro, functioning as a gateway to a completely new sub genre. What follows next resembles black metal, mostly noticeable in songs like 'Zamjara Alat' or the brutal 'Ya Le Taasatekum'. Other songs have a more folk-oriented approach, highlighting in the great song 'Adghan'. Here and there some industrial influences come shining through, once again loaded with these Arabian sounds. It takes some getting used to but in the end, this is quite an impressive piece of extreme metal.
In all, 'Diaji Al Joor' is a very strange piece of work but certainly one to check out. Europe experienced a revolution twenty plus years ago when the hordes from Norway blasted their way through the glaciers. Now, we're on the verge of a new blackened revolution, originated near the ruins of Babylon and storming like a massive force through the Middle-Eastern desert. In that aspect, I regard Al-Namrood as high as acts like Marduk or Burzum, paving the way for more bands to join the ranks and fight for the freedom to be as creative as they want to be.