AL-NAMROOD – Wala’at
One reviewer on the aforementioned Metallum claimed the bands is making folkish pop (!) black metal and by golly I’d have to agree on that since I honestly have no idea what to make of this album. It’s heavy but not overwhelmingly so, it’s very loud and crazy (Humbaba sounding like System Of A Down’s Serj Adam Tankian self-immolating) but there is some order to this madness revealed to anyone who’s past at least 2nd revolution and it is very dense. Personally, I did not find anything as coherent and inviting to deserve more than 4.5/6 but working within this standard I found the Slayer-ing "Al Shareef Al Muhan" and Mercyful Fate-al and "Psalm 69" Ministry-ish "Aar Al Estibad", Nile-istic "Tabqia" and, finally the bizarre bluessy and, shall we say, funky closer "Alqaum" at least unique to the general ubiquitous uniformity of the album. These tracks are not all great but each has something different to offer to a seasoned 45 year old military/metal veteran’s ears.
It is that lack of clear and defined songs among these 10 cuts that earns "Wala’at" its 4/6 rating because I admit the record was a challenging and a tiring experience more so with every subsequent revolution. I applaud these guys for the incredible balls they have to play something like that in their environment and sticking it to the imam, but I expect more coherence, variety and hooks from my metal. I cannot recommend it except for one reason: listen to it at least once for its undeniable demented originality.