Album Review: Al-Namrood — “Worship the Degenerate”

I am far from the only one on staff here with this opinion, but I will echo it nonetheless, because from time to time it bears repeating: black metal is at its most interesting when it becomes bastardized, cross-bred and shuffled in with a wide variety of other cultural and musical influences.  Al-Namrood is one of the groups that dares to take the cold, northern traditional black metal and mix it with the least traditional (or cold, for that matter) influences: traditional Middle Eastern instrumentation and harmonics.  On their astonishing 8th release, Worship the Degenerate, this signature blend of far-off influences and more traditional black metal is honed to a razor’s edge.

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Initial Descent: April 24 – 30, 2022

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The right choice of music can conquer damn near any situation, or at least make said situation palatable. We’ve had a plethora to choose from so far this year and with each of these new release lists, that plethora grows by leaps and bounds. This week gives us a mind bending experimental sludge debut from Pyrithe, black metal from both Watain and Al-Namrood, death metal from Suppression, and a full list of other releases to dig your teeth and wallet into. Give it a read and let us know what you find. See you here throughout the week…

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Reinventing Black Metal Part I: AL NAMROOD

Black metal. The most controversial of all the metal subgenres. Be it arson, national-socialistic views, suicide and even murder—black metal has seen it all. Yet amidst the craziness of the 90s and the (largely) Norwegian 2nd wave scene, there has been a certain staleness that has crept into the music. Satan just isn’t as cool, nor as much of a figure of defiance as he used to be. In that sense, black metal is having a bit of an identity crisis and it’s perhaps a fitting time to ask ourselves what black metal really is—from a more philosophical point of view. In this introduction/interview series we’ll be taking a look at some bands that are taking the idea of black metal and doing something fresh with it. At the end we may find some conclusions, but experience suggests we’ll just end up with more questions.

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Album Review: Al-Namrood — “Wala’at”

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Summer is here, and as someone who listens to black metal during her summer breaks it should come as no surprise that Al-Namrood has come swinging into the forefront of my listening queue. Although most of my forays into black metal have been of the atmospheric quality, Wala’at is something special, as it has stayed with me since I first hit play. Something about its dark influences and quality strike a heavy chord with me. Continue reading

Profile: Humbaba of Saudi Arabian Black Metallers AlNamrood

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Folk metal has a tendency to be an insular, European-centric genre, particularly so at the intersection of folk and black metal.  But looking past the acts that have gained mainstream attention yields many and sundry iterations of folk metal as diverse as the cultures across the world that make them.  Since 2008, Saudi Arabia’s AlNamrood have blended black metal’s staunch anti-religion focus and dark aggression with the folk melodies and instruments of their native Middle Eastern home.  Ahead of the release of their newest album, 10 Years of ResistanceAlNamrood’s vocalist Humbaba was gracious enough to answer our set of Profile questions.  Read on below the cut.

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