You may look at the Middle East as a place that wouldn’t have a lot of influence on the black metal world, and may even think that the music is a bit off. If that is the mindset that you will be taking, then Al-Namrood isn’t for you. Based out of Saudi Arabia, Al-Namrood risk their lives to create the music that they are passionate about and willing to take that risk in order to create their music. Diaji Al Joor is the newest release from Al-Namrood and inside you will find nine songs of focused, pure, and unfiltered black metal.
Al-Namrood are different in many ways to the traditional stylings of Scandinavian black metal, but the premise is still the same. The very ethos of Al-Namrood is black metal even if there are a few twists to the traditional black metal that we’ve all come to know and accept.
Throughout the new release by these Middle Eastern blasphemers you get your fair share of black metal, but you also get your fair share of the exotic music stylings of traditional music from Saudi Arabia.
The blend of traditional Saudi Arabian music and black metal may seem a bit odd at first, but the blend is natural and never forceful. The only thing that is forceful is Al-Namrood. They switch tempos quite often from a twisting inferno style of black metal, to a mid paced sound, to a slower style.
The ever changing styles give the listener more depth and something else to think about and chew on other than the traditional flesh carving and dismally cold style of black metal. Diaji Al Joor as a whole seems more focused and better crafted than most black metal.
A well crafted black metal album means that it doesn’t sound all alike, and it doesn’t sound like everything else that you have heard. There are new traditional black metal bands coming out with material and the music is good, but it’s something that you heard twenty or more years ago. The style that Al-Namrood plays isn’t traditional at all and they add their own traditional music to create something different and unique.
Being non-traditional doesn’t mean they’re any less black metal. A pitch black and gloomy cloud still hangs over your head and you still feel as though Satan is watching you make every move. Within Diaji Al Joor you get solid energized and focused riffs as well as a drummer that uses the entire kit and even more to help create unique soundscapes. Adding even further depth to their style of black metal is the somewhat haunting yet melodic Arabian music. The added Arabian music only deepens your journey into an unforgiving desert only to bury you in a sandy shallow grave.
Diaji Al Joor maybe is an album that isn’t for every black metal fan, but you’d be foolish to not give it a try. The overall sound is dark and mysterious, and it may take a few listens to sink in, but you will end up finding gems in this album, and you will find the album itself to be a gem.