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Al-Namrood - Atba'a Al-Namrood download

Performer: Al-Namrood
Title: Atba'a Al-Namrood
Released: 01 Jul 2008
Cat#: Qayamat-01
Label: Shaytan Productions
Country: Canada
Style: Black Metal, Folk
Category: Rock
Size MP3: 2039 mb
Size FLAC: 2942 mb


1Atba'a Alnamrood5:25
2Nagoos Alkhatar4:31
3Youm Tusaar Nar Aljaheem5:21
4Fe Zafrat Almout4:23


  • Guitar, Bass, DrumsMephisto
  • Keyboards, DrumsOstron
  • VocalsMukadars


Limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies.
Title / Band name in Arabic (not on release): أتباع النمرود


  • Barcode: 7 75020 87132 8
  • Matrix / Runout: MM-C0-04690-01-G2 WWW.MUSICMANUFACTURING.COM
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 3J03


  • Pressed By – Music Manufacturing Services



This EP really took me by surprised, I got it in a trade on a whim and didn't really expect much. Judging a cd by it's cover for the Nteenth time, I was expecting decent bedroom black metal collection filler and nothing more.

'Bedroom' and 'filler' should not be used in conjunction with the EP, which is a very well realized piece of black metal. Al-Namrood play black metal heavily inspired by middle-eastern music, this feels one hundred percent genuinely black metal yet at the same time none of the melodies come from any of your traditonal European handbooks. All the riffs sound distrinctly Arabian, yet so full of evil, like they're ancient melodies used in Middle Eastern demon summoning rituals. This isn't just a riff slideshow though, the songs build and develop and flow really well, Al-Namrood can write really excellent compositions without compromising their aesthetic, actually representing the mythology and dark pasts of their homeland rather than just imitating the Nordic guard.

The guitar has a muffled, cloudly distorted tone and the melody mostly comes from there and the keys. The drums range from regular double bass metal drums to more Eastern sounding beats, yet it never comes across as pretensious, the whole EP feel really genuine, as if this was a style of metal that we're all already familiar with. The bass is pretty inaudible (the production's raw), only the keys are really clean sounding, sometimes simply playing backing chords, sometimes leading the melody. Vocalist Mukadars delivers an effective black metal rasp that isn't necessarily unique but suits the music perfectly. He sounds more sinister and demonic than aggressive, which is a good summary of the music. Nothing here is really overpowering, this reminds me more of shadowey demons dancing in flames and that sort of imagery. Very atmospheric.

This is the second release from Shaytan Productions that has taken me by surprise, vastly underrated label it seems. I expect a fruitful future for Al-Namrood and Shaytan Productions, keep an eye out for future releases from both. It's amazing what you can find if you turn enough stones.