Al-Namrood – Estorat Taghoot
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Shaytan Productions
Look out Darkestrah, here’s another band that plays authentic middle eastern inspired black metal! And from the sounds of things… they’ve got your number! (If I ever would of finished my Top 50 Favorite Albums Of All Time list, you would of found out that Darkestrah’s The Great Silk Road is my favorite metal album of all time… but I’m lazy.)
And oh boy, do those middle eastern influences really stand out front and center! I mean, we all know that black metal kicks ass, right? Well, imagine letting some of the most deranged and, let’s face it, fascinating history dictate were and how the music itself grows and changes… pretty exciting, am I right?
The guitars are a joyous mix of typical black metal shred and progressive riffing. They mix quite well with the perfectly rendered bass (both played by Mephisto) that bangs and booms with all the might and majesty of Anu and Enlil! But then we come to the keys (oriental keys, that is)… wow. You know how sometimes you’re listening to a black metal album and you think, “Man, this is missing something.”? I swear to Marduk that these keys are it! The haunting edge they add to every song is nothing short of GENIUS! Thanks Ostron!
And how can I forget the drums? Naw, I couldn’t even if I tried! Skinsman Darius plays his way through the whole of Estorat Taghoot, mixing in your standard blackened aggression with (again) progressive beats. Last but not least, we come to the vocals. Imagine the best black metal vocals you’ve ever heard from any band. Who comes to mind? Belphagor? Immortal? Dark Throne? Yeah, add this guy. They’re perfect. That’s all I can say. (Except this: Mardus isn’t even officially in the band! Why the fuck not?!? …but to be fair, I haven’t heard the new guy’s vocals yet.)
You probably think that I’m just ejaculating all over this album for shit and giggles. But I swear to you on the highest and lowest of authorities that this album is a gift for one, the other or possibly both of those authorities…
Overall: Yeah, those are some big statements for me to make, but what choice do I have? This album is easily one of, if not the best album I’ve ever heard!
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