Song of the Week: Al Namrood – A Aj Al Safeeh

I love Middle Eastern and Oriental metal. Sometimes it draws entirely from traditional music and sets it metal. At other times it takes Western metal and transforms it by adding traditional instruments and snatches of ancient melodies. Al Namrood does the latter. The band has just released its fourth full-length studio album, Heen Yadhar Al Ghasq, which has been issued as “Arabian folk black metal.” It’s unlike much of the black metal that some of you folks will have heard. It’s fascinating, even if I have no idea what the words mean! I do know that Al Namrood is a mythical god-type being who is very unpleasant.


About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on January 23, 2014, in Song of the Week and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Interesting, intriguing stuff. Vocals not quite my taste (style preference thing vice language), but I like the “traditional…snatches” you cited. Do you happen to know any good Pakistani metal I could explore? I’ve just begun a 12-month assignment in Karachi and am hoping to dip into the local metal scene.

    • ChristopherMammal

      There are some excellent metal bands from Pakistan. They may not all be based in Pakistan, however, and they don’t all play Oriental metal — some of them do totally Western metal

      Try these for a start:


      Black Warrant





      On some of those YouTube pages there are links to the band’s website or Facebook page. If you contact one of them through Facebook and ask for advice on where to go in Pakistan to listen to local metal, and which bands to look out for, you may be pleasantly surprised by how friendly these guys are, and how willing to promote their home music scene.

  2. Thanks, man. Gave me some good starting points… initially Burzukh is most intriguing just on the basis of those clips as it seems the most … time to leverage the social media!

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