Middle Eastern Magic: Acyl – The Birth of an Idea
Posted by ChristopherMammal
The word “acyl” is Arabic for “genuine, authentic”. The band took that name to mirror their dedication to a concept of ethnic experimental metal that started forming in 2006. To date they’ve recorded one EP, “The Angel’s Sin” (2010) and a truly remarkable album, “Algebra” (2011). They don’t churn out songs. They won’t record anything until they are 100% satisfied that the song is 100% right.
The result is a small but extraordinary and beautiful volume of work. It combines Arabic musical structures and instruments extensively with Western rock and metal. It is an outstanding salute to the ancient Berber culture of the Algerian Sahara.
The band is on Facebook and well worth visiting. Their music is so rich and varied that I’m posting two songs to give you a better glimpse of their scope and variety.