1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We are thinking of releasing a 7” EP for the tracks that we didn’t include in “Heen Yadhar Al Ghasq”, this plan is preliminary.
2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous releases?
It basically the same mechanism used in other releases, expect that a new vocal have joined the band and shifted the vocal tune and methodology drastically, the album was intended to go towards middle eastern influence more than black metal.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?
Typically, historical war-like theme, in each album we write a new plot, however they all fall in the same theme, this album plot is about tyrannical king, he was double crossed by his own soldiers, the defected troop sat a plan to overthrow the king and maintain the town chaos, it was determined that the attack will take place when dusk appears (or when murky sky appears) hence the title of the album “Heen Yadhar Al Ghasq”.The artwork envisions the post-apocalyptical event.
4.I know that the band name comes out of Middle Eastern history, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also are you interested in the pre Islamic Paganism of your home country?
We reflect Art, music, history and culture into one entity crossing each other and sharing the same characteristics. As we educated ourselves about the world history, we decided to emphasize on our area since it was very interest narrative to articulate musically. We have presented the history of Arabs before Islam to highlight the original situation of Arab at that era, we looked into sociopolitical researches studies on the history of the Arabs the old and the Arabian Peninsula, in general the resources are limited due to lack of Arabian historians. It was interesting how things didn’t so changed since the ignorant era, however, The descent is a factor in the status of the individual life,
it will determine the class of living, on the other hands the war between clans for menial cause, accepting human slavery, burying girls and glorifying kings are still carrying on until this day. These factors are extending and it took us further to explore history and reflect it into our music as an middle eastern raging metal.
5.I know that the band has not been able to do shows where you live but have expressed an interest in doing an European tour, have you had any luck being able to set it up for the new release?
In fact the opportunities for live shows exist, but due to major security reasons, we decided to no to expose ourselves, not until we think about immigration out country, otherwise, the radical religious regime will set us to beheading!
6.What are some of the things you would bring on stage if the opportunity for a live show ever came up?
Simply we’re going to perform our songs; so this might require additional musicians to take role on the other traditional instruments,such as Darbuka, Qanoon, and other drums.
7.In the past you released a split with Dhul -Qarnyan and Ayyur, are there any other middle eastern black metal bands that you would recommend?
Nothing in particular for now, however, we are looking forward for another split with other Underground European bands.
8.The new album came out on Shaytan Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Shaytan productions are indie label from Canada specialized in oriental and middle-eastern folk metal productions, we connected with them thru myspace, to spread our music globally, AlNamrood started with Shaytan Producions and will continue releasing the future album with them.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans
of black metal?
It was great in fact in global wise, however, on the local wise, we received many threats through emails from unknown senders.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
AlNamrood was intended to be an underground metal band that rises from the most messed up place in the world, seeing the advancement we are making, we think we might become a mainstream band one day, however, this is all depends on us leaving our country with no return.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Old school metal in general, black/punk metal specific, also Middle Eastern influenced bands such as Melechesh and Nile.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We have great interest in Art and history, globalization and culture.
13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
We consider ourselves more rebel than occultists, we emphasize on power, resistance, liberty and control-freedom.
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