AlNamrood are a band from Saudi Arabia that plays black metal with elements of oriental folk music and this is a review of their 2014 album "Heen Yadhar Al Ghasq" which was released by Shaytan Productions.
Middle eastern folk music sounds and black metal guitars open up the album along with some melodic leads a few seconds later and all of the middle eastern sounds are done on synths and the music starts adding in symphonic elements on some of the other tracks along with the drumming having a more tribal feeling to them.
When vocals are added onto the album they have a more melodic and chanting style feeling and they also use some evil laughter as well as bringing in a small amount of grim black metal elements and you can also hear the drumming utilizing blast beats and the music can also get very experimental at times along with the guitars utilizing some middle eastern scales and on the 4th track they bring in a small amount of folk instruments while the main focus is in the heavier parts which also bring in a great amount of melody.
AlNamrood have a very interesting sound with their music and creating a musical style that could be classified as middle eastern black metal since it has a mixture of heaviness and oriental melodies which they also mix in with symphonic synths along with a powerful sounding production and lyrics that are written in Arabic and cover Ancient History, Evil, Darkness and Anti Religion themes.
In my opinion AlNamrood are a very great and original sounding mixture of black metal and middle eastern folk music and if you are a fan of these musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Estahat Al harb" "Youm Yukram Al Jaban" and "Subat". 8/5 out of 10.