Israel's Arallu have returned with a new recording which continues the middle eastern style of black metal from previous releases and this is a review of their 2019 album "Em Olam" which will be released in September as a joint effort between Satanath and Exhumed Records.
Middle eastern style folk instruments start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times. Vocals are mostly black metal screams while the music also mixes in elements of death and thrash metal and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the songs more of a raw feeling along with some growls also being added into some parts of the music. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the solos and leads being done in more of an old school metal style. Female vocals can also be heard briefly as well as the riffs also utilizing a decent amount of melody, spoken word parts can also be heard briefly on a few tracks.
As the album progresses a brief use of demonic voices can also be heard along with one track also introducing synths onto the recording as well as a middle eastern style interlude being added onto the album before returning back to a heavier direction on later songs, one track also adds in a small amount of middle eastern style melodic chanting and the percussion's also gives the music more of a tribal feeling. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism, Mesopotamian and Satanism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Arallu and if you are a fan of t his band, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Center Of The Unknown" "Devil's Child" "Unholy Stone" and "Speels". 8/5 out of 10.