Metal comes from all over the world with each country putting their own unique spin on it, particularly extreme metal. One region that isn’t as prolific is the Middle East, whether it be for religious, government, or societal reasons. It probably takes giant balls made of steel to start a black metal folk band in Saudi Arabia, but that’s exactly what Al-Namrood’s been doing for the past eight years.

Diaja Al Joor marks the band fourth full-length release and the first one I’ve listened too. I think the mixing of traditional asian and middle eastern instruments creates a highly unique sound, especially when complimented with the blasting black metal. It’s similar to a band like Melechesh, however Melechesh seems to play more straightforward black metal where as Al-Namrood seem to have taken a page from Master’s Hammer book and go for a more, bouncy, galloping, folky take.

Regardless the album is pretty stellar and I’m glad it was brought to my attention. Not enough if this style of extreme metal makes it to the forefront.