Arabic black metal at best. Al-Namrood combines the best of Arabic rythms and sounds with a sure footing in black metal realm. Not the best at each separately, but unique when taken together.
That (Black) Metal has found its way into the most remote places in the world is nothing new. Saudi Arabia, however, is still a specialty, after all, it is certainly no picnic to produce such music in an Islamic state of God. Nonetheless, curious and open-minded listeners of extreme musical styles should risk an ear, because AL-NAMROOD is definitely well thought-out - Metal.de
Offers a lot more than Black Metal with a few oriental sprinkles. Here, too, the black art is coherently interwoven with Arabic rhythms and melodies, creating a very unique sound from which the Norwegian roots rarely emerge. The mixture turns out to be extremely catchy and atmospherically gripping, and works in both mid-tempo and faster pace. - Powermetal.de
I wish I could tell you what the song titles mean, but my Arabic is a little rusty. But I can tell you what they sound like. They sound like a massive sandstorm sweeping across the Arabian peninsula. - No Clean Singing
That's presumably because it's a lot easier to be in an anti-Christian metal band in the US, than in an anti-Islamic metal band in Saudi Arabia. In America, your obstacles extend to overhearing your mom tell a friend you're just "going through a phase." In Saudi Arabia, you face social ostracism and the possibility of imprisonment or death. - Vice News
supported by 23 fans who also own “Kitab Al Awthan”
At time of review (June 2021) this album has more purchases than the entirety of "official" Batushka's discography. I feel that that sums up this album nicely. Incredible. There is not much I can say here that has not been said already. ferrophage