Saudi Arabia is perhaps one the last countries you would expect to be producing metal, let alone black metal. Where religious doctrine is essentially law, it is difficult to see how metal would fit into the equation. Al-Namrood manage to do this, despite the constant fear of religious persecution. The thing that stands out right from the get go is the use of traditional Middle Eastern instruments such as the Oud and Tabala. These elements of traditional middle eastern folk music work very well, while they are prominent, they are by no means overdone or cheesy as many folky elements tend to be.




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