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Arkan - Hilal (CD)

by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos at 01 July 2008, 3:52 PM

Can you imagine some Tuaregs or Bedouins playing Death Metal? If you can then you will also know ARKAN. This strange band was formed in Paris and has already self-financed and released the MCD Burning Flesh back in 2006. If you don't have a clue why I asked the above question let me give you some linfo on the band's musical grounds.
ARKAN was formed to bring some oriental sounds from countries like Algeria and Morocco who to my knowledge are absolutely inactive in the Metal scene. Well, the idea of blending ethnic sounds to Metal is nothing new and actually has been quite successful in the past with bands like ORPHANED LAND or even SOULFLY. I think for a strange reason Thrash or even Death Metal fits excellently to these foreign elements making quite an explosive mixture. So, have ARKAN used the right portions for their mixture or did it blow on their faces? Let's find out; shall we?
The album kicks in with Groans Of The Abyss that gets you by the throat! The aggressive vocals bring to mind Max Cavalera while the down tuned guitars build a ton heavy groove. The melodic break welcomed the Eastern oriental atmosphere that flows smoothly taking you over the hot Sahara desert. This break becomes even more interesting with the use of non-Metal instruments and some female vocals. I don't know but this song earned me from the very beginning and played with my mind with all this Eastern and mystical atmosphere. Don't be fooled by my references to the oriental sounds because ARKAN brings some brutal stuffs in their songs. The deep Death growls or the down tuned tribal riffs ala SEPULTURA can make your neck snap and your head bang. Some excellent examples of my saying are the mid tempo Mistress Of The Damned Souls, the groovy in the SOULFLY way The Seven Gates and the Death Metal shredder Chaos Cypher.
I think ARKAN succeeded 100% to create a colorful album by blending some strong tastes from different cultures to our Metal aesthetics. If you like the Tribal side of Metal or even something different in your plate then Halil is the perfect treat for you!


4 Star Rating

Groans Of The Abyss
Lords Decline
Mistress Of The Damned Souls
Lamma Bada - Under The Spell Of Haughtiness
Tied Fates
The Seven Gates
Athaoura - Shaped By The Hands Of Gods
Chaos Cypher
Defying The Idols
El Houdou
Native Order
Amaloun Jadid
Foued Moukid - Drums, Percussion
Florent Jannier - Growls
Samir Ramila - Guitar
Mus Elkamal - Guitars, Acoustic Guitars
Abder Abdellahoum - Clean Vocals, Lead Guitars
Record Label: Season Of Mist


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