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Rabeen Mohammed - Ereshkigal

Rabeen Mohammed
Ereshkigal
by Craig Rider at 15 July 2021, 12:48 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: RABEEN MOHAMMED; independently unsigned, hailing from Iraq/Syria/Lebanon/Egyptian grounds - on the debut album entitled “Ereshkigal” (released April 2021).

The duo in question have only this debut album in their discography so far entitled: “Ereshkigal”; 7 tracks ranging at around 33:77… RABEEN MOHAMMED arranges an intricately designed formula on some heavy-hitting Oriental Death Metal developments. Featuring a bunch of talented musicians from the sandy landscapes of the middle-eastern hemisphere; a unique super-group composed of multiple bands from that part of the world, we are offered a hefty dose of some vastly meaty prerequisite of monstrous and face-melting metal.

Opening up with this rampantly rompy maelstrom; this otherworldly synthetic on spellbinding majesty revolves with majestic weight within the introductory but cryptic beginnings of: "Ganzir" where Rach April Bassili showcases her harmonic pipes of mesmerizing melody. Until this thunderous barrage frenzy in blistering chugs engage a fierce element in hybrid experimentation and boisterously bouncy carnage, within the potently vibrant synergies on wildly rushing symphonies within the trailblazing yet operatic landscapes of the titular track. Sami noorallah surges with savage yells while this unique vehemence on versatile utilization piledrives with riveting yet primitive rhythms that revel with these sonically seamless patterns on meticulous deadliness – fabricating an immersively intense foundation on killer laceration & progressively technical reverberation from audible bassist Yazan Ju.

Outrè panache organically provides sophisticated substance, where rambunctiously thumpy tonalities & striking persistence clobbers eardrums with steamrolling perseverance while the momentous ramifications distil a dexterously dynamic virtuosity on quintessential pandemonium. Where the sulfurous remedies from eloquent keyboardist Omar Salem who unearths some sublime aesthetic in lofty hypnotism and Egyptian-like contrast, while track 3's "Geshtinanna" shows off more of his enriching prowess which merges this mystical milestone on some jumpy punchiness, towering stability & strong significance where this Djent sensation overarches with monolithic tempos while bluesy grooves intervene for good measure.

"Executioner Dreams" rifts with sturdy thuds and grinding slays that tremble with snappy yet strident zeal and distorted extremity while Helios Atum on vocals grovels diligently with scouring snares & raspy throatiness on deep, guttural finesse balanced amongst a concretely gritty bombardment in catchy instrumental chaos as god-like divinity reigns down into you with galloping chops, chunky veracity unto this viciously symbiotic resonance on mystical prescense while still maintaining that rollicking grandeur for good sport. While the next belting bruiser: “Saraten II” oscillates with swerving guitar frets as dense thumpiness that manifests with volatile stompiness, steely precision & chizelling hymns excel at a bulldozing strife on prodigiously prestigious fundamentals in flexible craftsmanship creativity as diverse adrenaline attributes at euphonic but mellifluous overarches on keyboard synthetics that articulate at a vigorous transparency on radically wicked songwriting musicianship from Omar who impactfully distributes a mesmerizing systematic on salubrious synth work that marvels with epic cohesion.

The penultimate track: “Lamashtu” offers this tribal beat from hammering drummer Jamal Almohrez who smacks the set with rambunctiously gnarly hooks and relentless rumbles as kicking drives hastefully slam with this methodical like demo sounds that outbursts with this massive crescendo interspersed with these ripping shreds from Jake Shuker and distinctively distinguished bomber Sarmad Jalalon on the audible bass as all perform with splendid pursuits especially in the overall concluding instrumental behemoth titled: “Pazuzu”.

Bottom line; I am compelled to say that RABEEN MOHAMMED most surely delivered a meticulous slab on some solid musical varieties which deserves spinning & replaying a good handful of times, an enjoyably entertaining discovery and a banger of an experience full of rigorous potential while resulting with talented brilliance in which will rattle skulls proactively with no doubt in my mind. Give “Ereshkigal” a go if you fancy something resoundingly thrilling, while deadly and refreshing at the same time. Definitely check it out.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Ganzir
2. Ereshkigal
3. Saratn II
4. Executioner Dreams
5. Geshitinamna
6. Lamashtu
7. Pazuzu
Lineup:
Featured in Track 1: “Ganzir
Rach April Bassili (Heritage, Vibes) Vocals
Yazan Ju (Anklet) - Bass
Featured in Track 2: “Ereshkigal
Sami noorallah (Torture Hymns) - Vocals
Yazan Ju (Anklet) - Bass
Omar Salem (Riverwood, The Art of Chaos) - Keyboards
Featured in Track 3: “Geshitinamna
Yazan Ju (Anklet) - Bass
Featured in Track 3: “Saratn II
Omar Salem (Riverwood, The Art of Chaos) - Keyboards
Featured In Track 4: “Executioner Dreams
Helios Atum (The Art of Chaos) -Vocals
Featured in Track 5: “Saratn II
Omar Salem (Riverwood, The Art of Chaos) - Keyboards
Featured in Track 6: “Lamashtu
Jake Shuker (Maysaloon) - Guitar
Sarmad Jalal (Ex- Dark Phantom) - Bass
Jamal Almohrez (Maysaloon, Agenor) -Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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