Lelahell – Alif (Review)

LelahellThis is the second album from Algerian death metallers Lelahell.

Lelahell’s 2014 debut album Al Insane…The (Re)birth of Abderrahmane was a brutal collection of tracks with some exotic flourishes included to spice things up; not only an enjoyable album, but a striking and memorable one too. Continue reading “Lelahell – Alif (Review)”

Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers… (Review)

SarpanitumSarpanitum are a UK Death Metal band and this is their second album.

Sarpanitum take a three-pronged approach to their Death Metal that combines traditional Death Metal, melodic atmospheres and a touch of Black Metal’s heart of darkness.

The band’s melodic edge is a sharp one and it’s incorporated directly into their heaviness rather than seeming like an addition to it as is frequently the case with other bands that combine brutality and melodics.

Added keyboard sounds subtly enhance this already keen melodic sensibility they have and I really like the sense of atmospheric brutality that they create. There’s a Middle Eastern feel to a lot of the melodies that adds an exotic touch to the songs, as well as no small amount of epic grandeur.

The vocals are as dark as night; thick, deep, malevolent growls that are so low as to be akin to rumbling thunder.

Blessed Be My Brothers… has a thick, dense sound that’s uncompromising and combined with the band’s complicated riffing is impenetrable to the casual listener. This is Death Metal for real Death Metal fans who want something a bit more interesting than the standard generic fare.

Fans of Nile, Mithras, Lelahell, Gorguts, Morbid Angel, Sidious and Dying Out Flame should love this.

Highly recommended.

Interview with Lelahell

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The début album from Algerian band Lelahell – Al Insane… The (Re)birth of Abderrahmane – is a welcome breath of crushing air in the Brutal Death Metal scene. I wanted to find out a bit more about this exciting new band…

Give us a bit of background to Lelahell

Lelahell are one of Algiers’ newer extreme metal acts, their concrete-crushing death metal bludgeoning skulls since 2010. Founded by Redouane Aouameur (A.k.a Lelahell) who is no stranger to the Algerian metal scene as he has already been in other bands including Neanderthalia, Litham, Carnavage and Devast. Following the completion of 2011’s ‘Al Intihar’ EP, fellow Algerian metallers Slave Blaster and Nihil (who also form the rhythm section of black metal outfit Barbaros), completed the ranks. In 2012 Goressimo Records officially released the band’s debut EP.

The first full length album of Lelahell ” Al Insane …The (Re)Birth of Abderrahmane ” mixed and mastered by Ivan of Anthropocide Studio from Belarus (Abominable Putridity, Aborted Fetus, etc.) was released the 5th of august 2014 by Horror Pain Gore Death Productions (Coffins, Haemorrhage, Abscess,..) from USA.

Lelahell 2What are your influences?

We don’t have any particular influences , we get our inspiration from everything which is related to death metal and all brutal stuffs and some local music.

What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?

Hideous Divinity a great death metal band formed by ex members of Hour of Penance and Eyeconoclast from Italy, their music is technical modern melodic and brutal!

How did you decide on the style of Death Metal that you wanted to play – what appeals about this style of music?

We haven’t decided anything, we just played the music that came from our deep guts!

Do you have any goals for your album?

Our main goal is to make music, play all around the world and of course having fun!

Is there anything on the album you’re not satisfied with?

For a first album we are really 100% satisfied!

Do you want to discuss any of the lyrics on the album and any themes/hidden meanings/etc. that might be there?

The song “Al Intissar” is an hymn to victory and all against those fuckin’ losers who complain all day long without doing anything from their lives. Move your ass fucking assholes! “Voices revealed” is inspired from the memories of Phillip Garrido a serial killer, Hypnose is a message to all our governors in the planet ! Am I in hell? is a question that every one asked at least one time in his life, Kalimet essir is a tribute to our Martyrs, Black hands is about the difference between the rich and poors , “Hillal”, has a more philosophical concept and it is about the interaction of the human with the nature and Mizmar talks about the human pleasures!

Lelahell 1What’s your songwriting process?

In general I come with the main guitar riff and structures and other musicians compose their own parts during rehearsals.

How do you see your songs/direction developing in the future?

Increasing a little bit the ethnic parts and adding more technical and modern elements to the guitar are the main changes in the future ! Wait and see…

What does the future hold for Lelahell?

For December we have a European tour planned in Germany, Switzerland, Poland and France. It is called Al Insane Tour. After that we’ll start the writing process of our second full length.

Thanks for your great support and stay brutalz!

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Lelahell – Al Insane… The (Re)birth of Abderrahmane (Review)

LelahellLelahell are from Algeria and play Death Metal. This is their début album.

This is Brutal Death Metal played fast and played heavy.

After the usual pointless intro, (mercifully brief), the real fun starts and the band introduce us to their blasting mayhem.

The vocals are the first surprise. Usually with this style of Death Metal we get typical ultra-guttural growls, but the majority of the vocals on this album are higher screams, (although deeper growls are used as well). It sounds good and reminds of a band like Defleshed.

The guitars have a nice tone to them and sound quite thick. The riffs are a bit more inventive than the norm, with colourful melodies and unusual flavours to the tunes. The songs have an exotic flair to them; Lelahell are definitely not your typical Cannibal Corpse clone.

This album is crushingly brutal and has a sound to match that’s suitably huge and clear. Lelahell are a very satisfying proposition and this chunky, thick sound combined with the band’s songwriting skills, dynamics and interesting riffs means this is an album to really get into.

As début’s go, this is a winner. Lots of bands are content to tread water, but Lelahell are more interested in forging their own path, and more power to them for this.

Make sure you get a hold of Al Insane… The (Re)birth of Abderrahmane. It’s well worth the investment.