|Review: Lelahell - Al Intihar|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 7, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Here we have some Algerian death metal courtesy of Lelahell. This is their debut EP Al Intihar which whilst rough around the edges clearly shows that the trio have their hearts in the right place. Their style is undeniably that of death metal, but the way they utilize the elements of their sound is bizarre – I haven't really heard anything like it before – they fuse brutal elements as well as brutal vocal styles with post-thrash style riffs which are where the band add their more black metal style of vocals. This doesn't sound too bizarre in itself; I guess you'd have to hear Lelahell to understand. Speaking of black metal there are definitely a few elements of the first wave/early second wave here.
Whilst there are some good moments across this EP the band clutter up these cool riffs and rhythms with amateur vocals, random laughing and yaps which really hurts Al Intihar. Maybe they're trying to show some early Darkthrone worship but it just doesn't work. "Into The Past" is the best example of the band's sound and style, and definitely houses some of the better moments on the EP. Worth checking out for an example of some Algerian metal, but hardly worth running out to get.
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