Genre: Death Metal Folk Death Metal
Label: Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Lelahell is a new death metal band from Algiers, the capital city of Algeria, a quite uncommon birthplace for metal bands. They began in 2010 as the personal project of Lelahel (ex-Litham) but in the end of 2011, after the recording of their debut EP “Al Intihar” they got a complete line-up. The EP was released in 2012 via the Polish label Goressimo Records. In August 2014 the band presents its first full-length album “Al Insane… The (Re)Birth of Abderrahmane“, the first as a complete group, released by the American label Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.
I confess I am not the biggest fan of death metal, but their unusual origin, together with the use of native melodies in their music attracted me on Lelahell. Clocking at 41 minutes, “Al Insane… The (Re)Birth of Abderrahmane” includes 10 songs of brutal aggressive death metal. The band has a solid powerful sound with a quite technical play and a professional production. There are songs where they have a more raw brutal death metal approach and tracks where their guitar riffs are influenced by local oriental folk tunes and rhythms. Of course I prefer by far the more folkish compositions, where the band presents a much more melodic and diverse face, revealing also some black metal influences. Vocals are quite versatile and Lelahel (Redouane Aouameur) sings with an impressive variety of brutal growls, grunts and screams. Their songs move in fast tempos, but except a few faster outbursts, they never become too extreme, while there are also some mid-tempo passages. What is very important in my opinion, is that Lelahell never become repetitive or tiring, despite the brutal nature of their music and without using any slower acoustic or atmospheric passages, something that in my opinion demands great composition skills. They use various languages in their lyrics, including English, Algerian Arabic and French, speaking in general about society and all its imperfections.
Lelahell is a band that fans of technical brutal death metal might find very interesting, especially if they like the atmosphere these oriental touches can create. My favorite songs are the ones with the more folk melodic approach, like the amazing “Hypnoze” and my rating is based on this “side” of the band. My personal wish is that they focus more in their rich native musical culture in their future works, creating something even more original. “Al Insane… The (Re)Birth of Abderrahmane” is released in a jewel-case CD edition with 4-page booklet including all the lyrics. The great cover artwork is by Jarno Lahti. You can visit the band’s official pages below to listen to their complete discography and get the album if you want to support them.