Bravery in the face of certain death is a truly admirable quality in a band. It is something that most bands from the Middle East have to deal with on a daily basis to make a living. Indeed, Al-Namrood knows this struggle as well as anyone, given that they hail from Saudi Arabia. Nobody knows who they are and nobody needs to know. All we need to know is that their style of middle-eastern black/folk is the best in the business. Incredibly, Enkar is their sixth album and the reports are that it features a strong Celtic Frost influence.
The reports would appear to be correct as Enkar is much more riff-driven than their past work with slightly cleaner production values. The approach is more stripped down but this is still the AlNamrood fans know and love. The bouncy rhythms are still very much a part of their sound and so is the folk instrumentation. The reverb-infused black metal riffs and tremolo picking of the past are absent on this record. They have been replaced by faster, heavier, grittier riffs that give off a distinct To Mega Therion vibe that is abundantly clear from the first notes of “Nabth.” AlNamrood have always produced great riffs but they were never the focus of their sound. Enkar simply brings those great riffs to the forefront.