Hailing from Turkey comes the debut release of Meluniblis titled Kill The Kuffar. This is a crushingly devastating war metal album, that heavily leans into the brutal death metal sound. Deep guttural vocals, wailing guitar riffs and some incredibly tight drumming and some cool production choices here and there certainly make for a memorable and strong release. This band truly encapsulates what I believe makes the underground great, and taking no regards for who they offend with this release as well, as I’m sure many in their home country would find this rather blasphemous.
There’s no messing around with this 33 minute release, with a short voice line greeting the listener, it soon explodes in a cacophony of sound. Blast beats, a deep growl, and gnarly riffs right off the bat is always a great sign, no messing around with long obnoxious ambient synth intros, straight to the meat and potatoes of it all. The rest of the album certainly follows suit, with some more melodic moments here and there that help the music stretch out and not feel so claustrophobic. The production is rather clean, reminding me of a more traditional death metal album as opposed to the more lofi and noisy production style of other war metal style albums. Each track flow into one another rather well, being able to stand on their own while also having a cohesion through out the album that makes things sound so much more satisfying. There are also some cool samples thrown in through out the album that add onto the whole sinister approach, using what sounds like some legitimate screams of death, edited versions of Islamic prayers making that add a very demonic bent to the whole thing. Which makes sense given the titles of these tracks.
There’s certainly an edge to this album that is very appealing to me and I feel like is missing with so much black metal and death metal releases of the modern age. The hatred behind this album feels very genuine and it is very clearly expressed through the music at hand. Personally, I find that this adds to the whole overall experience and really pushes the listener to think and imagine some rather uncomfortable situations, like the third track Ejaculation Through Bacha Bazi. If you have any slight idea of what the term ‘Bacha Bazi’ means within this context, then you’ll understand where I’m coming from with this. There’s also this dark sense of superiority that is built within the atmosphere of the album that I feel like also translates to the listener as well. Like the eight track Kill the Kuffar has this crushing approach that really shakes you down to the core and just makes you want to crush those infidels and non-believers. All in all just a great atmosphere for this type of album.
This is such an incredibly strong debut that I think shouldn’t go unnoticed. These warmongers have truly put their all with this album and have created a phenomenal war metal album that every extreme metal listener should check out. Its been a long time since I’ve heard a war metal album from a new band that isn’t just copying from the past as well, bringing something fresh to the table while also delivering such hard hitting riffs and vocals just makes it all that much better. Highly recommend.