Algiers, Algeria: Death Metal reigns supreme in North Africa this month as Lelahell‘s long awaited second full-length album Alif arrives. Released on Friday, 15 June, Alif is delivered by Metal Age Productions, a Slovakian-based label.
Alif, a continuation of the story
Alif is a direct follow-up to Al Insane … The (re)birth of Abderrahmane; the 2014 debut album by Lelahell.
“Each Lelahell release is conceptually linked to the character of Abderrahmane, yet focusing on another evolutionary step; another chapter in his own book. The new album is focusing on Abderrahmane’s first steps in his new life, just like a child learning to speak, walk, learning about the world around him. Yet this is full of foes and fears, that’s why Abderrahmane needs to save himself from those dangers.” ~ Redouane Aouameur (vocals/guitar/bass, Lehalell)
Redouane, a veteran in the Algerian scene, embarked on a mission of self-expression with Lelahell in 2010. Incidentally, the band name is a crib on his own nickname in the Algerian scene for many years prior (more about this and Redouane’s journey here). With his concept in place and songs written, Redouane set out to record with the most apt drummer he could find; Hannes Grossmann, known for his work with Necrophagist, Obscura, Hate Eternal and more. Naturally, the resulting Alif is a delight in Technical Death Metal and subtle Algerian folklore undertones.
Alif Track listing:
Thou Shalt Not Kill
Adam The First
Insiraf / Martyr
Litham (The Reach of the Kal Asuf)
Impunity of the Mutants
The radiant quality of the final product comes from attention to detail. Alif‘s artwork was created by the renowned Björn Gooßes of Killustrations and audio post production took place at Hertz Studio in Poland. Get physical copies via Bandcamp, as well as digital purchases. Also, check out Lelahell‘s own website for more on the band and previous releases.