Written By: Lokasenna

Founded way back in 2002, Beirut’s Ayat pumped out a string of demos culminating in their well-received 2009 debut Six Years of Dormant Hatred. Not-so-hot off the heels of that release, (wonderfully-named) founders and only constant members (Reverend) Filthy Fuck and (Mullah) Sadogoat are back with another viscerally angry cut, this time with a side of politics, for reasons that should be self-explanatory in 2017. The label, hilariously over-the-top Moribund Records, promises the angriest black metal ever recorded. Surely hyperbole, right? Let’s see.

Album opener (and mouthful to read) “Raw War (Beirut Opens Her Pussy Once More)” blasts the doors open with a frenetic slurry of all the components that make up this release: a dual vocal attack that veers wildly between the imperious, catchy, and deranged; infectious, chaotic riffage; measured savagery behind the kit (or drum machine – more on that later); and shockingly well-used samples. That last one is an odd duck for black metal, but despite their extensive use, they never grate, as they – gasp– serve a purpose. As might be guessed, Ayat venture into political commentary on this release, with mammoth tracks “Jerusalem I” and “Jerusalem II” offering this most directly. “I” is an odd track, pairing a long sequence of vocal samples from various American pundits commenting on Islam and its relation/reaction to the Israel and Palestine dispute with a slow, groovy instrumental backdrop. “II,” conversely, offers the band’s response to said aggregate opinion. Album standout “Closure Is Boring” features some of the best axe-work on the album, complete with a slinky solo. Prior near-instrumental track “Fever in Tangiers, or To William,”1 rolls and rumbles with the occasional squeal, offering a nice breather of a track right in the middle of the album.

The only significant complaint to be mustered is regarding the length. Not a single song clocks in at less than four minutes, with several (“Jerusalem I” and “II” most notably) passing eight. The album runtime comes to a total of 64 minutes. For anyone new or otherwise unaware, that’s hellaciously long for black metal. That said, the record is well-written enough that the usual problems of textural stagnation that so often afflict black metal releases are totally averted here. A few tracks could be cut to reduce the runtime, if the length is truly odious, but I can overlook it on this release.

Given how sparse information is on this band (the only website reference found was for a Geocities page), I hesitate in making assumptions about compositional contributions beyond the two known core members. As hinted previously, it’s unclear whether the band presently has a drummer or simply a well-programmed drum machine, and the band information found indicates Filthy Fuck as the sole vocalist, but that’s certainly not the case here. In any event, the vocal work is some of the rawest, most blisteringly angry I’ve heard, contrasting high shrieks, rumbling roars, and clean but unpolished yowls, often pairing two of the above on a given line. The guitar and bass attack, courtesy of Sadogoat, veers from rippling groove to brute savagery to icy tremolo; as previously mentioned, this variety of instrumental and vocal dynamic greatly ameliorates the length problem. The mix is incredible, with every instrument ringing through clearly despite the dinginess of the recording, and while the master is less dynamic than is ideal, the record sounds great.

Angriest ever? I leave that debate to the internet, where every asshole has an opinion, but regardless, this album waves the flag of black metal very well. I’ll certainly be reaching back for their debut release too. This band has a great future ahead of them, so long as they keep up their momentum. Also, guys? Get a website.


Rating: 4.0/5.0
DR: 7 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Moribund Records
Website: Too kvlt for computers
Releases Worldwide: November 24th, 2017

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  • Ferrous Beuller

    Someone’s been caught buttering…

  • Alexandros

    Carry on Carrion Son!

    • Nag Dammit

      If they don’t have Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor in the next video in going to be pissed.

  • Chook Chutney

    Wait a sec, isn’t Beirut a city? Shouldn’t this be tagged Lebanese metal?

    • Nate Sweet

      Maybe they were referring to the drinking game ;)

    • Nukenado

      Probably referring to the influx of Syrians in Beirut.

    • metalcasket

      Indeed it should.

  • Nukenado

    You guys wanna forge towards the sunset, eh?
    These guys aren’t on the level of AN, but this is pretty fucking good.

    Anything that sounds like AN=like.
    I wonder what the lyrics are saying though.

  • Nukenado

    moribundrecords☆bandcamp☆com/album/carry-on-carrion
    Moribund’s promo is pretty hilarious though.
    “* The world’s first Anti-Islamic Metal Band!!! ” is a bit of a strech, especially since
    “We never described ourselves as Anti-Islamic Black Metal. We are against the religious establishment in all its forms and Islam is just one form of it.”

    His interview is pretty pissed off though.

    • Nukenado

      Also, Moribund, please get a spellchecker.

    • GrumpDumpus

      THE REASON MY FACE IS THE SHAPE OF A PRUNE PUSHED THROUGH AN INSIDE-OUT TIRE IS FROM CONSTANTLY CRINGING AT ALL OF THE METAL MARKETING OVER THE YEARS

      • Nukenado

        Get that shit checked out by Dr. George “Facefixer” Fischer, ASAP.

        • GrumpDumpus

          HE JUST GAVE ME A PRESCRIPTION FOR RELOCATING ALL OF MY FACE FOLDS ONTO MY NECK

  • Planex

    Music that gets described as “angriest ever” always get my head banging and my roommates complaining.

  • AngelOfDeth

    Lived in Beirut, Lebanon all my life and been part of the Lebanese metal scene for more than 15 years (it is REALLY small), and I have never heard of these guys before. I will dig around to find who’s behind such a glorious work of art!

    • metalcasket

      Good luck with that! Lebanese, lived half my life in Lebanon (still do), have known about Ayat since their first full length, and still have no fucking clue who these dudes are. :P

    • GrumpDumpus

      THE UNHINGED VOCALS ARE GREAT AND REMIND ME OF ANOTHER GREAT RELEASE THIS YEAR AL-NAMROOD

  • Thatguy

    There was something about the 1970’s hat, long coat and baggy pants that told me to be wary of this.

    The embedded track does not make me feel any better. The singers are in tune but uninteresting screamers and groaners – then there is the gang singing. Then there is the music…I guess the Arabic scales may sound exotic to some Western ears but are probably the local equivalent of the blues.

    ‘Anger is an energy’ but it doesn’t constitute artistic worth in its own right. This is 2.5 at best.

    • You wot m8?

      The really screechy vocals were instantly a “no” from me.

      • Thatguy

        Yes to both. The use of Arabic scales can be really interesting, but I just found them irritating here.

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Yellow Eyes ever get any love on AMG?

    • Eli Valcik

      Don’t think they got a promo, great record though!

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        Yeah it’s top 5 for me this year.
        Just noticeably absent on here.

        • Eli Valcik

          It didn’t make too five for me but I liked it enough to get the vinyl. It would be nice to have it on this site.

  • Lithophyte

    The book “Rock in a Hard Place” has a chapter on Lebanon that describes these guys and the whole Beirut scene. Fascinating (you can read it on google books).

  • Not really liking what I’m hearing from the embedded track. Vocals are too loud in the mix and almost comedic.

  • Gena Gorin

    Vocals in the second half of the embedded track are really silly, can’t take it seriously, sounds like drunk Anaal Nathrakh.
    The mix isn’t incredible at all. Overall this one is pretty lame.

  • Angelus

    Meh. There were better album covers in the 90’s

    • GrumpDumpus

      WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY TO JUDGE MUSIC PROPERLY

      • False

        You don’t get a second chance at a first impression, grumps.

        • GrumpDumpus

          WHICH IS WHY I IGNORE ALL MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS

        • Angelus

          True that

      • Angelus

        INDEED.

    • Felchmeister777

      The 90’s album they’ve blatantly nicked that cover from was way better…

      • Angelus

        Agree.

  • False

    Really bad. I got no enjoyment out of the embedded track at all.

    • GrumpDumpus

      I GOT A SIMILAR LEVEL OF ENJOYMENT FROM YOUR EMBEDDED COMMENT

      • False

        Someones grumpy. It’s a comment section, people will have opinions.

        • GrumpDumpus

          GODDAMNIT I HATE THOSE THINGS

          • False

            Band member spotted!

  • h0ttentot

    It’s obviously a drum machine.

  • Felchmeister777

    Well they’ve completely nicked that album cover.

    That appears to be almost literally identical to ‘Been Caught Buttering’ by Pungent Stench…

    Thieving swines…

  • Bloated Goat

    Aren’t these guys at genuine risk of being murdered for writing lyrics like this? Brave, indeed.

    • Nukenado

      Nope, Lebanon isn’t like that – they’re not even majority Muslim.
      You’re thinking of Al-Namrood.

      • Bloated Goat

        First of all, Lebanon is majority Muslim. And I am not quite sure what you mean by Lebanon is not like that. These guys would be at risk of murder in European countries, let alone countries in the Middle East, and those who have been murdered have been killed for less.

        • Nukenado

          Never mind, you’re right. 4% isn’t a large margin though.
          You could get murdered anywhere for people not liking you. For now it’s just risk; the government doesn’t actively seek them out.
          I just assumed you were talking about Al-Namrood who has the government trying to shut them down (and possibly hack off their heads.)