JADAL - Malyoun
Reviewer: Rak Hiasat - 2016-07-20
Highlights: “Malyoun”, “Ashrar”, “Kanz”, “Youmain O Leila”
Jadal is an Arabic Rock Band, formed by Mahmoud Radaideh Composer/ Guitarist/ Music Producer in 2003 Amman, Jordan. Jadal are one of the first Arabic rock bands in the region, after launching “Arabic Rock” in 2009, followed few years later with “El Makinah” in 2012, Jadal this summer will be releasing their third full length album titled “Malyoun” and we are here today to speak about it.
Usually when you see the tag "Arabic Rock" you don't really know what you're going to get. As a result “Jadal” are a little different from other bands billed as alternative/Arabic Rock, and “Malyoun” is an interesting, unique release. Perhaps it is the most incredible creation that you'll ever hear in the Middle Eastern scene since years, but it's solid and definitely provides the listener with some memorable moments, yes you can say that Jadal has started a new wave in this field, as they always shows us.
First of all, the drumming is awesome. Hakam Abu Soud, take a bow. The guy just puts in so much effort, and it's really noticeable. The energy he plays with seems to transfer through to the rest of the band, while also making his own playing sound spectacular. Despite the changing elements of every song he copes well and the technicality always stays at the same high vibe. It's a good change to hear someone using the drum kit as an instrument in its own right rather than merely some background noise. Especially that he want to stay on oriental taste inside every drum line.
The main element of the band though is of course Mahmoud's vocals. He is one of the best singers in the region, and his voice is powerful and he also knows how to control that power. Everything he does fits with what else is going on, and he never does anything that he appears incapable of pulling off. Would I like a bit more variation? Of course I would. But its better that he remains as consistent as he does throughout “Malyou” than starts to sound like big foreigners singers but in Arabian-Slang words which is extremely hard to perform really well done, who was either sensational or off-key and full of techniques.
Everything you can think of is here. Well, of course not actually everything, but taking into account that the general vibe is atmospheric rather than technical, all things imaginable really are here. Heavy riffing somewhat similar to Hard Rock, ambient interludes, lengthy instrumental passages, amazing weird effects sounding like old synthesizers, airy clean parts; all of these and more can be heard on ‘Itha Ihna Rohna’, “Mish Maktoobeh” and “Malyoun” and other tracks so on. The music is melodic in the way a chord progression can sound melodic, and complex with almost no emphasis on individual instruments. If I absolutely had to do some name-dropping, I will name Jadal as one of the best band in the Arabic Rock field.
The production alone is enough to give Jadal its own identity in the Arabic Rock catalogue but the band also takes on a darker and an almost Hard Rock sound on the album. Every song on the album feels so very well through out and is executed perfectly... the disappointment of the length is quickly overshadowed by the pleasure of listening to such a precise, intense album. Not one song or even a single note misses! The album is made up of quiet, somber moments that feature eerie keyboards by Bader Helalat notes that would not sound out of place on a Jadal album, and then moments that rival intense classics like "Ashrar", "Ma Fe Gheirak", and "Kanz". In short, “Malyoun” borrows here and there from past Jadal albums, but it also features its own sound and identity and can hold its own against any other release in the Arabic Rock catalogue making another classic from the band.
“Wahda Bteshbahek” a single which Jadal release it in 2014, and it has really become one of that year hits in the Middle East, the song contains Progressive elements with soft rock theme, amazing keys atmosphere and Jadal feature in on this album.
Speaking about last four tracks in the album Jadal goes to another level they really breaks their boarders in an epic way, every song full with Jazz/Alternative/Prog Rock element with hard rock influences without forgetting the Arabian theme that the band holds it.
Last words, “Malyoun” is one of the best albums in Middle Eastern Arabic Rock field in 2016
1 - Itha Ihna Rohna
2 - Mish Maktoobeh
3 - Malyoun
4 - Ashrar
5 - Ma Fe Gheirak
6 - Kanz
7 - Mish Hadool Nasak
8 - Wahdeh Bteshbahek
9 - Ana Winti
10 - Yumain O Leila
11 - Bnehki Feh Bel Hilem
12 - Sotko A'ala Min El Samma'at