AL IBLIS (Philippines)
Righteous Hegemony
Davao Death, 2002
A cool name for band but the band’s member name in Arabic sounds weird for a metal band. Maybe perhaps I am used with English or Malay words? Even some of the songs title in Arabic. The demo consists of 9 songs including excerpts and samples and also an interesting Deicide cover. Brutal death metal with growling and black metal grunt and with (I guess) anti-Jew/Zionist/Israel theme. Listening to this tape is like listening to old Malaysian/Singaporean death/black metal demo released in early 90’s due to its sound and a bit of black metal passage present in its songs. The outro of the tape sound stupid though (an Arabic folk song). Now Philippines death metal have an interesting scene with Al Iblis around and I think there are lots of good bands like them exist there. They only need a good studio with good sound. If Al Iblis live long enough, you will find an interview with them in the next issue of Steel Madness.
c/o Abdullah Al Iblis iblis200@hotmail.com
3.5/5

AL IBLIS (Philippines)
Hasmadat Goyem
Davao Death, 2003
I kept my promise. You will find the interview with them here. In my hand is the EP which we spoke in the interview. Some bands evolving and improving from time to time and so did A Iblis. This release is a bit better than the demo tape. 3 tracks are in this EP-CDr (9+ minutes); "Al Nakbah", "Gulbuddin", and "Schindler's Lie". The last track is like an outro, with guitar on the background of the sound of gunfire. I traded my zine to get this EP but the label didn't give me the cover so I can't tell more about this release. About the music, they still playing raw sounding brutal death metal. Almost all vocals are using deep-type growling unlike in the previous tape. I don't like the sound. They need to use proper studio for the recording.
3/5

AL IBLIS (Philippines)
Hasmadat Goyem
Davao Death, 2003
I received another copy of the EP together with the cover. I feel a bit strange receiving the same release twice. Then I found out that there are tracks here. Weird though, I guess they have several versions of this EP? 6 tracks (including the there tracks above) with the playing time of 18+ minutes. "Al Nakbah" starts the CDr (I like when they say "…there's the bomb in your office…" and also the 'oriental' feeling in it) and continued with "Schindler's Lie". Track 5 is an interesting grind/death track and so does the Obituary cover on the last track. About the sound, read the previous review.
3/5