9 / 10
➤ "These Iranian brothers have my huge admiration … excellent Melodic Death Progressive Metal, full of oriental references and with frequent storytelling … some vocalizations and musical parts remind Moonspell … a good and courageous band that deserves international recognition!"
(Sounds From Apocalypse)
7,5 / 10
➤ "... reminiscent of bands like Orphaned Land or Al-Namrood ... Death Metal elements crossed with oriental melodies and acoustic guitars and folkloric percussion elements ... works well in one piece ... despite many ideas, however, ANOUSHBARD never lose the thread ... the production is nice and clean and transparent ..."
➤ "... very atmospheric ... pleasant feeling while listening ... clear oriental touch ... powerful metal riffs ... partly is growled what the stuff holds and only a little clear vocals provides a bit of loosening up ... how well traditional sounds and Metal but can get along ... interesting, what beautiful music can be created in secret ... a very successful whole ... recommendation for all those who appreciate on the one hand powerful metal, but also want to be enchanted by atmospheric!"
➤ "One of the greatest treasures a country can have is its culture and legends. The legacy and history of a civilization must be shared in schools so that memories and lessons are never lost … ANOUSHBARD brings Iranian culture, myths, religion and rituals … an interesting and unique blend of Persian music and Progressive Metal, sometimes with more traveling and spiritual passages and others with more aggressive moments where the throat is present … the band also sometimes uses local instruments, such as the Daf, an Iranian percussion instrument."
➤ "… nostalgic and emotive Progressive Metal, focused on empathizing with the roots of the area … desert magic, for this hidden treasure, full of riches…"
(Trueno Metálico Web)
➤ "… spiritual headbangers … a unique work, offering many different styles from beautiful instrumentals … riffs, solos, and general variety is what provided excitement …"
(Wanna Hear a Great Song Today?)
➤ "The most noticeable element is the generous inclusion of world music sections, with tones, timbres and rhythms that are clearly Middle Eastern in orientation and probably Persian in origin … alternating and mixing elements of these two forms with some atmospherically charged Metal parts and more aggressive Metal with harsh lead vocals makes up the bulk … in the spirit of Progressive Metal … sounds interesting …"
➤ "… ANOUSHBARD managed to find their own formula … I believe that’s one of the best middle eastern influenced Metal records I’ve ever listened to … well-written, well-arranged, and perfectly delivered …"
➤ "… a complex album … interesting … many layers and layers of different sonancies … deals with a such a variety of influences from oriental music to Extreme Metal features … many details … Rock instances …"
➤ "… very good … 8 well constructed tracks … I highlight the great 'Blacksmith's Apron' and the excellent 'Tower Of Silence (Dakhma)' … a great job, well rounded … they have plenty of potential …"
➤ "… thunderous rolling sound … impressively immersed … multilayered, complex … full of twists and turns, and lots of fascinating details … captivates you so much that you have to press the repeat button again and again … it should be clear that we have to deal with professional musicians in ANOUSHBARD who have a broad and deep background not only in Metal, but also in their own folklore …"
[ Emblem: Anoushbard ]
|Base:||Tehran • Iran|
|Genre:||Extreme Ethno Progressive Metal|
|FFO:||Orphaned Land, Moonspell, Opeth|
|Release:||April 01, 2023|
The - rebellious - appeal of the forbidden has always represented an additional attractive element for true passionate and fervent idealists to live out their inclinations. This is also the case with ANOUSHBARD. The band risks so much to be able to fully devote themselves to their music.
And the correspondingly profound and lovingly polished, consistently convincing to brilliant result is ultimately also the fascinating mirror of the artistic ideal of these absolute conviction offenders.
With their second album "Abandoned Treasure" these highly estimable thoroughbred musicians have completed a fabulous, completely timeless work, which reveals itself to be as hard-hitting as it is stylistically uncompromising - and which can intoxicate the senses with sophisticated high-quality sounds!
Most of the extremely varied and diversely dynamic compositions thematize Iranian culture and often mystical stories passed down from it. Subsequently, ANOUSHBARD worked on another album, titled "Abandoned Treasure" and featuring 8 tracks. As on the previous album, those involved mastered to focus on Persian literature and stories.
During all the years of existence, ANOUSHBARD had many difficulties in finding suitable co-musicians such as drummers or bassists. In 2021, Arman Tirmahi officially joined the formation as a bassist. He helped the group with the second album.
Nima Seylani, an accomplished Oud player, also joined the line-up. Many in the Western industrialized nations will find it hard to imagine: but the biggest obstacle in ANOUSHBARD's path are the government regulations for Metal music there. Unfortunately, Metal is completely banned in Iran, so it's not possible at all to perform in public or release an album.
Singer and guitarist Sherwin says:
"We named the band ANOUSHBARD, which was a political prison in the Sasanian Empire (224 - 651 AD) and which means a place where you forget your identity and disappear forever. As a band, we call ourselves that because we are very interested in the history of our country and in our Persian roots."
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