World Watch: Imarhan

Country: Algeria

Rock is alive and well on the African continent, and judging by Imarhan, it’s kicking ass in Algeria. Forming in 2006, the sextet creates an atmospheric desert rock that veers from sunburned acoustic folk to headbanging guitar ragers. The drumming also varies, sometimes relying on traditional beats and other times using more unique time signatures.

One of the best songs on their latest album Temet is “Tumast”. The bongo-driven percussion creates a danceable rhythm, creating a tribal feel as the chanting vocals come in. But, it’s the guitar inferno that truly blows the track out of the water. Riffing like Muse jamming with Eddie Van Halen, when the solo at the bridge hits, you’ll think you were listening to an 80’s metal band.

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