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The purpose of thunder is sometimes an elusive one. It serves to warn us of the proximity of a storm and of the sometimes dangerous lightning when we fail to notice it ourselves. You could say that it is nature's reporter broadcasting the destruction that it has rought to all that are in hearing range. That is exactly the function of this compilation. It's name is Ar-Ra'd and it means "The Thunder" in Arabic. The compilation as described by the who made the project possible:
We extend this compilation to the world as a sign of solidarity and
admiration, moral support, but most importantly, spiritual support for
all suffering Middle Eastern peoples. Your cultural and spiritual
contributions to this Earth are a treasure to behold, and these songs
reflect the admiration for Middle Eastern art, culture, faith, and above
Peace be with you -Rex The Ninth
November 2, 2010
Ar-Ra'd is a 2010 post-industrial, and a varying-in-genre compilation which was designed, written and independently released by Rex the Ninth. The content of the compilation is neither pro nor anti-political in agenda, but rather an offering of Rex the Ninth's patriotism to the middle-east and its people who are subjected to tyranny and oppression, in any shape or form. As far as I'm concerned, it was a pleasure to be musically-involved in contribution to the overall visual intent, along with the involvement of the following acts featured. -Learza
A good deal of the tracks have a rather disturbing element to them that is hard to describe. The exceptions being Qafas', Thamud's and Satan's Scrotum's tracks. Qafas' track is a melancholic classic song that has a vintage feel to it. Thamud's track is an ambient black metal song. Satan's Scrotum's track is the only odd one to me, as much as I love the group's name, it doesn't seem to fit the overall feel of the compilation. It breaks through the pervasive emotional heaviness of all the other songs with an ironic sense of cheerfulness. Overall, it is hard to describe the disquiet and sadness that I felt while listening to this compilation for the first time last year. A word of warning for those that may not like noise: tracks 1, 2, 3, 7 and 13 will disturb you regardless of your personal preference. What makes those tracks is the combination of sound samples with utterly disquieting...music I suppose? No, more like amplified static and distortion that puts you on edge. I hope this projects touches you in some way. That you hear the thunder rumbling in the distance.
Year of Release: 2010 Genre: Mult-genre. Format: MP3 Bitrate: 320 kbps
1. Hohner Comet – No Name [From Koulouna Gaza]
2. Talib Aziiz – Mein Ma In Ga 6
3. Front Sonore – Marmara Turc
4. Rex The Ninith Ft. Talib Aziiz – A Faith That Knows No Bounds
5. Barbarossa Umtrunk Ft. Schattenspiel – Sayful Islam II
6. Zebulon Kosted – Breaking The Spell
7. El-Iksir - Az-Zurah
8. IGNIIS – Tema 42
9. Barbarossa Umtrunk – Dans Les Entrailles De Moloch
10. Qafas - A'Teni Al Nay [A Tribute to Fairuz]
11. Satan's Scrotum – Egyptian Halloween Hearse Curse
12. Thamud – The Last Streak Of Reality
13. Rex The Ninth – Let The Crescent Light The Way