Marid (مارد) is an Arabic word meaning "rebellious" or "giant", but also refers to a type of extremely powerful Djinn spirit.
The barren lands and ancient lore of the most enigmatic region on Earth, juxtaposed against the dystopian decay that proliferates under Islamic and militaristic tyranny.
These are the unusual conditions that allowed for the genesis of Marid in their homeland of the Sahara. The anonymous initiates of Marid chose the weapon of black metal to wage a clandestine occult war on the modern-day sociopolitical zeitgeists that allow for the destruction of their culture, history, and environment. No other sonic form but the blackest of metal could effectively channel and contain the primal rage and atavistic ecstasy of the spirits of their land. It is these spirits of the Sahara that guide Marid through the art and science of extreme music.
" ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ " (which reads Seven Sevens) is the debut ritual opus of Marid. Sung entirely in classical Arabic, and inspired by gnostic pre-Islamic mad poets who would allow the Djinn to possess them in exchange for verses and prophetic visions.
Thematically and compositionally, " ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ " is an alchemical syncretism of Djinn Sorcery and Western Occultism. The ancient formulas of magic are woven into every thread of the album's fabric, and it's tracks are brimming with the visceral and hypnotic intensity of a sandstorm.
The three labyrinthine compositions featured on " ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ " cover vast expanses in the desolate realms of Black Metal, with passages that tread fearlessly into atmospheric, folk, oriental, symphonic, pagan, and avant-garde territories… And quite often wandering into unknown regions.
" ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ " is singular in it's savage energy and the deep currents that dwell within it have been unleashed from the Great Desert and into the World.
This world is built upon lies. Who we are, who we could be--predetermined, predestined, set in stone before we are even born. But it doesn't have to be that way. Lies can be exposed, foundations leveled, new structures built of blood and bone--living, screaming, free. Dave Aftandilian