Anaal Nathrakh
Eschaton


4.0
excellent

Review

by eggsvonsatan USER (8 Reviews)
February 15th, 2008 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Black Metal bullshit kept to a minimum. Creativity is top-notch. One of the most inventive album's you'll ever hear.

Anaal Nathrakh is:
Irrumator- (Michael Kenney)- Guitar, Bass, Drum Programming
V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – (Dave Hunt)- Vocals

Anaal Nathrakh is a very difficult band to review. Their style is unmatched in the world of metal, so slapping a genre on them is no easy task; this alone makes Eschaton a very worthwhile listen. They originally started as a raw black metal band, but over time have incorporated elements of grindcore, industrial, and thrash into their sound to create ambitious soundscapes capable of ripping through your eardrums. In a world where pretty much every idea in music has been used and abused, these guys push the boundaries of what a metal band can be. Calling this a black metal album simply does not do it justice because some very unconventional elements are found here: clean vocals, crystal clear production, melody, and harmony to name a few. That is not to say that this album is easily accessible by any means.

After being a fan of all sorts of extreme metal for the past five years, I can honestly say that not much scares me anymore. The most guttural growls sound like birds chirping, bone-crushing blast beats send a warm tingling down my spine. I have been desensitized to the most abrasive forms of music known to man. But each time I listen to this record I am utterly terrified. This is not to say that Anaal Nathrakh relies on conventional methods of scaring their audience such as corpse paint, spikey pants, satan worship, or other black metal clichés. Rather, they rely on creating a complex arrangement of nice that is utterly horrifying and unparalleled by any other band.

Between *** and Piss We Are Born is a personal favorite of mine. It starts out with one of the most blasphemous riffs I have ever heard, kind of reminiscent of Emperor, and almost out of nowhere switches to another riff that reminds me of Kreator’s Pleasure to Kill. This song may be the most accessible on the album because of the clean vocal breaks during the chorus, but that doesn’t keep the rest of the song from relentlessly assaulting your skull. Although this album is full of tempo-changes and genre-breaks, it does not sound completely schizophrenic like other bands whom rely on similar techniques (Dillinger Escape Plan, Genghis Tron, Sleep Terror), rather it finds comfort in this array of chaos. These switches are made almost effortlessly so that the songs still have some kind of cohesion rather than being a bloody mess of genre’s, riffs, and solos scattered throughout one song.

The Destroying Angel is a fairly straightforward track- it really captures the beauty of the album. VITRIOL’s vocal range is displayed beautifully from his ruthless growls, to his raspy scream, to his sorcerer-esque howl, it is evident that this guy’s vocal cords have an amazing capacity. The song structure here is fairly simple compared to other tracks, but a nice solo is thrown in the mix to spice things up. The solos found this album are definitely not typical of black metal. I would expect to find these kinds of squealing harmonics on a Vader or Slayer album rather than on a black metal album.

Waiting for the Barbarians is another must listen. It starts out slow, with a riff that is very evocative of Behemoth, but quickly erupts into a spastic blend of harsh growls, raspy screams, and jaw dropping riffs capable of pulling out your scalp. What’s nice about Anaal Nathrakh is that instead of composing their songs out of a muddle of chords, melodies, and tempos, they come back to some extremely catchy riffs that keep the album listenable.

Also, even through the drums throughout this album are programmed, they do not sound entirely robotic. Irrumator has compiled some very crisp drum samples, and has thrown some nice fills in the mix, which almost makes one forget that they aren’t using a real drummer. That being said, the drum tracks aren’t so over-the-top to where it would be impossible for someone to play. Also Irrumator throws some very interesting synth tracks into the mix (Regression to the Mean), which keeps the album interesting without overwhelming the overall sound.

In an industry where creativity is limited and safe sounds are duplicated day by day, Anaal Nathrakh is here to save us from the disposable “in one ear and out the other” music that dominates the mainstream of heavy music. Simply put, these guys do not give a flying *** whether or not people will buy their albums; they are here to bring something new to the table, a very admirable effort.

While this album is not friendly to your ears by any means, they incorporate a solid amount of material into their songs to keep the listener from not getting lost in their array of chaos, confusion, and disorder. All this being said, this is one of the most uncanny albums you will ever listen to. So pick it up with open ears and you will be amazed at the places that metal is capable of going.



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eggsvonsatan
February 15th 2008


1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sorry for being a noob, but i was trying to clean this review up by adding some bold print. Could anyone tell me how to do that?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2008


16487 Comments


Encase the word or phrase you want bold between a b inside of brackets and a b inside of brackets with a forward slash. [b][/b]

Wizard
February 15th 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

and jaw dropping riffs capable of pulling out your scalp.

I think I would reword that considering the fact that your skalp can't be pulled out of anything (its the cover of skin on your head hahahaha). I would probably say 'riffs that can peel your scalp back' or just replace scalp with skull. Not a bad review. It was well described and you get your point across well.
Bolding is: [b]________[ /b] (eliminate the space in the last bracket)

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

eggsvonsatan
February 15th 2008


1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

gotcha, i was doing brackets before, i'll clean that up later
Read Edgar Allan Poe's 'Murders in the Rue Morgue' and you'll see that pulling one's scalp is indeed very possible

Doppelganger
February 15th 2008


3124 Comments


anal wrath

FR33L0RD
February 18th 2008


1466 Comments


high Creativity mixed with blackmetal = i need this

Hawks
March 26th 2008


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the most brutal Black Metal albums ever.

combustion07
March 26th 2008


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anaal Nathrakh owns.

Hawks
March 26th 2008


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah they do. The new album is their best IMO.

ThyCrossAwaits
February 16th 2009


3065 Comments


just listened to this one for the first time. it's official, Anaal Nathrakh are the s**t.

Digging: Old Man Gloom - The Ape of God I

Hawks
February 16th 2009


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amen to that brother.

Mendigo
February 16th 2009


2299 Comments


band name kicks ass. harhar.

Wizard
May 7th 2009


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album really sucks.

Hawks
May 7th 2009


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

God dammit Wiz.

Wizard
May 7th 2009


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like Hell is Empty...., this is just too monotonous and boring for my liking. Want to hear some excellent metal? Go check out my new list I just posted.

Hawks
May 7th 2009


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll check that right now.

Phantom
May 7th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Do you really have 10 pecs, Hawks?

Hawks
May 7th 2009


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha dude thats part of my last name.

Phantom
May 7th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

And so the dream ends.

Scenegirlsdontbang
June 30th 2009


106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"And are you satisfied it's unto shit that you return?
Are you happy that it is in piss that you drown"?



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