Taking cues from likeminded black metal bands such as Burzum and Marduk, Anaal Nathrakh create some wildly vicious black metal. Though the sound is very black metal, using typical riffs and below par production, the sound of this band is possibly even more brutal than the most extreme death metal bands such as Cryptopsy. With thick guitar riffs, insane speeds of drum programming and stomach churning distorted vocals, this could well be a historical band.
V.I.T.R.O.L. - Vocals
Irrumator - Instruments
Anaal Nathrakh are different from the 'tr00' style of black metal. While still retaining vomit inducing vocals, fast blastbeats and a slightly low standard of production, Anaal Nathrakh are definitely black metal. At the same time, however, these guys give the corpse paint a rest and play music that is definitely more brutal than the blackest of black. Laying somewhere in between Varg Vikernes' animal-like scream and Fenriz's stomach churning deep choking sounds, vocalist V.I.T.R.O.L. creates extremely sickening vocals. With the drum machine turned up to 11 and set to the fastest speed possible, instrumentalist Irrumator handles all of the musical duties for Anaal Nathrakh. His guitar riffs, while sounding slightly recycled are nonetheless very black and very heavy. The main highlight of the album, however, is the drum programming. It becomes obvious after hearing the first few tracks of this album that Irrumator is a very talented bloke, especially in the area of drum programming.
There is an issue with this band. While they make some of the fastest, heaviest and most insane music in the realm of black metal, their songs often seem to lack substance. Once a listener hears one song, that is it, the rest of the album is full of similar heavy and fast riffs and insane drum programming. There is nothing behind any of the songs that requires anything to be heard more than once to be discovered. The vocals are the same sickening, distorted throaty scream throughout and it is often hard to distinguish between songs as the riffs are vocals aren't very different at all. For a listener looking for diversity, Anaal Nathrakh aren't the band to find it in. It the heaviness and brutality that make this band and those two factors make them a good band. It is obvious that Anaal Nathrakh aren't trying to make the ultimate black metal album, but rather to push the capabilities of bands in the genre. This album is no classic from Emperor or Darkthrone, but any fan of fast and extreme music would find this a worthy addition to their collection. While this band aren't making the most grim music, with their slightly industrial sound, Anaal Nathrakh could well be the future of black metal, as soon as they start writing songs with a little more substance and meaning. Dark, heavy, thick, fast and apocalyptic, this is the sound of the end of the world.
- Pure insanity
- Irrumator knows his instruments
- A new view of black metal
- Not much substance
- Could be seen as 'heavy and fast for heavy and fast's sake'
- No diversity; rather boring after a while
When Humanity Is Cancer
I have their other album and not this one, but I'm thinking they both sound the same. Some crazy stuff right here. It's a bit obvious that the two are having more fun than really taking it seriously, which isn't bad at all.
Taking black metal seriously is one of the lamest things you can do. Ever. The music I like a whole lot but the guys who get all up in corpse paint and talk about Satan are lame. Thus, Emperor are awesome. No corpse paint (at least not after the first few albums) and better lyrical themes.
Sorry to bump this, but I've been listening to it a hell of a lot lately. Unfortunately, Domine Non Es Digus sucks, especially compared to this. This is a very heavy side of black metal, which lots of sweet riffs and insanity. VITROL has some great vocals. My favorite songs right now are The Supreme Necrotic Audnance, Paradigm Shift: Annihilation, and Incipid Flock. When Humanity is Cancer isn't bad either. Overall I love how they took black metal and turned it into a brutal thing, and I think every song stays pretty interesting. I'm just amazed at hoe Darkthrone was a life-changing band for these guys, yet they sound nothing like them, not even the true necro black metal they set out to make.
You must mean their EP, aptly titled "When Fire Rains Down From The Sky, Mankind Will Reap What It Has Sown". Long title, never heard it. I was kind of turned off by Domine, even though Codex Necro was awesome.