Anaal Nathrakh
In the Constellation of the Black Widow


5.0
classic

Review

by Motiv3 USER (8 Reviews)
August 16th, 2009 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anaal Nathrakh may be a bright spark in the British metal scene, but don’t let that fool you. They can proudly stand tall in the midst of today’s extreme metal.

On the surface, the British music scene can seem pretty mediocre in the 21st Century. Without even going into the mainstream pop scene there aren’t many new bands of this Century putting out consistently great albums. As far as mainstream metal goes it isn’t much better. Bullet for my Valentine blew up all over Britain but have only managed to make average Metalcore, and Dragonforce can’t make an album without turning into a complete wankfest which can only appeal to Guitar Hero geeks. As far as ‘extreme’ metal is concerned, Cradle of Filth hasn’t really made an album living up to the days of ‘Dusk and her Embrace’ and even then you can argue that really, it wasn’t that great.

So imagine the surprise when bands like Anaal Nathrakh are apparent in a seemingly declining British metal scene, stressing the word ‘seemingly’. It is clear that England hasn’t produced a band this unrelenting, blistering and brutal in a very, very long time. The title track itself really showcases what this band is about, starting off with haunting atmosphere and background laughing before exploding with V.I.T.R.I.O.L.’s inhuman high shriek before going into utter chaos. On first listen it can be somewhat of a overwhelming or awe-inspiring experience but don’t let that fool you, as you listen more you start to detect the underlying melodies and harmonies which are all over this album. Mick Kenney’s performance on this album is perfect for a band of this nature, His crushing riffs and pummeling blast beats are met with a variety hooks which can make this album extremely catchy after repeated listens, once you get used to the Armageddon like sound you can really start to appreciate the albums sound as a whole.

The vocal performance of V.I.T.R.I.O.L. is nothing short of incredible. His vocal range allows him to go from incredibly high shrieks to disgustingly low grind vocals and pig squeals, vocals which cross black metal, death metal, grind and even clean singing. What's even more impressive is that it is all surprisingly audible and listenable. Even the ridiculous amount of ear piercingly high shrieks at the start of the title track can be with stood from any long term metal listener or fan. His clean singing is also very well executed and unique causing breaks from Anaal Nathrakh’s continuous onslaught. All this makes for a surprisingly varied album which rarely gets repetitive despite the 34 minutes of hatred and evil.

The song writing as a whole is also superb, the riffs are crushing, melodies are placed when needed and in no way overtake the sound this album wanted to achieve. Crossing over from extreme metal to core, these guys can compete and even surpass the vast amount of core and extreme metal bands. The black metal shrieks are among some of the best of today’s black metal breed and the enormously epic breakdown in The Lucifer Effect puts pretty much every core band to shame as it is extremely well thought out.

This album is arguably a classic in modern British extreme metal but there are few things to consider. This album is certaintly not the most accessible in the world to newer metal listeners. If you are not familiar with Black metal, Death Metal or even Grind then you may be in for a shock and it could very much overwhelm you and become to unbearable to listen, it takes quite a trained listener to get past the extreme heaviness to see the appeal of this album. However if you are a seasoned metal fan then I see this as no problem, this should be in your metal collection because you would be missing out on one of the highlights of the year. Anaal Nathrakh may be a bright spark in the British metal scene, but don’t let that fool you. They can proudly stand tall in the midst of today’s extreme metal.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Motiv3
August 16th 2009


8932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Can't wait to check out more from these guys.

Digging: Punch - They Don?t Have To Believe

Knott-
Emeritus
August 16th 2009


10195 Comments


british music's fine thx

Motiv3
August 16th 2009


8932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

we all have our own opinions ;)

fireaboveicebelow
August 16th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anaal Nathrakh maybe a bright spark in the British metal scene, but don’t let that fool you.
should say "may be"
What’s even more impressive is that it is all this is surprising audible and listenable.
should say "what's even more impressive is that it is all surprisingly audible and listenable"

also I have a pet peeve when people use the summary in the review but whatever

BurlySlayerFan
August 16th 2009


51 Comments


Wouldn't say the British music scene was mediocre at all. Architects, Dead Swans, Mesa Verde, Manatees, Maybeshewill, And So I Watch You From Afar etc are all decent bands I think of off the top of my head.

But the three bands you mentioned do kind of suck.

Anyway, good review.

The_Oath
August 16th 2009


24 Comments


V.I.T.R.I.O.L.'s clean vocals on all the albums post-Domine Non Es Dignus ruin AN for me. It's disappointing because I know he can do great clean vocals that fit the music perfectly -- he did it on "When Fire Rains Down from the Sky, Mankind Will Reap as It Has Sown" from the EP.

jingledeath
August 16th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if they're great and fit the music perfectly then why do they ruin it for you?

Motiv3
August 16th 2009


8932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Wouldn't say the British music scene was mediocre at all. Architects, Dead Swans, Mesa Verde, Manatees, Maybeshewill, And So I Watch You From Afar etc are all decent bands I think of off the top of my head.

I know i know, thats why i said 'on the surface', most british mainstream artists these days are very average, i like architects from what ive heard but the others i have not yet listened to which i will do when i feel like it.

Motiv3
August 16th 2009


8932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Anaal Nathrakh maybe a bright spark in the British metal scene, but don’t let that fool you.

should say "may be"

What’s even more impressive is that it is all this is surprising audible and listenable.

should say "what's even more impressive is that it is all surprisingly audible and listenable"

also I have a pet peeve when people use the summary in the review but whatever


haha its cool, i like the fact that you are pointing these things out, makes me think how to write better next time ^^

The_Oath
August 16th 2009


24 Comments


if they're great and fit the music perfectly then why do they ruin it for you?


Is this a real question? The implication was that I think he has the ability to do good clean vocals, but falls short most of the time, thus ruining AN for me. The possibility of something carries with it no necessity.

burnafterbreeding
August 16th 2009


1466 Comments


Fantastic review man. Good work.

Zip
August 16th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whoa five? idk.

TricksterGRex
August 16th 2009


2087 Comments


bad album

TricksterGRex
August 16th 2009


2087 Comments


you best

Zip
August 16th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

2? Nah

Zip
August 16th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You be ref

Zip
August 16th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Trickster you're a fag you rated Wold 3.5, you have no right to diss any album ever again you have the worst taste ever.

TricksterGRex
August 16th 2009


2087 Comments


LOL

Zip
August 16th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Plz tell me that was a joke rating dude, seriously wtf

TricksterGRex
August 16th 2009


2087 Comments


actually a good album, but then again i love noise rock and everything related to noise

i'm gonna listen to boredoms now



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