Anaal Nathrakh
A New Kind of Horror


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (288 Reviews)
October 8th, 2018 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pernicious sedation.

Anaal Nathrakh have certainly had a virulent run through a catalogue of death and mayhem. For the last two decades the likes of Mike Kenney and Dave Hunt have been spewing varying levels of pestilential, world ending musical compositions at differing levels of success. The band’s early days would see the rise and rise of The Codex Nexro and Hell Is Empty and All The Devils Are Here giving life to the band’s nihilism and raw ferocity. Fairly, the band’s consistent run took a while to fall into a disappointing and underwhelming Passion but it didn’t take long for Anaal Nathrakh to get back on the proverbial dead horse. Vanitas reached dizzying depths of unrighteous chaos and vitriol, unmatched by the releases that follow, receiving praise from fans and critics alike. A ream of releases followed suit, bridging the gaps between brilliance and unintentional modesty. Anaal Nathrakh had begun it’s “Nathrakh: copy and paste” era.

A New Kind Of Horror yields the same beliefs as its predecessors. A tumultuous display of death meets grind-y noise foresees less of a new kind of horror and presents more of the same. Maybe there’s a desensitisation to be found from listening to compositional bile over and over again, rather than an awakening of catastrophic momentum. Anaal Nathrakh’s latest offering attempts the utmost of venom but instead A New Kind Of Horror dulls down the septicaemia and replaces it with hook and harmony (bordering on cheese). The potential for over exaggerating the quality of A New Kind Of Horror runs parallel with the band’s motif of end of the world love. Instead, A New Kind Of Horror should simply be taken as it is… Anaal Nathrakh on autopilot.

Thankfully, Anaal Nathrakh’s newest recording isn’t quite as blasé as this review, there are the usual highlights (or lowlights depending on your perspective) to placate both fans and new listeners alike. Push past the relatively typical start of the record and a few consistently Anaal Nathrakh tracks, A New Kind Of Horror becomes stronger in its latter half, replicating the fierce loyalties to unwholesome foulness in sonic form. Tracks like “New Bethlehem/Mass Death Futures” blend Hunt’s dynamic range of visceral screams and powerful cleans into a frenzied grind of industrial tinged experimentation and while the song itself blends into a foundation of sound found throughout the band’s opus, Vanitas allowing a sense of individuality, making the most of its three and a half minute run time.

Largely, the album itself runs this formula for the best part of thirty minutes, and its experimental nuances are lost in between. It’s the classic Nathrakh sound, without the grandiose or unsubtle majesty to lift this new kind of horror to where it actually needs to be. Without the aforementioned highlights that pepper the latter half of the record it’s worth mentioning that A New Kind Of Horror would be forgotten as the last riffs close out the somewhat cheese-filled “Are We Fit for Glory Yet" (The War to End Nothing)”.

In fact, it’s the album’s overall brevity that allows A New Kind Of Horror to be a solid, albeit passable listen. Anaal Nathrakh have become too comfortable with their insanity, complacent with their anguish and content with their diminishing majesty. Where Anaal Nathrakh would normally invoke the best and worst of listener emotions, A New Kind Of Horror falls into a safe little rut where nothing is bad, but it definitely isn’t extraordinary. If you are a naysayer of the group’s previous recordings, Anaal Nathrakh’s 2018 piece will not convert any new feelings in the slightest. On the other hand, if you’re looking for that primal ferocity that’s found within the earlier nihilisms (Constellation Of The Black Widow, Vanitas or Eschaton) the disappointments come as quickly as the blast beats. Anaal is becoming a watered down version of itself.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2018


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album hurt to listen to, and not quite in the right way

Evok
October 7th 2018


7728 Comments


damn

Digging: S.P.Y. - Dubplate Style

Darius the Great
October 7th 2018


20745 Comments


good review, band sucks

Hawks
October 7th 2018


73119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They’re no BTBAM.



Album/band slays.

Digging: Erang - Kingdom Of Erang

Darius the Great
October 7th 2018


20745 Comments


they're just perpetually boring man, they accomplish nothing.

Hawks
October 7th 2018


73119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe to you lol.

Darius the Great
October 7th 2018


20745 Comments


well yeah that goes without saying

Hawks
October 7th 2018


73119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/ m/ m/ m/ m/

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2018


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The rise of Hawks m/

Hawks
October 8th 2018


73119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They rule agreed. m/

Darius the Great
October 8th 2018


20745 Comments


yea xenophanes gets it

'cept i find other artists even better suited for his former statement as well

SteakByrnes
October 8th 2018


15527 Comments


hee hee anaal

Digging: Windwaker - Empire

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2018


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There’s always one

InFlamesWeThrash666
October 8th 2018


9053 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

band sucks [2]

Digging: Tool - Fear Inoculum

Casavir
October 8th 2018


3638 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[3]

Alucard125
October 8th 2018


614 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah this album was a real disappointment, more Desideratum than TWotL. I have a soft spot for the latter.



'Forward!' was a pretty weak single, but it turned out to be one of the best on the album.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2018


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed,

BigPleb
October 8th 2018


59608 Comments


These guys are certainly loud but lack any sort of memorability.

Good review as usual, Nocte.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2018


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks my Pleb : ]

zaruyache
October 8th 2018


21216 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Vox needs a throat punch for thinking he should keep singing at all in this band. The transitions into clean sections are so bad, the combination of that and the bad vox themselves is just ooof.



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