ALBUM REVIEW: Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment

Even though the two main members of Anaal Nathrakh Mick “Irrumator” Kenney, and vocalist Dave “V.I.T.R.I.O.L.” Hunt – haven’t actually recorded in the same studio together for around ten years, the pair have still managed to spew more bitterness and agonized rage than can surely be healthy. With over 5,000 miles between them for latest album Endarkenment (Metal Blade), Kenney pushed buttons and twiddled knobs in his California studio, while Hunt recorded his vocals in far less sunny English climes, cathartically venting his spleen a few rooms down from where an S&M porn film was being shot. Continue reading

Anaal Nathrakh – Akercocke: Live at The Asylum, Birmingham UK

It’s another one of those typically cold, grey April evenings in central Birmingham. Slowly darkening skies, a distinct chill in the air, and a dense pall of doom hanging over The Asylum as it’s clear that first band Khost are already on as I arrive. Luckily, the band are only a couple of songs in, but the slowly gathering crowd are already enraptured by the duo’s atmospheric industrial grind. Continue reading

Anaal Nathrakh – A New Kind of Horror

With song titles like ‘Mother of Satan’ and ‘Obscene as Cancer’ its easy to understand that an Anaal Nathrakh album is something that needs to be in your heavy metal rotation and A New Kind of Horror (Metal Blade) is worthy of that distinction. Continue reading

Anaal Nathrakh To Stream Their London Concert This Weekend

Anaal Nathrakh has announced plans to stream their sold-out London show live, this Saturday, 11 August 2018. We have the link for you below. The band will release their 10th full-length, A New Kind Of Horror, via Metal Blade Records in September. The new single, ‘Forward!’, can be streamed now as well as pre-orders of exclusive merch and bundles. Their tour kicks off tomorrow at Party San Open Air.  Continue reading

Carnifex To Release New Album, Slow Death This Summer

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California deathcore band Carnifex will drop their new album Slow Death on August 5th from Nuclear Blast Records. Slow Death produced and recorded by Carnifex and Mick Kenney (Anaal Nakrath, Bleeding Through), co-produced by Jason Suecof (Death Angel, Chelsea Grin, Job For A Cowboy) and mixed by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder,Whitechapel, Devildriver, Deicide) at Audiohammer Studios. Artwork for Slow Death for the album was created by longtime collaborator godmachine. Pre-orders are live now at this link:
http://goo.gl/vSSlPI

Front man Scot Ian Lewis commented about the new album:

“Album number six, over ten years as a band and we have more fire and passion than ever,. This album will reshape our genre and be looked back on as an album that started a new movement for aggressive, dark metal. We’re going to show those who love us and those who hate us just how far reaching our ambition is.”

Slow Death track listing:

01.Dark Heart Ceremony
02.Slow Death
03.Drown Me In Blood
04.Pale Ghost
05.Black Candles Burning
06.Six Feet Closer To Hell
07.Necrotoxic
08.Life Fades To A Funeral
09.Countess Of The Crescent Moon
10.Servants To The Horde

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Carnifex, Photo by Clayton Addison © 2015)


Carnifex is:

Scott Lewis – Vocals


Shawn Cameron – Drums


Jordan Lockrey – Guitar


Cory Arford – Guitar



Fred Calderon – Bass


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Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum

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Relentless anarchic nihilistic violence spews from the bowels of Anaal Nathrakh once more as eighth album, and first for Metal Blade, Desideratum continues the bands legacy in fine style. Very few bands are this consistent over so many albums, but the fire rages deep and wild in Irrumator (Mick Kenney) and V.I.T.R.I.O.L (Dave Hunt), as the Black Country pair return with another lesson in pure musical ferocity.

Starting out as a black metal band, but one that sought to leave the second-wave behind by inflicting a vat of putrid filth on a dying scene, as Anaal Nathrakh have mutated chronologically and musically, the infiltration of industrial hostility and the development of Hunt’s cleaner vocals alongside his possessed throat-ripping for effect and choruses has seen a refinement of their sound. But this refinement hasn’t led to any sacrificing of intensity at the altar of progression; Desideratum, with its khold (sic) black metal motifs, down-tuned riffing, scatter-gun percussion, pseudo-anthemic choruses and sonic gargantuanism, hurtles with the dedicated purpose of a killing machine.

An interesting development to their sound sees a proliferation of frost-bitten blackened metal lines decorate various tracks, particularly on early pair ‘Unleash’ (a very appropriately titled first track proper) and ‘Monstrum In Animo’, tributes to Dissection, and the achievement of the vision Mayhem had on A Grand Declaration Of War (Necropolis) meshed with the revelation of what Fear Factory could have become.

The trick that Anaal master more than most is that this isn’t mindless raging at the dying of the light, theirs is not the beserker, but more and more they are demonstrating an exquisite ability to balance unadulterated extremity with a melodic touch (just a touch, mind) as with calculated intent they cleverly build layers and subtle touches to their barbarism, all with an eye firmly on the current, the modern, the relevant, such as the tar-thick contemporary riffing of the title track. Arriving halfway through the album ‘A Firm Foundation Of Unyielding Despair’ sounds like the bastard mutant offspring of the most intense of Slipknot and Satyricon.

Variety and quality are prevalent throughout; ‘Sub Specie Aeterni (Of Maggots and Humanity)’ is punk as fuck and venomous, before ‘The Joystream’ descends in a cascade of black metal, breakdowns, Goth/Industrial samples and splutters and a strong chorus, with a melancholic Katatoni(a)c lead, a softening kiss in a maelstrom. Yet even then, the intensity shows no sign of letting up, make no mistake, as, on Desideratum, Anaal Nathrakh have realized the beautifully disgusting union of extremity and massive back-splitting, carcass-gutting hooks.

The lion has long since devoured both dragon and child, but has now outgrown the underground and is ready to overwhelm the universe.

8.5/10

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STEVE TOVEY