ANAAL NATHRAKH’s Next Chapter of Hellfire Drops October 2016

Birmingham, UK’s finest black metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH will unleash their new album, The Whole of the LawOctober 28th via Metal Blade Records.  The album sounds like it’ll be another winner judging by the song, “Depravity Favours the Bold“:

The Whole of the Law track listing:
1. “The Nameless Dread
2. “Depravity Favours the Bold
3. “Hold Your Children Close and Pray for Oblivion
4. “We Will Fucking Kill You
5. “…So We Can Die Happy
6. “In Flagrante Delicto
7. “And You Will Beg for Our Secrets
8. “Extravaganza!
9. “On Being a Slave
10. “The Great Spectator
11. “Of Horror, and the Black Shawls
12. “Powerslave” (Bonus Track)
13. “Man at C&A” (Bonus Track)

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2014

Unlike everyone else, we waited until 2014 was actually over to recount our favorite albums. It’s been a great year for extreme music with a healthy amount of excellent releases.  We saw the return of legends in GODFLESH and AT THE GATES as well as welcome returns from long recording breaks in BEHEMOTH and MAYHEM.  And who can deny the GHOST B.C.-like popularity explosion of Japan’s BABYMETAL?  Crazy shit.  Metal is certainly a diverse genre.

For 2014, the APESHIT goons did not have any unanimous or semi-unanimous album of the year (i.e. 2013’s CARCASSSurgical Steel).  But MAYHEM, BLOODBATH, GODFLESH, and TRYPTIKON were near consensus picks.  Sorry, ENTOMBED A.D. didn’t make it here.

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ANAAL NATHRAKH: Taste of Desideratum Released

Birmingham-based extreme metallers and recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length October 28, 2014. Titled Desideratum, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Vanitas full-length was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California.

Check out the song, “Idol,” which is a bit laid back by ANAAL NATHRAKH standards:

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2012

As another great year for heavy music comes to a close, APESHIT takes a look back at our favorite pieces of music of 2012. This year had some great comebacks in CRYPTOPSY and STRIFE. There were also some nice surprises in the new sheer quality of the new SIX FEET UNDER and brutality of the new SOULFLY.

We want to thank all our readers, friends in the industry, and all the amazing artists, big and small, that we get a chance to work with for a great 10th year of existence. As the music industry as a whole continues to take an economic hit, let us all remember: If you like a band or one of their releases, support it!

Here’s hoping for a great 2013!

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ANAAL NATHRAKH – Vanitas

Let’s cut to the chase – Vanitas is a killer album.   Carrying on the tradition of great music from Birmingham, the duo of ANAAL NATHRAKH continue to prove why they are among extreme metal’s elite.

While their debut album, The Codex Necro, was an exercise is pure extremity, ANAAL NATHRAK have steadily expanded the definition of their sound through the years.    Vanitas, their seventh album, features the band’s best songwriting and most diverse work to date.  “Todos Somos Humanos” and “You Can’t Save Me, So Stop F*cking Trying” sees the band injecting subtle industrial electronic elements to add an additional dimension of extremity.   There is a great epic and triumphant black metal feel throughout accented by the clean vocal parts of Dave Hunt.  Blazing black metal melodies, eerie dissonance, attacking drums, and just great, hooky riffs are all over Vanitas.

Sure, one can tell some of the major influences of EMPEROR, DARK FUNERAL, and the like on the band.  However, where ANAAL NATHRAKH distinguish themselves in the level of sheer extremity and violence led by Dave Hunt.  No other vocalist in extreme metal creates such raw, tortured, agonized, and balls out screams and cries.  And that is preciously what puts them over the top.  Listening to Dave‘s vocals is just awesome.

Vanitas is not only ANAAL NATHRAKH‘s best work to date but also one of the best albums to come out in recent years.  (Candlelight Records)

ANAAL NATHRAKH – Eschaton

The UK’s purveyors of soul-raping black metal unleash another atom bomb of violence and raging brutality with their third album, Eschaton. Eschaton sees the band incorporating more non-black metal elements in the form of a growing grindcore sound (think NAPALM DEATH), more guitar solos, and even some melody and clean vocals. Opening track, “Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes,” sees ANAAL NATHRAKH immediately declaring bloody war as the song rages with all the insane speed and tortured vocals that you’ve come to expect from them. The next two tracks features a chorus of clean vocal lines overlaid over the brutality. But the clean vocals come off as more of melodramatic, power metal version of EMPEROR’s Ihsahn rather than something more serious or dark. “The Destroying Angel” is a prototypical ANAAL NATHRAKH song with its over the top intensity and just straight out extremity. “Waiting for the Barbarians” is a nice nod to DARK FUNERAL as the song captures the trademark DARK FUNERAL tempos and blazing, dark melodies along with the band’s own personal touch. “The Yellow Ring” is demonstrative of the band’s growth over the years as the song displays an epic feel with plenty of twists and turns. ANAAL NATHRAKH continues on the tone set by this previous track with “When the Lion Devours Both Dragon and Child,” but goes for more of an epic feel in the vein of EMPEROR; complete with decadent clean vocal chorus. The final track, “Regression to the Mean,” is a great way to end Eschaton with its combo of noise and brooding darkness. Love it or hate it, ANAAL NATHRAKH are expanding the sound they started with on the excellent, The Codex Necro. Eschaton is quite a turning point for the band and undoubtedly a sign of more to come. Hail Chaos! (Season of Mist Records)