Anorexia Nervosa - _Drudenhaus_
by: Paul Schwarz (
Lacking neither aggression nor atmosphere, Anorexia Nervosa nevertheless fail to quite get a really good and infectious black metal mixture of the two. I can't deny that "A Doleful Night in Thelema" or "Dirge and Requiem of My Sister Whore" as much display a crushing guitar bite as they do the considerable orchestration (which embraces such Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir-like excesses as ten tracks of violins) and crushing, tight drumming -- along, of course, with that Filthy habit of convoluting song titles. However, at the same time I must point out that _Drudenhaus_ does fail to be seriously original and also lacks an x-factor in quality which would make it preferable over the majority of other releases in its field. The biggest stumbling point is the vocals; mixed too low and blandly uncharacteristic, they clinch the deal on Anorexia Nervosa's lack of individuality. _Drudenhaus_ is very accomplished and it is certainly contemporary, but it isn't the way for the future, neither is it the best example of its style.
(article published 5/25/2000)
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