Anaal Nathrakh - _When Fire Rains Down From the Sky, Mankind Will Reap as it Has Sown_
(Mordgrimm, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8.5 out of 10)
Anaal Nathrakh say that "humanity is cancer"; well, I'd certainly like to know what kind of corrosive, toxic fluid runs in these guys' veins. _When Fire Rains Down From the Sky..._ is the follow-up EP to the blistering _The Codex Necro_, but even though the intensity of their spiteful attack remains the same, the approach is somewhat different in places. Whether all of the changes found on _WFRDFtS..._ will continue to be a part of the Anaal Nathrakh sound in the future remains to be seen, though I'd wager most of them will. The fact is that this EP is more than simply a few leftovers from the previous album's recording sessions. Atilla Csihar (ex-Mayhem) contributes some vocals to this recording, though given the intensity of the vox on previous Anaal Nathrakh records I didn't see much point in this. The point was made clear on the final, title track, where Atilla uses his peculiar _De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas_ intonation. While I wouldn't count on Anaal Nathrakh insisting on this type of vocal approach in the future, most of the remaining novelties may well stick around. It's nothing hugely different apart from the Limbonic Art-ish chanting on the title track, mind you: just some guitar soloing and electronic noise touches, as Anaal Nathrakh continue to move away from the necro sound of old and into an equally raw and merciless, but more calculated, sonic attack. There's still all the grim insanity one has come to expect from the band's hyperblast black metal, but some riffs are worked differently, some extra touches added, the overall sound tweaked, and the result is a beast that continues to evolve with every release. Tracks such as "Never Fucking Again" make this nearly half hour long EP a more than adequate gap-filler until the next full-length.


(article published 29/5/2003)

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