Anaal Nathrakh - _Anaal Nathrakh_
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 5)
Brutal, harsh and furious -- and the same can be said about the insane vocals. Anaal-Nathrakh's first demo reaches excellent levels of intensity during the first couple of tracks as the band mercilessly attacks with their own sort of harsh black metal (which they call "necro metal"). What Anaal-Nathrakh managed to do remarkably well for a band who has so little experience was focus all the fury and aggression with which the music is delivered into enjoyable songs through smart guitar work that occasionally rises from amidst their wall of sound to keep things really interesting -- all this backed by an intense rhythmic section and complemented by the vocals I mentioned above. The music therefore manages to remain catchy in its very own way and the production achieves a very interesting balance between harshness and power. A cover of Mayhem's "Carnage" very appropriately ends the tape. Simple, but very effective and highly devastating. A new tape from Anaal-Nathrakh is supposed to be nearly ready, and I can't wait to hear it.

Contact: Necrodeath Studios, 15 Standlake Avenue, Hodge Hill,

(article published 12/10/1999)

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