The Whole Of The Law - Anaal Nathrakh
- Anaal Nathrakh
- Release date:
- October 28, 2016
- Metal Blade
That is far from the Avalon fabled shores to the bleak soundscape, here we are presented with
Anaal Nathrakh is one of those bands I can't spell without having to consult me with the cover. It is also one of the kind of bands you probably not liiiige to use as an incentive to get its not-metal friends on the bandwagon. The british hodgepodge of extreme genres is something I fancy the English would call an "acquired taste". And gosh, where should that be tasted a few times before here, the album slides down and stays down.
I need an adult
For enough this is not something new, that becomes peppered with copious amounts of industrial, a welcome tang. This time there works a fistful of thunderdome in the otherwise excellent "Hold Your Children Close And Pray For Oblivion", and to me it tastes damn not. But intronummeret, "The Nameless Dread", is quite interesting in the sense, it is both steeped in horror and at the same time sets the tone for the mood in the rest of the plate. It is evocative of a bomb falling towards the ground – hence the horrific feeling. The transition from the sound of death to the musical counterpart of the same cutting, it imperceptibly slides over into the album's first "real" track, "Depravity Favours The Bold", is performed for the ug and sets a high standard which, unfortunately, only met half. But why, then, the high character?
Because it is PTSD-inducing blackened grindcore. Frantic, breathless and almost frantically I ripped off from one of the hate number to the second, and especially the number with the equivocal title "In Flagrante Delicto" stresses, this is the soundtrack to a misanthropic collapse. It is a freaky place heaters noise that does not follow any rules other than its own, and the occasional skærebrændervokal may well go me a little on the nerves, and the whole thing becomes at times just legally technoficeret. But, in turn, speak their aggressiveness to me, and as old King Diamond-fangirl fit Dave Hunts imitation of his singing style perfectly into the chaos and the madness, which is already foreshadowed on the cover.
It requires a few gennemlytninger, or 12, to understand this release. My knowledge of the band prior to this album was pretty limited, and several acquaintances with greater expertise in the subject have expressed mild discontent with the latest offering. I have therefore immersed myself in their back catalogue to see if it has gone forward or back for them, and I must say that The Whole Of The Law, is just as hard to hold as its predecessors. But I will venture to assert, that it, together with the 2004 album, Domine Non Es Dignus, is one of their best albums to date. There is not much that is left to chance here. From the aforementioned cover, if the motive is inspired by Dante's Inferno, to the album's title, reminiscent of the real world's answer to Saruman, is this album designed to give outsiders need to keep their children close and yearn for oblivion.
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