Band : Anaal Nathrakh
Album/EP : A New Kind Of Horror
Genre: Death Metal/Black Metal
Label : Metal Blade Records
Location : Birmingham, UK/ California, US
FFO : Watain, Marduk, Immolation
The production on this record is pretty good. The only thing that throws me off is the vocals. The shining element here is how heavy and fast the record is. It’s not 100% my thing, but I totally respect it. It’s straight up no bullshit. It’s fast, in your face, and will rip your head off. The mix isn’t to bad either. I feel like the instruments drown out the vocals just a tiny bit.
As I previously mentioned, the songs are straight forward. The song structures get right to the point. Even though they waste no time, everything did seem to flow very well. Vocalist Dave Hunt said this about the record “This is not a happy album, it is bitter, vengeful, sarcastic, sardonic, violent, terrified and horrified, terrifying and horrifying in equal measure. Above all, it is human, and all that that entails. It's as sincere as we could make it”. But as I close my eyes and listen, I just imagine everything I fear coming to fruition and slowly killing me. As someone who is actually pretty new to this band, I might actually jam this record more. If you are a fan of metal with out any bullshit filler, this should definitely be on repeat.
My favorite part of the record was totally how they have A LOT of massive head banging riffs. You know that type of riff, where you cant help but bob your head a lot. My least favorite part, was honestly the vocals. For me, they are just a little too much. But it doesn’t ruin the listening experience. The album is massive, and the vocals totally contribute to it. They just aren’t quite for me right now. Compared to their last album, not much has changed. They have their formula on lockdown. So I personally see no reason to change anything. I am curious, what if the vocals were straight low death metal style. How different would it be?
Overall, even though I’m not too big on the vocals, I totally appreciate this record. The blast beats, massive riffs, and epic orchestral arrangements create one of the most unique listening experiences I’ve ever been a part of. This is definitely their best record I can tell you that. I would love to see them live.
Star Rating: 9.5/10
Strongest Song: Forward!
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