Album Review: Anaal Nathrakh – A New Kind of Horror (Metal Blade Records)
Legendary British extreme metal band, Anaal Nathrakh have released their 10th album. Entitled A New Kind of Horror, it is out now through Metal Blade Records.
Vocalist Dave Hunt stated:
“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. There’s a lot that goes into our albums, of course, but it all comes about as a natural result of who we are, and for A New Kind of Horror we felt early on that it was clearly its own thing. It doesn’t have to stand in comparison with anything because to us it’s in a class of its own.”
Relax. Anaal Nathrakh are back. Relax. A Hew Kind of Horror is as filthy and disgusting as you could hope it to be. Leading the extreme metal pack for years now, this new album sees the British legends put a bit more distance between them and everyone else.
It’s almost amusing that Obscene as Cancer actually has some clean vocals amongst the pure horror show of noise that makes up track. What is less funny, is how well it works. An powerful start that amazes as much as it terrifies.
Trying to get to grips with this record is impossible. Whatever you think you know about extreme metal is challenged here and you’ll love every minute of it. The Reek of Fear’s wailing high-pitched classic vocals mixed with feral brutish guitars, Forward! and its shotgun blast to the face drumming or the pure fury of The Apocalypse is About You! delivers an experience like few others this year.
This is the kind of extreme music you could listen to all day. It’s an album you just never want to end as Anaal Nathrakh tear their way through track after track with an intensity that almost feels unreal. Every time you think they’ve reached the cusp of horror they unleash more. Mother of Satan is loud enough to make eyes and ears bleed.
The moment Are We Fit for Glory Yet? (The War to End Nothing) finishes there is no doubt everyone will be going straight back to the start. Anaal Nathrakh have released not just one of the best extreme metal records this year but one of the best metal records full stop.
Anaal Nathrakh – A New Kind of Horror Full Track Listing:
1. The Road to…
2. Obscene as Cancer
3. The Reek of Fear
5. New Bethlehem/Mass Death Futures
6. The Apocalypse Is About You!
7. Vi Coactus
8. Mother of Satan
9. The Horrid Strife
10. Are We Fit for Glory Yet? (The War to End Nothing)
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A New Kind of Horror is out now and you can buy/stream it via all major services. You can find all of the links over on Metal Blade Records’ website.
Anaal Nathrakh - A New Kind of Horror (Metal Blade Records)
The Final Score - 9/10