Anaal Nathrakh have returned with a new recording that continues the mixture of melodic black metal and brutal grindcore of the previous recordings and this is a review of their 2014 album "Desideratum" which will be released on October 28th by Metal blade Records.
Dark sound effects start off the album along with some elements of harsh noise before adding in heavy guitars with elements of electronic music which also takes the music into more of a modern metal direction as well as adding in some melodic guitar leads and on the second track the music starts going for more of a fast black metal direction along with some high pitched screams.
A great amount of blast beats can be heard throughout the recording along with the vocals utilizing a good mixture of melodic clean singing on some tracks and black metal screams as well as a small amount of spoken word parts being used at times and the band also adds a great amount of melody into the solos and leads and they also mix in the electronic music elements in with their black metal sound.
As the album progresses the music starts having more of an atmospheric black metal feeling that is a lot more closer to the more mainstream side of the genre while the faster parts bring in elements of brutal grindcore along with some deep death metal growls being utilized at times and on one of the alter tracks you can hear a small amount of punk and hardcore being added into the bands musical style.
Anaal Nathrakh continue the foundations they have established on previous recordings keeping the music very heavy, chaotic and melodic while also experimenting more with the electronic music elements they brought onto the last recording as well as adding in some modern metal elements which I do not care about but other than that this album is a very good recording, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover annihilation and Armageddon themes.
In my opinion this is another decent sounding recording from Anaal Nathrakh and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Unleash" "A Firm Foundation Of Unyielding Despair" "Idol" and "Ita Mori". 7/5 out of 10.