Now this is how Black Metal should sound! It makes you proud to be English when you get a band from our own country showing the Scandinavians how it should be done, because this is without a doubt one of the most extreme metal albums ever to be released. The band, consisting of just two members, Irrumator and V.I.T.R.I.O.L. as well as their trusty (and overclocked and overworked) drum machine, put out a noise that could strip paint from fifty yards. There is no band around who really sound similar to Anaal Nathrakh, but, to give you a rough idea, if you imagine Immortal jamming with Brutal Truth, then being given the remix treatment by Rhys Fulber, only all at twice the normal speed, you might get somewhere close. Or you might not, it’s a bit hard to describe. The main portion of the sound is definitely Black Metal, and there is a bit of Industrial in there as well, but the result has a sound all of it’s own. They also have some of the coolest song titles in the genres as well, such as Submission Is For The Weak and When Humanity Is Cancer. The greatest song on the album, though, is without a doubt Pandemonic Hyperblast. You will simply never hear a more intense Black Metal song anywhere. So, if the likes of Marduk and Immortal are no longer extreme enough for you, give Anaal Nathrakh a try, you won’t be disappointed. (And if they’re too extreme for you, you might want to check out Frost, Irrumator’s side project. Not bad, but it really pales in the shadow of AN).