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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars

on 13 September 2003
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).
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on 15 November 2001
Incredible, just incredible. I picked up this album purely based on word of mouth, and wasn't really sure what to expect. What you get is a dark, oppressive, slightly cold album - highly recommended for extreme metal fans.
Proof that when you think extreme metal has reached the limits and stagnated, it returns fresh and with further vengeance.
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on 1 June 2002
The music is well made up of excellent guitar riffs combined with drums for a really sinister sounding CD. The accompanying lyrics are occasionally screamed out as if in pain which adds to the atmosphere all the more.
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on 10 November 2001
just when you thought that metal had reached the zenith of extremity something like this comes along and smashes your soul into dancing fragments of gibbering, demented horror! very UNEASY listening and a must hear for fans of true black metal. their use of a drum machine may be considered uncool by some, but really it adds a remorseless sense of industrial coldness to the grim proceedings of this debut.
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on 25 February 2002
Wow, this is brutal. This is as hellish a vision of an apocalypse you're as likely to get. A debut that was for once well worth the hype. Look out for "Submission Is For The Weak", a truly evil track.
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