|Review: Anaal Nathrakh - The Codex Necro|
|The Codex Necro|
Label: Mordgrimm Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 17, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
for:The Codex Necro
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)
Despite the high humour value of the album's linear notes, the two members of Anaal Nathrakh seem totally serious about creating the most aggressive, destructive, loud and just plain fuckin' necro music as humanly possible.
"Thanks list – Absolutely fucking no-on. Do not ask for lyrics as Anaal Nathrakh's will never be published. Hail Necro Warriors Everywhere!"
The hogtied and plastic wrapped corpses featured throughout the album's exterior are actually an excellent description of this unusual band's music. Symbolically speaking of course, once you pop this doozy in you're in for a violent beating that rarely ceases to give you a chance to take a breath to prepare for the next explosive barrage. This stuff is just plain fast as hell, the kind of music The Flash would bang his bitch to, seriously.
I guess we'll never know what vocalist (I'm pretty sure that's what "vomiting of utter blasphemic stench and concepts" translates to) V.I.T.R.I.O.L. is screaming about throughout The Codex Necro, but guaranteed he ain't a happy boy. But musically, the one-man band Irrumator puts 100% of the balls out on this record, for the most part meeting the hype of Anaal Nathrakh orchestrating the soundtrack to the apocalypse. This is the definition of pure hatred captured on CD. Unlike most Norsecore acts out there though (heard Kult ov Azazel recently, what a pile of wannabe shit) there's more depth to the songs than just blast blast blast, riff riff riff. This isn't a mindless effort despite boasting such extremity; the writing is quite sharp and definitely puts Anaal Nathrakh in a league of its own. The riffs have this spacey, razor-sharp tone to them along with some crunchier passages complimented by confident double bass kicks. There's also some ever so light industrial influences hinted at here, which could become more apparent on the band's latest release that I have yet to hear, that features Atilla and Titan Seth of Aborym.
If a band like Nasum played black metal, it would probably sound a hell of a lot like this. If you like your metal experimental, different and just plain heavy and fast as fuck, then treat yourself to this overwhelming massacre for your ears.
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