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Review: Anaal Nathrakh - In the Constellation of the Black Widow
Anaal Nathrakh
In the Constellation of the Black Widow

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 34:38
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: December 5, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
In the Constellation of the Black Widow

Rated 4.03/5 (80.5%) (40 Votes)

I just don't like Anaal Nathrakh. I have tried to get into them, but they take perfectly good Black Metal riffing and then they feel compelled to barf all this other crap all over it. I like a lot of the guitar work on this album, but the rest of it is crap: techno-inspired, Fear Factory drumbeats, overly processed shrieking, even some trendy clean singing mixed in, though of course layered with a ton of effects. I guess what makes them sort of "grindy" are the blast beats and the utterly unintelligible vocals, which are mostly that way because this band never saw a vocal effect it couldn't abuse even unto death. Hey, geniuses: anybody can make a bunch of indecipherable screaming with a bunch of computer filters all over it. I get the feeling that if this band ever got on some medication and calmed the fuck down they could produce some killer Black Metal, but mostly they seem tiresomely obsessed with using music as a vehicle for demonstrating how extreeeeeeeme they are. It's a bunch of sound and fury and wasted talent that ends up producing almost nothing worth hearing.

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