|Review: Anaal Nathrakh - Passion|
Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 17, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.27/5 (85.33%) (15 Votes)
Sixth full-length for this crazed British horde, and they show no sign of calming down. Anaal Nathrakh's blend of Black Metal, grindcore and industrial is pretty much a "love it or hate it" proposition, and it's just as true with Passion. The vocals are fucking insane, mixing some clean vocals with some of the most demented and chaotic screams in the business (feels like some effects were used at times). That's probably the most memorable thing on the album.
Musically this is roughly in the same vein as the previous album: A blackened form of high-speed Death Metal meets Grindcore all put together in a blender with some industrial effects that make this sound completely twisted – but then again, no one has ever accused this band of not being twisted. Their occasional venture into more melodic territory are so distorted and torturous that it almost sounds more nightmarish than the faster, distorted hyper-blasting passages.
Definitely not for everybody and, as far as I'm concerned, to be taken into small doses. If you didn't like this band before, this won't change your mind. If you're a fan, this is a pretty safe bet without much departure from what they presented in their previous album, but enough to keep things interesting.
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