Metal Review – Anaal Nathrakh – Passion (2011)

Metal Review - Anaal Nathrakh - Passion (2011)Anaal Nathrakh is not really a band that I enjoy too much, and Passion is a pretty good reason why. Passion is Anaal Nathrakh’s sixth studio release and they are still not doing anything that sets them apart from any other Extreme Metal band out there. I am a fan of Black Metal, and for some reason Anaal Nathrakh is labeled as Black Metal, but let’s face it. They have barely any Black Metal tendencies in their music. Sure, they have a few Black Metal riffs thrown in here and there, but I am not a fan of Melodic Black Metal in any way and they are more like Melodic Black Metal than Black Metal.

Passion is not a complete throwaway album, but it is really nothing to write home about. Albums like this are reasons why I can understand why people are not Extreme Metal fans. The sound is a little too extreme for my tastes and is walking the fine line of where music begins to be noise. It is noise for the sake of noise.

Another reason that I am not a fan of Passion is that it sounds like an album that I already bought. It seems like Anaal Nathrakh are showing no signs of progression, and without having a formula that I liked in the first place, it makes it a tough sell for me. I would challenge anyone, fan of Anaal Nathrakh or not, to show me the progression made from their previous releases to Passion. I would seriously doubt that I would have any takers either.

To make a long story short, I can see a lot of Anaal Nathrakh fans being upset with this release because it sounds the same as previous efforts. I can also see fans just getting into Anaal Nathrakh getting into this album so. If you are a fan of Extreme Metal and have not checked out Anaal Nathrakh, you may really enjoy this release. Other than that small sampling of Metal fans, I cannot see too many people getting wowed by this release though.

Anaal Nathrakh – Passion Tracklist:
1 Volenti Non Fit Iniuria
2 Drug-Fucking Abomination
3 Post Traumatic Stress Euphoria
4 Le diabolique est l’ami du simplement mal
5 Locus of Damnation
6 Tod Huetet Uebel
7 Paragon Pariah
8 Who Thinks of the Executioner ?
9 Ashes Screaming Silence
10 Portrait of the Artist

Anaal Nathrakh are a British extreme metal band formed in 1999 who fuse black metal, grindcore, death metal and industrial music. They are currently signed to Candlelight Records.

The name comes from Merlin’s Charm of Making in John Boorman’s 1981 film Excalibur. According to Michael Everson’s transcription, Anaal Nathrakh means “serpent’s breath”.