Having followed their career since The Codex Necro, I always liked Anaal Nathrakh but never considered them amongst the upper echelon of black metal bands, mainly due to the inconsistency in quality that is evident from album to album. When these gentlemen are on form, however, few can match their combination of ferocity, harshness, speed, cinematic atmosphere and epic melodies. This is industrial and this has elements of noise, but it is first and foremost black metal and it is Anaal Nathrakh’s best album. This is so over the top and so aggressive so as to almost border on absurdity, and the balancing act here results in quite the powerful musical statement that is at once immediately listenable and immensely abrasive. There are so many good songs here with no throwaways, and the cover of Powerslave is completely fucking monumental and almost worth the price of admission alone. Buy or die!
Favorite track: Of Horror, and the Black Shawls.