Anaal Nathrakh – The Whole of The Law (Review)

Author: Laura Cosheril

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”. Let that quote sink in for a bit. Quoted by none other than Aleister Crowley, ANAAL NATHRAKH took this quote and formed a whole persona and eventually released this beast that is “The Whole of The Law” album. Now it is worth mentioning that ANAAL NATHRAKH are certainly an acquired taste, they are like nothing you’ve ever heard before and everything you’ve ever heard at the same time, they’re a brutal assault of the ears with heart wrenching wailing melancholy pieces. With that being said, their previous album “Desideratum” was all of these things, yet still undeniably underwhelming proving a point that ANAAL NATHRAKH teeter on the edge of insanity, either being incredible or underwhelming; “The Whole of The Law” is not that latter, let me tell you.

The first track of the album “The Nameless Dread” embraces us gently and somewhat breaks us in… but it does not prepare us for the onslaught that is to follow in the form of “Depravity Favours the Bold”. When the chorus hits we know there’s no going back, we’re gripped by the throat and thrown around like ragdolls; it’s brutal, but we’re still being introduced. It’s not until the next track where the album truly gets into full swing.

“Hold Your Children Close and Pray for Oblivion” is what it would sound like if one was to step foot in Oblivion and to be honest, it’s one of my favourites from the album. The vocals are haunting both in the clean, melodic KING DIAMOND-esque vocals and the beautiful, spine-shattering wails. It’s one of the more memorable tracks on the album as in parts, there’s a tendency to sound almost too similar.

It’s worth mentioning the pure irony that is “…So We Can Die Happy”, it makes me ecstatic. It’s a dark, brutal and chilling track and possibly the most unrelenting on the album. The only way I can describe this track is getting hit by a big rig repeatedly while having your limbs ripped off, that is what this track sounds like. The guitars are unrelenting and the drums are apocalyptic, this truly is the soundtrack to a madman’s Hell.

As if an entire album just isn’t enough we’re also treated to a nice little cover of “Powerslave” by IRON MAIDEN and “Man at C&A” by THE SPECIALS. Now, what does an extreme metal cover of IRON MAIDEN sound like you ask? Probably exactly how you imagine it, brutal, skull crushing and unrelenting, by far one of the best covers I have heard to date.

All in all, ANAAL NATHRAKH got their mojo back. I feel like I’ve been ripped to shreds, sewn back up just to be torn limb from limb all over again, and I fucking love it. This album is not for the faint of heart, it is absolutely brutal and will certainly weed out the boys from the men. I’m not even sure what I expected from this album, but it blew my mind with the pure ferocity and power. This is the soundtrack of the apocalypse. ANAAL NATHRAKH “Will Fucking Kill You” and that shall be the whole of the law.

Rating: 4.5/5

1.The Nameless Dread
2.Depravity Favours the Bold
3.Hold Your Children Close and Pray for Oblivion
4.We Will Fucking Kill You
5….So We Can Die Happy
6.In Flagrante Delicto
7.And You Will Beg for Our Secrets
9.On Being a Slave
10.The Great Spectator
11.Of Horror, and the Black Shawls
12.Powerslave (Bonus Track)
13.Man at C&A (Bonus Track)

Dave Hunt – Vocals
Mick Kenney – Bass, Guitar, Programming

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