Meet the soundtrack to Armageddon (although, having met their touring guitarist at a Daragonforce gig, he seemed like a nice, quiet chap…..)
Anaal Nathrakh was created for one purpose – to be the soundtrack for Armageddon, the audial essence of evil, hatred and violence, the true spirit of necro taken to its musical extremes. Since being founded in 1999, the band has gained a reputation for embodying precisely these things, with a history including not only the release of seven albums and an EP to rapturous acclaim, but collaborations with such legendary figures as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and so on. This, alongside appearing on BBC Radio 1 at the personal behest of sadly missed icon John Peel, headlining a stage at the renowned cult Inferno Festival in Norway as their debut international live appearance, countless placings in ‘best album of the year’ polls and album of the month awards in the press and cover appearances on leading magazines such as Terrorizer… Anaal Nathrakh’s status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable.
Uniquely hallmarked by breathtaking musical ferocity, inventiveness and breadth, married with mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence, Anaal Nathrakh’s sound is imbued with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in metal. Comments from respected publications include ‘these dudes split ‘terrifyingly heavy and fierce’ and ‘giant dork’ straight down the middle and sew it up again like Dr. Frankenstein working on the monster.’ (Decibel), ‘ANAAL NATHRAKH are one of the best bands out there when it comes to evoking horror and terror.’, ‘a master class in extreme metal’ (Metalsucks), ‘…a thrill ride of horrors’ (Pitchfork) and ‘You’ve been warned. Prostrate or be conquered’ (Lastrites).
Of their live performances, Terrorizer magazine said ‘Anaal Nathrakh leave no room for dissention or ambivalence when they hit the stage. And when Dave finally shouts out that immortal quote about humanity’s inevitable downfall, you fucking feel the boot slam down on to your neck’. Or according to The Quietus, ‘Anaal Nathrakh’s performance was undoubtedly one of the most powerful and intimidating examples of controlled anarchy you’re ever likely to see’. Having made the transition from studio project to a true live band, they have gone on to play many of the most prestigious metal events out there including Roskilde in Denmark, Hellfest in France, Inferno in Norway, Scion and the Maryland Deathfest in the USA, Summer Breeze in Germany, Bloodstock in the UK and many more with great success.
With their last album “Vanitas” garnering numerous accolades including appearing in various ‘best of 2012′ lists and winning first place in the Terrorizer readers’ album of the year poll (alongside second places in ‘best vocalist’ and ‘best band’), Anaal Nathrakh are set to reach ever higher on their mission to send the Earth crashing into the Sun with their new label Metal Blade and their excoriating new album “Desideratum” to be released later this year.
Mick Kenney – guitars/bass/programming
David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L – vocals