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Anaal Nathrakh - Hell Is Empty And All the Devils Are Here
Ah, it’s that time again to sit with your happy family around the cosy fireplace and sing Christmas songs. Well, I’ve got something better to do, that is reviewing one of the best black metal records of the year!
 
Well, Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here isn’t actually a pure and typical black metal record because it has many influences, like grindcore, death metal and progressive elements. All packed in a modern wrapping. Anaal Nathrakh’s style is pretty close to that of Akercocke, is it a coincidence that both bands are from England? Just as Akercocke Anaal Nathrakh regularly likes to entry some clean vocals, but Anaal Nathrakh never combines it with acoustic guitars. Overall you can say that Anaal Nathrakh plays more overwhelming black metal, like in the song ‘Screaming of the Unborn’. It’s an amazing track that keeps on blasting while keeping your full attention.
 
Well, enough about the Akercocke comparisons. About the vocals then, because those are very varied. Roughly there are three kinds of vocals. First is the dominant black metal screams which sound so evil that if Jesus heard them at birth he would have immediately crawled back in the womb, to never show his little magic tricks on this godforsaken planet. The second is the death metal grunt, which is very much like Jan Chris de Koeyer of Gorefest. The last kind is the clean vocals, which will not work for everybody, because it often sounds as if a heroic story is read. But overall all these different vocals really contribute to the varied sound of Anaal Nathrakh.
 
I can be pretty clear on this, if you like black metal which goes further than the standard black metal riffs and screams, you really got to buy this record. Basically that’s every Akercocke fan. Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here is one the most interesting and varied black metal records of the year.
Anaal Nathrakh - Hell Is Empty And All the Devils Are Here
91/1001Details Feto Records
Released on Monday Oct 29th, 2007
Black metal

Writer @Sledgehammer Messiah on Wednesday Dec 26th, 2007

Tags: #Anaal Nathrakh
Tracklisting "Solifugae (Intro)" – 1:05
"Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen" – 3:39
"Screaming of the Unborn" – 2:46
"Virus Bomb" – 3:36
"The Final Absolution" – 3:55
"Shatter the Empyrean" – 3:05
"Lama Sabachthani" – 3:48
"Until the World Stops Turning" – 2:53
"Genetic Noose" – 3:34
"Sanction Extremis (Kill Them All)" – 3:33
"Castigation and Betrayal" – 4:02
Line up Irrumator (Michael Kenney) - Bass, guitar, drum programming
V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (Dave Hunt) - Vocals