Anaal Nathrakh - _When Fire Rains Down From the Sky, Mankind Will Reap as it Has Sown_
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Anaal Nathrakh say that "humanity is cancer"; well, I'd certainly like
to know what kind of corrosive, toxic fluid runs in these guys' veins.
_When Fire Rains Down From the Sky..._ is the follow-up EP to the
blistering _The Codex Necro_, but even though the intensity of their
spiteful attack remains the same, the approach is somewhat different
in places. Whether all of the changes found on _WFRDFtS..._ will
continue to be a part of the Anaal Nathrakh sound in the future
remains to be seen, though I'd wager most of them will. The fact is
that this EP is more than simply a few leftovers from the previous
album's recording sessions. Atilla Csihar (ex-Mayhem) contributes some
vocals to this recording, though given the intensity of the vox on
previous Anaal Nathrakh records I didn't see much point in this. The
point was made clear on the final, title track, where Atilla uses his
peculiar _De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas_ intonation. While I wouldn't
count on Anaal Nathrakh insisting on this type of vocal approach in
the future, most of the remaining novelties may well stick around.
It's nothing hugely different apart from the Limbonic Art-ish chanting
on the title track, mind you: just some guitar soloing and electronic
noise touches, as Anaal Nathrakh continue to move away from the necro
sound of old and into an equally raw and merciless, but more
calculated, sonic attack. There's still all the grim insanity one has
come to expect from the band's hyperblast black metal, but
some riffs are worked differently, some extra touches added, the
overall sound tweaked, and the result is a beast that continues to
evolve with every release. Tracks such as "Never Fucking Again" make
this nearly half hour long EP a more than adequate gap-filler until
the next full-length.
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