Anaal Nathrakh - In The Constellation Of The Black Widow (2009)


Be prepared to be blown away by this album since the first minute you start playing it. Anaal Nathrakh are back to their older and more brutal sound in a bestial way. I think this is the band’s more brutal material since “The Codex Necro” and it’s probably one of the best albums of the year in my opinion.

The production of this album is amazing overlaying tons of vocal styles, fast as hell drumming and amazing guitar riffs unlike anything I’ve heard this year. “In The Constellation Of The Black Widow” rapes our eardrums with 10 furious tracks that are not recommended for the faint of heart.

The use of a wide variety of vocals takes the aural assault this album creates to a new level, there are growls, shrieks, whispers, samples and clean vocals, all perfectly layered sometimes over each other in different combinations, making me wonder how is this going to work when the band performs this songs live.

The guitar riffs are usually tremolo picked and when the solos come, they fit the music perfectly adding that extra melodic feeling that something this aggressive usually needs, since it has to be quality and brutality, nothing less.

The drumming is so complex that I had to listen to this album a few times on my ‘special’ headphones so I can pick up on all the cymbals and different drum sounds in the songs, a thing that I usually don’t do unless I really like the album.

The overall mix of this album is also outstanding, since you can listen to every single details of the instruments if you really pay attention, and the brutal combination of elements never gets in the way of enjoying the technical aspects of this release, something that is very hard to find in releases that have this kind of intensity to them.

This British two man outfit has created on of the most brutal pieces of music that I’ve heard in quite a while, so if you like your music to be fast, brutal and well produced this is the album for you. The revised version of “Satanchrist” is probably one of my favorite revisions of a song that a band has ever made. Do not hesitate in getting this release if you liked the old Anaal Nathrakh music, since this will blow you away.

Band: Anaal Nathrakh Album: In The Constellation Of The Black Widow
Label: Candlelight Records USA

Release: July 7, 2009

Official Site myspace
Genre: Black Metal

Country: England

Rating: 93/100

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