Anaal Nathrakh – Passion

Anaal Nathrakh - Passion

First and foremost let me begin by saying that I am only a casual listener of Anaal Nathrakh, because I would question the sanity of anyone who would sit around and listen to this band constantly; but far be it from me to judge a person by musical taste.  That being said, Passion is the audio equivalent of hell being unleashed with its unrelenting blast beats, frantic guitar riffs and chaotic, shrieking vocals.

Passion clocks in at a blistering 36 minutes which seems kind of short, but I think you would probably need to check into a mental asylum if it went any longer.  From the outset you will notice the direct similarities to bands like Aborym, which makes sense since Atila Csihar has lent his vocal talents to the band in the past and of course comparisons can be drawn to the mighty Emperor.  At times you will notice in V.I.T.R.I.O.L’s vocal delivery, a style that harkens back to a young lad by the name of Garm who sang those memorable, operatic masterpieces in Arcturus.  This is abundantly evident on the track “Le Diabolique Est L’ami D Simple” and “Paragon Pariah”.

If you are a fan of Anaal Nathrakh I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy this album.  The only issues that I encountered were at times the vocals became almost too overpowering or annoying, but I don’t think that it takes away from the overall atmosphere of the album.  While it seems that the arrangements were carefully constructed, the album has a tendency to run together at times and make some sections bleed into one another, but once again just a minor bump in the road.   One only need to listen to the breakdown section of “Ashes Screaming Silence” to know that these guys mean business and they have the chops to back it up.

In closing, don’t be afraid to pop Passion in to your CD player and enjoy, but don’t be surprised when your ears start bleeding and your face melts onto the floor; cause if it doesn’t then these guys are just going to have to try harder on their next release.