Anaal Nathrakh - Vanitas


8.3 | 215 votes |
Release date: 15 October 2012
Style: Black metal, Grindcore, Industrial metal

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01. The Blood-Dimmed Tide
02. Forging Towards The Sunset
03. To Spite The Face
04. Todos Somos Humanos
05. In Coelo Quies, Tout Finis Ici Bas [feat. Dave Nassie]
06. You Can't Save Me, So Stop Fucking Trying [feat. Elena Vladimirova]
07. Make Glorious The Embrace Of Saturn
08. Feeding The Beast [feat. Steeve Hurdle]
09. Of Fire, And Fucking Pigs
10. A Metaphor For The Dead

The Best Grindcore Album Of 2012

Line-up
V.I.T.R.I.O.L. - vocals
Irrumator - bass, guitars, programming

Guest musicians
Elena Vladimirova - vocals
David "Dave" Nassie - guitars
Steeve Hurdle - guitars

Additional info
Release dates:
- Europe: October 15th
- USA/Canada: November 6th

Produced by Mick Kenney.
Recorded in Orange County, California, 2011.
Steve Hurdle's contribution recorded by Robert "Rob" Mercier.

16.10.2012
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17.10.2012 - 04:15
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Mr. Doctor on 17.10.2012 at 01:09

Death metal bands trying to play punk? The funny thing is that I listen close to no punk at all. Some bands I dig have punk elements but that's it. I never felt you had to like punk to like grindcore or that you can't like grindcore if you already don't like punk.

But yeah.... There is shittons of grind in Anaal Nathrakh. I honestly have no idea how to explain that to you since it me it's natural.

Well that's just what I hear in my own head. I'm not saying people who like grind will like punk or people who like punk will like grind. Just that in my head when I listen to a grind band (or what people tell me are a grind band) I hear what sounds like either a death metal band playing punk or punk band playing death metal (take your pick but basically it sounds to me like death/punk or deathened punk or punked death metal or whatever you wana call it but there sounds like a heavy punk element to me) and just me personally I don't care for punk so that connection in my head makes grind an unappealing genre for me. And when I listen to Anaal Nathrakh I don't hear what I perceive to be grind, I hear blackened death metal. Maybe you could recommend to me some grind bands that play grind like Anaal Nathrakh apparently play it?

I like to think of myself as a bit of a genre nerd when it comes to metal but grind is a genre that I have never cared for and I have tried to get into it several times over the years but never can so it is not something I have strong basis of knowledge about.
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17.10.2012 - 18:25
IronAngel
Surprisingly straightforward and accessible. I haven't listened to this band in years so I don't know the direction they've taken recently, but I remember them being a lot stranger. That may be in part because my ears have adapted to extreme music, though.

Enjoying the first few tracks so far, though. I love how Forging is both incredibly catchy and melodic, but also noisy and abrasive.
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18.10.2012 - 01:03
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Really liking it. Given the trend of mediocrity in their recent albums, i'm saying this is their best since Eschaton, nice.
They'll probably never go back to the amazing, blackened grind of their debut. But I do really like the more melodic moments on this album, which would normally turn me off on a release like this.
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18.10.2012 - 17:22
Rating: 9
Rulatore
Written by J. N. on 15.10.2012 at 19:33

Written by Rulatore on 15.10.2012 at 16:44

This album is amazing. do you know other album from them that's similar ? I didnt like "Passion" and never heard the rest

If you're looking for the chaotic sound, check 2001's The Codex Necro and 2009's In The Constellation Of The Black Widow.

The Codex Necro indeed is good, still need to check the latter one.

Written by psykometal on 15.10.2012 at 22:39

So I'm checking this album out on their youtube channel and this albums sounds a lot more death metal than other stuff I have heard from them.


Same feelings here, what I liked here is that is more death metal. The drumming is awesome btw.
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18.10.2012 - 18:31
Rating: 10
Iskander
Written by Iskander on 15.10.2012 at 14:25

Wow... I usually only give 10's to all time favorite albums, so this is only a 9. Easily the best release this year for me. This album is the definition of controlled chaos, just perfect.


Ahh, fuck it, i'll give it a 10 nontheless... after days of listening to nothing else, it just keeps getting better.
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19.10.2012 - 07:57
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Rulatore on 18.10.2012 at 17:22

The drumming is awesome btw.

Most definitely agreed on that as well!
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19.10.2012 - 16:36
Rating: 9
Oaken
Hipster
Blending the brutal aggression of death metal, the atmospheric melancholy of black metal and the sick craze of grind in such a mesmerizing way isn't an easy feat. I also enjoyed the industrial touches, and the clean vocal choruses are fantastic. As good as Passion IMO.
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20.10.2012 - 21:33
J. N.
Written by psykometal on 19.10.2012 at 07:57

Written by Rulatore on 18.10.2012 at 17:22

The drumming is awesome btw.

Most definitely agreed on that as well!

It's like a program!
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Aaron: That which thou canst not undo.
Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother.
Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.
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21.10.2012 - 09:01
Rating: 4
jesterhead57
Really not my thing. I tried.
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21.10.2012 - 17:54
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by J. N. on 20.10.2012 at 21:33

It's like a program!

"You. You're good you."
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22.10.2012 - 01:22
quisableed
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I can't describe this as music, it's just noise
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22.10.2012 - 05:54
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Can't say this is a style I like much (perhaps if I give it time) but Jesus age christ this packs a punch.
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22.10.2012 - 06:17
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Guest on 22.10.2012 at 01:22

I can't describe this as music, it's just noise

About 20 parsecs away from being noise.

This is noise:

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22.10.2012 - 17:21
Rating: 10
Moose
Written by Guest on 22.10.2012 at 01:22

I can't describe this as music, it's just noise


I would have said the same thing a few years ago. Then my taste in music got better.
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22.10.2012 - 19:25
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Guest on 22.10.2012 at 01:22

I can't describe this as music, it's just noise

What Joe said.
I would expect this comment on a youtube video, but for someone to say Anaal Nathrakh are "just noise" on Metal Storm is upsetting.
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22.10.2012 - 21:28
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Moose on 22.10.2012 at 17:21

I would have said the same thing a few years ago. Then my taste in music got better.


Doesn't have anything to do with your tastes getting better or not. It has to do with knowing what's Noise and what's not.
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Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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22.10.2012 - 22:01
quisableed
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Written by Moose on 22.10.2012 at 17:21

Written by Guest on 22.10.2012 at 01:22

I can't describe this as music, it's just noise


I would have said the same thing a few years ago. Then my taste in music got better.

I can't say that mine will not be, but i opened forging towards the sunset track, after one minute the vocalist started to shouting, seriosusly that didn't seem to me brutal, he was shouting
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22.10.2012 - 22:19
quisableed
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Written by Guest on 22.10.2012 at 06:17

Written by Guest on 22.10.2012 at 01:22

I can't describe this as music, it's just noise

About 20 parsecs away from being noise.

This is noise:



Yes everyone has their own understanding of "noise". This is mine.
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22.10.2012 - 22:36
!J.O.O.E.!
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It's precisely your lack of understanding which leads you to the false conclusion that it's noise.
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23.10.2012 - 02:06
IronAngel
I wouldn't be too hard on him. Noise both a vague word in the English language and a specific genre of music. "That noise is giving me a headache" doesn't mean somebody's blasting a Merzbow record outside your window, any more than calling music heavy means you think it's traditional heavy metal.

But yeah, this is incredibly accessible, catchy and well-produced to anyone whose ear is a bit accustomed to extreme music. Didn't think I'd fall in love with it this much, might make it my top 10 metal albums of the year.
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24.10.2012 - 18:43
Rating: 9
The Benighted
This site has a very skewed perspective on the last couple of albums. Passion was probably one of the most underwhelming albums of 'Rakh's career, and I felt that I shared that opinion with quite a few of their more hardcore fans. When this released, the first couple of listens were all I needed to make the decision that this was a ways better than that, and was on par with 'Constellations'.

But somehow 'Passion' has around the same rating as this, and has a better rating than 'Constellations'? I...don't understand that. At all.

Oh well, I'm probably taking the ratings here a bit too seriously. Album rules, \m/, etc.
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24.10.2012 - 21:35
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by The Benighted on 24.10.2012 at 18:43

Oh well, I'm probably taking the ratings here a bit too seriously. Album rules, \m/, etc.

Lol. Yea, you are. Aside from that it's just users opinions. AR are probably not a well known enough band to be subject to Ratings abuse but ya never know so that could be part of it too.

I only recently finally started loving this band with this release, in prior years I have just never gotten into them and I have been playing catch up so I can't really form an opinion of Passion over Constellations or Vanitas yet other than to say that Vanitas and Constellations are defintitely amazing albums.
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28.10.2012 - 21:43
Rating: 9
Rulatore
Written by IronAngel on 23.10.2012 at 02:06

I wouldn't be too hard on him. Noise both a vague word in the English language and a specific genre of music. "That noise is giving me a headache" doesn't mean somebody's blasting a Merzbow record outside your window, any more than calling music heavy means you think it's traditional heavy metal.

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07.11.2012 - 12:16
Paz
News Man
This scream at the end of "Forging Towards The Sunset" is epic. Quality album.
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27.11.2012 - 10:18
Rating: 10
Moose
Written by The Benighted on 24.10.2012 at 18:43

Oh well, I'm probably taking the ratings here a bit too seriously. Album rules, \m/, etc.


Take a look at the number 1 album's for the past few years:

2006: 9.08
2007: 8.90
2008: 8.86
2009: 8.88
2010: 8.76
2011: 8.60
2012: 8.59

Either rating abuse is getting worse, or music in general is getting worse. I think I know which it is haha.
If this album was released a few years back, it would probably be rated 8.4-8.5.
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28.11.2012 - 03:32
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Moose on 27.11.2012 at 10:18

Either rating abuse is getting worse, or music in general is getting worse. I think I know which it is haha.
If this album was released a few years back, it would probably be rated 8.4-8.5.


I think that the fact that more and more users register to the site each year has something to do, since the top albums receive bigger amounts of votes each year and more opinions clash.
It's just a theory, but one would have to compare the amount of votes for each no.1 album as well.
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15.12.2012 - 01:15
Rating: 9
Pelcu
I'm not a big fan of this kind of metal... in overall it's too hardcore, too loud, noisy and chaotic for me. So after first listening I said "that's enough". But there is something in that album what have left in my mind and forced me to listen to it again... and again... and again. Now I can't stop listen to it and every time I discover new amazing parts. There are some parts of vocals making me screaming with Anaal, there are amazing rhythmic parts with powerful guitars, sometimes bass plays something amazing for 2-3 seconds... I'm totally crashed and by Vanitas Perfect album.
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12.01.2013 - 12:54
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
This is what extreme metal should sound like in my opinion - brutal, chaotic but at times epic and melodic. I really liked they previous couple of albums but "Vanitas" just turned me inside out.
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29.01.2013 - 20:04
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
One of the best extreme metal releases of 2012, and consequently one of the best albums by Anaal Nathrakh. 'Todos somos Humanos' and epic closer 'A metaphor for the dead' in particular amaze me with their songwriting.
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20.03.2013 - 08:15
Rating: 7
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Paz on 07.11.2012 at 12:16

This scream at the end of "Forging Towards The Sunset" is epic.


Have you ever thought about making a ringtone?!

fortunately, it's mine and it's GREAT.
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