Iím not sure what to think of these two guys. Itís clear that they
spend more time on their computers than I do. That much I know. This
can somewhat accurately be described as digital, electro-black metal,
with a much faster BPM than your average UK Hardhouse mix. I wouldnít
be surprised if these guys have a Roland 303 and make trance beats when
theyíre not listening to black metal.

The music is really, really, really fast. The guitars are fuzzy
in the Emperor vein, and the drum machine, while not very cool, is
programmed well at some points; One of the songs, I canít remember
which, has an interesting kind of a breakbeat interlude. Otherwise,
nonstop blasting over mediocre buzz-riffs.

One thing these guys got going for them is the vocals.
Absolutely out of control. Itís obvious that they are distorted, but
man, they are fucking horrendous– like glass gurgling projectile
shredded esophagus vomit screams.

When Anaalís first EP came out, Iíll admit, I was impressed.
The sound was new, cold, harsh, ugly, and oh those vocals! But I donít
think this type of thing makes for a successful full-length album. The Codex Necro is a good example. After four or so songs I became bored, so I turned on the World Series of Poker on ESPN. Not even the Event Horizon sound-byte was cool enough to keep me interested. This album did about as much for me as Mardukís Panzer Division, which wasnít a hell of a lot.

Essentially, Anaal is going to have to mix it up in my opinion,
kind of like the D&B records they most likely spin on their
Technics 1200ís. They use a multitude of wacky sound effects that I
think they should build on, while maybe cutting down on the Omar
Santana hardcore. I believe they recently signed up with Earache so
weíll see what happens. In the meantime, they might want to consider
listening to some Samael to see how a drum machine is really used.

About Mike von Hobart

Mike has 4 skills in life- drinking, reviewing black metal, being unemployed, and general uselessness. He writes about 2 pieces a year, but they are invariably our most popular because our readership is comprised of 17 year-old Scandinavian virgins, by which we mean 28 year-old Scandinavian virgins.