Metal’s most unapologetically punishing band returns with their sixth studio album, Passion. Scheduled for North American release tomorrow, May 17, 2011 via Candlelight Records, the duo known as ANAAL NATHRAKH buck all trends in favor of pure sonic debauchery.
With Passion, ANAAL NATHRAKH take their menacing sounds into ulterior dimensions. Said About.com in a recent review of the record: “The phrase ‘insane black metal’ was custom-built for a band like Anaal Nathrakh. After five albums, it seemed that there was no way they could get crazier. Passion is here to prove us all wrong.” Added popular Canadian metal site Hellbound, “the UK duo has produced a hurricane of sound, with a whole spectrum of throat-wrenching vocal eviscerations, thundering blasts, grinding riffs, and lightning-speed leads.” Bravewords.com gave Passion a 9/10 rating claiming the duo is ”…in another league (with Satan) entirely, the group ascending to the heights of infuriated propositions and shattered, disavowed ideals.”
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Since being founded in 1999, ANAAL NATHRAKH have gained a reputation for embodying the audio essence of pure evil. Collaborations with such legendary figures as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nicolas Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle Of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and others, have placed the band high on media as well metal fans’ “must seek out” list. This, alongside headlining a stage at the renowned cult Inferno Festival in Norway (as their debut international live appearance), countless placements among “Best Album Of The Year” polls and “Album Of The Month” awards in the press, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable. And growing…
For 2011, ANAAL NATHRAKH presents the digested and re-vomited results of an 18-month journey through slings, arrows and outrageous misfortune. Intended in the most scourging sense of the word, Passion is an encoded vision of agony; desolation taken as the inspiration for incalculable rage. Passion includes guest contributions from Rainer Landfermann (Pavor, Bethlehem) and Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw). Glorying in their Pyrrhic epiphanies, the band have developed a deeper understanding of horror and Passion is the focused, distilled and above all bleakly triumphant result.