I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Anaal Nathrakh - In the Constellation of the Black Widow [2009]

FUCK YEAH! Starts a little slow, but when the shit kicks in, it's like a steel-toe boot to the forehead. Production continues on from the previous album. The vox are have more extreme distortion and madness to them. There's a little less clean singing on this album, but they clearly went for quality instead of quantity. They've gone back to a lot more grinding as well. However, there's still a significant amount of that modern metal feel that carried over from the last album. There's also more of a melodic undertone to this one. There's a little bit more experimentation with the vox and one or two songs dive a bit deeper into the Industrial side of things than they have before. I'm happy that they have more grinding and better-written clean vox sections, but the stubborn inclusion of modern and melodic metal stops this album from earning a perfect score.

Rating: 9


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