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Anaal Nathrakh are a British extreme metal band formed in 1999 in Birmingham, England. They are currently signed to Metal Blade Records. The band's name is Irish for snake's breath (anál nathrach) and was taken from Merlin's Charm of Making in John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur.[1] The band recorded two demos in 1999, which were later released as an album.[2]

Anaal Nathrakh
Anaal Nathrakh, Dave „V.I.T.R.I.O.L.“ Hunt at Party.San Metal Open Air 2013 07.jpg
Dave Hunt playing for the band in 2013.
Background information
OriginBirmingham, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active1999–present
LabelsFETO, Season of Mist, Mordgrimm, Candlelight, Metal Blade, Earache
Associated actsMistress, Fukpig
MembersMick Kenney
Dave Hunt
Past membersLeicia

The band has released ten studio albums, one EP, and one compilation album. The band has been praised for mixing elements of grindcore, black metal, death metal, industrial, and other genres. The band was created in 1999 by multi-instrumentalist Mick Kenney and vocalist Dave Hunt.[3]

HistoryEdit

 
Mick Kenney playing for the band in 2013.

The band took their founding cues from Norwegian black metal bands such as Mayhem, Burzum, and Darkthrone. The duo recorded two demos before delivering their first full album, The Codex Necro, in 2001,[4] that, according to The A.V. Club, "set a standard of blackened death that still hasn’t been equaled".[5] In 2004, Anaal Nathrakh released their second full-length album, Domine Non Es Dignus, on the French label Season of Mist.[6] In 2006, the group's third album, Eschaton (commonly referred to as the "end of the world" or "end times"),[7] was released.[8] The album featured guest appearances by Shane Embury of Napalm Death[8] and Attila Csihar of Mayhem.[9] The album Hell Is Empty and All the Devils Are Here was released through the band's new record label, FETO Records, in October 2007.[10] The album features guest appearances from Joe Hobart of Circle of Dead Children and Dirty Von Donovan from Exploder.[11]

 
Official band logo.

In 2009, Anaal Nathrakh announced that they signed to record label Candlelight Records for their release of In the Constellation of the Black Widow.[12] Commenting on the signing, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. stated, "Candlelight have shown a strong belief in Anaal Nathrakh and looking at some of the acts on their roster both past and present it seems they are capable of backing up their good intentions. With their help we hope we can finally get the planet cracked in half", and "Constellation will be faster, more insidious, more ominous, more musically dexterous and wilder than ever before. The album will feature a curve ball guest appearance from Zeitgeist Memento of Mexican extremists Repvblika."[13]

Anaal Nathrakh released their sixth full-length album, Passion, in 2011[14] and their seventh, Vanitas, in 2012. The band finished recording for their eighth full-length album, Desideratum, in February 2014, and released the album on October 28, 2014[15] Desideratum was the band's first album release since signing to Metal Blade Records in June of the same year.[16]

The band's ninth album, The Whole of the Law, was released on 28 October 2016.[17] On 20 May 2018, it was revealed that they were going to release their tenth studio album, titled A New Kind of Horror. The album was released September 28, 2018.[18]

Musical styleEdit

Band membersEdit

Current membersEdit

Additional live membersEdit

  • Anil Carrier (Binah, No More Room In Hell, Towers of Flesh, Pernicion, The Solemn Curse) - drums (2016–present)
  • Drunk – bass, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Dan Rose – guitar (2017–present)

Past membersEdit

  • Leicia – bass (1999–2000)

Past live membersEdit

  • St. Evil (Steve Powell) – drums (2006–2016)
  • Nicholas Barker – drums (2004)
  • Shane Embury – bass (2004–2005)
  • Danny Herrera – drums (2005)
  • Misery (Paul Kenney) – bass (2006–2010)
  • Ventnor – guitar (2005–2010)
  • G Rash (James Walford) – guitar (2011–2017)

DiscographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

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