Anaal Nathrakh are a band who somehow defy genre labels, yet don’t sound alien or weird. It’s a kind of blackened deathgrind gumbo with liberal use of industrial influences. In other words, it’s a Frankenstein’s monster of extreme subgenres, then made mechanical.

Heaviness is hard to quantify, but Anaal Nathrakh are, to me, one of the heaviest bands on the planet. That relentless, instantly recognisable guitar work from Mick Kenney crushing everything in its path, while Dave Hunt’s heavy vocals are utterly demonic. But then comes the clean vocals…

Dave Hunt’s clean vocals will absolutely sit unsuspecting listeners on their ass. The roars, snarls and screams are backed by the crushing guitars and machine gun blast beats, and then suddenly the vocals are soaring. Dave Hunt’s clean vocals are hard to explain or understand, the best I can offer is ‘it’s like power metal vocals, but possessed by a demon’. They bolster the composition, truly taking the songs to another level.

The first time I heard Anaal Nathrakh was only a few years ago, when I heard a track from their album ‘A New Kind Of Horror’. Here, as would become commonplace for my experience with this band, I was absolutely blown away. The instrumentals were some of the heaviest shit I’ve ever heard and then Hunt h to the clean vocals for the chorus and my jaw hit the floor.

That album ended up being a 10/10 for me, and a deeper dive into the rest of their catalogue only further cemented that this was an incredibly special band.