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The Devils Are Here - 85%

ShadowsOfTheSun, November 9th, 2007

Once again they come in the form of Anaal Nathrakh, with their newest offering 'When Hell Is Empty, And All The Devils Are Here', anaal bring forth both regression and progression to their overall sound to create a destructive and apocalyptic sound.

As with 2006's Eschaton the clean vocals are once again a larger part of anaal's music machine and can be heard right from the off set with the aptly titled 'der holler ache kocht in meinem herzen' which translates to 'Hell's vengeance boils in my heart'. One thing can however be noted about the clean vocals on this album, on Eschaton the term clean, was quite appropriate, however with this release I feel the emphasis is much more on creating a chaotic and menacing sound within this vocal style.

It can also be noted that many songs on this album are very reminiscent of the 'Codex Necro' and 'Domine Non Es Dignus', songs like Lama Sabachtani and Screaming of the unborn would fit quite nicely on either of these releases.

In conclusion, 'When Hell Is Empty, And All The Devils Are Here' is a fantastic album and better than it's predecessor. However it does feel much more polished and accessible than previous releases. Anaal Nathrakh are a group who are obviously trying to introduce their music do those who may not necessarily have listened to them previously this can be seen in the way that they have a guest spot for Joe Horvath, vocalist from Circle Of Dead Children. Overall, Anaal Nathrakh are completely deserving of all the praise they should and hopefully will receive regarding this album.