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It just keeps getting better. - 98%

mankvill, November 7th, 2007

Surpassed only in sheer brutality by their first release, The Codex Necro, Anaal Nathrakh have outdone themselves in this latest offering.

Just like their last album, Eschaton, Hell Is Empty... has something for every fan of Anaal Nathrakh. Want sheer, necrotic brutality from nihilistic viewpoints? This album is chock full of it. Want more epic, soaring choruses with more melody in the music? It has that, although not as much as Eschaton did. Which is a great thing. This album is more of a return to form. A return to old form. Although it goes backwards in time, it's a gigantic step forward for these British Black Metalheads and an even bigger step in the genre itself.

The song choices are catchy, brutal, and more mature than Eschaton was, which is a huge plus. Every song has a memorable part, whether it's the machine gun beginning of When The World Stops Turning, the epic apocalyptic vocals of V.I.T.R.I.O.L during the chorus of Virus Bomb, or the way the instruments come together under Irrumator to become something beautifully ugly as in The Final Absolution.

This is one of the best, if not THE best, of 2007, and definitely Anaal Nathrakh's best since The Codex Necro. Utterly setting and raising the bar that they themselves have set and raised before, any fan of extreme metal at all should buy this album now. And try not to destroy yourself while listening.