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An assault on all your senses - 100%

DomDomMCMG, March 7th, 2012

There are very few albums as relentless and extreme, yet as beautiful and masterful as this. This is possibly some of the most inaccessible metal i've heard, and that's a good thing. This is a true test to how extreme your tastes get. This is a very strange combination of black metal and grindcore, with the former being more prominent than the latter, hence AN being more commonly referred to as a black metal band than a grind one.

The album begins with the sound of some poor soul sounding like he's slowly going insane, then in kicks this slow paced riff and then all hell breaks loose! Dave "V.I.T.R.I.O.L." Hunt lets out an ear splitting black metal shriek that puts most of the Norwegians to shame. Dave Hunt is possibly the most diverse vocalist in extreme metal, effortlessly switching between throat shredding shrieks, guttural growls and melodic clean singing, and he's brilliant at each style. I'd talk about his lyrics, but I have no fucking idea what he's saying, and they've never published their lyrics, but one can assume from the song titles they deal with the typical topics of Satan, torture, misanthropy and all that.

While Dave Hunt is the sole vocalist on this release (amazingly), Mick Kenney is the sole instrumentalist. Providing an assault of tremolo infested black metal riffage, ranging from fast and aggressive to almost doomy and epic, such as for the last two minutes of Satanarchrist (clever title). There is also a lot of focus on lead work, and a few memorable solos, such as on the title track and More of Fire Than Blood. The drumwork is very solid. Lots of frantic blast beat abuse, but what do you expect from a band that plays a combination of the two most blast beat riddled genres in metal? The bass can be heard (surprisingly), but you really have to look out for it. It provides a nice extra layer of heaviness to the overall destructive music.

This is some very extreme music for extreme people. While it has it's appeal to any fan of metal, it might be just a bit too extreme for those who aren't into anything heavier than Lamb of God, but chances are if you're on this website you're long past that stage, so buy this album now. (BUY IT! Only CD quality does it any justice)