Bands like Anaal Nathrakh deserve recognition as the threshold between extremity and complete madness. The diabolic duo of multi-instrumentalist Mick Kenney (aka Irrumator) and vocalist Dave Hunt (aka V.I.T.R.I.O.L., short for Visita Interiora Terræ Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem) have spent the past 19 years making some of the most extreme music ever. It’s appropriate that these two birthed their nexus of black metal, grindcore, and industrial noise in the same city as Black Sabbath and Napalm Death, as Anaal Nathrakh pushes boundaries today as those two bands did back in their heyday. Even with more melody and groove added to the unbridled mayhem, 2016’s The Whole of the Law and 2018’s A New Kind of Horror are largely recognized as high points in Anaal Nathrakh's intimidating discography. Endarkenment has a similar appeal to its predecessors but leans a bit harder into overwhelming aggression when it counts most.
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Hunt’s lyrical concepts have always sported a lethal combination of literary depth and nihilistic abandon. In name alone, the album lends itself to Anaal Nathrakh’s familiar verbosity. It reads like a doubling down on, a sentiment that hits like a stampede with the opening title track. It’s very much within the band’s wheelhouse of absurdly fast programmed drums, unrelenting riffs, maniacal screams, and fanfare choruses, the latter of which sums up the band’s appraisal of modern ruination: “We retreat to dust, ignoble, sublime/ Nothing to reach for, the death of the mind/ Fuck all salvation/ The truth is a lie.” For a band whose bread and butter has remained the embodiment of the apocalypse, it’s hard not to hop on board for another ride into oblivion.