Anaal Nathrakh is kicking off this dark decade with an extremely cynical new album called Endarkenment. The band is streaming the album's title track right now and everything about it is great. The chorus is soaring, the riffs are skull crushingly heavy, and that post-chorus dual harmony hits like a truck every single time.
"I think in terms of feel, it's brighter, more open and direct than maybe we've been in the past," said vocal Dave Hunt. "Obviously I don't mean it's happy-go-lucky sounding, or suggestive of a sunny disposition. I mean something more like it burns with light rather than glowers with darkness. It's coruscating.
"Personally, I feel more cynical, more bitter, with a greater sense that the world is fucked, and is continually re-fucked by people who have no idea what they are doing. Musically, I think we're more mature – not less frenetic, but better able to channel our energies where they'll be most effective. That's an ongoing process, you never finish growing into what you're doing and being better able to push at the edges of what you can do. But we aren't interested in evolving what we do, only how we do it. We remain unlike the vast majority of other bands in our sound, and we're proud of what we do."
Endarkenment is out October 2. Pre-orders are available here.