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Anaal Nathrakh

Anaal Nathrakh are a British metal band formed in 1999 who fuse industrial and grindcore elements onto an underlying black metal style. They are signed to Season of Mist.

The name comes from Merlin's Charm of Making in John Boorman's Excalibur (1981). Given Michael Everson's transcription, Anaal Nathrakh means "serpent's breath".


Anaal Nathrakh are typically described as black metal, despite eschewing the aesthetic of many black metal bands, dressing in a casual manner, as opposed to the theatrical corpsepaint and spiked leather clothing traditionally favored by the black metal subculture.

The band originally started as a raw black metal band, but with the release of Domine Non Es Dignus, they shifted toward a blackened death metal sound, with emphasis placed on grindcore influences. Through the use of distorted samples, sound effects and programmed drums, much of their work also falls into the industrial metal category, though they use no keyboards in their work.

They do not publish their lyrics, but from the titles and information they have given in interviews, their work seems to revolve around apocalyptic themes, the nature of mortality, and misanthropy.

Anaal Nathrakh, like many black metal bands, draw much inspiration from the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, exemplified by such song titles as "Human, All Too Fucking Human" and "Revaluation of All Values." However, based on what little can be gleaned from interviews and titles, they do seem to differ from most other bands in the style of their interpretations.

Playing live

Anaal Nathrakh have until recently been a purely studio-based project, the band never looking to take Anaal Nathrakh to the stage. However, following a successful BBC Radio 1 live session with John Peel (as heard on the 2006 re-release of The Codex Necro), they sought to play live again, although only for special one-offs. They have stated they are not to become an ordinary touring band.

Anaal Nathrakh made their live debut at London's Underworld on December 15, 2005, as headliners for Terrorizer Magazine's 'A Cold Night In Hell' Christmas show. This was followed by another at Birmingham Edwards No. 8 on December 16, supported by Narcosis and Ramesses. Supporting them at the London show were The Axis of Perdition, Ted Maul, and Leech Woman.

Anaal Nathrakh have been given positive reviews for their live performances. In recent years they have performed at the 2007 Inferno Metal Festival, the 2007 No Mercy Festival, and their third UK show in 2007, in their hometown of Birmingham.

Band members

  • Irrumator (Michael Kenney) (Frost, Mistress) - Bass, guitar, drum programming
  • V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (Dave Hunt) (Benediction, Mistress) - Vocals

Additional live members

  • Ventnor - Second guitar
  • Shane Embryonomous Embury (Napalm Death, Lock Up, Venomous Concept, Unseen Terror, Brujeria) - Bass
  • Danny Herrera (Napalm Death) - Drums

Past members

  • Leicia - Bass (1998 - 2000)
  • Nicholas Barker - live drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir)


Album CoverDate of ReleaseTitleLabel
1999Anaal Nathrakh (demo)Leviaphonic
1999Total Fucking Necro (demo)Leviaphonic
2001The Codex NecroMordgrimm Records
Image:Tfnc.jpg2002Total Fucking NecroRage of Achilles
2003When Fire Rains Down From the Sky, Mankind Will Reap As It Has Sown EPMordgrimm Records
2004Domine Non Es DignusSeason of Mist
2006EschatonSeason of Mist