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Anaal Nathrakh- "Of Fire, and Fucking Pigs"

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Extreme metal outfit Anaal Nathrakh has a new album coming out next month via Candlelight Records, and "Of Fire, and Fucking Pigs" is an ear canal-hammering track from it. The title: Vanitas.

AN's blend of black metal and grindcore is inspiringly potent. Not to say the music is uplifting, but it's refreshing that they not only pack in grind's trademark blast beats and intensity, but incorporate some the chilling, yet, beautiful melodies typically found in black metal. There are some moments where the guitars get layered into hellish walls of despair, and the vocals are pretty stomach-churning as well. Bring on the pain, I say.