★★★★★ The Best of 2012
Anaal Nathrakh − Vanitas 10/10 (black metal / grindcore)
• Another intense display of THE END of this world by this U.K. based duo. The mix of brutal black metal and skull crushing grindcore is very well balanced on this album.
What I've always loved about Anaal Nathrakh is how their furious tracks can, and of then are also melodic (or catchy) at the same time. For example; that melodic ("Satanarchrist") riff of "A Metaphor for the Dead" is a perfect way leave the listener wandering in the wasteland of nothingness, after the storm of chaos and destruction.
Has all the ingredients for my Album of the Year #1 spot!
Blut aus Nord − 777 - Cosmosophy 10/10 (atmospheric/ambient (post-)black metal)