Genre: Black Metal
Label: Candlelight Records
To put it rather bluntly, this British duo's previous album Passion was complete shit. Anaal Nathrakh are a band that get a lot of (usually) undeserved flak due to the fact that they are rather over the top in terms of style, with grating screeches and wild drumming that can be a bit too mechanical or synthetic, but they are working to correct that. Vanitas is, easily, the band's best work to date. Even against the well-received In the Constellation of the Black Widow or their visceral The Codex Necro, Vanitas is better; it is lively and organic - at least for this band's standards. There is melody and emotion that makes the album more bold and lasting, and some guitar solos that are technically and sonically impressive. Most of all, though, Vanitas is memorable.