On October 2nd, Anaal Nathrakh will release their 11th full-length, Endarkenment, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of the album, the band have released a lyric video for the new single, “The Age of Starlight Ends," which can be seen below.
The video was created by Metal Blade Records’ Vince Edwards, based on his interpretation of the lyrics (and approved by the band on that basis).
The previous single, "Endarkenment," can be found here.
Endarkenment can be pre-ordered in the following formats:
180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
Clear grey / brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
Red / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
Bloody pork pink marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
Clear w/ black, red, & white splatter vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
Oxblood red / brown marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
Clear sperm / white marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
Extremity has been Anaal Nathrakh‘s stock in trade for more than two decades, and with Endarkenment, they maintain their legacy of aural devastation. However, for all the furor they stir up, the duo have never been a two-dimensional entity, with a great deal of depth involved in everything that they do, and on many levels the new record is distinguished from its predecessors.
"I think in terms of feel, it’s brighter, more open and direct than maybe we’ve been in the past," states vocalist 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."
The evolution since 2018′s towering A New Kind Of Horror has been personal and profound, and is very much in line with that experienced by many of their listeners.
"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," Hunt continues. "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."
The music was tracked entirely in multi-instrumentalist Mick Kenney’s studio in southern California while the vocals were laid down in an industrial estate in Birmingham, UK, in a unit just down the corridor from where an S&M porn was being filmed.
1. Endarkenment 2. Thus, Always, to Tyrants 3. The Age of Starlight Ends 4. Libidinous (A Pig with Cocks in Its Eyes) 5. Beyond Words 6. Feeding the Death Machine 7. Create Art, Though the World May Perish 8. Singularity 9. Punish Them 10. Requiem