BravePicks 2012: The 12 Days Of Metal - #8

Hot Flashes

Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 14:57:45 EST

Here we go again! But where does the time go? It's seems like yesterday that we were ringing in 2012! Like last year, we're doing the same holiday-themed countdown of the finest slabs of metal this past year had to offer, voted by the devout scribes here at! Hence the name The 12 Days Of Metal. What does "slab" actually mean? We're talking studio albums. No compilations, rerecordings, live albums etc… Just pure metal, all killer no filler!

These are the 12 albums (yeah, we still use that old school term!) that you must have in your collection!

Let's rock!

2012 … The 12 Days Of Metal

8) ANAAL NATHRAKH - Vanitas (Candlelight)

In his review BraveWords' David Perri wrote:

England's ANAAL NATHRAKH will probably never top the monumental and genre-shattering 10 out of 10 that was 2009's In The Constellation of the Black Widow, but one senses, as Vanitas rears its absolute ugliness, that the group has become obsessive about re-achieving that perfection, as the shocking and histrionic 30 second throat-shattering scream that ends 'Forging Towards The Sunset' agonizingly attests. Vanitas is an album that is both forceful and impressively well-written, this band possessing the rare skill that is the ability to perform memorable and slickly listenable excursions while also leaving only devastation behind. And while that last line was histrionic (there's that word again) indeed, Anaal Nathrakh's most effective quality is the writing of records that are testaments to abyss-staring-back-at-you rage and the temptation that is the seducing apple in the garden of Eden. The key to Anaal Nathrakh's artistic success is its use of the old-school Stockholm death tone perfected by ENTOMBED and DISMEMBER at Sunlight Studios and the filtering of it through the lens of industrial black metal, the band very evidently masters of their own death and black destinies.

Read the entire review here.

2012 … The 12 Days Of Metal

12) DYING FETUS – Reign Supreme (Relapse Records)
11) SLASH – Apocalyptic Love (Dik Hayd)
10) RUSH – Clockwork Angels (Anthem)
9) THE CULT – Choice Of Weapon (Cooking Vinyl)
8) ANAAL NATHRAKH - Vanitas (Candlelight)