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ANATOMIA – CRANIAL OBSESSION 2LP (Nuclear War Now!)

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Anatomia - Cranial ObsessionOn their stupendously stellar third full-length opus, ‘Cranial Obsession’, Anatomia display a sense of unnerving energy and ravenous hunger that belies their advancing years. This Japanese three-piece have been around the decayed Doom / Death block a few times but they are really hitting their stride now, eclipsing their hitherto status as rather superb Autopsy clones to morph and grow into something much better than I ever dared imagine.

Stamping their own unique identity all over these eight choice cuts – with a running time of almost 70 minutes – Anatomia have delivered their magnum opus; a veritable Death Metal masterpiece that is sure to garner them a swell of attention globally (within obvious reason). Of course, they’ll always reside in the underground, where they can look smugly at their peers, knowing that they have surpassed most of them.

This is a sensational album, seamlessly merging dark doom, dank death and unsettling ambience to conjure something that deserves to be heard and cherished by everybody with even a passing interest in the arts we hold so dearly. The band tags their music as ‘dismal slow death metal’ on the accompanying lyric sheet / poster and that’s a pretty apt description of the magic found herein.

The second record comprises two epic offerings: the 15-minute-plus slow-motion massacre, ‘Abysmal Decay’ (on its own, longer than some MLPs), on Side C countered by excruciating eleven-minute epitaph, ‘Recurrence’, as the most fitting denouement to the delirious torture.

Forget about those increasingly-limited-to-all-fuck releases that you need to jump through refresh-page-for-all-eternity hoops to acquire and just snaffle a copy of this instead. Housed within gatefold coffinsleeve, the vinyl edition is awesome. If you don’t like it, all is not lost: use the two sharp discs to slowly sever your skinny tasteless neck and decapitate yourself. You will not be missed.

Evilometer: 666/666

ANATOMIA – DECAYING IN OBSCURITY 2LP (Nuclear War Now)

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Perhaps I should change the name of my blog to DeathMetalReviews.com or set up a new one because there seems to be at least as much great Death Metal as Black Metal emerging these days. ‘Decaying In Obscurity’ isn’t a brand new album per se (whatever that means) but I’ve only just got around to listening to it properly and it has blown me away.

The Japanese duo deliver ten stunning exhibits of slow, crushing DM that reminds me of bands like Coffins, Abscess etc. (etc. meaning I’m too lazy to think of more) and never relinquishes its grip on the listener’s throat during the course of a marvellous 51-minute onslaught.

In many ways, this is the most effective brand of metal music – suffocating, nauseating, brooding yet also comforting, enchanting and life-affirming. It has a real sense of nostalgia about it. The double vinyl format is excellent and more than does justice to an incredible volume of work from a relatively-unknown but simply stunning band. Check this out or forever live a life of regret.

Evilometer: 666/666