Release date: 24 October 2014
Style: Black metal, Grindcore


8.1 | 166 votes


105 have it
31 want it

01. Acheronta Movebimus
02. Unleash
03. Monstrum In Animo
04. The One Thing Needful
05. A Firm Foundation Of Unyielding Despair
06. Desideratum
07. Idol
08. Sub Specie Aeterni (Of Maggots And Humanity)
09. The Joystream
10. Rage And Red [feat. Niklas Kvarforth]
11. Ita Mori

The Best Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal Album Of 2014


David Hunt - vocals
Michael Kenney - bass, guitars, programming

Guest musicians
Niklas Kvarforth - vocals
Duncan Wilkins - backing vocals

Additional info
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Mick Kenney.

Staff review by

From the moment of my introduction to Anaal Nathrakh, I have always considered In The Constellation Of The Black Widow to be their best work. I sense a change on the horizon.

published 10.10.2014 | Comments (18)

Staff pick by
J. N.

25.12.2014 Due to violent content, parental discretion is advised.

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chronic-headache - 15.08.2014 at 17:12  
J. N. - 15.08.2014 at 18:30  
Ilham - 15.08.2014 at 18:36  
Rating: 6 Shush. Let's wait in silence.
Alex Fenger - 15.08.2014 at 18:38  
Rating: 6
Written by Ilham on 15.08.2014 at 18:36

Shush. Let's wait in silence.

No. Also yay I'm excited
Lit. - 15.08.2014 at 19:06  
  And I reiterate:

Written by Lit. on 25.06.2014 at 19:33

Hope it's not as average as Vanitas was.
Deadmeat - 15.08.2014 at 19:20  
Rating: 8 Love some of the titles of the new songs! vanitas was great!
Kass - 15.08.2014 at 20:55  
  I hope it's not metal.
BlackEssence - 15.08.2014 at 22:46  
Ab.Victor - 15.08.2014 at 23:15  
Rating: 10 Niklas Kvarforth and V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
Ilham - 15.08.2014 at 23:19  
Rating: 6 Yeah why not.
J. N. - 15.08.2014 at 23:30  
Written by Ilham on 15.08.2014 at 23:19
Yeah why not.

Because Niklas is garbage.

!J.O.O.E.! - 15.08.2014 at 23:31  
  Nothing good ever came of Kvarforth guesting on an album.
J. N. - 15.08.2014 at 23:35  
Written by Lit. on 15.08.2014 at 19:06

And I reiterate:

Written by Lit. on 25.06.2014 at 19:33

Hope it's not as average as Vanitas was.

They revealed a snippet before and, if I remember correctly, it sounded like The Codex Necro and In The Constellation Of The Black Widow fused together.
Ilham - 15.08.2014 at 23:40  
Rating: 6 Guys. Sarcasm. Hello. My name is Ilham I use sarcasm. And when I do I don't use question marks.
Troy Killjoy - 16.08.2014 at 01:26  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 15.08.2014 at 23:31
Nothing good ever came of Kvarforth guesting on an album.

I didn't mind the Benighted feature to be honest. Although that was more so because of how the band accommodated him by changing their sound for that one section of the song.
J. N. - 16.08.2014 at 02:00  
  Here's the snippet, for anyone interested.
Alex Fenger - 22.08.2014 at 00:19  
Rating: 6 Goddamn I hate Kvarforth. I really
Ilham - 22.08.2014 at 01:57  
Rating: 6 I am more curious about the kind of song he's going to guest in, rather than how he's going to wreck it.
Mr. Doctor - 22.08.2014 at 15:09  
  I love Kvarforth when he stays in Shining... Anything else results in absolute failure.
Ilham - 22.08.2014 at 15:50  
Rating: 6 Same here. Although I haven't listened to a Shining album in six years. But I used to love them. But anyway, it'll be on one little song, and we'll have ten more tracks to enjoy.
Alien1988 - 22.08.2014 at 15:59  
Rating: 7 I love what he did with Kistvaen. Definitely not a failure.

I'm sure they prepared something crazy for him so I'm looking forward to it.
copycat - 29.08.2014 at 19:35  
MetalDoomMaster - 23.10.2014 at 22:58  
Rating: 7 Sounds pretty fucking light and fluffy. A bit dissapointed, but a decent release.
HiF - 23.10.2014 at 23:21  
Rating: 10 This album slays! Great songwriting grabbed me almost immediately. I find it better than last two albums.
MaiSweettShaadow - 24.10.2014 at 17:44  
Rating: 10 Very Good release, This and At War at Reallity are the top albums of the year so far.
SceneryOfLoss - 25.10.2014 at 02:56  
Rating: 9 Anaal Nathrakh are one of the most interesting extreme metal bands at the moment. Great album!
knightlightning - 25.10.2014 at 18:43  
Rating: 9 It's very addictive, I really like the new album!
Groby94 - 26.10.2014 at 01:29  
Rating: 10 Being more of a prog kinda guy, I never expected two extreme metal albums to be my favorites this year (this and Septicflesh's Titan). Forty mintues of brutal awesomeness .
Frudd - 26.10.2014 at 01:31  
Rating: 7 Noice
Lit. - 26.10.2014 at 03:27  
  Doesn't sound noice to me. Just as average as Vanitas, maybe even more so.

Maybe I'm doomed to never like anything by this band sans the debut because nothing's even come close to it.
BlackEssence - 27.10.2014 at 18:06  
Rating: 10 Amazing shit! Instafav!
Vombatus - 27.10.2014 at 21:05  
  This isn't offensive. It's ok and all but AN definitely lost their appealing sound to me. Vanitas was the start, this the confirmation.
koob - 28.10.2014 at 20:34  
Rating: 7 Sounds harmless, good but harmless...
MelancholiaC - 29.10.2014 at 13:33  
Rating: 9
Written by Groby94 on 26.10.2014 at 01:29

Being more of a prog kinda guy, I never expected two extreme metal albums to be my favorites this year (this and Septicflesh's Titan). Forty mintues of brutal awesomeness .

Being more of a doomster myself (especially for the last couple of years), I totally echo that sentiment - so far my album of the year is also between this and Titan! Maybe we're just more demanding and slightly critical of our "niche" genres due to overexposure and familiarity; these days it's getting harder for a doom, gothic, or symphonic metal album to leave a spectacular impact or impression on me since I've heard so much of that style - expertise raises expectations, you know? On the other hand, Anaal Nathrakh have become one of my go-to bands in the uncompromisingly brutal/venomous, extreme/black metal persuasion and I thoroughly enjoy (or rather, suffer and indulge masochistically in) their industrial/noise/horror elements.

Practically my entire music library manifests an orchestration of melancholic neurosis, so a dose of psychotic necro-vomit breaks up the mood quite nicely!
MelancholiaC - 29.10.2014 at 14:00  
Rating: 9 LOL at all the Kvarforth bashing here - It really does seem like you can only love the guy or hate him; either way it'd probably just encourage him further as Niklas thrives on controversy. He has never pretended otherwise though... Personally I'm a huge fan of Shining and his stage antics bother me much less than some of the other black metal bands'; however even in metal some of us haven't learned to separate the artist and his art. The guy is a bipolar schizophrenic - somehow it results in his music being more interesting - you're really going to despise or worship him for that?
P.S. I really like that Kistvaen song (never heard of the band before). Anyways,
Warman - 31.10.2014 at 13:43  
Rating: 9 Holy fuck!
Alondate - 02.11.2014 at 01:48  
  As good as vanitas. There are some incredibly catching songs like joystream and unleash
MechanisT - 03.11.2014 at 01:13  
  By the looks of it, Eschaton looks destined to remain their magnum opus. Extremely... safe.
svartberger - 04.11.2014 at 03:50  
Rating: 9 This album destroys their previous 2 albuns!! my favourite right next to black widow
svartberger - 04.11.2014 at 03:51  
Rating: 9
Written by Warman on 31.10.2014 at 13:43

Holy fuck!

my exact reaction! possibly my favourite release this year
Ilham - 05.11.2014 at 23:20  
Rating: 6 Nowhere near anything pre-All Hell Is Empty. Way too clean and overproduced. This sounds almost like Dimmu Borgir gone grind at times, track #5 especially.
Darkside Momo - 06.11.2014 at 02:44  
  Liked it for what it is: un extreme indus metal album. Yet it's too safe and clean for Anaal Nathrakh.
musicalkaratekid - 09.11.2014 at 20:54  
Rating: 7 For me this is Anaal Nathrakh staying firmly in their comfort zone, and the album itself comes across very simplistic and straightforward. Not that there's anything wrong with that, or indeed that previous albums don't have a similar effect, but I think from listening to this that the band have sort of taken a step back, and for that reason I'm not quite as impressed as I was with "Vanitas". That said, there's still a lot of songs to like here if you're a fan of the band. For me the best ones are "Unleash", the title track and "The Joystream". Also, the industrial effects mostly give a slightly unnerving listen, especially when cutting straight through the metal parts.
Stunning Cactus - 19.11.2014 at 05:40  
  This is a very unique experience thus far. Three songs in, I can say I am really enjoying the aural adventure. And the cleans...goosebumps, man.
Unhealer - 09.12.2014 at 18:39  
Rating: 9 Really addictive as mentioned before, this must be my favorite by them
NocturnalStalker - 22.12.2014 at 17:55  
Rating: 9 I enjoyed this album quite a lot. Even though, it didn't hit me as hard as Vanitas did, it's still one of my favourite releases this year.
Cynic Metalhead - 31.12.2014 at 11:57  
Rating: 7 Well, Desideratum comes out to be a good record. Not superior nor average blown record.

Hell is Empty and Passion are far better records.
Deadmeat - 10.02.2015 at 18:32  
Rating: 8 Not as great as vanitas. unleash, joystream and the one thing needful the best songs imo...
AssailantForce - 11.02.2015 at 16:52  
Written by J. N. on 15.08.2014 at 23:30

Written by Ilham on 15.08.2014 at 23:19
Yeah why not.

Because Niklas is garbage.

Wow, that.. that's the same dude who fronts Shining? That's a shame. Looks like he went to Maynard James Dancing Academy.
Lit. - 11.02.2015 at 17:09  
  Don't insult Maynard James that way.

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