Anorexia Nervosa - New Obscurantis Order review


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Band: Anorexia Nervosa
Album: New Obscurantis Order
Release date: 2001

01. Mother Anorexia
02. Chatiment De La Rose
03. Black Death, Nonetheless
04. Stabat Mater Dolorosa
05. Le Portail De La Vierge
06. The Altar Of Holocausts
07. Hail Tyranny [Sergei Rachmaninov cover]
08. Ordo Ab Chao: The Scarlet Communion
09. Solitude [Candlemass cover]
10. Metal Meltdown [Judas Priest cover] [bonus]

Anorexia Nervosa is a band that I've never even heard of, let alone heard up until about one week ago when I read a few reviews on their older album Drudenhaus and decided to check them out for myself. The only album available to me was their latest New Obscurantis Order I took the punt and bought it!

I was not disappointed after the album came to a close. In fact, I replayed the entire thing, still in a daze at what my ears where being assaulted with! Hyper speed, plenty of agression, huge orchestrations and Keys, fat guitars, one of the most raw voices in black metal ive ever heard are all being thrown at you in one of the most intense releases [in my opinion] in black metal to date.

Granted that this style has been done a million times before, its never been done this well. The production of the album is also a point winner for this disc, with one of the fatest, thickly produced sounds. Its all good! Its an album that has set new standards in this genre, and I think they'll take a while to be met.

I don't particularly want to draw comparisons, but if I were to do it [not saying that I am, but if I were...] I'd probably say it's a nice little blend of Dimmu Borgir's technicality and melodic nature [Puritanical era...], and Dark Funeral's speed, aggression and satanic atmosphere.

After the first minute of the blistering first track 'Mother Anorexia', you know that your gonna enjoy this one already. Haunting, orchestral keyboards open followed by a killer blasting of that black metal goodness. This album is relentless in its attack, even when its slows tempo it's still pounding you about the face with intensity. Other standout tracks include 'Black Death, Nonetheless', 'Stabat Mater Dolor' and the brilliant closing track 'Ordo ab Chao: The Scarlet Communion'

While all instruments on this album are spectacular in performance and sound, I think that special mention should be given to the drumming talents of Nilcas Vant, this guy is awesome! Also vocalist Mr. Hreidmarr deserves a pat on the back for a great performance also, its nice to hear a vocalist that actually stands apart form others in black metal these days.

Well, if you've come this far in reading this review, there is only one thing left for you to do.... get this CD!

Written by Dale | 26.08.2003


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Comments: 5   Visited by: 98 users
06.02.2007 - 06:43
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if you do not have this album, you are a fool.
21.06.2007 - 07:20

I'm listening to it right now for the first time, and he was absolutely right; the first song blew me away, I'm hooked.
12.04.2008 - 05:27
Liver Failure
amazing album.. one of the best i've ever heard in symphonic black metal, along with the previous Drudenhaus. Its almost perfect, the song ''Black Death, Nonetheless'' represents all that symphonic black metal is suppose to be, epic and powerful, no breaks.

member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
14.01.2010 - 01:37

Good review!
I bought this album with no expectations at all, and I was impressed by the quality of the production and the originality in the composition, really a great album.
"The Sly One"
03.07.2010 - 15:02
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The singer is so brutal

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