Anaal Nathrakh is a two man Black Metal/Grindcore outfit with strong ties to Napalm Death and the now defunct Mistress. The band name is taken from John Boormans 1981 fantasy film “Excalibur”, and means “Serpent’s Breath”.
The main duo behind the music are Dave Hunt (aka V.I.T.R.I.O.L., vocals) and Mick Kenny (aka Irrumator, guitars and drum programming), although they are occasionaly joined on record and for their few forays onstage by Shane Embury (aka Embryonymous, Napalm Death, Bass) and Steve Powell (aka St. Evil, Theoktony, drums).
Although lyrics have never been printed for their music, the song titles and atmosphere in the songs definately suggest a very apocalyptic theme, some titles even referring to the writings of Freidrich Nietzsche (the nihilistic 19th century German philosopher)
In 2003 they came to the attention of the late and great DJ John Peel, who invited them to perform a session for his show in the BBCs recording studios. The success of that prompted them to consider playing occasional live shows, to date they have only played a handful of gigs in London and Birmingham, with a few more recently in Europe and America.
To date they have released the following:
* The Codex Necro (2001)
* Total Fucking Necro (2002)
* When Fire Rains Down from the Sky, Mankind Will Reap As It Has Sown (2003)
* Domine Non Es Dignus (2004)
* Eschaton (2006)
* Hell Is Empty and All the Devils Are Here (2007)
* In the Constellation of the Black Widow (2009)