This is, as far as I know, the only metal album to sample Blackadder. Bellum Omnium Contra Ommnes has a great chorus as does Between Piss and Shit We Are Born- this album has more obviously catchy sections than previous ones- on Timewave Zero this new mode falls down a bit. There are some repetitive in-a-bad-way parts on this album which I find myself skipping to get to the good stuff, and by now the innovation of what Anaal Nathrakh does which was of course quite impressive is wearing a little thin. I suppose the clean vocal sections and more melodic bits are an attempt to not sound the same, and I was sceptical originally but now I think it's pretty commendable, though really these elements don't come into their own here. For me this album seems to bridge two periods in Anaal Nathrakh's music a bit, and while the production and so on remain spot on... it doesn't totally blow me away. The songwriting might have suffered a bit. It's definitely not my favourite Anaal Nathrakh album but you know, it works okay.
Regression to the Mean is an interesting track, slow and based on an interesting synth sound repeating, I think it puts the concept across quite well, though I wouldn't listen to it a lot.
After the slight disappointment of their 2004 album, Anaal Nathrakh return better than ever with 'Eschaton,' again dealing with annihilation and destruction (this time in the form of the 2012 Mayan prophecy) and possessing the brutal sound to back it up for the first time since the debut release. This is a perfect example of a band learning from its successes and failures, and the resulting album is more or less a synthesis of the mindlessly violent first album with some of the more epic tendencies of the second, finally creating the sound the band has been striving for all along.
While the performances from Irrumator and V.I.T.R.I.O.L are as good as ever, the production abandons the disappointing polish of 'Domine Non Es Dignus' in favour of the rawer sound of 'The Codex Necro,' and likewise supplements that first album's ferocity with the more mature musicianship of subsequent offerings. This returns the sound to extreme black metal once again, though still possessing a significant death metal influence, yet the clean vocal touches and grind guitar sections still remain to avoid the band fading into the rest of the scene.
Further demonstrating how the sound here harks back to the early years (which weren't really all that long ago, this is only the third album after all), 'The Necrogeddon' is a re-make of a 2001 song that doesn't sound at all out of place, while songs such as 'Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes,' 'The Destroying Angel' and 'The Yellow King' are just as fierce as anything from the first album, but more refined. Similarly, 'Between Shit and Piss We Are Born,' 'Timewave Zero' and 'When the Lion Devours Both Dragon and Child' all follow the Borknagar-style epic path of the last release, only more satisfyingly brutal. The only real disappointment comes in the presence of guest vocalists including Attila from Mayhem, who doesn't impress as much as he did on the 2003 E.P. and is instead offered a fairly weak industrial-style song that doesn't suit his demonic voice.
1. Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes
2. Between Shit and Piss We Are Born
3. Timewave Zero
4. The Destroying Angel
5. Waiting for the Barbarians
6. The Yellow King
7. When the Lion Devours Both Dragon and Child
8. The Necrogeddon
9. Regression to the Mean
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes
2 Between Shit And Piss We Are Born
3 Timewave Zero
4 Destroying Angel
5 Waiting For The Barbarians
6 Yellow King
7 When The Lion Devours Both Dragon And Child
9 Regression To The Mean