One of my favourite things about this festival is the fact that you can almost guarantee that late in the day on the Terrorizer Stage, there will be some utter filth. With Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Doom filling this position in recent years, this year, it was the turn of Anaal Nathrakh to create some havoc in support of their recently released “Desideratum” album.

The band wasted no time and spent every second they had on stage to display the monstrous black metal / grindcore hybrid noise that they have created that has seen them become one of the most revered bands around. This set leant heavily towards that new album with four new tracks being aired along with odd tracks from their back catalogue. They ignited pit after pit and left the headliners with a hell of a set to follow. Hopefully, the fact that the band have recently started playing more regularly in recent years will lead to more opportunities to see Anaal Nathrakh live, as this set seemed to fly by, before anyone had a chance to really take it in.

I had seen a few people unsure of the new, more melodic elements the band have brought into their sound on their latest offering, but the songs they included tonight fit right in with the rest of the set alongside classics from ‘The Codex Necro’ and ‘In The Constellation Of The Black Widow’. An excellent set and a decent build up to Cannibal Corpse.

Setlist:
Acheronta Movembimus
Unleash
Monstrum In Animo
Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes
Forging Towards The Sunset
In The Constellation Of The Black Widow
Submission Is For The Weak
The Lucifer Effect
Between Shit And Piss We Are Born
A Firm Foundation Of Unyielding Despair
Do Not Speak

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