Anaal Nathrakh

Anaal Nathrakh Decide Against Calling It Quits


Having recently pondered hanging it up, British metal extremists Anaal Nathrakh have announced their decision to remain a somewhat active band—albeit with some caveats. The live absence of multi-instrumentalist Mick Kenney will continue going forward.

Speaking this past Thursday, February 02nd, on the matter, the outfit stated:

“This cannot, and will not, be the end.

Following the success of the show with Sigh and De Profundis in December and, with minimal desire to gush, the response from fans, we have decided that we will keep the London live lineup together and play a limited few more shows in 2023. There’s just too much endarkenment, too much unfinished business and too much visceral thrill, both for us and hopefully for fans, not to.

As before, Mick’s schedule means that he can’t be there. Though to be clear, he’s completely on board with the plan. So we will be in a situation vaguely similar to Immortal a few years ago with the live band being an extension of, but not including all of, the studio band. Many people will not realise there’s a difference.

Many others will likely not really care – OK, a ‘stand in’ live guitarist, that just happens sometimes, no big deal. But we are hopeful that even those who pay closer attention will, like that generously enthusiastic crowd at Scala, understand the idea and be able to get behind the shows. We’re all only alive once. Let’s burn a measure of our passion in the Anaal Nathrakh live crucible.”

The group followed it up by confirming a live appearance at the ‘Damnation‘ festival, which will be held November 04th at the BEC Arena in Manchester, UK. That event will also see the likes of Amenra, Ahab, Rotten Sound and more performing.

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