Starting back in 1993 Anata was the band that bridged the gap between melodic death metal and straight up brutalizing and face ripping death metal. With their debut full length The Infernal Depths of Hatred they displayed a unique sound that had both melody and pure destruction and with that they took off up into the upper echelon of death metal. Resurrected for re-release is their debut full length The Infernal Depths of Hatred and with this resurrection you get to hear an album that paved the way for other bands to cross the bridge between melodic death metal and brutalizing death.
With this release Anata displays great ability to combine both brutalizing death metal with death metal that is more melodic and serene at times to create a truly unique listening experience. While both styles are combined neither is sacrificed for the other. When the more gut ripping and less melodic metal is being played it still is melodious in its own way and while the melodious moments are taking place you still can feel your face being caved in. With songs such as Under Azure Skies and Aim Not At the Kingdom High among others you get a heavy dosage of both styles and they compliment each other very well and provide the listener with so much more to take in and listen for.
Anata transitions between death metal styles effortlessly and displays a great technical ability to stop and start again right where they left off. Right when the more melodic moments end the face melting begins in startling fashion and they switch back again with ease. Not only do they supply you with enough intestine tearing death metal but they also hit you with plenty of emotion all throughout the release as well. As long as the more melodic metal is being played and Anata slows down you get an almost melancholy feeling at times, but when they kick it into high gear you get a pissed off and hate fueled sound that just about takes your head off. With everything packed into this release Anata leaves your head spinning.
All throughout this release you get slick musicianship in sharp riffs and screeching solos as well as earth stomping bass lines and acrobatic drumming. To compliment the proficient musicians is the vocalist that bellows and screams his lungs out with gritty and memorable passion. With everything that Anata put into this record it made and makes for a memorable listen and eighteen years later it still holds up and stands on its own as a great and unique listen.
The Infernal Depths of Hatred will be out October 21, 2016 through KaosKvlt Records.