Anatomy: Where Angels Die

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Anatomy: Where Angels Die
Black Metal, Death Metal
Destruktive Kommandoh
1997
Release length: 45:09
Myspace
Where Angels Die is the debut full-length album from the Australian Black Metal act Anatomy, a release that has been greatly overlooked by many fans of the style, which is actually rather disheartening. Where Angels Die is a very well crafted grim and cold Black Metal release, with a few hints of Death Metal thrown in once in a while for a very impressive, if not obscure release. One wouldn’t expect it given the vibrant colors of the artwork, and even the pixelated inner artwork of lesbian angels at the lower right of the cover image. In fact, you might very well expect a very “kvlt” album that was recorded by a couple horny pre-teen satanists.

But, that is where the assumptions stop. Once the introduction on “Last Pleasures for Those of the Apocalypse of Hate” finishes up, you are thrown into a very dark and off-beat metal world. The drumming that starts the album sounds rather off in comparison to the faster guitar work that kicks the track off right. Luckily it’s only during this little bit, as the drumming does pick up and start to keep up with the music. Aside that, the tracks jump around from a mid-tempo to a much faster pace usually filled with blast beats. While this breaks any chance of repetition, at some moments it really does start to get old and annoying.

“The Call of Doom” is a little over eight minutes of that very thing, except it varies between slow, mid, and fast paced music all throughout the song. While the keyboards make a nice, eerie addition to the overall sound of the album when present, or can be heard, you can’t help but just get a little bored with the track and feel as if the song is being stretched out at times. Even when the song ends, it abruptly goes into the next track, “Where Angels Die”, and if you’re not paying attention you’ll think it’s still the same song during the keyboard introduction and proclaim “Enough already!” This same feeling of music being drawn out also hits during the first track, “Last Pleasures for Those of the Apocalypse of Hate” and “Where Angels Die,” but luckily the song doesn’t change up as much and still ia very enjoyable. Luckily, after the rather brain numbingly annoying “The Call of Doom,”, you get the closing track “The Frozen Darkness,” is a very well done haunting and downright depressive song due to the keyboards, that is very enjoyable if you actually make it through “Where Angels Die.”

Unfortunately, this retail copy seems to have had some sort of, what I hope to be, manufacturing error. During the end of “Where Angels Die,” during the keyboard outro, it sounds as if the CD is skipping, like it has scratches. Upon investigation, there were no scratches. The same thing happened again on a second listen, the skipping static noises were there for the keyboard and the start of “The Frozen Darkness,” even into the vocals of that song for a bit. Given it’s the same sound in the same spot every time, I’m inclined to believe it may have been injected into the mix on purpose, but why is very unclear. For now, it’ll be written off as an error during the production of the disc as it’s absolutely unclear if this is meant to be there or not, and is only mentioned as a warning.

In all honesty, Where Angels Die is a pretty impressive debut album. Anatomy have the potential to really create a dark album, and prove they have the chops on this release. It’s clear the band needs to stick with tracks under eight minutes, as the two longest tracks are the absolute worst tracks. But, given how little recognition this album got, you can find it on-line practically for free aside shipping charges, so it really is worth picking up if you happen to find it somewhere.

01. Last Pleasures for Those of the Apocalypse of Hate – 6:53
02. Under the Wings – 4:21
03. Armageddon – 4:01
04. Forbidden Realms – 5:36
05. The Call of Doom – 8:14
06. Where Angels Die – 8:40
07. The Frozen Darkness – 7:24
Overall Score: 5.5/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.