Dec 252014


Welcome to Part 2 of our list of 2014′s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs. For more details about what this list is all about and how it was compiled, read the introductory post via this link. For the other songs we’ve previously named to the list, go here. Today we add two more songs.


There was really never any doubt that one of the songs from The Killing Gods would appear on this list — “Fucking flawless” was the way TheMadIsraeli summed up his review of the album for our site. The hard part was deciding which song.

“The Harrowing” received support from some of our readers as well as my comrade DGR, who prized the song’s speed as well as the awesome solo in the middle of the track. But after repeatedly bouncing back and forth between that song and the one I ultimately chose, I’m going with “Conjuring the Cull”. I’ll just repeat here what I excitedly exclaimed upon first hearing the song:

Goddamn, motherfucker, those opening riffs are headbang dynamite! Fuckin’ snare tone! Such a grisly serpentine lead guitar! So infectious! So evil! Such beef! Such slithery soloing! Why are my pants wet?








DGR had some nice turns of phrase in his NCS review of Anaal Nathrakh’s latest album. Such as this one:

Desideratum could be portrayed as Nathrakh’s most accessible record yet, and the band here a friendlier and more approachable version than how they have appeared before. Of course, we must keep in mind that “approachable” is a relative term that must be taken with a grain of salt the size of a cruise liner, and that AN are “friendly” in the same way that someone might warn you before they punch you in the face when you’re tied to a chair with a mouth full of broken glass.

Or this one:

Desideratum, like every Nathrakh album before it and especially like its predecessor Vanitas, is a destructive force that moves by so quickly that it’s like the wall of fire from the alien attack in Independence Day, sweeping up cars and buildings like dust bunnies and lint and throwing them clear across the city. It’s not exactly a “step forward” in terms of sound for the band, as it’s still relatively within their comfort zone, but the willingness to distort and destroy on this disc makes it feel more like “grab by the neck and pull to the right.

As in the case of The Killing Gods, there was never any doubt that a song from Desideratum was going to be on this list. The harder question, again, was which one. I was all set to go with the title track, but DGR made a strong case for “The Joystream”. I gave that song some more spins, and it really is a great song, and a worthy candidate for this list. But I still think the title track is the most infectious of the bunch, as well as the best song on a very strong album. So, with apologies to DGR, “Desideratum” it is:



  1. Personally I would have gone with “The One Thing Needful”… damn, but I love that song.

  2. ‘The time will soon come, when men who will not learn that lesson. They will be taught in blood, and fire, and anguish’

  3. I kinda wish that Misery Index album had been two EPs. They’re all great songs, but going from Faust to the rest of the album makes the second half look bad. Faust could be the best EP of the year if it was one, and the other tracks could make a nice late-in-the-year dose of Misery Index. Regardless, Conjuring the Cull is a hell of a song.

    • It’s really one of those albums where you could throw a dart at the track list and be just fine with whatever it hit. Unless you play darts like I do and they just hit the wall.

    • For some reason I’ve had the exact same opinion. I had always thought that album to be like that. Faust was interesting and the rest was well, insipid at best. But without doubt Conjuring the Cull is my favorite and catchiest song on there.

  4. It’s holiday season yet you guys still put out new posts. Gotta salute your working ethics. And that Misery Index strack is really good.

  5. I completely agree with you on that Misery Index song (the whole album was amazing though). Also, Anaal Nathrakh never fail to disappoint!

  6. “Conjuring the Cull” is just killer! : )

  7. Anaal Nathrakh is a name I’ve seen here many times before, but only now did I listen to them. I like the black metal components interwoven with the industrial vibe in the prechorus over the sample. The chorus is clean, but doesn’t sound derivative. Vocals sound desperate and anguished. Definitely a “catchy” song that I want to listen to again.

  8. The songs are simply killer, I’m thinking that “Idol” and “The Harrowing” are infectious, whatever, good choices!

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