A new Anaal Nathrakh track titled “Extravaganza!” has debuted online and can be heard below. The group said of the song:
“It’s about the normalization of murderous violence, the sanitization of death. The primary way that appears in the lyrics is via executions, but it’s meant to exemplify a more general phenomenon. I suppose it’s of a piece with the famous quote that the death of millions is a statistic. Or the impression you might get from the news, even if you’re someone who pays close attention to the world, compared to listening to Dr. David Nott talking to Eddie Mair on the radio. And in executions, I think the level of sanitization is quite extreme.
Hence the terms used in the verses – the drop, the shock, the state-sanctioned shank and so on, they’re intended to ape the euphemisms we hear all the time. And in sanitizing killing, the powers that be shield us from the brutality of reality. That’s where the wailing parts fit in – ‘Hiding behind daddy dear, don’t peek with your sad little eyes’. It’s intentionally made to sound a bit like a child’s nightmare, just as we are infantilized and allowed to be blasé by the things the song deals with.
It’s all sometimes presented almost as entertainment, with people talking in terms which suggest a level of ethical concern roughly appropriate to a video game. That’s where the title comes from, and why the ‘ringmaster’ lines are there – ‘Take your seats, one and all! The show’s about to start…’”
“Extravaganze!” is taken from the group’s impending album, The Whole Of The Law, which arrives this Friday on Metal Blade. Pre-orders are available now at this location.