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Album Review

The second album from New York black metal trio Black Anvil is as churning and rage-filled as its predecessor. Their sound is very slightly cleaned up from the debut, which had almost the same falling-apart quality as the Hellhammer demos to which they were so clearly indebted (hell, the album ended with a cover of Celtic Frost's "Dethroned Emperor"). It's still rough, grimy black/death metal, though, with the bandmembers' hardcore roots showing through. The music is heavier than most old-school black metal, with plenty of bass and a hard, thwacking drum sound; these guys aren't concerned with retaining a lo-fi sound as though auditioning for membership in the Darkthrone Historical Reenactment Society. They want to make listeners bang their heads, and songs like "Ultimate Reality," with its looping, hypnotic riff, and "Scalping," with its maniacal, full-speed-ahead fury, will certainly succeed in that aim. This is not a particularly ambitious album — Black Anvil have little interest in being progressive, lyrically or musically. But when taken on its own guttural, hyperaggressive terms, it's an absolute success.


Formed: 2007 in New York, NY

Genre: Death Metal/Black Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New York's Black Anvil were created in 2007 by former members of then-recently defunct hardcore activists Kill Your Idols: vocalist/bassist P (Paul Delaney), guitarist G (Gary Bennett), and drummer/vocalist R (Raeph Glicken). Now flying the shroud-like flag of vintage Scandinavian black metal -- N.Y.C. style! -- the trio recorded its debut album, Time Insults the Mind, for release through Monumentum Records in 2008, but soon drew the attention of Relapse Records, which reissued the LP a year later...
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Triumvirate, Black Anvil
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 28 September 2010

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