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Triumvirate

Black Anvil

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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.

Customer Reviews

Black Anvil's Triumvirate - A Haiku

A monstrosity,
Venomous execution,
Relentless crusher

~by Vordek (Recommended tracks: The Evil of All Roots, Angels to Dust, Dead and Left, Eliminate)

excellent testament to modern metal

first of all, i was really excited about the release of this album, check out my review of their previous work. i have to say, triumvirate met if not exceeded all my expectations. everything holds true from my last review, yet this album takes black anvil in a new and rather awesome direction. i think i like the previous album, time insults the mind, a bit better, as their thrash influences (Lamb of God, Trivium) shines in that album which completely marries the singing (if you can call it that, lolz) and lyrics to the musical talent these guys have. yet, the subtle, heavy guitar work on this album completely works too, if it does isolate the singer more (maybe that's what they were going for idk). what i'm saying is that black anvil is a phenomenal band, and i love this doom metal sound, you can hear a very sludgey influence come out, which really was great cause i'm into bands like Baroness and High on Fire right now. excellent second album. i would recommend the songs the evil of all roots and angels to dust for those just getting aquainted with this power-trio, yet your cash wouldnt be wasted if you bought this album right now. an instant modern metal classic, marrying the black thrash from the previous album with a incredible torrent of droning, doom-ish guitar work.

rock on \m/

Death Metal....still....reigns

Just a brutal album. It's nice to see that Death Metal still hasn't changed from day 1. This band is a great example of keeping it old school as well as keeping it up to date. Great album. Great band.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active:

New York's Black Anvil were created in 2007 by former members of 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...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Sep 28, 2010

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