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CD review BLACK ANVIL "As Was"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Black Anvil, News, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, CD Review, Replapse Records

(7/10) “As Was” is the newest output of New York City based Black Anvil and as with the predecessor the band adds another leg to their raging journey through the entire spectrum of blackened thrash metal. The new longplayer contains eight songs of which most became epically long. The only exception is the more quiet instrumental “The Way of all Flesh”, which is an acoustic moment of peace on a staggering record that’s fully charged with energy. This two minutes interlude could be seen as an introduction for “Ultra”, the closer on the album. Hypnotic riffs and beats kick-off this number that becomes a slowly rollin’ riff machine that sticks to a basic theme while adding some suspense by well-placed breaks.

Another track that stays below the seven minutes average is “May Her Wrath Be Just”. This song is the one that gets most to the point by being the most puristic one. The other compositions on “As Was” are metal monuments. Black metal and thrash metal are the base for this inflammatory musical melting pot. Black Anvil celebrates the songs on their newest longplayer. Instead of only pushing the pedal to the metal the guys add some atmospheric soundscapes to their songs. “Nothing” is one of them. It’s a harsh black metal monster that becomes less tense by some almost progressive soundscapes in the middle section, followed by some great riffing towards the end.

“As Was” is the most mature Black Anvil album, a record that includes a vicious fascination for the abyss. A pitch-black darkness never included such an ease – a contradiction that gets nullified by this longplayer.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. On Forgotten Ways
  2. May Her Wrath be Just
  3. As Was
  4. Nothing
  5. As An Elder Learned Anew
  6. Two Keys: Here's the Lock
  7. The Way of all Flesh
  8. Ultra

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Blackened Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 13th, 2017

CD review BLACK ANVIL "As Was"
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CD review BLACK ANVIL "Hail death"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2014 von Markus W. in Black Anvil, Death Metal, Black Metal, CD Review, News, Thrash Metal

(7/10) Black Anvil, that's black metal from New York. The band was founded in 2007 and was born out of the ashes from Kill Your Idols, an New York based hardcore band. The band started as a trio before the second guitarist Sos joined the band in 2012. Black Anvil released already two albums in the past. The last one was "Triumvirate" and came out in 2010. Now, four years later, the band is back with their new record called "Hail death".

The first recognisable thing with this record is the length. Black Anvil delivers really value for money which means in this case 10 songs with a total playtime from more than 70 minutes. The core of the album is probabaly the 11 minutes long "Next level black". It's an epical black metal anthem. which from the riffing also contains some thrash metal elements. The tune comes with interesting breaks and tempo changes. It starts midtempo with a grooving riff, before later in the song the doublebass drumming gives ignition for high speed metal. In general I must say that the song is very entertaining. This has also to do with the really slow, sometimes acoustic part in the second half of "Next level black".

Talking about acoustic; also the opener "Still reborn" starts with an acoustic guitar part. This can be seen as the silence before the storm, since after one minute the song becomes a mean and threatening black metal anthem. It's a good coice for an opener, which remnded me to Watain. The most thrash oriented track is "Seven stars unseen". Except from the vocals the sngs shows that the band has also some faves in the thrash metal scene. Partly you can think about the earlier Metallica what breaks through here and there.

To sum up: "Hail death" became a surprisingly good black metal album. I like the variations in the tunes. This makes the record exciting and entertaining. Maybe it is not very unique, but I like it.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Still reborn
  2. Redemption through blood
  3. Eventide
  4. Seven stars unseen
  5. G.N.O.N.
  6. Until the end
  7. My hate is oure
  8. N
  9. Next level black
  10. Under the rose (bonus track)

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Black Metal

CD review BLACK ANVIL "Hail death"
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