I use to listen to a lot of black metal when I was younger. It’s rare to find a band that avoided using profanities in its lyrics. It’s also very rare for said band to be labeled as black metal. Black Anvil manages to accomplish just that and more in their new album As Was.
Black Anvil hails from the Big Apple and has returned to scene with this 50-minute, melt your face off album. This is a follow-up to their 2014 album Hail Death. Black Anvil tells a story with each song, going from fast and heavy hitting to slow and melodic.
“May Her Wrath Be Just” is probably my favorite song on this album. The song title alone describes how I am also sometimes a tad bit angry. In the lyrics the singer says “She reaches through me yet this is no warm embrace / she whispers I scream unlearn their name.” Those lyrics could possibly mean a multitude of things and it gets the mind thinking as to where the singer was when these lyrics were formed.
The next song “As Was” is very atmospheric and melodic while still maintaining that heavy black metal feel. It is the type of song that you could chill to, have a beer and play Call of Duty to. It also has a nice mixture of singing and screaming. You can hear the lyrics as the vocalist is screaming out. I love the opening to “Ultra,” with its very heavy drum leading into guitars and bass. I also love the fact that this song is indeed the perfect song for a sick circle pit. The end of the song excites me in every way possible as a round robin a cappella chorus in English and Latin carries the song home. It is very beautiful and it plays very well with the song.
I appreciate albums like this one because it shows listeners (both new and old) how talented these guys are. You don’t have to make an album strictly with heavy tones. You can be very fluid with the melodies of each song and still keep to the theme of the album. Black Anvil is currently on tour with Mayhem and Inquisition. Check them out in a city near you.