Black Anvil are a band from New York that plays black metal with elements of hardcore and thrash and this is a review of their 2014 album "Hail Death" which will be released by Relapse Records.
Classical guitars start off the album and after a minute the music starts going for a more heavy and melodic direction which leads up to black metal screams becoming a part of the album along with some raw elements and blast beats, after awhile the band brings in a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some melodic back up vocals being utilized briefly along with some thrash style guitar riffing and powerful sounding bass.
The guitar leads on the album bring a traditional metal feeling to the recording while also having a melodic black metal edge to them and most of the songs are very long and epic in length and on some of the later tracks you can hear a small amount of hardcore style gang vocals in the background and the clean singing parts also starts having a more powerful presence when they are utilized.
In some of the faster sections of the guitar riffing you can hear some old school raw black metal elements being utilized and the thrash metal influence becomes a very huge part of the later tracks while the main focus is still on a very fast and melodic black metal sound and they also bring in clean elements at times which also gives the music a more 70's heavy/hard rock feeling and as the album progresses more punk rock elements are added onto the recording and some of the slower sections also start evoking a more doom metal like atmosphere, the last track on the album is a cover of Kiss's "under the Rose".
Black Anvil show a great amount of diversity and talent with their music taking the raw and melodic elements of black metal as their core sound and mixing in elements of hardcore and thrash to create a sound of their own which is diverse enough to appeal to fans of both Watain or a more mainstream band like Lamb of God, the production is very professional sounding and the lyrics cover darkness and hatred themes.
In my opinion Black Anvil are a very great sounding black metal band with elements of melodic, death, thrash and hardcore and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Still Reborn" "Seven Stars Unseen" "My Hate is Pure" and "Next Level Black". 8 out of 10.