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NYC trio Black Anvil returns with a sophomore effort entitled TRIUMVIRATE that comprises a hellacious hybrid of black, death, and thrash metal relentlessly ripping through speakers while voraciously seeking souls to drag to the slaughter (“Dead and Left”). Ambient chord changes, relentless rhythmic pummeling, and a raspy vocal presence that all of the members take part in guides this album’s primrose path straight to hell, maintaining a firm grasp on the darker side of the metal spectrum along the way. Sharing as much in common with Celtic Frost and Immortal as they do At the Gates (“Angels to Dust”), this act may get snubbed by purists yet the undeniable truth remains that Black Anvil is a crushing metal entity that warrants the attention of any metal fan of the extreme genre.
- Mike SOS