The Press Release:
Season of Mist are pleased to announce the signing of New York City’s BLACK ANVIL! The band will release their fifth studio album via Season of Mist.
BLACK ANVIL comments: “We have been quite familiar with Season Of Mist over the years. They’re unique, eclectic and, most importantly, passionate about what they choose to release and who they choose to work with.
“This is an emotion that is extremely strong in our camp because without it, there’s absolutely no reason to move forward and keep our flame lit.”
Formed in 2007 in New York City, Black Metal troupe BLACK ANVIL released their debut album, Time Insults the Mind, on Monumentum/Reflections Records in September 2009, and later that year signed to renowned independent label Relapse Records. After a re-release of their acclaimed 2009 debut, BLACK ANVIL unleashed their first proper full-length Triumvirate in September 2010. Recorded with engineer ‘General’ George Fullan (The Rolling Stones, Dream Theater) at Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza’s (Twisted Sister) Diamond Drop Studio on Long Island, NY, Triumvirate received critical acclaim and was hailed as an “all-around monster metal album.” Pitchfork even stated, “Black Anvil’s an amazing live band… and their songwriting’s as strong as their stage presence.”
Triumvirate was followed in 2014 by Hail Death, a 70-minute journey of intensity that further established BLACK ANVIL as a modern Black Metal powerhouse and was praised by publications including Noisey, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Metal Injection, and many more. Constantly bringing their live ritual to the masses, BLACK ANVIL has participated in numerous high profile tours with Black Metal legends such as MAYHEM, WATAIN, URFAUST, and MARDUK as well as dates with AURA NOIR, NACHTMYSTIUM, IMMORTAL, EYEHATEGOD, CANNIBAL CORPSE, and many others. Additionally, the band has appeared at various festivals including the Scion Rock Fest, Beyond The Gates in Bergen, Norway and the renowned Roadburn Festival in The Netherlands.
In 2017, BLACK ANVIL dropped their fourth studio-album, As Was, the staggering 50-minute follow-up to 2014’s Hail Death. Atmospheric and melodic without relenting on any of the ferocity BLACK ANVIL have always been known for, As Was seamlessly weaves through eight monumental passages of extreme metal art. More diverse, complex, and thought-provoking than anything they’ve done before, As Was is a stellar representation of modern Black Metal, and of BLACK ANVIL’s continuous progression and songcraft. Featuring cover art by Metastazis (Behemoth, Watain, Morbid Angel) and recorded at Menegroth by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Panopticon) with mixing and mastering done by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Tribulation, Funeral Mist, Watain).
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Having seen Black Anvil in action a number of times over the recent years I can definitely say that this will be a move that broadens the bands reach and increases their grip on the throats of the fans of this kind of music. If their name is new to you or you’ve bypassed their set when they might have been supporting someone else then I suggest you rectify this the next time that the band comes around. You can thank me later. Closing up, I wonder what you all think about this news and also that you are remaining healthy in this very precarious time. Let me know down in the comments section below and I’ll see you again soon.