Born from a hardcore background, Black Anvil play venomous, aggressive black thrash and ‘Hail Death’ benefits greatly from this. Yet this album isn’t all break neck speed and a fuck em all attitude and as such expect to hear some excellent song writing on this album that breaks up the brutality with the odd layer of subtle melody and intensive grinding riff-age.
In stark contrast though also expect some blisteringly heavy riffs, cold black metal rhythms and vastly hostile moments from a band who so adeptly fuse their black metal sound with all the best elements of old school thrash! It’s the little things that black anvil get right too that makes ‘Hail Death’ such an impressive album, such as each song blending seamlessly into each other, the excellent production and of course an abundance of talent in both the creative and technical departments.
Release low moments: Well, that depends on your own point of view. For me there are no low points but the album is lengthy, well over an hour. For me that just adds to the fun but some may be put off. I’ll say this though, you shouldn’t be.
Best track: ‘Seven Stars Unseen’ – a track that melds everything that Black Anvil does well into one, fusing varying flows and paces, softer moments and savage heaviness, its all there!
Rating: 90% (very little to criticise here, just flowing, intense black/thrash goodness)