The Skinny: New York black metallers, Black Anvil, today unveil the first taste of their forthcoming album, Hail Death. An epic and simultaneously predatory number, “Eventide” writhes under the gravity of its own inexorable heaviness highlighting the separation between brutality and melodicism that lies at the very heart of Black Anvil’s sound. Hear Black Anvil’s “Eventide” above, or below… you decide!
Set to drop next month via Relapse Records, third full-length, Hail Death, serves as Black Anvil’s most ambitious manifestation yet. Captured at Magpie Cage Studio by J. Robbins, Hail Death remains true to the band’s roots while still transcending them in a way that works all of their seemingly disparate influences into an amalgam of heavy music that’s as original as it is earth-consuming.
Ultimately Hail Death is an album that speaks for itself in the sense that it’s both a mission statement and a battle cry. If the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ever descend on the planet, this is the perfect soundtrack to the bloody aftermath. Hail Death, which comes adorned in the sinister cover art of Metastazis (Behemoth, Alcest, Black Dahlia Murder) will be released via Relapse Records in North America/UK/World on May 27th, 2014 preceded by Germany/Benelux/Finland on May 24th, 2014.