|Review: Black Anvil - Hail Death|
Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 2014
Review online: October 22, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
If you like a good Black/Thrash record to remind you of the power of Heavy Metal, NY's Black Anvil respectfully (on second thought, make that disrespectfully) submit Hail Death, an album that combines vicious German Thrash with evil second-wave Black rasps into a hellishly entertaining experience. Riff upon riff, including the kind that groove but are NOT groove, assault your ears on tracks like "Still Reborn," "Redemption Through Blood" and "My Hate is Pure." The vocals are merciless shrieks and there is just a hint of tremolo picking. For the most part, though, the music is early Thrash and there are more than a few spots where the band members' NWOBHM and Traditional Metal influences show through (check out the bass line that opens "Seven Stars Unseen" – pure Manowar). Hail Death is not, by any means, new but is it well done so, if bands like Desaster and Guerra Total bring a smile to your face and your fist in the air, Black Anvil deserves a listen.
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