Black Anvil - As Was (Relapse Records) 2017
As Was marks the return of Black Anvil and it’s also the follow-up to 2014’s excellent Hail Death. Once again, the New York four piece have crafted something special, showing a strangely brutal ferocity alongside with their remarkably cohesive blend of atmospheric black metal with melody. Black Anvil prove themselves to be by far more complex and diverse than ever, showing their natural and continuous progression. Only a few limited number of bands are willing to expand upon established concepts, but these dudes are taking everything to another new level, way beyond the black metal spectrum.