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Black Anvil – “The Evil Of All Roots” (Stereogum Premiere)

I’m pretty obsessed by the multiple ways contemporary American black metal overlap with ’80s hardcore and punk. It’s something I’ve been thinking about and need to put down on paper. And it’s maybe one reason I’m so into Black Anvil: The New York black metal trio features three members of longtime Long Island/NYC hardcore crew, Kill Your Idols. (BA front man Paul Delaney is still associated with None More Black.) It can’t help but add a certain toughness to the sound, a raw no-bullshit urban working-class muscularity you’ll find in some of best USBM (see, HTC favorites Castevet, another prime example). When I interviewed Delaney in June 2009, I asked about these black metal/hardcore overlaps.

The connection to me is they’re all aggressive … in their own ways. In both of those bands we did what we wanted and really didn’t give a fuck if it was cool or not. Obviously, lyrically and musically they are on completely different wavelengths, but mentally not really so much. KYI for the three of us was pretty much our lives for over a decade. Those lyrics at that time were how we were living. Same with NMB. Jason is the mastermind of that band, and I am part of the team of animals to bring life to his visions … Way different sound musically than Black Anvil, different lyrical theme, but there’s an energy there that is unexplainable and it moves me or I wouldn’t be able to be a part if it.

More than history and scene associations, though, the group write great songs, are a monster live. (You’ll get plenty of opportunities to catch them in person during an upcoming tour with Watain.) The music is dense, but digestible, unfailingly anthemic. On the new record, it’s also huge. Take a listen to “The Evil Of All Roots,” a standout from Triumvirate, their densely layered followup to Time Insults the Mind. I asked Delaney for his thoughts on the track: “It’s basically our testament to everyone. We are true outcasts, always have been, always will. We will always walk a different path than the rest of the herd.” See, fuck scenes, etc.

Black Anvil – “The Evil Of All Roots”

Triumvirate is out 9/28 via Relapse. It was recorded by Twisted Sister’s Mark “The Animal” Mendoza (fucking a). You can hear other album tracks “Dead And Left” at MySpace and “Scalping” at Metalsucks. Check them out on that tour with Watain and Goatwhore. (Full disclosure: I’m co-presenting the NYC date with Blackened Music and Chronic Youth. And I’ve done shows with them in the past. Because, like I said, they’re worth seeing.) The dates:

09/28 – New York, NY @ Studio @ Webster Hall (Record Release show)
10/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar #
11/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls %
11/07 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club %
11/08 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 %
11/10 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre %
11/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas %
11/12 – Portland, OR @ Branx %
11/13 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven %
11/16 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk %
11/17 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge %
11/18 – San Diego, CA @ Ruby Room %
11/19 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky %
11/20 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse %
11/21 – El Paso, TX @ Club 101 %
11/22 – Dallas, TX @ The Loft %
11/23 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s %
11/24 – Houston, TX @ Numbers %
11/27 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth %
11/29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade %
11/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar %
12/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s %
12/02 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House %
12/03 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques %
12/04 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House %

# w/ Nuclear Assault
% w/ Watain, Goatwhore

Black Anvil PR 2010

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