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Black Anvil: Time Insults the Mind
Black Metal, Thrash Metal
Momentum Records, Relapse Records
October 10th, 2008
Release length: 35:59
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One thing that always urks me, as a fan of metal, and a critic, is when people take prior band performances into account of a new act. Black Anvil has been receiving a lot of negative remarks solely on the fact that the band is based out of New York City, and comprised of musicians that are well known in the hardcore scene, having formed when the band Kill Your Idols broke up. Because of those individuals, it seems the reception of Black Anvil has been rather weak compared to what it should have been. This rather grim, early black metal sounding release may not be a masterpiece, but it’s still a solid black metal release.

While Time Insults The Mind isn’t the most spectacular release out there for the style it is, it does have some rather solid songs. The music on the release has a rather cold, grim sound to it that would be associated with earlier acts such as Immortal, but also has that thrash aspect that would remind you of bands like Venom, which is great for individuals who are sick of the “kvlt” black metal movement (i.e.: black metal music recording by teenagers in their mother’s basement and claim it’s ambient black metal), as well as the third wave of black metal (i.e.: black metal comprised mostly of blast beats). “Margin For Terror” is a great song that is full of your typical black metal riffs. “Deathsomnia” is a decent black metal track as well, but may leave you wanting more from it after a few listens. The same may go with “On This Day Death” which starts off solid, but has a wide section that feels like filler due to much slower music, ambient vocal wails, and, yes, random tamborines.

“Release The Kraken” and “L.T.H.L.T.K.”, latter sounding influenced more by Carcass then anything, are where the album really starts to shine though. The songs are very tight with a heavy thrash influence, and one hell of a guitar solo on “Release The Kraken”, making these songs short but oh so sweet. The rest of the album sounds about the same as the start, which is fine since the music on the album is pretty well done. The only other real complaint would be during the track “777” when the guitar solo kicks in. Since there is no second guitarist, the solo that is performed just leaves the rest of the song sounding rather empty.

While Time Insults the Mind may not be the greatest black metal effort to ever be put out, it’s definitely a solid release with some great songs, as well as some rather poor filler tracks. Black Anvil have put together a nice breath of fresh air with this release, especially for those who think the new black metal sound is just a bit too much. If you’re still skeptical, at least sample the album a bit before dismissing it because of the band member’s roots and background. This is certainly a band to keep an eye on, and hopefully the next album will be a little heavier, and weed out tracks similar to “On This Day Death”.

01. Margin For Terror – 3:53
02. Ten Talons Deep – 4:00
03. Deathsomnia – 4:38
04. On This Day Death – 4:18
05. Release The Kraken – 2:50
06. And You Thought You Knew Pain! – 4:06
07. 777 – 4:36
08. L.T.H.L.T.K. – 2:37
09. Dethroned Emperor (Celtic Frost Cover) – 5:01
Overall Score: 6/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.