Posted in metal | music | pictures on July 22, 2014

photos and video by Greg Cristman, words by Ian Chainey

Black Anvil @ Saint Vitus 7/20/2014
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Blackened thrashers Black Anvil celebrated their new album, Hail Death, by playing it in its entirety at NYC's Saint Vitus on Sunday (7/20). Bathed in red light and the flicker of a few candles, the NYC-based quartet featuring ex-members of gimmick-less NYHC band Kill Your Idols seemed to tower over the crowd as shadows, unleashing ferocious trem after ferocious trem. Vocalist/bassist Paul Delaney threw his body into the groove, inciting the crowd to do the same. The guitarists, Sos and Gary Bennett, flanked Delaney and drummer Raeph Glicken, one covered in grime, the other hidden in a hood. During "My Hate is Pure," John Chernack of openers Fantom Warior jumped to the stage for a guest spot. For fans of their newer material like "Still Reborn," which Joseph Schafer called ". . . the best thing Black Anvil have ever written" in his Invisible Oranges review, it was an exhilarating night.

Black Anvil shared the Saint Vitus stage with three others. Yellow Eyes, the buzzy black metal trio who have been gigging often, demonstrated why they've built a dedicated following off the backs of 2013's Hammer of the Night and their January-released single The Desert Mourns. Jersey cult thrashers Fantom Warior followed. Reformed in 2012, they're giving hope to old-school metalheads that a follow-up to their 1987 album Fantasy or Reality might be closer to the second word in that title. Psalm Zero, the experimental duo featuring Charlie Looker (Zs) and Andrew Hock (Castevet), moved in near synchronicity while backed by a drum machine, offering intense takes on the blackened/industrial amalgam that's their adventurous debut LP The Drain. Though all the performances were strong, the night belonged to Black Anvil. Hail Death indeed.

Pics from the whole night, plus videos for Psalm Zero and Black Anvil, below...

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Yellow Eyes

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Fantom Warior

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Psalm Zero

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Psalm Zero Videos


Black Anvil

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G.N.O.N.

Until the End

My Hate is Pure

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Comments (11)

Stopped reading when kill your idols was described as "gimmick-less"

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2014 11:02 AM

@11:02 were Kill Your Idols a gimmick?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2014 11:08 AM

when has 'blackened' become a title to describe all heavy music?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2014 11:44 AM

11:02 I'm sure that was meant to be a play on the name of their record...

Also the song is called "Still Reborn" not "Still Rebirth"

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2014 11:55 AM

Black Anvil manage to do everything but actually play black metal.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2014 4:40 PM

This is a joke band, right?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2014 5:22 PM

^ ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2014 6:53 PM

(= ̄ ρ ̄=) ..zzZZ

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2014 7:00 PM

I think the drummer works or worked at guitar center in NY. I'm not so sure my dad bought cymbals from someone with a band called Black Anvil.

Posted by Kara | November 21, 2014 11:28 AM

^ he does. lol

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2014 11:40 AM

black sausages

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2014 11:49 AM

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