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“Dead and Left,” the ripping new song “Dead and Left” from Black Anvil‘s forthcoming Relapse release Triumvirate, has restored my faith in this three-pronged NYC metal troupe!

Call it Black Anvil fatigue, but over the past year or year-and-a-half it seems like Black Anvil have been an opening band on every show EVER to play NYC. Not that I can fault the guys for trying to hawk their wares wherever possible, but it just grew tiresome. So when a press release from Relapse announced they’d posted a new song, my thoughts of “meh” were quickly converted to “sweet!” as soon as I actually took a listen. Now I’ll actually be psyched to see them when they open for Behemoth, Watain and Withered this coming winter.

“Dead and Left” shows a much groovier, stonier, slower side to a band that’s known for up-beat, energy-filled black metal. I really like the change in direction, though of course it’d be premature to judge an entire album based on one song; I’m relatively certain Triumvirate won’t throw the band’s blackened roots by the wayside. We’ll find out when it’s released on September 28th. In the meantime, listen to “Dead and Left” here.


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