Black Anvil - Biography


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Black Anvil are an American black metal band from New York City. The band formed in 2007 with Paul Delaney, Gary Bennett and Raeph Glicken. When asked about how they got their name as a band, they said: "Gary actually came up with name, which is a cross between a Black Sabbath reference and a Judas Priest song." They are one of the very few but prominent bands in the New York black metal scene.

The band formed in New York City in 2007 and signed to Monumentum Records once the members left the hardcore punk band Kill Your Idols, who disbanded at that time. On October 28, 2008, the band released their debut album Time Insults The Mind on Monumentum Records. The band took a year to write it and went to record it in a friend's studio in Queens, New York and recorded it all in one weekend. Afterwards, they started playing gigs all over New York.

On June 5th 2010, it was announced that the band signed to Relapse Records. The band began to record their second album in January 2010 in the studio owned by Mark Mendoza of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister with engineer George Fullan. On September 28th, the band released their second album Triumvirate on Relapse Records and reissued their debut in the fall of 2010 on Relapse Records. During March 13, they played at the Scion Rock Fest in Ohio with Voivod, Black Tusk and Brutal Truth. They also began to tour around United States but ended the major tour in the last two shows being in Canada. The band were going to have a tour called Lawless States Of Heretika, and Behemoth had joined their tour with Watain and Withered involved as well. However, it was confirmed in August 2010 that Behemoth were forced to leave the tour with them across America due to health issues Behemoth member Nergal was having. Later on August 27, 2010, they performed a major show at the Hostile City Deathfest in Philadelphia. They also toured from November 6, 2010 to December 4, 2010 with Swedish black metal band [band]Watain and American blackened death metal band Goatwhore. The band also had a major tour announced in January 2011 to begin at the end of May through beginning of June during 2011, touring with bands like Aura Noir, Eyehategod, Marduk, and others.

The band also took another tour with Watain in the middle of May 2012. During the fall of 2012, the band acquired a 4th member. The band announced his name is Sos and that he plays the second guitar. The band performed a major show with the death/doom band Evoken at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York on December 21, 2012. The band also performed another major show at the Winter's Wake in Pittsburgh on February 22, 2012. Currently, the band are finishing their upcoming album.

The band has cited Poison Idea, Celtic Frost, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Agnostic Front, Possessed, Sodom, Kreator, Carnivore, Venom, Twisted Sister, Mercyful Fate, Darkthrone, Bad Brains and Black Flag as their influences.