After playing in the hardcore band Kill Your Idols (1995-2007), the three members of Black Anvil created a black metal band in 2007 to suit their ever darker and heavier musical tastes. Now they return with "As Was," the staggering 50-minute follow-up to 2014's "Hail Death." Atmospheric and melodic without relenting on any of the ferocity Black Anvil has always been known for, "As Was" seamlessly weaves through eight monumental passages of extreme metal art. More diverse, complex and thought-provoking than anything they've done before, "As Was" is a stellar representation of modern black metal, and of Black Anvil's continuous progression and songcraft. Featuring cover art by Metastazis (Behemoth, Watain, Morbid Angel) and recorded at Menegroth by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Panopticon) with mixing and mastering done by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Tribulation, Funeral Mist, Watain). Vinyl version includes digital download.