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New York City's BLACK ANVIL 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 have 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).

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released January 13, 2017

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New York Black Metal quartet BLACK ANVIL return with As Was, a staggering, complex, and thought-provoking work of modern black metal art!

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Track Name: On Forgotten Ways
ONE THE ONLY NUMBER
TO NOTHING WILL THIS COME
THREE DEFEATS OUR PURPOSE
(TAKE ME PLEASE)
FOR EVERYTHING’S UNDONE
I THE EARTH BENEATH YOU
STILL HIGHER THAN THE TREE
DO WOODEN LIES BEQUEATH YOU
WITH SULLEN EYES THEY SEEK

THE BEAST HE WRITHES IN AGONY
BESIDE ME WITHIN ME
A PART OF ME

WE MUST FEEL UNWORTHY
YET TRUST THE HAND THAT FEEDS
TERMINATE THIS HUNGER
AND SOLVE THIS LIFE’S DISEASE

HE MAKES IT EASY TO ATTAIN

WE CAN BE THE JOURNEY
HIGHER CAN WE REACH

EXIST IN DUAL AUTONOMY
PLANT MY DIRT PLANT MY SEED

AND THOUGH I DREAM
WHAT’S LEFT TO SEE
ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE
AND THOUGH I TREAD

WITH EYES UNSEEN
ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE
THERE IS NO FURTHERANCE
NO NEED TO REMINISCE
ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE
WE ARE ENDLESSLY

IT’S HARDER TO REMEMBER
WHAT NEVER WAS

COMFORTING THE COLD AND DAMP
WE CAN BE THE JOURNEY
HIGHER CAN WE REACH

ALL IS LOST LESS YOUR FURTHERANCE
BEGONE ALL SHRED
OF SECOND CHANCE
NO LONGER FAITH PER CHANCE
LOVE IS NO MORE

I WILL BE YOUR OPIUM
HIGHER CAN WE REACH
I WILL BE YOUR OVERDOSE
HIGHER WILL WE REACH

THE BEAST HE DIES WITH DIGNITY
SURROUND ME AMEND ME
DISCOVER ME

KISS THE HAND THAT BLEEDS

AND THOUGH I DREAM
WHAT’S LEFT TO SEE
ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE
AND THOUGH I TREAD
WITH EYES UNSEEN
ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE
THERE IS NO FURTHERANCE
NO NEED TO REMINISCE
ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE
Track Name: May Her Wrath Be Just
SHE SPEAKS TO ME
I CAN HEAR HER FAINTLY
SHE WHISPERS SHE SCREAMS
A NAME UNSPOKEN

SHE REACHES THROUGH ME
YET THIS IS NO WARM EMBRACE
SHE WHISPERS I SCREAM
UNLEARN THEIR NAME

O MOTHER
DIE FOR YOUR DIGNITY
WE LISTEN WE LISTEN
THEY SCREAM YOUR NAME

AND WHILE YOUR CHILDREN LIVE
THEY TAKE WHAT’S OURS
AS THINE WOULD GIVE
AT LAST WE CAN ASK NO MORE
SHE’S GIVEN ALL SHE CAN NO MORE

I CAN FEEL HER HEARTBEAT
SHE SUFFERS UNWORTHY
OUR FALL FROM GRACE
SHE TEACHETH ME
WE CAN NEVER LEARN THE WAYS
WE SUFFER UNWORTHY
WE OWN OUR BLAME

O FATHER
DIE FOR HER DIGNITY
WE LISTEN WE LISTEN
THEY SCREAM YOUR NAME

AND WHILE YOUR CHILDREN LIVE
THEY TAKE WHAT’S MINE
AS THINE WOULD GIVE
AT LAST WE CAN ASK NO MORE
SHE’S GIVEN ALL SHE CAN NO MORE

MAY HER WRATH BE JUST
MAY HER JUST BE US
Track Name: As Was
TIME DECLINES
DECADENT
REPLENISHMENT
INSIDE
INGESTED FOR ALL TIME
PARASITE PARASITE
GESTICULATE THE TENSIONS
IN YOUR MIND
I’LL GUIDE YOU THROUGH
THE ONCE OBSERVED
TO TWICE ALIGNED
AND IF YOU TRUST ME YOU WILL FIND
AND IF YOU TRUST HIM YOU WILL FIND
YOU MAY LEARN TO UNLEARN
TIME DECLINES
DECADENT
INSIDE
I’LL GUIDE YOU THROUGH
THE ONCE OBSERVED
TO TWICE ALIGNED
PARASITE PARASITE
AND IF YOU TRUST HIM YOU WILL FIND
EVER KNOWING NEVER BLIND
EVER GROWING YOU ARE MINE
YOU ARE MINE YOU ARE MINE
ALL THIS WILL FADE
AS WAS OUR DAY
FOR ALWAYS FOR ALWAYS
AS WAS OUR DAY
AS IS OUR NIGHT AFLAME
DAYS DO NOT APPROACH ME
WEEKS DO NOT APPEAR
MONTHS TURN INTO MONTHS
ANOTHER YEAR HAS DISAPPEARED
ONCE HAS TURNED TO NONE
NOTHING WILL SUFFICE
MANY ARE THE FEW INTENDED
MENDED BY THE GLORY OF HIS LIGHT
MENDED BY THE GLORY OF HIS LIGHT
GLORY OF HIS LIGHT
AND IF YOU TRUST HIM YOU WILL FIND
EVER GROWING NEVER BLIND
EVER GROWING YOU ARE MINE
Track Name: Nothing
HERE WE GO AGAIN

CAN THIS HAPPEN TWICE?

THIS CANCER CAN BE PERMANENT

ALIEVE ME OF THIS PLIGHT

AT ONCE I THOUGHT BENIGN

IT GROWS AT VIRUS SPEED

THE END AT HAND MY FIRMAMENT

WILL JUSTIFY MY MEANS

EVERLASTING GLORY

EVERLASTING DREAM

ALL WILL HEAR MY STORY

RECEIVE

FUCK WHAT YOU’VE BEEN TOLD

YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE

FORGOTTEN GHOST INFERIOR

DISPELLED AS ONCE FOReTOLD

THIS IS NO RESTING PLACE

I WELCOME YOUR ETERNITY

THE SHAME UPON YOUR FACE

EVERLASTING GLORY

BESTOWING YOUR WISDOM TO ME

EVERLASTING DREAM

DREAM EVERY DREAM TILL IT BE

ALL SHALL HEAR OUR STORY

WE WILL BE FOREVER

FOREVER WILL YOU BE

WE CAN TASTE THE NEVER

I WILL HONOR THEE

CAN YOU HEAR ME

AT ALL
Track Name: As An Elder Learned Anew
LET’S RIDE THE SKY INFINITE WE RISE

FEAR NO LONGER ENDLESS DREAMS

PATTERNS SOAKED WITHIN ITS SEAMS

TWISTED EYES YET GENTLE FLESH

BREATHE A DREAM UNFETTERED BREATH

LET’S GO INSIDE DEEPER DEEPER

DEEPER YOU MAY FIND

THE LAYERS FADE AWAY

CURSE THE DYING DAY

LET’S GET INSIDE DEEPER DEEPER

DEEPER YOU MAY FIND

LET’S SAY GOODBYE YET SCREAM HELLO

THEY ASKED HOW HIGH WE SAID WE’D GO

IN HIS ESSENCE WE ARE LESS THAN AMEN

FOREVER COLD YET FEEL MY HEAT

AND TO MY BONE THEE BE MY MEAT

IF NOT ALONE THEE BE MY FIX

LEAVE US STAY AMONG US

WE ARE ALONE JUST YOU AND ME

FOR A SHORT TIME SO SHALL WE SEE

LEAVE US STAY AMONG US

LET’S SAY GOODBYE YET SCREAM HELLO

THEY ASKED HOW HIGH WE SAID WE’D GO

IN HIS ESSENCE WE ARE LESS THAN AMEN

TEMPT US WE INVEST THUS

ASSURE US BRING US WORDS TO SING

LEND US PLEASE ACCEPT THUS

THERE’S MORE TO ME

WILL YOU SET ME FREE

WE’VE REACHED OUR GOAL

SO HOLD ON TIGHT

INTO HIS FOLD INHALE THE NIGHT

IN HIS LESSONS BREATHE

HIS ESSENCE AMEN
Track Name: Two Keys: Here's The Lock
WE ARE INFINITY DIVINE INSANITY

ENTRUSTED TILL THE END

IGNORE THE FATE OF MEN

I AM WITH YOU AND NOW WE ARE

TEMPTED IN HIS QUEST

ANOTHER VISIONARY GUEST

WE ARE HIS MYSTERY

BEYOND HIS GIFT TO THEE

HALLOW RISE THE FALLEN

HEAR BEYOND HIS CALLING WE CAN BE

FIRE LIGHTS OUR DARKNESS

FIRE IN ME

HIGHER MAY YOUR FIRE BURN IN ME

NEVER QUESTION THIS DIRECTION

ALL YOUR WORLD TO SEE

HE WILL GRANT THEE

I’LL TAKE A LESSER PATH

WHERE CHOSEN FEW BEGAT

ENTRUSTED TILL THE END

INCITE THE HATE OF THEM

THEY ARE NOT YOU AND I WE ARE

VESTED IN OUR HEARTS

A DYING BREATH COMMITS OUR START

WE ARE NO MYSTERY

FOR HIM I GIVE YOU SELFLESSLY

TWO KEYS

HERE BENEATH WE SLEEP

FIRE LIGHTS OUR DARKNESS

FIRE IN ME

HIGHER MAY YOUR FIRE BURN IN ME

NEVER QUESTION THIS DIRECTION

ALL YOUR WORLD TO SEE

OUR TIME NO TIME

DESIRE ALL YOU SEEK

LASTING AND LASTING

LISTEN AS HE SPEAKS

MY SHEOL MY LIMBO

IS WAITING THERE FOR WE

REVEL IN HIS GLORY

STRICKEN TO MY KNEES

REVEL IN HIS GLORY

WE ARE HIS MINISTRY

DIVINE SO DEFINE ME

I PRAISE YOU SHARE THE WINE

MY BREAD IS YOURS AND YOURS DIVINE

THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE I DIE

ALL YOUR WORLD DISEASED

I WILL DIE FOR THEE

WE ARE HIS MINISTRY

DIVINE SO DEFINE ME
Track Name: Ultra
THIS ISN’T ME

THIS IS BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS

ADMIT TO ME

SUBMIT AND REST ETERNALLY

EASY

IN HIM WE TRUST TRULY WITH US

ESCORT ME

THIS ISN’T ME

THIS IS BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS

FOR ME

HE IS THE LIGHT UPHOLD THEE

GUIDE ME

YOU ARE MY NAME

I’LL NEVER SHELTER FROM YOUR RAIN/REIGN

THERE IS NO SHAME

SUBMIT AND FREE THYSELF NO PAIN

EASY

WASHING AWAY THERE IS NO DAY

BEFORE ME

THIS ISN’T ME

THIS IS BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS

FOR ME

HE IS THE LIGHT UPHOLD THEE

HE IS HE IS

PART OF ME

HE IS HE IS

NONE TO SEE

HE IS HE IS

CLEAR TO ME

HE IS HE IS

ALL OF ME

HE IS HE IS

PART OF ME