Reviewer: David Loveless
I'll admit that it took me a few listens to understand the direction that Black Anvil was headed on their fourth studio album, As Was. The mid-paced album opener, On Forgotten Ways sounds very reminiscent of Enslaved with some great clean vocals in the chorus before diving into some uptempo melodic black metal about halfway through the song. "May Her Wrath Be Just" is my favorite track on the album, showcasing their talent outside of the black metal realm with killer atmospheric vocals. The rest of the album continues the metal multi-genre journey and offers a new perspective with each listen. As Was is a great improvement over previous albums.