Black Metal

Dean Blunt - Black Metal
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2014 Ratings: #195 / 957
Year End Rank: #35
User Score
Based on 182 ratings
2014 Ratings: #80
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November 3, 2014 / Release Date
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Complex, original and even sincere, it’s a brilliant new departure.

Resident Advisor

Blunt is often called a "prankster" for his confusing and intentionally distracting antics. With Black Metal, he's pulled a fast one on us by delivering something so intimate. 

FACT Magazine

Blunt is simultaneously assured and uncomfortable, offering the clearest glimpse yet of his real emotional state while flatly refusing to ever fully commit to it. 

Tiny Mix Tapes

It would be all-too easy to charge him yet again with artistic tomfoolery and arch self-consciousness, there’s a newfound purpose to his dilettantism, one that invests the album with more weight than anyone had any right to expect.


On Black Metal, Blunt's style is still very difficult to classify, yet a hint more inviting and amicable than his last. 


This is an often beautiful record that captures a scatty conscience. Sweeping guitars mix with monotone vocals and fleeting folk motifs. 


Like a convoluted senior thesis that possess a kernel of a great idea surrounded by a great deal more circular logic, Blunt’s Black Metal is essentially enjoyable when taken at face value, but tends to fall apart under closer scrutiny.

The Skinny

Due to the lack of thematic arc compared to The Redeemer, Black Metal falls short of the complete picture that Blunt's indescribable genius can typically paint.


For all the gently strummed and plucked guitars and bare thudding drums, Blunt certainly lends his own songwriting style, and he continues to apply seemingly helter-skelter track titles. 


It feels intentionally obtuse, Blunt’s motivation perhaps bleeding into his lyrics: “Look at me, look at me,” he implores, but that ship has long since sailed for what is surely one of the year’s most frustrating releases.

Dean Blunt's black monolith rose in front of my fascinated face.

Standing there in front of me, he was staring at me in his absolutely brave and monochrome darkness, certainly not totally orphaned (Metallica, Prince or Jay-Z's black albums preceded him), and haloed by the strange aura of Dean Blunt, elusive half of Hype Williams (with Inga Copeland, who left to make her own way), legendary duo author of a handful of disconcerting musical happenings. And I waited. The thing finally put on ... read more
Dean Blunt's latest studio effort sees him delving even deeper into the more accessible side to his sound with a larger emphasis on pop music instead of twisted, sound collages, but like always he still manages to have more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Black Metal can easily be described as David Bowie's Low of this generation for its super-admirable approach to experimentation by changing up the style in genre so frequently - one moment you're embracing symphonic, art pop or midnight, ... read more
a space of tranquillity in a mad-men-world
Don't go into this expecting black metal, cause that ain't what you gonna get...

Dean Blunt is a British musician and performer, who found fame with the Avante-garde group "Hype Williams", along with founding numerous bands such as Graffiti Island and Blue Iverson. Dean has been known to be an expectation defying artist who is constantly leaving his provocative stamp on many genres of music.

Prior to his third LP, Blunt had several full-length albums under his belt that dabbled in ... read more
In the past, Blunt has delivered some weird, alienating-forms of art, while often playing with his audience in many ways possible, never giving real feedback to the listener, and it wasn't different in the enigmatic The Redeemer. On Black Metal, though, Dean stays surprisingly in front of the crowd, presenting some really straight-forward beautiful folk, pop and alternative rnb tunes, and while these tracks still sound mysterious and off-kilter in their own ways, there is an undeniable sense of ... read more
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Added on: October 30, 2014