Black Metal

Dean Blunt - Black Metal
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2014 Ratings: #195 / 1004
Year End Rank: #37
User Score
Based on 295 ratings
2014 Ratings: #85
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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. 

The Needle Drop
UK singer-songwriter and musical oddball Dean Blunt releases an album that's difficult to put into words. While simple in composition and sloppy in execution, the album still manages to draw up some real feelings of isolation, melancholy, and frustration.

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
Black Metal is one of the most interesting albums I’ve ever heard. Every track has something that feels off, yet despite this, it is an album I find great comfort in. Its stripped back honesty makes it feel like no other music in its own indescribable way. Whilst the production can be cold and unsettling at times, Dean’s deadpan vocal delivery is strangely comforting. It is a surprisingly diverse record too, from the alternative-R&B of ‘100’ and the lonely folk ... read more
When simplicity meets melancholy

So, it's been some time since I last wrote an actual review on this site. This is basically my comeback, and I'm happy to be back and writing stuff, although I'm bringing some new things so that reviewing can stay fun both to read and write. I won't be reviewing everything I hear anymore, since well, I think it has taken its toll on me, especially because at many times I don't even know what to say or write about a project, I simply like it, hate it, or have ... read more
donda is the best Ye album no cap
Truly a once in a lifetime experience. Part 2 is now my most anticipated album of the decade.
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Added on: October 30, 2014