Black Metal 2

Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #97 / 700
Year End Rank: #49
User Score
Based on 383 ratings
2021 Ratings: #262
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CRITIC REVIEWS

81
Pitchfork

The sequel to 2014’s beloved Black Metal is a brief but thrilling project from the mercurial artist, featuring the most approachable music of his career.

80
PopMatters

Slight but rich in tonal complexities, Dean Blunt’s Black Metal 2 is another musical puzzle box from the enigmatic London musician.

79
Beats Per Minute

One often loses a sense of location and chronological time, transported into a sublime realm, Blunt reveling in understated craft, melancholic freedom, and undiluted authenticity.

70
The Needle Drop

Sonically, Black Metal 2 tends to revisit its predecessor's A-side, with even darker and terser results.

AndreVital
93

Dean Blunt has decided to bless our ears once more with the sequel to his critically-acclaimed nocturnal masterpiece "BLACK METAL". Seven years later, Dean has landed on a pristine new sound focused on the allure of the guitar.

Look, I love Dean Blunt. He's one of my favorite artists of all time. That's just a fact. His nonchalant delivery mixed with odd minimalist experimentation and some really esoteric commentary makes for a unique niche. Currently, Dean Blunt is my second ... read more

Jamobo
75

A new champion for modern malaise

Dean Blunt is currently most well known for his work as part of the duo Hype Williams and, more recently, the side project Blue Iverson. But in 2014 Blunt released one of the most interesting and genre-subversive pieces of his career with Black Metal. A 50+ minute ramble through Jangle Pop, Post-Punk, Indie Folk, Drone, Dub, Experimental Hip Hop and many others all smushed together into the loose collage terms of Art Pop and Hypnagogic Pop.

In the 7 years ... read more

DCCXX
55

Following up such a revolutionary album is hard. Black Metal, while definitely the most popular Dean Blunt release, deserves all the accolades it has received. Dean's twisted, amateurish approach to hypnagogic pop, R&B, hip-hop and singer-songwriter balladry is nothing short of hypnotic, abrasive and often confusing, but at its core, is incredibly gratifying and nuanced, rewarding with its endless obtuseness. Since 2014, Dean has been nothing short of prolific, releasing multiple projects ... read more

tentoir
62

this is a tough one and one i may have to revisit, perhaps after listening to the first "black metal," which i have not listened to all the way through yet. i do like moments from this song, although at times it seems just a bit too skeletal and difficult for me to grasp. worth a listen, though.

bitchwhatmusic
92

so awsome

80

Really entertaining Art Pop record, I did have issues with some of the songs dragging which made the listen longer than it really should be especially when it's only 23 minutes. Also I still haven't heard the first Black Metal but this project just convinced me.

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Track List

1VIGIL
2:30
76
2MUGU
1:39
77
3DASH SNOW
2:00
75
4SKETAMINE
2:32
80
5SEMTEX
1:27
70
6LA RAZA
1:44
72
7NIL BY MOUTH
2:40
82
8ZaZa
2:06
79
9WOOSAH
3:02
81
10the rot
3:43
87
Total Length: 23 minutes
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Added on: June 8, 2021