AOTY 2023

Blackbraid II

BlackBraid - Blackbraid II
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
2023 Ratings: #136
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July 7, 2023 / Release Date
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Metal Injection

This is the most exciting act in black metal and while Blackbraid I was a very good record, Blackbraid II tops it. With this record, Blackbraid sets the new standard for American black metal.

Distorted Sound
Improving on every aspect of last year’s excellent debut, this new album from one of black metal’s brightest new stars is an absolute masterpiece.
Metal Sucks

There truly are no dull moments or letdown tracks on Blackbraid II—The only slightly unimaginative thing is the title, and nothing else disappoints.

Angry Metal Guy

Blackbraid II isn’t revolutionary, but it’s yet another step in the evolution of one of black metal’s brightest stars.


A decent mbm record with some atmospheric elements as it incorporates some elements of traditional/indigenous music. The traditional music elements fit well when they're included which sadly doesn't happen all that often. I also can't justify the length of some songs, there's nothing really all that interesting going on - a shorter length could've been a more appropriate choice.
I appreciated Bathory cover, anyway. It's ok.

Best: The Spirit Returns


Ladies and gentlemen we are under a great music week alert. Let's start with indigenous black metal savant Blackbraid, who lit the underground on fire with his self titled debut. He is back, and his brand has not only maintained quality but surpassed the debut. The sequel adds more acoustic sections, more gorgeous flute passages, and more variety. Some of these tempo changes are absolute ace, and solos are worked in to great effect. There are even some thrash riffs tossed in to keep you moving. ... read more


Yeah I don't care about this. Just not impressed in the slightest.


A definite improvement on an already rock solid template set up by Blackbraid 1, it might not be the most compelling act in Black Metal, but when those melodies hit, it’s near impossible to deny the very real power this record possesses in its best moments.

Playlist Worthy Tracks: The Spirit Returns, The Wolf That Guides The Hunter’s Hand, Moss Covered Bones On The Altar Of The Moon, Twilight Hymn Of Ancient Blood, A Fine Day To Die


I heard voices that said it's amazing project and YES, I love the atmospheric and those hard parts are great. This is solid record but I expect something more. Not impressed me fully tbh :(


the hard parts are the best

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Added on: June 28, 2023