Formed by ex-Across Tundras member Heath Rave in 2008, Wolvhammer in their short existence have earned a reputation as one of America's most notorious black metal-influenced bands. The US is currently known for spawning such high-caliber acts as Cobalt, Leviathan, Ludicra, Goatwhore and Nachtmystium, and Wolvhammer is poised to stand among them with the release of their new album The Obsidian Plains. The group garnered massive critical and popular acclaim for their 2010 Black Marketeers of WWIII debut, showcasing a vicious and unrelenting mix of black metal (' la Darkthrone, Celtic Frost / Hellhammer), sludge, crust and punk. Easily surpassing that release, however, the Sanford Parker-produced The Obsidian Plains features an almost entirely new and more stable lineup. Wolvhammer now counts Jeff Wilson among its ranks, and the ex-Nachtmystium guitarist pushes their sound into previously unheard dimensions. Wolvhammer is known for putting on a killer live show, and with some touring under their belt (including an appearance at the 2011 SXSW Profound Lore showcase), the group takes things to the next level with their new album on their new label.