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Anvil

If you were to look up the word “perseverance” in the almighty handbook of heavy metal, there may very well be a photo of Canadianmetalists,Anvil. Since their 1981 debut, Hard N’ Heavy, the group – which was co-founded by singer/guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow anddrummer RobbReiner – has been listed by many as one of the creators of the thrash/speed metal genre (especially on such ChrisTsangarides-produced classicsas 1982’s Metal on Metal and 1983’s Forged in Fire). But due to subsequent bad record deals, badmanagement, and just plain bad luck, Anvilappeared to take a back s ...read more

If you were to look up the word “perseverance” in the almighty handbook of heavy metal, there may very well be a photo of Canadianmetalists,Anvil. Since their 1981 debut, Hard N’ Heavy, the group – which was co-founded by singer/guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow anddrummer RobbReiner – has been listed by many as one of the creators of the thrash/speed metal genre (especially on such ChrisTsangarides-produced classicsas 1982’s Metal on Metal and 1983’s Forged in Fire). But due to subsequent bad record deals, badmanagement, and just plain bad luck, Anvilappeared to take a back seat to a new wave of metal bands – most of which listed the group as aprime influence. However, Anvil has neverstopped rocking, and with the arrival of the critically-acclaimed/surprise hit film, “Anvil! TheStory of Anvil” (directed by Sacha Gervasi), thegroup is back where they belong – at the forefront of heavy metal.

“It’s quite amazing, really,” admits Lips. “It’s the prime example of what it means to be a rock n’ roller, go out there, and try to make it.Andbelieve me, most of the scene is guys like me. It’s very seldom and rare that anybody makes it – to what people mean by ‘making it’.”Reinerseconds the sentiment – “The movie has gone beyond my expectations. It’s been mind-blowing – to see what’s come from the movieandhow much it actually has helped the band.” When asked what their favorite scene was, both agree on the unveiling of a certain paintingofReiner’s (that resides down a stairway in his home – you’ll have to see the movie for more info!). As far as a scene from the film that is hardtowatch, Reiner says, “There’s nothing hard looking back at it,” while Lips feels differently: “My least favorite part is when they show menaked!.

And although there are certainly some zany Spinal Tap-like parallels between Anvil and David St. Hubbins and company, Anvil has alwaysbeentaken seriously by metalheads, including some very well known ones, who praise the band in the film. “Anvil was one of those bandsthat just puton this really amazing live performance,” said Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, while Motorheadsinger/bassist Lemmy added,“They were a great band – I always liked Anvil,” and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich gushed, “These guys weregoing to turn the music worldupside down..

Having issued a total of seventeen releases between 1981 and 2004, the group, that also includes bassist Glenn Five, reconnectedwithTsangarides (Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest) for their thirteenth studio album, eighteenth release overall, This is Thirteen. The turbulent-yet-triumphant sessions were well-documented in the “Anvil!” film. “It differs in one vast sense – the production,” explains Reiner. “‘This isThirteen’was produced by Chris Tsangarides, who produced ‘Metal on Metal’ and ‘Forged in Fire’ – probably the most famous, classic Anvilalbums. WithChris, we created that classic Anvil magic sound – that previous records were lacking. The last four or five albums, material-wise, were allsimilar. We had been trying to find the direction back to the classic Anvil style and sound – it’s just the production hadn’t beenup to scratch.Chris was a big missing part on our past albums..

As evidenced by such vintage Anvil-sounding ragers as “Feed the Greed,” “American Refugee,” and the title track, This is Thirteen iscertainly thestrongest Anvil release in a long time. Originally put out by the band themselves and sold through their website, the album isnow seeing propernational distribution via CD (with “Thumb Hang” added as a bonus track) as well as a double gate-fold vinyl version(including two additionalbonus tracks) through VH1 Classic Records. Additionally, due to the film’s success, Anvil received an invite fromAC/DC to open mammoth footballstadium shows for the legendary Aussie rockers on their “Black Ice” tour, while a book about the group’scareer (which shares the same name asthe movie) appeared as well. Add to it a DVD release of the movie in Fall 2009, and a new studioalbum that is already written and just needs tobe recorded (titled Juggernaut of Justice), and it certainly appears as though Anvil is makingthe most out of their “second life.” And as Lips adds,the group’s rapid-fire workpace will not slow down, despite all the newfound success.“Working. More recording. More gigs. More – more thanever!” « hide

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LPs
Anvil Is Anvil
2016

3
13 Votes
Hope in Hell
05/28/2013

2.9
24 Votes
Juggernaut Of Justice
2011

3.7
51 Votes
This Is Thirteen
2007

3.3
55 Votes
Back to Basics
2004

3.1
30 Votes
Still Going Strong
2002

3.4
16 Votes
Plenty Of Power
2001

3.5
27 Votes
Speed of Sound
1998

3.2
22 Votes
Absolutely No Alternative
1997

3.1
26 Votes
Plugged In Permanent
1996

3.3
25 Votes
Worth The Weight
1992

3.5
27 Votes
Pound For Pound
1988

3.2
37 Votes
Strength Of Steel
1987

3.3
32 Votes
Forged in Fire
1983

4
81 Votes
Metal on Metal
1982

4
135 Votes
Hard 'n' Heavy
1981

3.3
59 Votes
EPs
Daytrotter Session
01/03/2012

Speed of Sound EP
1999

Anvil EP
1982

Live Albums
Past And Present – Live In Concert
1988

4
2 Votes
Compilations
Monument Of Metal
2011

3.7
3 Votes
Anthology Of Anvil
2000

3.3
4 Votes
Backwaxed
1985

3
4 Votes

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