Anvil
Legal At Last


3.0
good

Review

by PsychicChris USER (343 Reviews)
February 19th, 2020 | 5 replies


Release Date: 02/14/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: At least they got to that title before Ted Nugent...

As funny as it is to imagine Legal at Last being some sort of Anvil gone stoner rock venture, the Canadians’ eighteenth album is more or less business as usual. Whether the tempos are aiming for post-AC/DC hard rock stomps or speedy proto thrash, every song is a pounding blast of classic metal with straightforward verses and boneheaded chorus chants galore. The drum mix is rather distant, but the playing is as tight as ever, and the vocals keep that goofy demeanor.

To the band’s credit, though, their slower side does seem to be a bit more pronounced this time around. Influences from Sabbath are especially noticeable as “Plastic in Paradise” rides a hazy groove that emulates Volume 4 while the shuffle on the closing “Said and Done” reminds me of COC’s take on “Lord of This World.” On the flip side, “Gasoline” plays like a retread of “This Is Thirteen” right down to the copy-paste guitar/vocal trade-offs and phrasings.

But like every other Anvil album out there, a pedestrian style carried over twelve tracks makes for a very mixed bag. Lead single “Nabbed in Nebraska” is an immediate standout though its infectious earworm seems catered more to ironic appreciation than genuine enjoyment. The other tracks just end up going in one ear and out the other. The band’s personality still shines through, but it all ends up being serviceable yet unexceptional.

As with the other albums that Anvil has released since 2011’s Juggernaut of Justice, Legal at Last further undermines what was supposed to the band’s second wind. While the slight emphasis on slower songs gives the album a more distinct flavor if you squint, the results are ultimately the same middle of the road interchangeability. Longtime fans will more than likely appreciate the signature Anvil tropes on display. At least we can take comfort in Anvil using this title before Ted Nugent could get his grimy hands on it…

Highlights:
“Nabbed in Nebraska”
“Plastic in Paradise”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



Recent reviews by this author
Sorcerer Lamenting of the InnocentParadise Lost Obsidian
Warbringer Weapons Of TomorrowWitchcraft Black Metal
Oranssi Pazuzu Mestarin KynsiElder (USA-MA) Omens
user ratings (10)
2.6
average

Comments:Add a Comment 
foxblood
February 20th 2020


10464 Comments


nice cover

wham49
February 20th 2020


5274 Comments


have to hand to the dudes, they do not understand the words go away,

they are the very least always an entertaining listen

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2020


13940 Comments


Looks like it's the most divisive album ever.

Digging: Sorcerer - Lamenting of the Innocent

rockandmetaljunkie
February 21st 2020


8886 Comments


most resilient band ever, seriously

others would have give up but they keep on pounding

Ganoncannon
April 1st 2020


14 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is just fine, it isn't really bad but it isn't exactly good either. The gang callback vocals on Talking to the Wall just seem like a weak copy of modern Accept.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy