ANVIL
Traditional heavy metal / Thrash Metal • Canada

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Anvil is a Canadian heavy metal band who has influenced many musical groups including Slayer and Metallica. The band's history is chronicled in the 2009 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

The roots of Anvil began in April 1973 in Toronto, when high school friends Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner began playing music together. It was not until 1978 that the first lineup that was to become Anvil was formed: Steve "Lips" Kudlow (lead vocals, lead guitar), Robb Reiner (drums), Dave Allison (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Ian Dickson (bass).

In 1981, the band released an independent album called Hard 'N Heavy. Shortly after they were signed by Attic Records they changed their name to Anvil and the independent album was released by Attic as their debut album. In 1987 they were approached by American label Metal Blade Records. They released three records with Metal Blade Records starting with Strength of Steel.
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.. Album Cover 2.59 | 13 ratings
Hard 'n' Heavy (originally as Lips)
Traditional heavy metal 1981
.. Album Cover 4.20 | 30 ratings
Metal on Metal
Traditional heavy metal 1982
.. Album Cover 4.01 | 21 ratings
Forged in Fire
Traditional heavy metal 1983
.. Album Cover 4.11 | 13 ratings
Strength of Steel
Traditional heavy metal 1987
.. Album Cover 3.89 | 9 ratings
Pound for Pound
Traditional heavy metal 1988
.. Album Cover 3.87 | 7 ratings
Worth the Weight
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 3.79 | 7 ratings
Plugged in Permanent
Traditional heavy metal 1996
.. Album Cover 3.54 | 7 ratings
Absolutely No Alternative
Traditional heavy metal 1997
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 10 ratings
Speed of Sound
Traditional heavy metal 1998
.. Album Cover 4.59 | 8 ratings
Plenty of Power
Traditional heavy metal 2001
.. Album Cover 4.36 | 6 ratings
Still Going Strong
Traditional heavy metal 2002
.. Album Cover 4.28 | 6 ratings
Back to Basics
Traditional heavy metal 2004
.. Album Cover 4.22 | 9 ratings
This Is Thirteen
Traditional heavy metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.89 | 8 ratings
Juggernaut of Justice
Traditional heavy metal 2011
.. Album Cover 3.01 | 5 ratings
Hope In Hell
Traditional heavy metal 2013
.. Album Cover 3.29 | 4 ratings
Anvil is Anvil
Traditional heavy metal 2016

ANVIL EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Anvil
Traditional heavy metal 1982

ANVIL live albums

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Past and Present: Live in Concert
Traditional heavy metal 1989

ANVIL demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ANVIL re-issues & compilations

.. Album Cover 3.60 | 5 ratings
Backwaxed
Traditional heavy metal 1985
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Anthology of Anvil
Traditional heavy metal 2000
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Monument Of Metal
Traditional heavy metal 2011

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ANVIL movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

.. Album Cover
5.00 | 3 ratings
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Traditional heavy metal 2009

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ANVIL Anvil is Anvil

Album · 2016 · Traditional heavy metal
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Unitron
Anvil IS Anvil, it's only fitting that a band like Anvil would have such a title. Anvil is Anvil, and they've never really been anything but themselves. Throughout all the changing trends in metal, the band has always stayed true to their own heavy/speed metal sound. They do inject a taste of some different styles when they need it, but the band never really strays from their own path.

Anvil is Anvil is no different, with a kickass blend of classic heavy metal, speed, and a bit of thrash for taste. With opener "Daggers and Rum", the band makes a pirate metal anthem to rival the likes of Running Wild and Alestorm. Lips's vocals are as great as always, his guitar slays like a pirate sword, Robb Reiner's drums pound like cannonballs, and Chris Robertson's bass thumps throughout. Along with the previous track, "Up, Down, Sideways" also ranks among the band's best tracks. Just try to not get addicted to that chorus! "Die for a Lie" is a groovy headbanger, "It's Your Move" is about as classic as it can get, and "Fire on the Highway" is simply yet another killer track.

Featuring an album cover similar in style to those of Surrealist Rene Magritte, Anvil is Anvil does exactly what the title explains. Just like the painter kept his own style for the most part, Anvil keeps on delivering the classic metal goods. If you're an Anvil fan, you'll most likely enjoy this offering. Anvil IS Anvil, and don't you forget it. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

ANVIL Metal on Metal

Album · 1982 · Traditional heavy metal
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Warthur
I actually think the title track on this one is a bit of a weak opener - it's not a bad song, but much of the rest of the material on this album blows it away. Lyrically, Anvil bounce around here between classic metal subject matter like monster movies (Mothra), Satan (666), and metal itself (title track, of course), with the odd curveball like Tag Team, a really stomping tribute to pro wrestling. (Come to think of it, it's slightly surprising to me that more metal bands haven't composed tributes to the squared circle, especially given traditional heavy metal's recurring themes of vaguely homoerotic hyper-macho heroism.)

Musically, it's a dynamite blend of influences like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and other superstars of traditional heavy metal, taken to a new level of confident, aggressive headbanging. Early 1980s metal only rarely gets better than this.

ANVIL Plenty of Power

Album · 2001 · Traditional heavy metal
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aglasshouse
If you're looking for an album that lives up to it's name to the fullest, then look no further than Anvil's 2001 album Plenty of Power.

Every instrument on this album exudes a sort of strength not shown by many other bands at the time. The album ignores boundaries, switching from groove to power to trad and all over the place. The groovier tracks like 'Groove Science' and 'The Creep' are very welcome because they aren't exactly typical of Anvil and, for a style they're not used to, they pull it off extremely well. The album never really feels overbearing, although the cheeseball attitude can get a bit outrageous at times with songs like 'Pro Wrestling'.

Lips' vocals are the same as they've always been; like a dulled knife that still retains a bit of edge, he's still cranking out the good notes. His and Hurd's guitar are pretty typical in their surging fashion, but Five's bass has a muted energy that can sometimes get muddled up in the humdrum and the noise, but 'The Creep' is a great showcase of his abilities. However, the real seller of this album is Robb Reiner's drums. They're like an automatic shotgun and every single hit of the skins is just a blast that shakes you to your very core. He's by far the loudest yet most impressive musician on this album next to Lips.

Anvil's impressively strong step into the new generation is not for the faint of heart. Tread carefully!

ANVIL Forged in Fire

Album · 1983 · Traditional heavy metal
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Warthur
Sounding a bit like a halfway house between Judas Priest on the one hand, Iron Maiden on the other hand, and Manowar on the third hand, Anvil go a bit more traditional with their verse-chorus structures than Maiden and are a bit less dedicated to silly lyrical concepts and loud posturing about how awesome metal is than Manowar. What they do go all-out on is a very 1980s style of mostly-traditional heavy metal with some power metal creeping in here and there about the edges. The end result should feel uninspiring and generic, but somehow it doesn't - rather than being stereotypical, it ends up being archetypal.

ANVIL Metal on Metal

Album · 1982 · Traditional heavy metal
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voila_la_scorie
This riff must be in the top something of best metal riffs ever. Certainly the top ten of the eighties. "Metal on Metal" was the first true introduction the world had to Canadian purveyors of heavy, heavy metal, Anvil. Well, there's that whole documentary about Anvil, and the one thing many can agree upon is that Anvil are the link between traditional metal like Judas Priest and thrash metal. And the title track of this album is sung with a spit and drool snarl, like a burly biker doing metal karaoke, vocals with guts. It has to be one of the great metal anthems.

The fun doesn't stop after the first track, though. Anvil take every lesson learned from Judas Priest's most intense head banging tracks between 1978 and 1980 and pump it all full throttle into "Mothra", a speedy and thunderous charger of a tune that will have you tapping your feet like a jackhammer. And heck, just to be sure, Anvil have a song on here called "Jackhammer".

The oddball of the album is "Stop Me" which is not so unusual for its acoustic intro as it is for its more standard-for-the-day hard rock/heavy metal approach. This could be Scorpions meets Raven. The chorus is almost catchy!

No fear. By "March of the Crabs" we are somewhere between Judas Priest and "Killers" Iron Maiden with the intensity factor kicked up a notch or two. If Anvil didn't write the book on metal up until 1982?! This is '82? Damn, well if they didn't write the book they they were ready by any means to rewrite it!

Do I need to do a track by track run down? How about I just summarize by saying the rest of the album is heavy, intense, fast, an onslaught of metal music. This should by all means stand out as a defining album in metal history. When things slow down it's only to be slow and heavy like steel factory machinery. Otherwise, it's never mind the bullocks and take no prisoners. If someone had said that thrash metal could never be done, someone else surely would have said, "How about Anvil?"

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