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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 2.33 | 12 ratings
Hard 'n' Heavy (originally as Lips)
Traditional heavy metal 1981
.. Album Cover 4.11 | 28 ratings
Metal on Metal
Traditional heavy metal 1982
.. Album Cover 4.01 | 19 ratings
Forged in Fire
Traditional heavy metal 1983
.. Album Cover 3.53 | 12 ratings
Strength of Steel
Traditional heavy metal 1987
.. Album Cover 3.62 | 8 ratings
Pound for Pound
Traditional heavy metal 1988
.. Album Cover 3.42 | 6 ratings
Worth the Weight
Traditional heavy metal 1992
.. Album Cover 3.08 | 6 ratings
Plugged in Permanent
Traditional heavy metal 1996
.. Album Cover 3.67 | 6 ratings
Absolutely No Alternative
Traditional heavy metal 1997
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 9 ratings
Speed of Sound
Traditional heavy metal 1998
.. Album Cover 4.59 | 8 ratings
Plenty of Power
Traditional heavy metal 2001
.. Album Cover 3.80 | 5 ratings
Still Going Strong
Traditional heavy metal 2002
.. Album Cover 3.40 | 5 ratings
Back to Basics
Traditional heavy metal 2004
.. Album Cover 4.22 | 9 ratings
This Is Thirteen
Traditional heavy metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.01 | 6 ratings
Juggernaut of Justice
Traditional heavy metal 2011
.. Album Cover 4.33 | 4 ratings
Hope In Hell
Traditional heavy metal 2013
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 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 boxset & 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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5.00 | 3 ratings
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Traditional heavy metal 2009

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ANVIL Metal on Metal

Album · 1982 · Traditional heavy metal
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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?"

ANVIL Forged in Fire

Album · 1983 · Traditional heavy metal
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For my eleventh birthday - that was in 1982 - a friend gave me an AC/DC cassette. I was just starting to get into popular music and the fever for hard rock and heavy metal caught on quickly. Over the next three years I bought dozens of cassettes with my paper route earnings and I stayed up late watching music video shows, hoping to see a favourite band or hear a new one. There are some songs from this period in my life that stand out as metal classics: Ozzy's "Crazy Train", Accept's "Balls to the Wall", Priest's "Metallion / Electric Eye", Scorpions' "Rock You Like a Hurricane", Maiden's "Number of the Beast", Dio's "Last in Line", and Anvil's "Forged in Fire".

Though I owned this album on cassette in the eighties, I eventually replaced much of my cassettes with CDs, and "Forged in Fire" only finally made it back to my hands earlier this year. Having seen clips of the Anvil documentary certainly helped inspire that purchase.

Anvil have been said to be the link between NWoBHM and thrash metal. Much of the music on this album exhibits a strong influence from classic Judas Priest. Even Lips' vocals at times pay homage to Rob Halford with those long wavering notes, high screams, and gritty rough edge. The music also follows that Priest-inspired heavy metal sound but revved up to a faster pace more often than Priest may have attempted on any one album. My impression is that the band liked what Priest were doing and decided to try to be a little heavier and a little faster. However, unlike the thrash bands, Anvil didn't put any hardcore punk elements in their music - more Judas Priest; no Motörhead. The result is exactly traditional heavy metal with emphasis on the "heavy" and a frequent push towards the faster aspect with lots of double bass drumming. No ballads.

The lyrics cover the usual themes: metal music, sex, war, fantasy and science fiction. I honestly haven't paid enough attention to the lyrics to grade any cheese factor. "You make me so right when you're around / Maybe I've gone astray but you're the best I've found." Nothing new or ground breaking. Here's a bit from "Winged Assassins": "Machines made for killing at Mach speed and more / Sleek in design and loaded for war / Sidewinding missiles, heat-seeks and sparrows / Strafing squadrons cause havoc and terror". Sounds pretty typical for metal. Nevertheless, the music is where it's at and a Anvil do a superb job of carrying the metal torch, even if their fast and heavy sound soon became second to the trash movement and all that came with it.

Though the previous album "Metal on Metal" is the one that is best remembered, I prefer "Forged in Fire". It's a great album representing the sound of real die hard traditional heavy metal.

ANVIL Monument Of Metal

Boxset / Compilation · 2011 · Traditional heavy metal
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Monument Of Metal is a compilation, ‘Best Of’ or ‘Greatest Hits’ album by the Canadian Metal band Anvil, who are enjoying a new wave of popularity and interest in the wake of staring in a popular documentary film.

The album takes music from all across the band’s thirty-year career. Almost every Anvil studio album old and new is represented by at least one track, even their 2011 release Juggernaut Of Justice. The only omissions are 1983’s Forged In Fire and their 1981 debut album Hard ‘N’ Heavy, although tracks that were originally from these albums are featured in re-recorded forms, as indeed are two tracks from 1982’s Metal On Metal album.

Despite the tracks being taken from all different eras with all different sorts of production jobs, the music actually does manage to flow reasonably well together and this release serves as an enjoyable record to listen to as well as just an introduction to the band’s various styles and eras.

The sound for the most part is somewhere harder, heavier and often faster than traditional Heavy Metal, but not quite strictly Thrash Metal all the time either. Perhaps the earlier and more Priest/Saxon/Maiden influenced Thrash debut albums like Overkill’s Feel The Fire and Anthrax’s Fistful Of Metal are the best place to begin comparisons if you really need to, although this still doesn’t properly convey the band’s sound.

How much you will enjoy the album is of course purely subjective and every negative can be seen as a positive depending on your tastes. For example, how people see the lyrics can vary between fun eighties cheese or just plain silly and some of the track’s production jobs aren’t the best in the world but this adds to the classic feel and overall charm.

Overall, if you have an interest in Anvil but aren’t yet a full on fan then this is a great and inexpensive way to test the waters and find out whether or not they are for you. If you are lucky, by the time you’ve made your decision the majority of their catalogue will be remastered and repackaged in digipak form, so you can start a high quality collection if you so choose. At the very least you can get an album with most of the tracks that were featured in the aforementioned documentary film.

ANVIL Forged in Fire

Album · 1983 · Traditional heavy metal
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Hard times - fast metal...

Genre: traditional metal

After their massively metal sophomore album "Metal on Metal", Anvil strike back with the almost equally massive "Forged in Fire".

The album starts out with the massively heavy and almost epic title track, which was famously covered by British death metallers Benediction, but the majority of tracks on the album are rather uptempo with lots of galloping guitars, guitar harmonies, rocking guitar solos, and even some speed and power metal elements, which gives the album energy and an edge beyond the pure rock 'n' roll style that is associated with the band these days. There are other heavy tracks such as the Priest-esque attempt at making a heavy metal anthem in "Never Deceive Me".

The vocals are quite varied ranging from rock 'n' roll shouting over clean singing to heavy metal screaming, and, most of the time it works, with the metal screaming obviously not being Lips' forte on this album. Fortunately there is plenty of big vibrato singing, which was Lips' trademark back in the day and one of the distinguishing features of this mighty Canadian metal band.

This is truly a metal classic, and anyone with a love for 80s metal should check out "Forged in Fire".

ANVIL Juggernaut of Justice

Album · 2011 · Traditional heavy metal
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"Juggernaut of Justice" is the Canadian heavy metal legend, Anvil's fourteenth release and was recorded at Dave Grohl's studio with Bob Marlette handling the production set. Still rooting on the classic NWoBHM sound in the veins of Judas Priest and Saxon, what you'll get out of 12 tracks here is basically an alternate switch between furious 'seek and destroy' heavy metal and uptempo hard rock, but not only that, they also includes couple of unusual tracks such as "Paranormal" or "Swing Thing".

The title track opens first, unleashing the incinerating riffs, blasted with an ultraloud drumming of Robb Reiner. You can't call yourself a metal fan if you don't like this track. "When Hell Breaks Loose" doesn't give you a chance to breathe, not even a bit. A wonderful track to continue the earlier rampage of 'Juggernaut' and one of the shiny tracks to be found here. "New Orleans Voodoo" tried to slow down but shame to me it's average at best and along with "Paranormal", is somehow the worst tunes they made.

"On Fire" is back in action again, check out Lips' slaughtering solos, unbelievable! He also did another spectacular show in "Turn It Up". Another great tracks that I like here are "The Ride", "Running", and the unpredictable "Swing Thing" which is a jazzy flirt with the surprising horn, a surely brilliant way to end the album. This is pure heavy metal treat to enjoy, while it somehow struggling with 'many tracks sounding the same', you just can't go wrong with most of the songs here. Crank it up loud and see how you'll bang your head endlessly for 50 fucken minutes eh!

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