In this New Music Monday Blog, we are going to get into a band I wish I had a chance to see them way back in the day. I am talking about the band called Anvil. This is their new record that is called “Hope In Hell.” This record is their fifteenth studio record. This band has went through several line up changes but Lips and Robb are the only original members. Anvil has been known to influence several big names in the Metal, Speed Metal, and Thrash Metal world. They never made it until their movie hit the air a few years back. We are going to get into the history and then the music. Let us get into the history.
Anvil started in Toronto, Canada back in 1973. A few high school friends who are Steve “Lips” Kudlow, who is the lead singer and guitar player, and Robb Reiner, who is the drummer. Marty Hoffman, who is a guitarist and neighbor, was in the band for one show but left shortly after it. In 1978, Dave “Squirrely” Allison, who was the second guitar player and Ian “Dix” Dickson, who was the bassist joined and the band called themselves Lips. The band released their first record which was independent release called “Hard N’ Heavy.” The band was signed to Attic Records and they changed their name to Anvil. David Krebs and Paul O’Neil signed Anvil as their management team. They had Attic Records to release them from their contract because they could get them on a major label. David stop returning phone calls and did not get the band a major label contract. His management team release the band from their contract. In 1987, the band signed with Metal Blade Records by William Howell. Metal Blade Records re-release their first three records and their fourth record, which is called “Strength Of Steel” in the United States. “Strength Of Steel” was the most commercially success in the United States. It reached 191 on the Billboard 200. The band was picked up by Maximum Records and then from 1996 on the band was signed to Hypnotic Records and Massacre Records, which is from Germany. Anvil will say to this day if it was not for Germany for buying their records. There would not an Anvil today. In 2001, the band put out “Plenty Of Power.” They toured and toured and there would be gigs where no one was there to watch them play. In 2006, the band decided to record a record called “This Is Thirteen” with Chris Tsangarides, who is the producer from “Metal On Metal” record. It was released in 2007. The band was filmed in a movie called “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil” This movie put the band back in the public mind. They released a book on the band author by Lips and Robb. They appear on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” which was the first time the band was on TV. They supported AC/DC, which was in the United States, and Saxon, which was in United Kingdom, on their tours. The band went on headline tour of Europe in 2010 and sell out each place they played. In 2011, the band release their fourteen studio record, which is called Juggernaut of Justice. Also in 2011, the band release their second greatest hits record and all their old records under their new record label. Glenn Gyorffy in 2012 quit the band and was replaced by Sal Italiano. In 2013, Anivl put out their fifteen studio record, which is “Hope In Hell.” They are out on tour supporting this record. Let us get into the music.
Hope In Hell
The opening and title track of the record is “Hope In Hell.” The beginning has some sound effects and the guitar, bass, and drums jump into the song. The drums and bass has a nice groove and pace to them. I love the guitar playing from Lips. Lips’ singing is pretty solid. I love the lyrics he has written on this song. There is a nice guitar solo from Lips about the half way point of the song. I have always love his guitar playing through all their records. This song has elements from the first few records. I love the ending to the song with the sound effects.
Eat Your Words
I love the fast pace and the drumming is insane on this song. The bass playing is simple but it fits the song and it is perfect. I love the guitar riff on this song. I love the lyrics. It is classic Anvil lyrics. Robb is playing out of his mind on this song. Lips is killing it with the a guitar solo half way through “Eat Your Words.” This is a classic Anvil song. I love the exiting guitar solo at the end of the song.
Through With You
I love the distortion on Lips guitar . I love the drums and bass. “Through WIth You” has a nice driving feeling. Lips wrote some great lyrics and he is singing is pretty average. I love it. I love the melody. I also love the guitar playing during the chorus. This record so far has a nice pace to it. This song is not as fast as the last few songs but it has a nice pace and groove. I love the guitar break half way through the song. It turns into a nice guitar solo. I love the build up guitar solo towards the end that ended the song.
The Fight Is Never Won
I love the guitar, bass, and drum action at the beginning of the song. The drumming is pretty insane on this song. I love Lips’ singing and lyrics. He has a nice melody on this song. The drums are something else on this song. There is awesome guitar solo towards the middle of the song. The bass playing has been pretty solid throughout this record so far. The last few songs has had some nice guitar solos ending the song. This is yet another pretty solid ending.
Pay The Toll
I love the groove and pace so far on this song. The guitar, bass, and drums are awesome. I love the music on “Pay The Toll.” I am not a fan of the lyrics but it is classic Anvil. Lips’ singing is pretty good. There is a nice guitar solo towards the middle of the song. I have to say this guitar solo just seemed a little forced into the song. This is a quick and to the point song. I love some of Anvil’s short songs.
I love the drumming at the beginning and the guitar and bass enters the song. There is a nice guitar solo before singer starts to sing. I love the lyrics and singing on this song. This song has some meaning for the band that is one thing I love about this band. They put some feelings and emotion behind their lyrics. There is a nice guitar break and guitar solo towards the end of the song. I love the build up to end the song. Nice guitar solo to end the song with the drums and bass going nuts too.
Call Of Duty
I love the music at the beginning of the song. I love the lyrics. I love the pace and rhythm of the music. I will have to look it up. It seems Anvil wrote a song for the Video Game franchise. It just seems like they wrote a song for the video game. It is not the case. There is a killer guitar solo towards the middle to the back half of the song. Anvil wrote some awesome music and lyrics on “Call Of Duty.” The ending on this song is one of the best ending for a song so far on this record.
Badass Rock N Roll
I love the start to this song. It has that old school classic hard rock meets speed metal to metal. I love the drumming on this song. I love how Lips is singing on this song. This song sounds like a song that Kiss of Gene Simmons would have been singing if he wrote it. Hey Kiss, here is your next cover song. There is a nice and well placed guitar solo towards the middle of the song. I really love how the guitar and the rest of the band re-enter the back into the main part of the song. I love the lyrics and the ending to this song.
Time Shows No Mercy
I love the drumming at the beginning with some well place highlighting from the guitar and bass player. I love the short guitar solo before they enter the main part of the song. I love the lyrics and the singing is pretty solid. The music is pretty song. There is an awesome guitar solo towards the middle of the song. The drumming is crazy during the guitar solo. Most drummers would sit in the pocket because they do not want the song sound thin. I will have to say this song does not sound thin. I love the build up to end the song.
The song starts with some sound effects. The guitar and drums come in to start the music part. The bass is shortly after that with the singer coming in strong. I love the singing and the lyrics on this song. The music sounds like a bunch of robots or machines. There is a nice guitar break to a solo towards the back half of the song. There is a nice drumming break just after the guitar solo.
Shut The Fuck Up
The last song of the record before the bonus tracks. It starts how as a fast pace to the music. I love the lyrics and the singing. This is a pretty solid record so far. This is classic Anvil. The music is so good on this song. This is a perfect song to finish this great and soon to be classic Anvil record.
I love the drumming, bass, and guitar playing at the beginning of the song. There is a nice short guitar solo at the beginning just before Lips starts to singing. I love the melody he wrote for his singing. There is some nice lyrics. The guitar solo towards the middle of this song is good but it just feels a little forced into the song. I love the ending to the song.
Fire At Will
The song starts out with some strong music with everyone playing at the same time. Lips singing is pretty solid with some great lyrics. I love singing before the chorus and then in the chorus. I love how they set up the guitar solo and the well placed solo in this song. This guitar solo feels right in the song. This is a perfect ending with the bonus tracks for “Hope In Hell” record. I love how the song ends.
Current Line Up:
- Steve “Lips” Kudlow – Lad Vocals And Lead Guitar
- Robb “Geza” Reiner – Drums
- Sal Italiano – Bass Guitar
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Fuel the fire, Anvil keeps on going and they are still writing some great music and records. Anvil puts out yet another classic record. I know I was not their at the beginning but I wish was to see Anvil at the beginning of their career. I discover them before their movie came out. I heard some of their tunes. I had a hard time finding their records. I overpaid for their first greatest hits because I wanted to play it on my radio show, which is www.stfu.fm. I wanted to support this great band. I had a chance to meet the whole band outside of their Chicago show. I was able to get all their records from www.ebay.com and some release. I have to say this record “Hope In Hell” as lived up to the rest of their records. This record is solid from start to finish. I highly recommend you checking out this record and this band. I would go see the movie if you have not. If you are not a metal fan, I would go see it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser
Credit source: history part of this blog came from Wikipedia.