Old school rockers rejoice! For Anvil is back with a new album! I know I know... these guys have been around for EVER!!!
For who doesn’t know who Anvil are, well summing up their career is like summing up the dictionary so here is the cheaters notes of it.
In 1978 a band called “Lips” was formed in Toronto with members Steve Kudlow (lead vocals, lead guitar), Reiner (drums), Dave "Squirrely" Allison (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Ian "Dix" Dickson (bass). After their first major album they decided to change their name to Anvil.
Making their way through the years, and through different labels, and a few different band members and many albums (14 studio, 1 live, and 3 Compilation Albums) we hit today with a three man crew consisting of Steve, Rob, and Sal Italiano on Bass and them with The End Records as their label, we are waiting for the 15th studio album to drop May 28th of this year. So what is it like?
It sounds like they have gone back to their roots on this album. That being said it isn’t perfect there are some flaws. For now let’s look at the positive side.
For one as you may or may not know is that a lot of metal bands out there look up to Anvil, and I can see where that comes from. Listening to this album there is so many different styles you can hear in it. For example, “The Fight Is Never Won” if you listen you can hear the old crunch sound that Iron Maiden used in their debut album, “Pay the Toll” you can hear a style that Guns n’ Roses used in their songs. Just listening to the songs and having heard the bands play that style I can see why there is bands that look up to Anvil as gods in the Metal genre.
The album itself is really good, it gets started with a hard rocking style they have been known for, and the solos are right up there with how many years they have been rocking out and sharing their talent with us. The hard crunch of the guitar mixed with the vocals from “Lips” is making this album as a great comeback album for Anvil. With some hard hitting songs like “Badass rock N Roll”, “Shut the Fuck Up”, “Fire At Will” and many more on this album this 13 song 53 minute album has a lot of great old school songs to it that make it the perfect time for this album to come out for the summer season!
That being said, I did say this album wasn’t perfect. Why is that, well there is a song or two that seems a little off. The one that got me the most was Track 3 “Through With You”, this one as much as it sounds good; you can’t help but think why this song sounds so familiar. Well for all the classic rock fans out there, I’m sure you will recognize the riff and pretty much the whole song as a Deep Purple song, only a couple of differences. The song I’m talking about is “Smoke on the Water” and if you listen to that song or know that song, you would know what I mean. The sound is a little different, but same timing on it, and the intro is shorter than “Smoke on the Water”. “Flying” was another one, it just didn’t quite fit with the album, and seemed almost like it was a filler song. Granted hearing them sing about them flying from one place to another in a tour situation is pretty cool. It just didn’t quite fit.
So what is the best and what is the worst on this album?
For me I really like “Badass Rock N Roll” That is one tune I really enjoyed, from the moment the song starts, it comes in heavy and hard, and feels like a great Anvil song, from the chorus to the riffs there is really nothing bad about this song and the lyrics are great. It just makes you want to pump your fist in the air and sing along with it!
The worst? Well that is “Through With You” That song felt like it was in the wrong spot for the album, in my mind it should have been closer to the end of the album. It is one of the songs where it felt to me like it just about brought down the rest of the album in the spot it was. From the riffs to the chorus, it wasn’t as strong in my mind and it put my thoughts in a different point on view trying to work on which song it sounded like, and took away from the album itself. If it was placed later on the album, my thoughts may be differently on this, I’d still be wondering which song this sounded like, but it’d be only after I heard the whole album and thought on how much it truly kicked ass.
For me I do have to give this album a solid 8/10, it is Anvil at their best, and even though it did take a couple of listens to get into it, it sounded very solid in the songs between the instruments and the vocals, and they were bringing you back to the classic Anvil era where they rocked your face off and had such a different sound to each song and did it with such class!
For now I’m PK saying ROCK ON, and we will see you on the next show!
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