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Anvil

Formed: 1974
From: Toronto, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Anvil News

Below is our complete Anvil news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Udo Dirkschneider Bids Farewell To Accept

The Islington Academy has hosted many names from the world of metal over the years. From upstarts to legends, many a hard rocker has passed through it's doors. Tonight however, the venue was to host a show like never before, as the iconic heavy metal singer Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. (using the moniker, Dirkschneider, so as not to confuse concert goers expecting to hear their own songs,) performed a set consisting only of Accept songs, the vast catalogue and classic tunes the singer was bidding farewell to after so many years, perhaps never to be sung by his unmistakable voice again. He was in good company too, bringing along Canadian metal stalwarts Anvil for the ride, as well as British heavy metal outfit, I.C.O.N.

I.C.O.N. opened the show and set the tone for the entire night. This quartet from Burnley play nothing short of vintage of heavy metal with the skill to do it justice where so many have failed, making them the perfect openers for such a tour. With a good stage presence and solid musicianship, the group surely won over those who attended the show early and treated them to some real belters such as "Devil's Blacklist" and "Deconverted" during a set which felt all too short for those of us in the audience. Their album, "The Blacklist" is out now. More...

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Anvil Posts New Lyric Video

Today the Canadian metal heroes from Anvil release a new lyric video for the song "Die For A Lie," taken from upcoming studio album "Anvil Is Anvil." Guitar player and singer Lips says about the song:

"Even in modern times mankind has not found peace. We cling to ancient beliefs and wage wars against each other in the names of God. We still have no proof or solid scientific evidence that our beliefs are in fact truth or fact. Killing each other over theories of origin.. .We are still in our infancy as far as civilization is concerned. We are slowly discovering our true factual origins and eventually we will discover the truths.

"A truth that can't be denied is that people have lost the plot of what religion was supposed to be about.... instead of spreading love and understanding we spread hate and ignorance...murdering each other because we believe one God and belief is better than another...when it all is likely bullshit!!!! 'Die for a Lie.'"

Drummer Robb Reiner adds: "'Die For A Lie'... Musically is a perfect Anvil template out of the classic blueprints, fully charged with riffs only found with Anvil, and drum arrangements very unique to Anvil style and sound! Lyrically its suggested for all those who are in belief of handed down broken telephone lines (Religion)....take another look!!!!!" More...

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Anvil Releasing New Album

Anvil will release the confidently titled "Anvil is Anvil" on February 26, 2015 via SPV/Steamhammer.

"We're sometimes criticized for never changing," guitarist and vocalist Lips explains. "But why should we change something we're renowned for? Isn't it much more important to stay faithful to yourself? To do what you do best? The idea behind our latest album is: we are what we are, and that's how it's going to stay!"

"Anvil is Anvil" presents Lips, drummer Robb Reiner and new bassist Chris Robertson in a thoroughly magic metal moment. Lips had this to say: "Time will tell whether this album is the absolute pinnacle of our career. But I would already refer to it as 'gaining the momentum.' The year 2013 was a perfect new start for Anvil. We were touring, went on to write the new material, toured again and returned to compose some more. During that time, the new line-up gelled into a real unit. The arrival of Chris was just as significant for us as the film back in 2008. He helped me enormously with my vocal lines, which is why my voice sounds better than ever on stage and also in the studio." More...

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Anvil Lanches Pledge Campaign For New Album

Canadian metal legends Anvil has launched a pledge campaign for the successor album to "Hope In Hell" (reviewed here).

The band comments: "After years of having record labels being in between the band and our fans, we’re finally at a point in our history to directly connect.

"We are proud to announce to our fans that they can keep in personal touch with the band and be directly involved in the process of creating the next Anvil album. This will be the first time that we’ve used a crowd-funding approach and we are fully confident in our fans to really pitch in and help.

"Considering that almost anyone aware of Anvil knows our long and sometimes brutal history, we’re hoping you would be honored to help and prove us right in our belief in you…and we promise another top notch Anvil recording that we can enjoy for many years into the future…."

The campaign can be accessed at this location. Perk packages ranging from a signed CD to a private viewing of Robb Reiner's art collection, to one of Steve "Lips" Kudrow's amps can all be had. More...

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Anvil Posts New Music Video "Hope In Hell"

Canadian metal veterans Anvil released a new music video for the track "Hope In Hell". The song is the title track of the latest studio release "Hope In Hell", which was issued back in May of 2013 via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

Check out now the video below:

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Adds To 2015 Lineup

Four more bands were announced today for the 2015 roster by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal. On board at the last minute: Florida hardcore act Adaliah, Florida deathcore act Dark Sermon and Swiss groove act GurD and German thrashers Exumer.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off tomorrow January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and returns on Monday, January 26, 2015. The festival boards a new vessel, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival can be found at 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com has its team on the scene and will report on all the events in the coming days. Stay tuned.

The roster lineup is as follows, with only 2 more left to be announced:

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Abandon Hope
Adaliah
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Anvil
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Claim the Throne
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Dark Sermon
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium
Exumer
Gama Bomb More...

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Three More Bands Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Three more bands were announced for the 2015 roster by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal: U.S. thrashers Whiplash, Brazilian groove masters Soulfly and U.S. legendary traditional metal act Riot, now known as Riot V.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off next Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Whiplash, Soulfly and Riot V join the previously announced bands below, with 6 bands still left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Anvil
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Claim the Throne
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium
Gama Bomb More...

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Six More Bands Confirmed For 70,000 Tons

A six pack of announcements were handed down by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal: Canadian metal legends Anvil, Norway's The Hate Colony, Irish thrashers Gama Bomb, Swiss thrashers Suborned, Australia's Claim The Throne and Florida death metal act Monstrosity.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off next Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Anvil, The Hate Colony, Gama Bomb, Suborned, Claim the Throne and Monstrosity join the previously announced bands below, with 9 bands still left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium More...

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Anvil Embarking On U.S. Tour

Legendary Canadian metal group Anvil announced this week that the band will embark on a tour of the United States with Lord Dying and Sunlord beginning February 5th in Brooklyn, NY. Dates for the trek are as follows:

2/5/2015 Brooklyn, NY – The Shop
2/6/2015 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
2/7/2015 Long Branch, NJ – Brighton Bar
2/8/2015 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse
2/11/2015 Ashville, NC – New Mountain Theater
2/12/2015 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
2/13/2015 Sanford, FL – West End Trading Co
2/16/2015 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
2/17/2015 Indianapolis, IN – The Fifth Quarter Lounge
2/18/2015 Chicago, IL – Red Line Tap
2/19/2015 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
2/20/2015 Ft. Smith, AR – Holiday Inn Plaza
2/21/2015 Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club
2/22/2015 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
2/24/2015 Shreveport, LA – Club Status
2/25/2015 Dallas, TX – The Rail Club
2/27/2015 Midland , TX – The Blue Max
2/28/2015 McAllen, TX – Aces North
3/1/2015 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
3/2/2015 El, Paso, TX – Sector 7
3/4/2015 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
3/5/2015 Tucson, AZ – Flycatcher
3/6/2015 Albuquerque, NM – Blue Phoenix
3/7/2015 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
3/8/2015 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
3/9/2015 Grand Junction CO – Mesa Theatre
3/11/2015 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar
3/12/2015 Idaho Falls, ID – DB’s
3/14/2015 San Francisco, CA* – The Fillmore
3/15/2015 Las Vegas, NV – Dive Bar
3/17/2015 W Hollywood, CA – The Whisky
3/18/2015 Morgan Hill, CA – The Granada
3/19/2015 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
3/20/2015 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
*ANVIL Only (with Y&T) More...

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Anvil Releases "Eat Your Words" Music Video

Canadian metal legends Anvil released a new music video for the track "Eat Your Words." The song appears on the latest studio release "Hope In Hell," which was issued back in May of 2013 via SPV/Steamhammer Records (see review here).

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Robb Reiner Announces Art Exhibition

BBAM! Gallery is proud to present the first ever major gallery exhibition by Robb Reiner, best known as the drummer for iconic metal band, Anvil (re-discovered by millions thanks to the movie "Anvil - The Story of Anvil").

The opening will take place on September 25th, 2014. BBAM! Gallery's Ralph Alfonso also comments:

"Painting had always been a private refuge for Robb, something shared only with an inner circle, until he was encouraged to show his work during the filming for the movie.

"As the head of promotion at Attic Records, I had known Robb since the beginning (I was their publicist) and was stunned by what I saw on screen. How could he have hidden this other talent for so long?

"Years later, I opened a rock’n’roll art gallery and reached out. Robb does not sell his work - was this going to be a problem? No.

"This is a rare opportunity for fans and art lovers to see the paintings up close and off the screen. It is a sampling of a greater body of work; images that we feel cover the broad range of Robb Reiner’s artistry. It is also an opportunity to test the waters in terms of response, logistics, and feedback; in anticipation of more exhibits around the world. It’s just a matter of time.

"But for now, during this exclusive limited engagement; the doors to Robb’s world are open and Robb Reiner himself will be here at the opening vernissage to meet folks, answer questions; but most of all to present his visual world of calmness, solitude and introspection."

More info on the Montreal-based gallery can be found over at Facebook here.

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Anvil Releases New Music Video

Canadian speed metal legends Anvil released a new music video for the track "Badass Rock N Roll." The song appears on the latest album "Hope in Hell," which is available now via The End Records (see review here).

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Old Bridge Metal Militia Benefit Show Report

The Old Bridge Metal Militia, credited with jump starting the metal community of New Jersey by opening their hearts and doors to the bands we old timers loved in our youth, held one of the most brilliant concerts to directly benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm which ripped through the Jersey shore last year. Many people still suffer from that devastating storm, but to have the metal community be credited with assisting those in need was an honor to be part. Shortly after the event, it was revealed that through ticket sales and raffle sales, the event raised over $40,000 for the cause - a staggering number for the sold out event that housed 1,500 people.

I sprung for the VIP experience, for the opportunity to meet and talk with some of my idols like Dee Snider, John & Mark Gallagher, Joe Hasselvander, Mark Tornillo, Robb Reiner, David Rock Feinstein, Carl Canedy, AJ Pero, Eddie Ojeda was just too hard to pass up. The 2.5 hour drive from my safe zone in Connecticut was filled with a playlist featuring such classics as “Under the Blade,” “Take Control,” “Let Them Eat Metal” and “Metal On Metal,” and as good fortune would have it, I heard them all live. More...

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Anvil Streaming New Track "Mankind Machine"

Legendary Canadian metal act Anvil is streaming the new track "Mankind Machine." The song appears on the band's upcoming release "Hope in Hell." The album is scheduled for release on May 24th (Germany) and May 27th (EU) via SPV/Steamhammer Records and May 28th (North America) via The End Records.

Anvil is one of the feature bands for the Old Bridge Metal Militia's "Rock N Roll Heaven" Reunion show, which will take place at the Encore Event Center in West Freehold, New Jersey tomorrow, May 11th. In addition to Anvil, the lineup includes: Twisted Sister, Raven, The Rods, Lords of Mercy and a special reunion performance by TT Quick (which features Accept vocalist Mark Tornillo).

The track listing for "Hope In Hell" is:

1. Hope in Hell
2. Eat your Words
3. Through with You
4. The Fight Is Never Won
5. Pay the Toll
6. Flying
7. Call of Duty
8. Badass Rock n Roll
9. Time Shows no Mercy
10. Mankind Machine
11. Shut the Fuck Up
12. Hard Wired (Bonus Track)
13. Fire at Will (Bonus Track)

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Anvil Posts "Hope In Hell" Trailer Clip

Canadian metal legends Anvil posted a trailer for the European release of the new LP "Hope In Hell," the band's 15th studio effort. The album will be released on May 24, 2013 (G/A/S) and May 27, 2013 (EU) via SPV/Steamhammer. The album was produced by Bob Marlette.

The track listing for "Hope In Hell" is as follows:

1. Hope in Hell
2. Eat Your Words
3. Through With You
4. The Fight is Never Won
5. Pay the Toll
6. Flying
7. Call of Duty
8. Bad Ass Rock 'n' Roll
9. Time Shows No Mercy
10. Mankind Machine
11. Shut the Fuck Up

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Anvil Unveils Album Art & Track List For New LP

Canadian metal legends Anvil unveiled the album artwork (shown below) and track listing for the new LP "Hope In Hell," the band's 15th studio effort. The album will be released in May of this year, though the exact date has not yet been set. The album was produced by Bob Marlette.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Hope in Hell
2. Eat Your Words
3. Through With You
4. The Fight is Never Won
5. Pay the Toll
6. Flying
7. Call of Duty
8. Bad Ass Rock 'n' Roll
9. Time Shows No Mercy
10. Mankind Machine
11. Shut the Fuck Up More...

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Anvil Announces "Hope In Hell" As New Album Title

Legendary Canadian metal act Anvil announced that the band's 15th LP will be entitled "Hope in Hell," in keeping with the band's long tradition of three word album titles. The new slab of metal is targeted to drop in April/May 2013. Information on track listing and album art is expected soon.

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Bloodstock Festival Live Feed Available

This weekend's Bloodstock Festival is streaming live over at this location and in the player below. At the time of this post, Behemoth's headlining performance is streaming live.

The festival is scheduled for two more days, featuring Chthonic, Testament, Machine Head, Sanctuary and Mayhem on Saturday and Nile, Evile, Black Dahlia Murder, Anvil, Paradise Lost, Dimmu Borgir and Alice Cooper on Sunday.

Check out the live stream here:


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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands to appear at this year's festival:

"After last week’s headliner announcement - where we revealed the mighty Machine Head will be letting fans pick the songs at their first ever UK festival headline slot - Bloodstock and Machine Head are now ready to take requests.

"If you head to Facebook you can now submit your suggestions via a poll. Each fan can pick five songs from Machine Head’s incredible debut 'Burn My Eyes,' and the five most popular tracks will be performed at Catton Hall this summer.

"Bloodstock can also reveal a further three acts for the Sophie Stage and one for the Ronnie James Dio Stage. Headlining the Sophie Stage on Thursday night, raucous rockers Viking Skull bring their loud and proud metal to Bloodstock, alongside Belfast metalheads Sweet Savage. Hotly tipped newcomers Death Valley Knights show why in just a few short months their powerful metal has earned them a much coverted spot at Britain’s most metal festival, and finally Canada’s Kobra & The Lotus make their Bloodstock debut opening the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday." More...

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Titans Eve Announces Shows With Anvil

Vancouver-based act Titans Eve will unleash the band's second full-length album "Life Apocalypse" on July 13th, and the band is now proud to announce an upcoming Western Canadian tour with legendary Canuck metallers Anvil.

"Our album 'Life Apocalypse' drops on July Friday the 13th, just in time for our tour with Anvil!!! We are all very excited to start playing for you guys again and to be able to join Canadian metal legends this time!" says vocalist/guitarist Brian Gamblin. The following press release was issued about the album:

"After touring North America last summer in support of their debut album 'The Divine Equal' that was named 'Album of the Month' (Sept 2011) by Metal Hammer Germany and conquered the #7 on the Top 20 of 2011 Canadian Loud Charts. Titans Eve returned the studio to begin work on their 11 track follow up thrasher 'Life Apocalypse' produced by the band and recorded by Sacha Laskow of Divinity at Perfect Fifth Studios in Calgary, AB.

"Like its predecessor, 'The Divine Equal', which is based on John Milton's poem 'Lost Paradise' and The Book of Genesis. Titans Eve's sophomore album 'Life Apocalypse' is a concept release that focuses on life changing events and having the courage to survive overall disaster.

"The band is now previewing 'Life Apocalypse' at this location and is available for pre-order with a FREE T-shirt on bandcamp for a limited time only here." More...

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