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Anvil

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

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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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Alice Cooper To Headline Bloodstock 2012

The organizers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival have announced that American shock rock king Alice Cooper will be headlining the main stage next year, in what will be his only British festival performance. Festival booker Vicky Gregory comments:

"As Bloodstock organizers but more importantly Huge fans of Alice Cooper, we are thrilled to have such an iconic artist close proceedings on the Sunday night! We have been after Alice for a number of years and are extremely excited to see him grace the Ronnie James Dio stage and guarantee this will be a performance not to be missed."

The event will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th - 12th and will feature the following bands:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Anvil
Corrosion Of Conformity
Dimmu Borgir
Hatebreed
Paradise Lost
Watain

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin

More bands will be confirmed soon.

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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The organisers of the United Kingdom's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced a further four confirmations for next year's edition of the event, which previously announced that Anvil, Paradise Lost, Orange Goblin and Watain will be performing in 2012. The new additions for the main stage are Norwegian symphonic black metal outfit Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed and Corrosion Of Conformity, while Anaal Nathrakh will be performing on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. The event is scheduled to take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

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Anvil Announces European Tour With Saxon

Anvil announced that it will support Saxon on a fall European tour beginning in November. Anvil recently released a best of album entitled "Monuments Of Metal" and Saxon is currently on tour supporting the latest LP "Call To Arms."

Confirmed dates for Saxon w/Anvil are as follows:

November 15 Romagnano Sesia – Rock’n'Roll Arena
November 17 Lucerne – Konzerthaus Schuur
November 19 Kundl – Gemeindesaal
November 20 Salzburg – Rockhouse
November 21 Vienna – Arena
November 23 Halle – Easy Schorre
November 24 Bremen – Aladin
November 25 Lichtenfels – Christmas Metal Festival
November 26 Hengelo – Metropool
November 27 Copenhagen – Amager Bio
November 29 Malmo – Kulturbolaget
November 30 Gothenburg – Tradgarn
December 2 Stockholm – Munchenbryggeriet

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Maryland Deathfest 2012 Final Bands Confirmed

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:

BRUJERIA (Mexico)
AGALLOCH
ARCHGOAT (Finland)
YOB
DYING FETUS
BLACK WITCHERY
UNANIMATED (Sweden)
RORSCHACH
MORGION
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)
EXTERMINATION ANGEL

Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.

Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...

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Anvil Announces Full U.S. Tour

Canadian heavy metal veterans Anvil have announced the dates for their forthcoming headline tour of the United States. You can check out the full list of dates, cities, and venues below.

Oct. 19 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Oct. 20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Oct. 21 - Akron, OH - Ripper Owens Tap House
Oct. 22 - Westland, MI - Token Lounge
Oct. 23 - South Bend, IN - Club Landing
Oct. 25 - Denver, CO - Casselman's Bar
Oct. 27 - San Francisco, CA - Red Devil Lounge
Oct. 28 - Redondo Beach, CA - Brixton South Bay
Oct. 29 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
Oct. 30 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach house
Oct. 31 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
Nov. 02 - Oklahoma City, OK - Samaurai's
Nov. 04 - Darien, IL - Q Sports
Nov. 05 - Cleveland, OH- West Side Masonic Temple
Nov. 06 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Nov. 07 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom

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First Two Bands For Bloodstock 2012 Confirmed

The organisers of Britain's, Bloodstock Open Air festival have confirmed the first two names for next year's edition of the event. Performing on the main stage (the Ronnie James Dio stage) will be Canadian heavy metal heroes Anvil, who recently released their new album, "Juggernaut Of Justice" through The End Records in North America (Nuclear Blast in Europe) while on the second stage (the Sophie Lancaster stage,) British stoner metal veterans Orange Goblin will be performing. The festival is scheduled to take place in Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 9th - 12th.

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Electric Wizard Announced For Maryland Deathfest X

ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK) will be making an exclusive U.S. appearance at Maryland Deathfest X. Also newly confirmed for the festival, slated to take place May 24-27, 2012, are CONFESSOR, HAEMORRHAGE (Spain), and OCTOBER 31. The confirmed bands so far are:

MORBID ANGEL
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK)
SAINT VITUS
ANVIL (Canada)
MORGOTH (Germany)
SUFFOCATION
CHURCH OF MISERY (Japan)
DEMIGOD (Finland)
CONFESSOR
UNSANE
BETHLEHEM (Germany)
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD (Netherlands)
GHOUL
NEGURA BUNGET (Romania)
MACABRE
HAEMORRHAGE (Spain)
OCTOBER 31
TODAY IS THE DAY
ULCERATE (New Zealand)
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING (Australia)
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT (UK)
AGENTS OF ABHORRENCE (Australia)
NAUSEA (California)
BLOODY PHOENIX

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Maryland Deathfest X Initial Bands Announced

The organizers of the Maryland Deathfest have confirmed the first batch of bands for next year's edition of the event, which will take place from May 24-27, 2012 at Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland. The first names for the festival are as follows:

Morbid Angel
Saint Vitus
Morgoth
Anvil
Suffocation
Church of Misery
Demigod
Ghoul
Unsane
Macabre
The Devil's Blood
Bethlehem
Negura Bunget
Today Is The Day
Ulcerate
The Day Everything Became Nothing
Dragged Into Sunlight
Agents Of Abhorrence
Nausea
Bloody Phoenix

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Three

After the grey and miserable weather the day before, it was nice to awake on the final day of Graspop and be greeted with plenty of sunshine. While that may not have been the most metal sentence I have ever written, the roster of bands on display may well have been the most extreme of the weekend.

Like the previous day, we wasted a little time in the campsite before heading into the main area to catch the second main stage band, in today's case, Canadian heavy metal heroes, Anvil. Of course, everyone knows the story of Anvil by now, and perhaps that's made this set such a special one. From the opening guitar shrieks of "March Of The Crabs/666" there were smiles all around, not least from frontman Steve "Lips" Kudrow. The fact that everyone could see how much fun the band were having made the fans enjoy it all the more, which I'm sure in turn only fueled the smiles on the faces of Anvil. It might seem a strange word to use to describe a performance from a metal band, but Anvil are a really fun live experience. It's impossible to watch them and not headbang or raise the horns. Kudrow's interaction with the crowd is simply great, not least because he doesn't patronise the audience with cliche lines like "Are you ready to party?" I was also impressed by his ability to perform his guitar duties flawlessly, while still singing. Drummer Rob Reiner and bassist Glenn Five also deserve alot of credit, as their skills were on full display today, particularly Reiner's during, "White Rhino." Having only a fairly short set, only three songs from the group's new album, "Juggernaut Of Justice" were performed today, namely the title track, "On Fire" and "New Orleans Voodoo," but they all went down well with the crowd, who did their best to sing along to the latter. Another highlight came during Kudrow's guitar solo, which he did by playing his axe with a vibrator. An unorthodox method, but effective. As one might expect, they closed their set with the anthemic, "Metal On Metal," which went down a treat for all viewing. While they may not be the greatest heavy metal band to ever grace the Earth, they might well be one of the most enjoyable and were a great way to start the day.

It was then over to Marquee 2 for a little crossover thrash from D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles.) There were plenty of old school thrashers in attendance for them, complete with upturned caps and white shoes, and they all seemed to enjoy what they were witnessing. As much as I've always liked the band and crossover in general, I found watching them for as long as I did to be a little much, as most songs follow a similar formula, resulting in the performance getting a little boring after a short while. It seems I was not alone in this opinion, as there were plenty who came in to watch, then left after a couple of songs. D.R.I. are, like Anvil, all about having fun, but they don't possess the same stage presence. Songs like "Snap/I'd Rather Be Sleeping" and "Asleep At The Wheel" are always good to hear, but they felt rather tame today. Perhaps it would be better to catch them in a small club setting, because they weren't able to make it work in the Marquee. More...

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Anvil Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Canadian heavy metal heroes Anvil has announced that they will be performing a handful of shows in the United States in July, in support of their latest studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice" which was released through The End Records on May 10th.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 26 - Chicago, IL - Reggies Rock Club
July 27 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
July 29 - West Chester, PA - The Note
July 30 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
July 31 - Boston, MA - Middle East Club

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Sunday Old School: Anvil

By now, more or less every heavy metal fan knows the story of Anvil, thanks largely to the hit documentary movie, "Anvil! The Story Of Anvil." Whether it was the film or the music that made you a fan though, it's undeniable that Anvil are one of the most influential North American bands in the history of heavy metal. The seeds of the group were sewn back in 1973 when guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudrow and drummer Rob Reiner began jamming together, being influenced by the seventies heavy metal of Cactus and Black Sabbath. By 1978 the duo had formed a complete lineup which also featured guitarist Dave Allison and bassist Ian Dickson and Anvil was born.

The group released their debut album, "Hard 'n' Heavy" in 1981, initially under the moniker, "Lips," though it would later be released under the Anvil name. After the record's release, Motorhead mainman Lemmy invited Kudrow to become the band's new guitarist, filling in for the recently departed "Fast" Eddie Clarke, but the invitation was declined. Although it might not have been the wisest move financially, the next Anvil album would prove to be an underground classic in eighties metal, emerging in the form of "Metal On Metal" in 1982. The album included the superb title track as well as the Anvil live staples, "Mothra" and "666." The album was also a commercial success in the neighboring United States, where it reached number 91 on the Billboard album charts. Despite the success of the record, the band found follow up fame elusive, due in part to their restrictive record deal, which denied them the opportunity to sign with larger companies.

Although Anvil eventually broke free to sign with Metal Blade Records, they were still unable to regain the popularity which "Metal On Metal" seemed to promise. A slew of albums, including live records, were released throughout the eighties, nineties and 2000's but all with practically no success, and in some cases, almost no response, leaving the band to sometimes play to virtually empty venues. It was during the preparation for their thirteenth album that their biggest adventure would begin, as an old fan from the United Kingdom, who had since gone on to become a screenwriter, decided to make a documentary on the group. The documentary saw the band embark on a European tour with poor to mixed results, struggle to finance their new album, "This Is Thirteen" and eventually take to the stage in Japan to an overwhelmingly positive reaction. The film breathed a new life into the band, as audiences worldwide witnessed the struggles that come with the dedication to heavy metal, from mortgage problems to homelessness. Ever since then, the band has been performing regularly, appearing at such prestigious events as the Download Festival in England and filming a cameo for the movie, "The Green Hornet." Last week however, the band finally unleashed their highly anticipated new studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice," which was released through The End Records on May 10th More...

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Anvil Video Interview Posted Online

A new video interview has been posted online featuring Anvil drummer Robb Reiner. You can view the interview in the player below.

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Anvil Streaming Entire New Album

Canadian heavy metal act Anvil is currently streaming the band's entire new album "Juggernaut of Justice" online. You can check out all the songs from the album by heading over to the Anvil MySpace page. "Juggernaut of Justice" will be released through The End Records on May 10th, 2011.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Juggernaut Of Justice
2. When Hell Breaks Loose
3. New Orleans Voodoo
4. On Fire
5. FukenEh!
6. Turn It Up
7. The Ride
8. Not Afraid
9. Conspiracy
10. Running
11. Paranormal
12. Swing Thing

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Anvil Posts New Song, "FuckinEh!"

Canadian heavy metal heroes Anvil have posted another new song online from their forthcoming new studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice." You can check out the track, "FuckinEh!" below. "Juggernaut Of Justice" will be the fourteenth studio album from the group and will be released through The End Records on May 10th.

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2011 "Heavy T.O." Festival Lineup Revealed

The official lineup has been announced for the first ever "Heavy T.O" festival, which is set to take place at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario on July 23rd and 24th, 2011. The following acts have been announced thus far, with more expected to be announced shortly.

Megadeth
Rob Zombie
Billy Talent
Slayer
Anthrax
Opeth
Motorhead
Mastodon
Children Of Bodom
Testament
As I Lay Dying
Baptized In Blood
Anvil
The Sword
Times Of Grace
Melissa Auf der Maur
DevilDriver

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New Anvil Single Available For Streaming

Anvil's new single "Juggernaut Of Justice" has been posted online through the band's official YouTube channell and can be streamed below. "Juggernaut Of Justice" is taken off of the band's forthcoming studio album of the same name, which will see its release on May 10, 2011 through The End Records.

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Anvil Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Canadian heavy metal heroes Anvil has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming new studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice," which will be released through The End Records on May 10th. The album was recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with the likes of Black Sabbath.

The tracklisting is as follows:

Juggernaut Of Justice
When Hell Breaks Loose
New Orleans Voodoo
On Fire
Fuckin' Eh
Turn It Up
The Ride
Not Afraid
Conspiracy
Running
Paranormal
Swing Thing

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Anvil Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Canadian heavy metal veterans Anvil have announced that they will be heading across their home nation this May on a headlining tour, which will be in support of their fourteenth studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice." Along the way, the band will also be the special guests for shock rock king Alice Cooper (see dates marked with an asterisk.) "Juggernaut Of Justice" will be released in North America on May 10th.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 6 - St. John, Newfoundland
May 9 - Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 10 - Moncton, New Brunswick
May 11 - Fredricton, New Brunswick
May 13 - Chicoutimi, Quebec
May 14 - Quebec City, Quebec **
May 15 - Montreal, Quebec
May 16 - Ottawa, Ontario **
May 17 - Hamilton, Ontario **
May 18 - Sudbury, Ontario **
May 20 - Kingston, Ontario
May 21 - London, Ontario
May 23 - Thunder Bay, Ontario
May 24 - Winnipeg, Manitoba
May 25 - Regina, Saskatchewan
May 27 - Edmonton, Alberta
May 28 - Calgary, Alberta
May 30 - Victoria, British Columbia
May 31 - Vancouver, British Columbia

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Anvil Reveals New Album Cover Art

Canadian heavy metal legends Anvil have revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice." You can check it out below. The album is scheduled to be released in North America on May 10th through The End Records. The title track from the album is available for free download by checking out The End Records' Spring sampler.

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Anvil Posts New Song Online For Download

Canadian heavy metal heroes Anvil have posted a new song online entitled, "Juggernaut Of Justice." You can download the song for free by picking up The End Records' Spring sampler, which also features tracks from Danzig and Helloween, amongst others. The song is the title track from Anvil's forthcoming fourteenth studio album, which will be released via The End on May 10th in North America.

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