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Anvil

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

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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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Warbringer Announces New Drummer Carlos Cruz

Despite practicing and writing together the last two months, WARBRINGER has official announced that Carlos Cruz (Hexen) is their new drummer. The delay in announcement was out of respect to their old drummer and Carlos' former band mates and there was no question about Carlos' playing, songwriting or personality as the band ironically offered Carlos the spot in 2008.

"After years of putting forth nothing but blood, sweat, and tears into my tireless ambitions for playing music, I have finally found an outlet where no more time is wasted. It was flattering to have been approached by Warbringer the first time they made a personnel change in 2008, but this time around it couldn't have felt more like perfect timing," states Carlos. "They're a collective group of humble, open-minded, down-to-earth guys who share the same fanaticism for music as I do and are the tightest musicians I have ever played with. I've never felt so welcomed and inspired to move forward. Even past members of the band have congratulated me and it feels very much like family, not just another band. From some recent serious downfalls in my personal life came this beautiful opportunity and I couldn't be happier. We'll be seeing all YOU Warbringers out on the road soon!"

Carlos will be making his live debut in Mexico City on March 5th at the Eyescream Festival alongside Asesino, Anvil, Toxic Holocaust and Abigail Williams. WARBRINGER plan to record their third album in April with more live shows in May and June.

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Anvil Announces New Album Release Date

Canadian heavy metal legends Anvil have announced that they will be releasing their fourteenth studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice" on May 10th through The End Records.

Frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow recently commented: "I must say that this is by far the best Anvil ever. There will be a few new surprises including Glenn 5's first lead vocals in Anvil's history. The production that Bob Marlette has done far surpasses anything we've done in the past. The excitement within the band is over the top and we can't wait to unleash this amazing CD to the fans."

Drummer Robb Reiner concurs: "The new album is pure Anvil with a new fresh kick, very exciting. Looking to rocking with The End, putting the music where it belongs - in everybody's ears and face!"

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Anvil Signs To The End Records

Canadian heavy metal legends Anvil has announced that they have signed a new record deal with The End Records, through which they will release their fourteenth studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice" in Spring. They will also be releasing a definitive anthology album, which will span the band's entire career.

Speaking on the signing, frontman Lips commented: "I must say that this is by far the best Anvil ever. There will be a few new surprises including Glenn 5's first lead vocals in Anvil's history. The production that Bob Marlette has done far surpasses anything we've done in the past. The excitement within the band is over the top and we can't wait to unleash this amazing cd to the fans."

Drummer Rob Reiner adds: "The new album is pure Anvil with a new fresh kick, very exciting. Looking to rocking with The End, putting the music where it belongs - in everybody's ears and face!"

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Anvil Begins Recording New Album

Canadian heavy metal heroes Anvil has announced that they have entered the studio to begin recording their fourteenth studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice." The album is being produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with the likes of Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and Slayer, and is expected to be released in Spring of next year through The End Records.

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Anvil Announces More European Shows

Canadian heavy metal veterans Anvil has announced some more tour dates for their forthcoming tour of Europe. All headlining shows will see them supported by New Wave Of British Heavy Metal outfit Girlschool and most shows in the United Kingdom will see Anvil supporting glam metal band Ratt.

The updated tour schedule is now as follows: More...

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Final Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgiums biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has confirmed the final bands for this years edition of the event. The biggest news is that Soulfly, the band led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, will be headlining the event on the Saturday. Other bands added to the bill include New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All, former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, Hatebreed, Revamp, Oceans Of Sadness and Dear Superstar. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Friday: Aerosmith (Headliners)
Motorhead
Slayer
Stone Temple Pilots
My Dying Bride
Tarja Turunen
Saxon
Therion
Sepultura
Deicide
Anathema
Doro
Ratt
Steel Panther
UDO
Nile
Evergrey
Devin Townsend
Anvil
Raven
Bleeding Through
The Devil's Blood
Ghost Brigade
Oceans Of Sadness
Revamp More...

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Raven Frontman Joins Anvil On Stage

John Gallagher, frontman of British heavy metal legends Raven, joined Canadian metal heroes Anvil on stage last saturday (March 20th) where he performed the classic, "Metal On Metal" with the band. You can check out fan filmed footage below. Both bands will be performing at the Graspop Metal Meeting this year and both are preparing to release new studio albums. More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgiums premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of eleven more bands to this years bill. Among the latest acts are American supergroup Hellyeah, Australian rockers Airbourne and British heavy metal veterans Raven. The other confirmed bands are Katatonia, Evergrey, The Devil's Blood, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Dark Funeral, 3 Inches Of Blood and Sylosis. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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