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Formed: 1974
From: Toronto, Canada
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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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Cauldron Posts Tour Update

Canadian heavy metal band, CAULDRON, recently made their first ever trip to the UK, to support ANVIL at a top-secret premiere for the new documentary movie, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil." CAULDRON followed that show with a gig with label mates GAMA BOMB the following night.

CAULDRON vocalist/bassist JASON DECAY comments on the band's trip:

"It was a pretty cool last minute trip to the birthplace of heavy metal. We played a couple shows, one with our buds ANVIL in front of a packed Shepherd's Bush Empire crowd of unsuspecting movie-goers, and another nice little sweaty club gig with GAMA BOMB. Other than that and in between food poisonings, we just did a slew of interviews, photos and beverages to consume to coincide with the Euro release of 'CHAINED TO THE NITE' in April." More...

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Faith No More To Headline Download Festival

The recently reunited Faith No More has been confirmed as the third headlining act for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. This will be a part of their European tour which is the bands first tour in eleven years.

The lineup is now as follows:

Faith No More
Def Leppard
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
The Blackout
Billy Talent

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More Bands Confirmed For Download Festival

Five more bands have been added to this year's edition of the Download Festival in Britain. Progressive metal act Dream Theater will be on the bill as will Canadian rockers Anvil and Buckcherry, Billy Talent and The Blackout. The festival will be announcing a third headlining band this coming monday.

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Lineup Announced For NE Metal And Hardcore Fest

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter its second decade this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the event will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with a an extra special pre-party on Thursday, April 16.

Headlining Friday will be All That Remains, one of the many bands that got its start at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Saturday will be headlined by metal giants Lamb of God as part of their No Fear Energy Music Tour along with As I Lay Dying, Children Of Bodom, God Forbid and Municipal Waste. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage.

Other bands schedule to perform on Friday are: August Burns Red, Suffocation, The Acacia Strain, The Haunted, Napalm Death, WhiteChapel, Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Veil of Maya, Abigail Williams, Decrepit Birth, Psycroptic, Intronaut, Withered, Left to Vanish, Lazarus A.D., Kylesa, XAFBX, Trap Them, Aggressive Dogs, Toxic Holocaust, XWarX, Psyopus, Woe of Tyrants, Rose Funeral and more to be announced. Doors open at 12 noon. More...

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"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" To Make NY Premiere

The New York premiere of Anvil! The Story of Anvil--the story of the Toronto band Anvil that influenced bands like Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, and the band members' ongoing quest to reach a wider audience--will take place a BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) during its annual Sundance Institute at BAM series which highlights films from the Sundance Film Festival.

Saturday, May 31 at 6:30pm
Following by a LIVE CONCERT with Anvil in BAMcafe. More...

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Anvil Confirm Ottawa Show

Canadian metal legends ANVIL - who are still reeling from their journey to the Sundance Film Festival where they celebrated the release of the documentary, Anvil! The True Story Of Anvil - have confirmed a new live show in Ottawa, Ontario at Mavericks on April 4th.

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Slash To Jam With Anvil At Sundance Festival

As previously reported, ANVIL! The Story Of Anvil is the name of the documentary on Anvil directed by Sacha Gervasi, who wrote the Steven Spielberg movie, The Terminal. It will premier at the Sundance Film Festival which runs January 17-27. Sacha is an old friend of the band's that used to do some roadie work for them back in the 1980's.

Anvil will be performing at a club in Park City, Utah while at the Sundance. They will be performing on the 19th, 20th or 21st. Slash (VELVET REVOLVER/ ex-GUNS N' ROSES) will be jamming with them at this show.

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian will be appearing at various screenings of the movie during the Sundance Film Festival. Scott appears in the film. Scott might play with Anvil onstage for their song after the volunteers show.

Screening times for Anvil! The Story Of Anvil at the Sundance Film Festival:

Thursday, January 17 - volunteers show (Anvil will be performing 'Metal On Metal' after the show)
Friday, January 18, 5:30pm - Library Center Theatre, Park City
Saturday, January 19, 9:00pm - Tower Theatre, SLC
Sunday, January 20, Noon - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Saturday January 26, Midnight - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Monday, January 21, 11:00am - Yarrow, Park City (press screening)

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Anvil Documentary To Premiere At Sundance

According to Variety.com, "Anvil! The True Story of Anvil", a mockumentary-like true account of fiftysomething Canadian heavy-metal practitioners Robb Reiner and Steve "Lips" Kudlow who, after a desultory European tour with their band ANVIL, decide to record a 13th album in a final attempt to fulfill their boyhead dreams of stardom, will debut in the Premieres section of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 17-27, 2008, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

Regarding the documentary footage — which was filmed and directed by Sacha Gervasi, who worked as writer on the Steven Spielberg-directed movie "The Terminal" (2004) — Lips told Total Rock in April 2006, "There's been some moments I wished that [the cameras] weren't there. I even had to say, 'You've gotta shut the thing off right now because I'm gonna lose my temper and I don't think that needs to be on film.' [Laughs] [It's very easy to forget that the cameras are there] and you could say things that you really shouldn't say."

Sacha is an old friend of the band's that used to do some roadie work for them back in the 1980s. He has filmed some of their shows from their November 2005 and June 2006 European tours. He also filmed Lips' 50th birthday show at Heads or Tails in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada on February 25, 2006. As well, he filmed some of the recording of "This Is Thirteen". Sacha also interviewed many people from ANVIL's past and present, including former bandmembers.

Metal Fanzine conducted a behind-the-scenes interview with Lips at the "Metal On Metal 25th Anniversary Concert" on September 15, 2007 at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. The 21-minute clip — which includes performance footage from the show — can be viewed below.

ANVIL has made its new album, "This Is Thirteen", available for order in a limited edition of 1,000 copies directly from the band. Make payment of $20 plus $5.00 for shipping (certified check or money order) out to R&R Enterprises and send to:

Anvil Metal Pounders Union (Local 666)
592 Sheppard Ave. W.
P.O. Box 77566
Downsview, Ontario M3H 6A7

European orders: 20 euros plus 5 euros shipping.

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Former Sacrifice Manager Passes Away

Toronto metal icon Ray "Black Metal" Wallace has passed away after being in a coma following a brain aneurysm he suffered on November 15.

Ray managed SACRIFICE in the '80s/'90s and had close ties to Canadian metal legends ANVIL and RAZOR. He was also a local promoter, most recently organizing the original Rock 'N' Roll Heaven reunion party, and was working with Toronto's all-girl powerhouse SCARLET SINS.

Toronto music publicist Paula Danylevich, who had been a friend of Ray's for many years, has issued the following statement:

"It is with an extremely heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I deliver to all of Ray's friends the news we had all hoped we would never hear.

"At midnight tonight, Ray's mother, aunt and cousin, joined by nine of his friends including myself and the chaplin from Toronto Western Hospital held hands around Ray's bedside and prayed one last time for our friend and then said our final goodbyes. We popped the cork on a bottle of champagne and raised a glass to Ray in the waiting room as they prepared him for his journey.

"At 12:15am today Ray was taken to the operating room so that he could give the gift of life to MANY people. His organs will save many lives, something we know Ray would have wanted. He was the most selfless, giving person I have ever met.

"Arrangements for Ray's funeral will be announced shortly. Anyone wishing to donate to Ray's family in their time of need can find information on the 'Donations' thread on the 'ALL RIGHT THERE BLACK METAL' Facebook page or by emailing me directly at gr8pr@aol.com.

"For those of you who were unaware, Ray was the only person supporting his family and had recently moved home to take care of his mother and brother. His father, who suffered a stroke some time ago, has been in a nursing home since last year, and Ray was covering the expenses for this as well. Any donation amount will be so gladly appreciated by the Wallace family.

"I would like to extend my personal thanks to the 80+ friends who visited Ray over the past few days to support his family and to say their goodbyes. Ray's mother was comforted by the fact he had so many good friends.

"I would also like to personally thank the hospital staff in the ICU at Toronto Western Hospital, who were so supportive and flexible with the needs of his family and friends. The nursing staff were also amazed by the number of friends who supported his family. When his attending nurse asked me yesterday if Ray was a rock star, I just looked at him and smiled.

"God bless Raymond 'Black Metal' Wallace. He was one of a kind. He'll no doubt be running Heaven in no time! My heart is with all of you at this sad time."

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Former Sacrifice Manager Awakens From Coma

According to Drew Masters of the M.E.A.T. Facebook Group, Toronto-based heavy metal personality (and former SACRIFICE manager) Ray "Black Metal" Wallace — who suffered an aneurysm last Thursday and has since been hospitalized in intensive care in a downtown Toronto hospital — has come out of his coma.

Says Masters: "My source reports to me that Ray is awake but VERY groggy, sitting upright, and speaking with a slurred speach, all of which, the doctors say, is VERY ENCOURAGING!! Am told too that his humor is intact!

"As you recall from yesterday's news, Ray was being kept unconscious via a medically induced coma. After tests came back yesterday with positive results, the administration of the meds used for the coma were discontinued. He awoke sometime this morning."

Visitor information is not available at this time. However expect there to be a strict limit to whomever can see him and when. No flowers are being accepted, but cards are fine and can be forwarded to this address:

Toronto Western Hospital
Patient: Wallace (Ray) ICU2 190 2
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5T 2S8

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Ray "Black Metal" Wallace Suffers Burst Aneurysm

In tragic news, Toronto-based metal icon Ray "Black Metal" Wallace has had a serious medical emergency. He's had a long-time involvement in the music and entertainment industry. He managed SACRIFICE in the '80s/'90s and still runs Black Metal Management (with ties with Canuck legends RAZOR and ANVIL), most recently working with SCARLET SINS. He is also a local promoter, most recently booking original bands in on Thursdays at Rock & Roll Heaven. Earlier this year, he co-ordinated the Original Rock 'N' Roll Heaven Reunion party at Rok Boutique.

Ray had been complaining of an ongoing headache for a week. He collapsed at his home early Thursday, November 15th. His mother found him on the floor of his room unable to get up or move. He was however able to call out his mother's name, but with great difficulty, yet otherwise was unable to speak.

Paramedics rushed him to Centennial Hospital in Scarborough; his condition was deemed too critical for their facility, and he was transferred immediately to Toronto Western where they did surgery on Thursday evening.

An aneurysm located on the top of his head just back of the hairline, had burst. He is currently in an induced coma to aid the healing and control ongoing mini seizures and a fever. Ray is in critical condition. Doctors at this point in time do not know the extent of the damage that has been caused, however he is having ongoing CT scans and other medical tests. Although there is no way of telling at this point, Ray's doctors have told his parents that his chances of surviving are better than most due to their ability to get medical help quickly.

Ray is 43 years old.

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Destructor And Raven Added To Metal On Metal Fest

The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio will host a "Metal On Metal 25th Anniversary Concert" on Saturday, September 15. Featured bands include RAVEN (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends), ANVIL (Canadian metal veterans and Cleveland favorites who released the classic "Metal On Metal" album in 1982), PILEDRIVER (the "Metal Inquisition" rides again... Canada's '80s underground thrashers' first-ever Cleveland appearance!) and DESTRUCTOR (Cleveland's thrash metal legends... "Forever In Leather" CD-release show!). All four bands will be doing full headlining sets. Each is working on, or soon will be releasing, a new studio album.

The concert will celebrate the 25th anniversary (1982-2007) of Bill Peters' "Metal On Metal" radio program, heard every Friday night in Cleveland on WJCU 88.7 FM and streamed live worldwide at www.wjcu.org. The very popular underground radio program has featured import and independent heavy metal for parts of the past three decades. 2007 also marks the 25th anniversary of ANVIL's now-classic "Metal On Metal" album, which was released on Attic Records in 1982 and the theme song of the radio program.

Tickets are only $15 in advance and available at this location. http://www.beachlandballroom.com/

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Thrash Metal Book To Surface In September

Zonda Books has posted this press release:

Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.

Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.

In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.

Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.

Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.

Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!


And that's just some of the "A"'s!

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Anvil DVD In The Works

An Anvil DVD movie is in the works. It will likely be part history, part real life and part live footage. Some of the footage was filmed on their recent European tour.

Anvil's next release will be their 13th studio album. They may be calling it "This is Thirteen" or "TIT" for short. They plan on having 13 songs on the CD and the cover will be a superstitious theme, as in a broken mirror, black cat and the anvil under a ladder.

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Montreal Metal Massacre Fest 2005 Details

The Montreal Metal Massacre fest 2005 will be held at Spectrum in Montreal on December 10th, at 6pm. Bands playing include RAZOR, PILEDRIVER, ANVIL, EXCITER, DBC, AGGRESSION, and LYING TRUTH. Tickets are $32,99 + tax in advance online at ticketpro.ca or by phone for Montreal: 908-9090. Outside Montreal: 1-866-908-9090. Tickets are also sold in stores such as:

In Montreal: Soundcentral, profusion, cdément, freeson.
In Quebec city: Rock star recs
In Ottawa: Vertigo recs
In 3 rivers: L'oreille cassée
At the door: $34,99 + tax

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Anvil, Exciter, Vicious Rumors To Play Tradate

Tris of aces from USA for Cultural Association Orpheus: Anvil, Exciter and Vicious Rumors confirmed their shows at Tradate Iron Fest 2005! Finally 3 so much appreciated bands are back in Italy for really awsome gigs!

Other bands confirmed:
Pink Cream 69
White Skull

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New Anvil Album To Be Called "This Is Thirteen"?

Anvil's next release will be their 13th studio album. They may be calling it "This Is Thirteen," or "TIT" for short. They plan on having 13 songs on the CD and the cover will be a superstitious theme, as in a broken mirror, black cat and the anvil under a ladder.

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Anvil Announces Album Release Date

Screaming Ferret Wreckords have announced that Anvil's latest album, "Back To Basics," will see a North American release through the label on August 24. The album was produced by renowned Canadian metal mastermind Pierre Rémillard (who had produced 2 previous Anvil albums, as well as 4 from Cryptopsy, and titles from Gorguts, Quo Vadis, and Kataklysm) is described by frontman/guitarist Steven "Lips" Kudlow as "a great pounding feel, like Accenpt meets Ozzy's Bark At the Moon." The initial run of "Back To Basics" will also feature a bonus live DVD Live At Wacken 1998, featuring such frenzied standards as "Five Knuckle Shuffle," "Smoking Green," “Old School," "Winged Assassins," "Forged In Fire," "March of the Crabs," "Metal On Metal," "666," and "Mothra."

In addition, the label will soon be releasing a number of classic Avil albums - discs that defined and secured the band’s status in the true heavy metal elite. Titles include three currently out-of-print releases: 1987's "Strength Of Steel" (which featured such classics as "Concrete Jungle," "Straight Between The Eyes," and "Mad Dog," the song that yielded a quite humorous video that received recurrent airplay on MTV's original Headbangers Ball program), 1988's "Pound For Pound" (featuring "Blood On The Ice" and "Toe Jam"), 1989's Past & Present Live (a brilliant live set capturing such seminal Avil anthems as "Forged In Fire," "Metal on Metal," "March Of The Crabs," and "Mothra"). Screaming Ferret Wreckords is also releasing a number of titles that never received a proper U.S. release, including 1991's "Worth The Weight," 1996's "Plugged In Permanent," 1997's "Absolutely No Alternative," 1998's "Speed Of Sound," 2001's "Plenty Of Power," 2002's "Still Going Strong," and the special 1999 "Anthology Of Anvil," the perfect introductory piece to the manic, semi-insane world of Anvil.

All titles will be re-mastered and will contain bonus tracks.

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