The first concert of the year is usually a fun one. The last show I saw in 2016 was Dec 17th so it had been a month so I was ready to rock!
Anvil was playing at a familiar venue the Deerfoot Inn and Casino, a great place for a show, good sound and a mix of seats and standing room with a capacity of 666 or so. I think the ‘official capacity’ is 600 but since it is Anvil…
REVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
“Balls To The Wall”, “Metal Heart” and a great number of other Accept classic ones have been the most important part of Udo Dirkschneider’s career, life and DNA since year zero. Especially those 80’s metal hymns have belonged to the youth of every teenager’s life back in the day. Even though the German metal icon has done those Accept evergreen on his long solo career until now, when he announced about closing the chapter of the Accept years by doing the specific tour under the Dirkschneider moniker. Back To The Roots/Farewell To Accept had been aimed high to cover nothing, but the Accept songs from the 80’s. Before Udo hit the stage smash the balls to the wall for the last time ever, the Canadian threesome Anvil had obtained the opening slot. The Tavastia club was totally packed, the gig was sold out a long time ago. Obviously the Accept nostalgia trip reached these 80’s heavy metal teenagers who had aged quite a lot. Seeing the younger generation in the middle aged crowd was quite rare.
Although the legendary Anvil DVD saw the light of day years ago, the band got the well deserved hype to boost the career to survive, but yet the hype still goes on. Frankly good for them, the 60 year old men got the one last chance to enjoy a bit of some kind of success before it was too late. However Lips appears to be a young naïve teenage hippie kid from the suburban area of Toronto, smoking weed and playing rock’n’roll. However Anvil’s simple and tongue-in-cheek mentality with the serious attitude is bloody cute and endearing in a way. Anvil is Anvil, no doubt about that. The songs off from METAL ON METAL played the major role in the set such as “666”, “March Of The Crabs” and of course “Metal On Metal” concluding the 60 minute set. As for the latest album being played a few songs for example “Die For A Lie” and “Zombie Apocalypse”. However that kind of simple metal seems to appeal to the certain group of the hard core metal fans for sure. Anvil is and presents a bit of comical as well as unintended humoristic aspects. The Canucks pounded and forged the metallic anvil for about one hour and left the stage with the overexcite crowd chanting Anvil, Anvil for a long time.
Lips and the boys in Helsinki 2016
666 School Love Badass Rock ‘n’ Roll Winged Assassins Free as the Wind Zombie Apocalypse Mothra Swing Thing Die For a Lie Metal on Metal
All right as stated earlier this is supposed to be Udo Dirkschneider’s farewell tour to his Accept era. The tour is massive and it seems like the demand has been incredible, because some festival has booked Dirkscheider. However the U.D.O moniker is on hiatus for the time being. Udo with the back-up band did the 120 minute set of several Accept songs. The packed club went entirely bezerk when the riff of “Starlight” cut the air and followed by all in all 23 Accept songs in a row. All of them had been picked up from the 80’s albums. Unfortunately the 90’s albums had been skipped completely and so was the Accept debut. It obvious why Udo concentrated on the well-known classics instead but it would have been great to hear at least a couple of tracks from the bands excellent re-union album at the time OBJECTION OVERRULED (1993). In fact the band then played a sold out show in this same venue and for sure there were many fans now present who witnessed that show. The album tracks “Objection Overruled”, “Slaves To Metal”, “Bulletproof” or “Protectors Of Terror” could all have been great additions on the set list. The sounds were excellent. Well as for the band in general, they did a solid work and did the justified work for the old classic material. But Accept is Accept with the full metal heart, therefore comparing the back-up band of Dirkschneider for them is pointless and beyond the absurd. However the guitar duet appeared to be enjoying being at the stage. Even though the most ultimate passion and fire have gone a bit down for Udo to perform the immortal metal hymns, but the metal legend performed all of those songs with the professional attitude and proud for sure. At least this is supposed to be the last time to hear classics like “Breaker”, “Princess of the Dawn” and “London Leatherboys” sung by Udo on the Finnish soil.
It remains to be seen if Udo truly leaves the Accept material out from his U.D.O gigs in the future. To be honest the 80’s metal fans are desperately eager to hear those Accept classic stuff, therefore it is going to be quite interesting how this decision will effect on the ticket selling in the future.
Udo in Helsinki 2016
Starlight Living for Tonite Flash Rockin’ Man London Leatherboys Midnight Mover Breaker Head Over Heels Neon Nights Princess of the Dawn Winterdreams Restless and Wild Son of a Bitch Up to the Limit Midnight Highway Screaming for a Love-BiteWrong Is Right Monsterman Losers and Winners TV War Metal Heart I’m a Rebel Fast as a Shark Balls to the Wall
Anvil is Anvil!A self-confident statement. A band philosophy. And what’s more: a life motto. Anvil is Anvil, that’s the title of their latest album. And the name says it all: an unambiguous, uncompromising recording, typical of this band. At the same time it’s fresh, occasionally surprising and generally exciting through and through. A stalwart metal manifesto by a band who stand for authenticity and credibility like few others in this fast-lived business.“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!” For all Anvil fans, this is the best news of the year. And the all-important date for 2016 has already been scheduled: Anvil is Anvil will be released by Steamhammer/SPV on February 26, 2016. So be sure to mark the day in your diary!
Canadian cult metal act ANVIL is back! Striving to bypass the labels that have stood between the band and fans for years, ANVIL is creating their new record Anvil Is Anvil with a direct-to-fan approach in mind. Recently, the band teamed up with PledgeMusic to assure that fan connection, but unlike other crowdsourcing campaigns put forth by bands in the hopes of amassing a recording budget, ANVIL’s campaign strives to do so while truly providing fans with unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and personal, one-on-one opportunities that they will never forget.
ANVIL’s 2009 movie documentary, The Story Of Anvil made them famous the world over. Their albums are considered landmarks among a musical genre. Their 2011 release, Juggernaut Of Justice, and their 2013 release, Hope In Hell, were powerful and unrelenting.
Anvil Is Anvil will be their most potent yet, and feature guitarist/vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner, and new bassist Chris Robertson in top form. Featuring no concessions to short-lived trends and no modern frills, the brand new ANVIL record will feature traditional metal at its finest with massive classic rock elements – a sound that ANVIL fans love and deserve.
ANVIL and PledgeMusic are offering fans a chance to get up close and personal with the band, access exclusive content and be a part of a truly unique fan-to-band experience. With every pre-order, pledgers will get the AccessPass which will give them exclusive looks at behind the scenes videos, photos and messages from the band. Fans will also have several once in a lifetime opportunities to purchase:
· In person or Skype drum lesson with Robb
· In person or Skype guitar lesson with Lips
· Guest back-up vocal appearance on the new record
· One of Lips’ amps
· The opportunity to attend a live rehearsal
· A day in the studio with the band
· Signed limited edition CD with bonus tracks
· Signed drum head
· Exclusive Pledger T-shirt
· AMPU (Anvil Metal Pounders Union) deluxe lifetime membership and signed CD
· Signed set list
· Signed drumsticks
· Handwritten lyric sheets
Guitarist and vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow states “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 pre-sales platform and we are fully confident that getting closer to our fans through making the album will take the making of it and the final album to somewhere fantastic. Considering that almost anyone aware of ANVIL knows our long and sometimes brutal history, we’re hoping you would be honoured 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.”
Metal’s perennial whipping boys Anvil are back in town. They have taken every knock, weathered every storm and are still going strong. They have been treading the boards for a long time so if you want to know how they fair after over 30 years in the business read on for a story of then and now.
From Hell’s Heart:
What are the top 6 songs about METAL?
This week we reflect upon songs that are about the very thing we all love – heavy metal. Typically, these songs have the word “metal” somewhere in their title. Some may not, but for our purposes, we’ve excluded any songs where the title/topic is “rock”. As much as “Long Live Rock n’ Roll” is an awesome song, or as much as there are other killer songs using the more generic term “rock”, it is not considered here. So here’s what we came up with…
ANVIL have parted ways with bassist Sal Italiano and have replaced him with Chris Robertson. ANVIL frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow told M.E.A.T.’s Drew Masters “Chris has actually been in the ANVIL camp for some time now, having been both their rehearsal bassist, as well as part of their road crew.” LIPS also stated that he’s “glad the band is, once again, all Canadian — that is the heart and soul of Anvil”. Chris becomes the 5th bassist to be in the band. ANVIL’s fourth bassist, Sal Italiano, joined the band as the replacement for Glenn Gyorffy (a.k.a. Glenn Five or G5) in January 2013.
Fan-filmed video footage of ANVIL’s July 25 performance at the Headbangers Open Air festival in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany — featuring Robertson on bass — can be seen below.
Footage of Chris with ANVIL at Germany’s “Headbangers Open Air Festival” performing “Winged Assassins”:
Ultra limited CD edition: only 666 copies! Featuring: CRYSTAL VIPER (Poland), STORMZONE (Ireland), SINISTER REALM (USA), CAYM (feat. Robb’s son, Tyler Reiner on drums!), IRON KOBRA (Germany), CONVIXION (Greece), MAVERICK (Japan), SATANICA (Japan), SKELATOR (USA), SAVAGE BLADE (Canada) and others. Produced by Bart Gabriel (SACRED STEEL, JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR), front cover artwork by Michal Oracz / Black Mausoleum Arts!
“This will be a real tribute, a really high-quality release, because ANVIL deserve to have one. I realize it won’t be a bestseller, but all those who have seen “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil” movie will understand what’s the driving force behind this project. I’m one of those guys who got inspired by ANVIL to continue, to follow my dreams, to never give up. And I know there are many, many bands around who feel like the movie is about them as well. It’s all about positive energy, and I’m truly honored that the project was approved and blessed by ANVIL members, which is what makes it even more special!”
Canadian metal band ANVIL will release their new album, Hope In Hell, on May 28th in North America, May 27th in Europe, and May 24th in Germany via SPV / Steamhammer. The 13-song effort will be available in four different formats: as a limited-edition digipak including two bonus tracks, jewel case CD, double gatefold colored vinyl LP, and as a download.
The artwork and tracklisting can be found below:
‘Hope In Hell’
‘Eat Your Words’
‘Through With You’
‘The Fight Is Never Won’
‘Pay The Toll’
‘Call Of Duty’
‘Badass Rock N Roll’
‘Time Shows No Mercy’
‘Shut The Fuck Up’
‘Hard Wired’ (bonus track)
‘Fire At Will’ (bonus track)
These are the first cuts featuring Anvil‘s new bassist Sal Italiano. “We’re really happy with Sal, his style is powerful and amazingly imaginative. It’s a little as if we’d enlisted Steve Harris,” enthuses guitarist/vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, who composed the whole album together with drummer Robb Reiner.
“What we do is totally timeless,” says Anvil’s frontman. “We’ve never tried to change our sound or experiment with trends and fashions. We live in our own world and have maintained our individuality and own identity.”
Hope In Hell was produced by Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, AIRBOURNE, ALICE COOPER) at the NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA).
In live news, Anvil will play the Encore Event Center in Freehold, NJ on May 11th.
Skol Records is putting together the first-ever “A Tribute To Anvil” compilation, to be released in early 2013 as a deluxe limited CD and LP, with a thick booklet and exclusive front cover artwork. The album will be produced by Bart Gabriel, who — in addition to helming albums by such bands as JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR, CRYSTAL VIPER, LONEWOLF and SACRED STEEL — has produced the “A Tribute To Cirith Ungol”, “A Tribute To Metalucifer” And “A Tribute To Sabbat” compilations, as well as several other cover songs which later landed on tribute albums to such acts as W.A.S.P., ANGEL WITCH, MANILLA ROAD, WARLOCK and RUNNING WILD.
Commented Gabriel: “This will be a real tribute, a really high-quality release, because ANVIL deserve to have one. I realize it won’t be a bestseller, but all those who have seen ‘Anvil! The Story Of Anvil’ movie will understand what’s the driving force behind this project.”
He added, “I’m one of those guys who got inspired by ANVIL to continue, to follow my dreams, to never give up. And I know there are many, many bands around who feel like the movie is about them as well. It’s all about positive energy, and I’m truly honored that the project was approved and blessed by ANVIL members, [which is what] makes it even more special!”
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil” was named one of 2009’s best documentaries by a slew of film critics associations across the continent, including critics in Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, and Las Vegas, as well as the International Documentary Association, the Online Film Critics Society, and the National Society of Film Critics. It also made the year-end Top 10 lists in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and Village Voice.