Released: 2001, Hypnotic / TNT Music Distribution
After seeing Anvil live this past April I was treated to a dose of good ole’ traditional metal. Refreshing, heavy and proof that this Canadian band still has plenty of power left in them. Today’s Anvil line-up has been the same since 1996. It consists of Ivan Hurd (lead guitar), Robb Reiner (drums), Glenn Five (bass, backing vocals) and of course Lips on lead vocals/lead guitar. Both Robb and Lips have been together since 1978!
I’ve recently been listening to most of Anvil’s other albums from the 90’s and while they certainly have their moments they are nowhere near the greatness of PLENTY OF POWER. From the songwriting and riffing to the drum playing, this is just topnotch stuff even rivaling their classic era from the early 80’s. Some people have probably forgotten about Anvil and only remember them for their anthem “Metal on Metal.” While that song and period in Anvil’s career is their most known, I’m here to tell you that they are still kicking ass on their new album and that if you liked their classic stuff and if you like classic yet aggressive metal then you have got to check this CD out!
PLENTY OF POWER begins with the self-titled track and it’s the catchiest song on the album, especially on the chorus. “Groove Science” has some very cool drums courtesy of long time drummer, Robb Reiner. This guy still has the ability to play tasty drum fills and to play double kicks with the best of them. On the intro to “Ball of Fire” he again plays some very killer drums, this guy is great!! The verses of “Computer Drone” actually remind me a bit of “Metal On Metal.” Lips’ voice has hardly changed since the early days. Of course if you know anything about Anvil, you know they have a sense of humor and do not always take themselves seriously. So a song like “Pro Wrestling” fits right in with that side of the band. The last track on here (besides the bonus track) is a sentimental overview of Anvil’s career entitled “Real Metal.” It’s about how the band and the music Anvil play is not a trend, not a fad, not being done for the money but out of the love of real metal and pleasing the true fans that appreciate it. The lyrics say it best with, “Metal music straight from the heart. Not for the for the money just for the cause.”
More information on this legendary band can be found at http://www.anvilmetalonmetal.com/