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About Anvil

Anvil is a heavy metal band that originated from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was formed in the year 1978 and comprises of Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow on guitars & vocals, Robb Reiner on drums and Chris Robertson on bass. The band has released around 15 studio albums and has been regularly cited by several heavy metal groups, including Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth, as their main influence.

Reiner and Kudlow were also the subject of a documentary film titled ‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil’ released in the year 2008. The film was directed by the famous screenwriter and a hard-core Anvil fan Sacha Gervasi. The documentary film garnered plenty of critical acclaim from various major publications post its release. Most importantly, it brought Anvil, the much-deserved and renewed recognition, including opening acts with the bands like Saxon and AC/DC.

Ever since the release of that documentary film, Anvil has enjoyed appearances at several heavy metal festivals, including Hell Fest, Loud Park and Download, as well as independent music festivals like SXSW and Bumbershoot. Followers of the heavy metal music describe Anvil as the pioneers of hair metal band, a trend that was popular during the 1980s, but faded into obscurity in the 90s.

However, Anvil never stopped playing the kind of music they played, and continued recording and playing gigs everywhere. Their on-stage and offstage antics, setbacks as well as determination to continue with the work they were doing, has often been compared to Spinal Tap - the fictional band.

History of Anvil

The roots of Anvil, the band can be traced back to April 1973, when Toronto high school friends Robb Reiner and Steve lips Kudlow started playing and making music together. They met via a friend, neighbor and guitarist Marty Hoffman. However, musical differences lead to a split in the band right after their first show. By the year 1978, the first complete lineup of Anvil included Ian ‘Dix’ Dickson on bass guitars, Dave ‘Squirrely’ Allison on rhythm guitars & vocals, Robb Reiner on Drums and Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow on lead guitars & lead vocals.

The band came out with an independent album titled Hard ‘N’ Heavy in the year 1981. A little later, it was signed up by Attic records and changed its name to Anvil. The same independent album was re-released by Attic records in the form of their debut album. Lemmy Kilmister, the front man of Motorhead asked Steve Kudlow to play guitars for them as a replacement of ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, but Steve declined the offer. By around 1983, David Krebs, the manager of Aerosmith had signed Anvil and convinced Attic records to release them from their contract, allowing them to move on to a major record label. However, that never materialized. The band released several other albums during the period 1987 to 2006, such as Strength of Steel and Plenty of Power.

In the year 2006, Anvil recorded its 13th album with Chris Tsangarides, who had produced their highly successful record ‘Metal on Metal’ back in 1982. This 13th album was titled ‘This is Thirteen’ and was self-released by them in 2007. As mentioned earlier, the band came back into limelight after the documentary film ‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil’ was released in the year 2008.