ANVIL. Every 80s Heavy Metal maniac will melt with the mentioning of that name alone. And only two albums are responsible for this, "Metal On Metal" and "Forged In Fire". Especially the latter album of the Canadian warriors is the paragon of fast, rough and primordial "H.E.A.V.Y. M.E.T.A.L."!
While today everybody exalts the debut albums of METALLICA and SLAYER (deservedly), only few die hard fans still remember the combos that brought the Speed Metal wave into motion. And "Forged In Fire" has not only been a small part of this. Fantastic meat stompers like the inimitable "Shadow Zone", the sex hymn "Butter-Bust Jerky", as well as the two mega classics "Motormount" and "Winged Assassins" are proof for that.
But it is not only pure speed that reigns on the album. With the title track the maple quartet presents us with a viscous, heavy hammer blow, which most probably any Doom band would wish to write even only once in their life. And the rest of the songs also is more than worth listening to. The guitar style of fronter Lips can be heard out of thousands of other bands, what also is not what you find every day.
Being more variable and catchier than their colleagues like EXCITER, "Forged In Fire" is a highlight in every Power/Speed Metal collection. (Online September 24, 2003)