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Country of origin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Founded: 1972
Status: Active
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Band History - Anvil (Online Sep. 2003)

Anvil



The roots of ANVIL began in 1972 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is when Steve Kudlow and Robb Reiner began playing music together. But it wasn't until 1978 that the first line-up that was to become ANVIL was formed:
Steve "Lips" Kudlow (lead vocals, lead guitar), Robb Reiner (drums), Dave Allison (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Ian Dickson (bass). Together they were known as LIPS.

In 1981, they released an independent album called "Hard 'N Heavy". Shortly after they were signed by Attic Records, they changed their name to ANVIL and the independent album was released by Attic as their debut album.

The Attic Years (1981-1984)
"Hard 'N' Heavy" (1981)
This album doesn't really represent ANVIL too well. It's not too heavy but the songs are very catchy. "I Want You Both (With Me)" is one of their catchiest songs.

"Metal On Metal" (1982)
This is first of the 2 albums ANVIL is most known for (the other being "Forged In Fire"). The greatest album ever recorded.

"Forged In Fire" (1983)
ANVIL follows the greatest album ever recorded with the second greatest album ever recorded. The songs are not as fast this time (except for "Shadow Zone" and "Motormount"), but still heavy.

"Backwaxed" (1985)
Released by Attic after ANVIL had been dropped, this album contains 5 "best of" tracks from the previous 3 albums and 5 previously unreleased tracks. The unreleased tracks were songs recorded during the recording sessions from the previous albums. These songs are not fantastic (except for "Backwaxed").

The Metal Blade Years (1987-1989)
After a few years of being unsigned they are picked up by Metal Blade Records, an American record company.

"Strength Of Steel" (1987)
ANVIL returns with their first studio album since 1983. Unfortunately it is a relatively weak album. It lacks the energy of their previous efforts. Not as heavy as an ANVIL album should be.

"Pound For Pound" (1988)
ANVIL released this album, obviously trying to make up for "Strength Of Steel". It is heavier but still lacks something. Nonetheless, an impressive offering.

"Past And Present - Live In Concert" (1989)
ANVIL conclude their Metal Blade years with a live album. They obviously knew what people really wanted to hear, 5 of the 11 tracks are from "Metal On Metal". A very good live album. I would have liked to have heard Dave Allison sing one of his songs. The live versions of both "Jackhammer" and "Mothra" are better than the originals. It was their last album with Metal Blade and their last album with the original line-up. Dave Allison left shortly afterwards. He was the first original member to leave.

The Maximum Years (1991)
They are next picked up by Maximum Records, an independent Canadian label that was formed by HELIX's manager-at-the-time William Seip.

"Worth The Weight" (1991)
And worth the wait it was. Dave was replaced by Sebastian Marino, an American from New York. He seemed to have breathed new life into the band. The lyrics are darker than anything else they have done. The songs are a heavy and aggressive. Unfortunately it never got the attention it deserved. It is the only album released by Maximum.

The Hypnotic/Massacre Years (1996-present)
Once again they are signed. This time by Hypnotic Records in Canada and Massacre Records in Germany.

"Plugged In Permanent" (1996)
ANVIL returned with their first album in over 4 years. In that time original bassist Ian Dickson left and was replaced by Mike Duncan. Sebastian also left and was replaced by Ivan Hurd. This album is quite good. Another great comeback. This album is the heaviest, most aggressive album ANVIL has recorded. This just goes to show that despite what METALLICA defenders might say, just because you get older does not mean you have to slow down. Mike Duncan left right after the album was recorded. He was replaced by Glenn Gyorffy (Glenn Five).

"Absolutely No Alternative" (1997)
This one sounds a lot like "Plugged In Permanent", just not quite as heavy. It's a good album. "Show Me Your Tits" is fantastic... great guitar riff. ANVIL maintains their musical integrity with this offering but many of the songs are somewhat dull. Heavy Metal is not dead.

"Speed Of Sound" (1998)
Once again this one is in the same vein as the previous 2 albums ("Plugged In Permanent" and "Absolutely No Alternative") but more diverse and better. There is some experimenting with the vocals in "Park That Truck" and with blast-beats in "No Evil". There are some very catchy riffs here. "Park That Truck" is the best song they have recorded since anything from "Forged In Fire".

"Anthology Of Anvil" (1999)
A well-chosen collection of songs spanning the band's career. Including "Stolen" will benefit those who did not get the Japanese release of "Plugged In Permanent". If you were new to ANVIL this would be an excellent place to start.

"Plenty Of Power" (2001)
This album is reminiscent of "Speed Of Sound" just not quite as heavy but much groovier. "Plenty Of Power" and "Dirty Dorothy" are the 'grooviest' with these cool riffs that linger in your head after only one listen. "Real Metal", the heaviest track and sounding much like "Park That Truck", sums up the ANVIL philosophy and utilizes the sound clip of a hammer striking an ANVIL at the end of the track. This same clip was first used at the beginning of "Metal On Metal" 19 years before. They've really decided to tap into Glenn's bass talents on this album. Listen to "Ball Of Fire", "The Creep" and "Pro Wrestling" for some cool bass lines. "Beat The Law" has some wicked drumming by the mighty Robb Reiner.

"Still Going Strong" (2002)
ANVIL continues where "Plenty Of Power" left off with a groovy Power Metal album. There are no really heavy tracks on this one. If you loved "Plenty Of Power" and "Dirty Dorothy" then you will love this album. "Race Against Time" is the best track. "Holy Wood" has this funky beat unlike anything they have done before. "Still Going Strong" is extremely infectious with a super chorus. "Waiting" and "Defiant" are the heaviest tracks here. Other notables are the drum solo in "White Rhino" and the cool acoustic guitar intro to "What I'm About".

Current Line-Up:
Ivan Hurd - Lead Guitar
Robb Reiner - Drums
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Glenn "Five" Gyorffy - Bass & Backing Vocals

Previous members:
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals (on "Hard 'N' Heavy", "Metal on Metal", "Forged In Fire", "Past And Present Live", "Strength Of Steel", "Pound For Pound")
Ian Dickson - Bass (on "Hard 'N' Heavy", "Metal on Metal", "Forged In Fire", "Past And Present Live", "Strength Of Steel", "Pound For Pound")
Sebastian Marino - Lead Guitar (on "Worth The Weight")
Ian Hurd - Lead Guitar (on "Plugged In Permanent", "Absolutely No Alternative", "Speed Of Sound", "Plenty Of Power" & "Still Going Strong")
Mike Duncan - Bass (on "Plugged In Permanent")

Discography:

Back To Basics

Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ivan Hurd - Lead Guitar
Glenn "Five" Gyorffy - Bass & Backing Vocals
Robb Reiner - Drums

"The Metal Observer" Review
2004 "Back To Basics (CD/DVD" - Escapi

Total playing time: CD: 43:33/DVD 51:19

CD

  1. Fuel For The Fire
  2. Keep It Up
  3. Song Of Pain
  4. You Get What You Pay For
  5. The Chainsaw
  6. Can't Catch Me
  7. Go Away
  8. Bottom Feeder
  9. Cruel World
  10. Fast Driver

DVD

  1. Five Knuckle Shuffle
  2. Smoking Green
  3. Old School
  4. Winged Assassins
  5. Forged In Fire
  6. March Of The Crabs
  7. Metal On Metal
  8. 666
  9. Mothra
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Still Going Strong (CD/Vinyl)

Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ivan Hurd - Lead Guitar
Glenn "Five" Gyorffy - Bass & Backing Vocals
Robb Reiner - Drums

2002 "Still Going Strong (CD/Vinyl)" - Massacre/Hypnotic

Total playing time: 42:30
  1. Race Against Tim
  2. In Hell
  3. Holy Wood
  4. Still Going Strong
  5. Don't Ask Me
  6. Waiting
  7. White Rhino
  8. What I'm About
  9. Sativa
  10. Defiant
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Plenty Of Power (CD/Vinyl)

Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ivan Hurd - Lead Guitar
Glenn "Five" Gyorffy - Bass & Backing Vocals
Robb Reiner - Drums

"The Metal Observer" Review

2001 "Plenty Of Power (CD/Vinyl)" - Massacre/Hypnotic

Total playing time: 45:46
  1. Plenty Of Power
  2. Groove Science
  3. Ball Of Fire
  4. The Creep
  5. Computer Drone
  6. Beat The Law
  7. Pro Wrestling
  8. Siren Of The Sea
  9. Disgruntled
  10. Real Metal
  11. Dirty Dorothy (on German CD & LP only)
  12. Left Behind (on Canadian CD only)
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Anthology Of Anvil

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass
Sebastian Marino - Lead Guitar
Mike Duncan - Bass
Ivan Hurd - Lead Guitar
Glenn "Five" Gyorffy - Bass & Backing Vocals

2000 "Anthology Of Anvil" - Hypnotic

Total playing time: 76:29
  1. Metal On Metal
  2. Smokin' Green
  3. Winged Assassins
  4. Free As The Wind
  5. Old School
  6. Bushpig
  7. Blood On The Ice
  8. March Of The Crabs
  9. Jackhammer
  10. Speed Of Sound
  11. 666
  12. Stolen
  13. Paper General
  14. Forged In Fire (live)
  15. School Love
  16. Motormount
  17. Doctor Kevorkian
  18. Mothra
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Speed Of Sound (Shape CD)

Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1999 "Speed Of Sound (Shape CD)" - Massacre

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Blood On The Ice
  2. Doctor Kevorkian
  3. Old School
  4. Speed Of Sound
  5. Metal On Metal
Teiler

Speed Of Sound (CD/Digi/Vinyl)

Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Robb Reiner - Drums
Glenn "Five" Gyorffy - Bass & Backing Vocals
Ivan Hurd - Lead Guitar

1998 "Speed Of Sound (CD/Digi/Vinyl)" - Massacre/Hypnotic

Total playing time: 40:26
  1. Speed Of Sound
  2. Blood In The Playground
  3. Deadbeat Dad
  4. Man Over Broad
  5. No Evil
  6. Bullshit
  7. Mattress Mambo
  8. Secret Agent
  9. Life To Lead
  10. Park That Truck
  11. Metal On Metal (live) (enhanced CD - video/German digipak only)
  12. Kick Some Ass (Japanese CD only)
  13. Vengeance To Kill (Japanese CD only)
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Absolutely No Alternative

Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals
Robb Reiner - Drums
Ivan Hurd - Lead Vocals
Glenn "Five" Gyorffy - Bass & Backing Vocals

1997 "Absolutely No Alternative" - Massacre/Hypnotic

Total playing time: 39:44
  1. Old School
  2. Green Jesus
  3. Show Me Your Tits
  4. No One To Follow
  5. Hair Pie
  6. Rubber Neck
  7. Piss Test
  8. Red Light
  9. Black Or White
  10. Hero By Death
  11. March Of The Crabs '97 (Japanese CD only)
  12. Free As The Wind [live] (Japanese CD only)
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Worth The Weight (CD/Tape)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Sebastian Marino - Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1991 "Worth The Weight (CD/Tape)" - Maximum Records

Total playing time: 48:09
  1. Infanticide
  2. On The Way To Hell
  3. Bushpig
  4. Embalmer
  5. Pow Wow
  6. Sins Of The Flesh
  7. A.Z. #85
  8. Sadness
  9. Love Me When I'm Dead
Teiler

Past And Present - Live In Concert (CD/Tape/Vinyl)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1989 "Past And Present - Live In Concert (CD/Tape/Vinyl)" - Metal Blade

Total playing time: 62:42
  1. Concrete Jungle
  2. Toe Jam
  3. Motormount
  4. Forged In Fire
  5. Blood On The Ice
  6. March Of The Crabs
  7. Jackhammer
  8. Metal On Metal
  9. Winged Assassins
  10. 666
  11. Mothra
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Molten Masterpieces (DCD)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1989 "Molten Masterpieces (DCD)" - Attic Records

Total playing time: n/a
    "Hard 'N' Heavy"
  1. School Love
  2. AC/DC
  3. I Want You Both (With Me)
  4. Bedroom Game
  5. Ooh Baby
  6. Oh Jane
  7. Hot Child
  8. Bondage

    "Metal On Metal"
  9. Metal On Metal
  10. Mothra
  11. Stop Me
  12. March Of The Crabs (Instr.)
  13. Jackhammer
  14. Heat Sink
  15. Tag Team
  16. Scenery
  17. Tease Me, Please Me
  18. 666
Teiler

Blood On The Ice (12

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1988 "Blood On The Ice (12" Single)" - Metal Blade

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Blood On The Ice
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Pound For Pound (CD/Tape/Vinyl)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1988 "Pound For Pound (CD/Tape/Vinyl)" - Metal Blade

Total playing time: 36:32
  1. Blood On The Ice
  2. Corporate Preacher
  3. Toe Jam
  4. Safe Sex
  5. Where Does All The Money Go?
  6. Brain Burn
  7. Senile King
  8. Machine Gun
  9. Fire In The Night
  10. Cramps
Teiler

Strength Of Steel (CD/Tape/Vinyl)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1987 "Strength Of Steel (CD/Tape/Vinyl)" - Metal Blade

Total playing time: 42:01
  1. Strength Of Steel
  2. Concrete Jungle
  3. 9-2-5
  4. I Dreamed It Was The End Of The World
  5. Flight Of The Bumble Beast
  6. Cut Loose
  7. Mad Dog
  8. Straight Between The Eyes
  9. Wild Eyes
  10. Kiss Of Death
  11. Paper General
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Unreleased Demos

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1985 "Unreleased Demos" - n/a

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Rockin'
  2. Mad Dog
  3. Worlds Apart
  4. Straight Between The Eyes
Teiler

Backwaxed (CD/Tape/Vinyl)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1985 "Backwaxed (CD/Tape/Vinyl)" - Attic Records

Total playing time: 36:30
  1. Backwaxed
  2. Steamin'
  3. Pussy Poison (Instr.)
  4. You're A Liar
  5. Fryin' Cryin'
  6. Metal On Metal
  7. Butter-Bust Jerky
  8. Scenery
  9. Jackhammer
  10. School Love
Teiler

Forged In Fire/Metal On Metal (Double Tape)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1984-1985 "Forged In Fire/Metal On Metal (Double Tape)" - Attic Records

Total playing time: n/a
    "Forged In Fire"
  1. Forged In Fire
  2. Shadow Zone
  3. Free As The Wind
  4. Never Deceive Me
  5. Butter-Bust Jerky
  6. Future Wars
  7. Hard Times - Fast Ladies
  8. Make It Up To You
  9. Motormount
  10. Winged Assassins

    "Metal On Metal"
  11. Metal On Metal
  12. Mothra
  13. Stop Me
  14. March Of The Crabs (Instr.)
  15. Jackhammer
  16. Heat Sink
  17. Tag Team
  18. Scenery
  19. Tease Me, Please Me
  20. 666
Teiler

Forged In Fire (Flexidisc)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1983 "Forged In Fire (Flexidisc)" - Attic Records

Total playing time: 4:42
  1. Forged In Fire
Teiler

Forged In Fire (CD/Tape/Vinyl)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

"The Metal Observer" Review

1983/1998 "Forged In Fire (CD/Tape/Vinyl)" - Attic Records/Axe Killer

Total playing time: 38:45
  1. Forged In Fire
  2. Shadow Zone
  3. Free As The Wind
  4. Never Deceive Me
  5. Butter-Bust Jerky
  6. Future Wars
  7. Hard Times - Fast Ladies
  8. Make It Up To You
  9. Motormount
  10. Winged Assassins
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Make It Up To You (12

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1983 "Make It Up To You (12"/7"/7" B-Side Single)" - Attic Records

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Make It Up To You (12") (Remixed 7")
  2. Metal On Metal (12")
  3. School Love (12")
  4. Hard Times - Fast Ladies (7" B)
Teiler

Metal On Metal (CD/Tape/Vinyl/Picture Disc)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

"The Metal Observer" Review
"The Metal Observer" Review
1982 "Metal On Metal (CD/Tape/Vinyl/Picture Disc)" - Attic Records

Total playing time: 40:43
  1. Metal On Metal
  2. Mothra
  3. Stop Me
  4. March Of The Crabs
  5. Jackhammer
  6. Heat Sink
  7. Tag Team
  8. Scenery
  9. Tease Me, Please Me
  10. 666
Teiler

Anvil (12

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1982 "Anvil (12" EP)" - Attic Records

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Jackhammer
  2. Tease Me, Please Me
  3. Steamin'
Teiler

Promotional (12

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1982 "Promotional (12")" - Attic Records

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Stop Me
  2. Scenery
  3. Jackhammer
Teiler

Hard 'N' Heavy (CD/Tape/Vinyl/Picture Disc)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass
1981 "Hard 'N' Heavy (CD/Tape/Vinyl/Picture Disc)" - Attic Records

Total playing time: n/a
  1. School Love
  2. AC/DC
  3. At The Apartment
  4. I Want You Both (With Me)
  5. Bedroom Game
  6. Ooh Baby
  7. Paint It Black
  8. Oh Jane
  9. Hot Child
  10. Bondage
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School Love (7

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1981 "School Love (7" Single)" - Polydor Japan

Total playing time: n/a
  1. School Love
  2. Paint It Black
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Hard 'N' Heavy (CD/Tape/Vinyl/Picture Disc)

Robb Reiner - Drums
Dave Allison - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ian Dickson - Bass

1981 "Hard 'N' Heavy (CD/Tape/Vinyl/Picture Disc)" - Independent (as LIPS)

Total playing time: n/a
  1. School Love
  2. AC/DC
  3. At The Apartment
  4. I Want You Both (With Me)
  5. Bedroom Game
  6. Ooh Baby
  7. Paint It Black
  8. Oh Jane
  9. Hot Child
  10. Bondage


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