I am watching Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and it is breaking my heart.

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(obv the music is swill)

Completely untrue, but they definitely had their share of lean years, no question. Forged in Fire and Metal on Metal are classic. And yeah, This is Thirteen surprised me.

A. Begrand, Sunday, 14 March 2010 02:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

If you can get through the very extended interview with Lars Ulrich in the DVD Special Features, the director gets extremely choked up at the end and exposes his utter fanboy relationship with the band, which is touching in itself.

I can't believe I only just got around to seeing this. I'm not especially a metal fan, although I like some, but that's irrelevant, this is like Some Kind of Monster where the individuals are likeable crossed with Spinal Tap. Its really engaging and bighearted.

Lostandfound, Thursday, 6 May 2010 00:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Finally watched this and there were tears shed.

Now I know what it means to never give up on a dream...

krakow, Sunday, 12 December 2010 23:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

This movie makes an interesting comparison with Exit Through The Gift Shop. If only these guys weren't so earnest, they would be huge!

big up yourself and encounter (admrl), Sunday, 12 December 2010 23:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

If only these guys weren't so earnest, they would be huge!

Yeah, I dunno. Their music's fine, but it's not terribly interesting. Compared to the artistic advances their peers were making in the mid to late eighties they seem to have always just been chugging along to the same groove.

A brownish area with points (chap), Monday, 13 December 2010 00:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

I adore this movie, but did indeed miss an honest opinion about the quality of Anvil's music. Their third album was released in 1983, was killer, and ahead of the game. For some reason it took the band 4 years to follow it up. In those 4 years metal expanded considerably. Trash metal happened, death metal, doom metal... hardcore and metal got mixed, funk became part of the equation, etc. When Anvil dropped their new album, they sounded very old fashioned. What also didn't help was that every Anvil album had one or two overly poppy songs and that their new album was now made up almost exclusively of these. I think that this is what damaged the band's career. Not bad luck or what have you. Just bad management. All the follow-up albums are also mediocre at best. It is nice, but not nice enough, and definitely not as good and special as their first three albums were. I wish these guys all the success in the world, they are sweet and lovely, but once the documentary becomes old news, they have to keep the momentum with the quality of their new releases. I seriously wonder if they are able to pull that off.

Sebastian (Royal Mermaid Mover), Monday, 13 December 2010 01:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

In re the previous post -- now you can judge:

Thing is, by just staying at doing what they do, they sound perfectly placed for all the retro metal worship now.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 March 2011 05:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is the best Anvil song I've heard in a good 24 years at least.

A. Begrand, Sunday, 13 March 2011 05:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

A detailed look at the new record:


A. Begrand, Monday, 14 March 2011 03:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

The Story Of Anvil is on netflix streaming now! I'm going in.

til the sound of my voice will haint u (Jon Lewis), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Still streaming for another week. Watched it last night, I'm with some dude, sorry to say.

Beam Me Up (I Feel Like Being A) Doomsday Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 May 2013 13:17 (1 year ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 May 2013 13:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

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