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

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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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