Seminal Canadian Heavy Metal icons Anvil, whose new studio album ‘Hope In Hell’ received rave reviews on release at the end of May, hit the road at the end of July to play the following UK shows:-
27th July – Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – Steelhouse Festival
28th July – Glasgow – Cathouse
29th July – Manchester – Academy 3
30th July – London – Garage
A powerful, unrelenting, timeless, traditional metal / classic hard rock album, ‘Hope In Hell’, the follow-up to 2011’s ‘Juggernaut Of Justice’ opus, was awarded 8/10 in Powerplay’s June 2013 issue by writer Andrew Haunt, who stated that “Anvil have really hit their stride now. Their major comeback album, ‘Juggernaut Of Justice’ was always going to be a tough act to follow, but with ‘Hope In Hell’ the band have faced the challenge head on. With new bassist Sal Italiano in the ranks, vocalist / guitarist Lips and drum god Rob Reiner are continuing the Anvil story with not one bit of variation from their master plan. In other words, ‘Hope In Hell’ is another excellent album of hard rock and traditional metal with bile, balls, a little humour and a lot of passion. The title track kicks the album off with a nice Black Sabbath stomp, followed by the classic Anvil metal of ‘Eat Your Words’ and the bluesy, spiteful grind of ‘Through With You’. The band’s relentless drive is very much in evidence throughout the album, as is their commitment to the sound that they helped to create, demonstrated very well by metallic anthems like ‘The Fight Is Never Won’ or ‘Flying’. The Sabbath influence returns with ‘Call Of Duty’, while later songs like ‘’Badass Rock ‘N’ Roll’ and the delightfully juvenile ‘Shut The Fuck Up’ show off the trademark Anvil sense of humour and ear for what’s going to make fans grin. The mix is thick and meaty, the guitar tone chunky and satisfying, and, coupled with the high class of old-school metal songwriting, it’s hard not to just throw some horns and get on with enjoying it. 8/10”. Andrew Haunt – Powerplay Magazine, June 2013.
‘Hope In Hell’ contains the first cuts to feature Anvil‘s new bassist Sal Italiano, who joined the band a year ago; “We’re really happy with Sal; his style is powerful and amazingly imaginative: it’s a little as if we’d enlisted Steve Harris,” enthuses Kudlow. “We’re really proud and already love the new album just as much as our early releases from the beginning of the Eighties, because ‘Hope In Hell’ sounds like Anvil live on stage: natural, honest, unvarnished, never over-produced and straight from the heart.”
Anvil, who have been on a rock ‘n’ roll journey for over three decades, were catapulted into the international limelight by 2008’s ‘Anvil! The Story Of Anvil’ movie, which became the highest grossing rock documentary in UK history within two months of its release, and has now been seen by well over 8 million people in the US. While listed as a prime influence by the likes of Metallica, Motörhead and Guns N Roses as one of the creators of the thrash / speed metal genre, Anvil appeared to have taken a back seat to this new wave of massive metal bands. But Anvil had struggled with bad record deals, bad management and just plain bad luck prior to ‘Anvil! The Story Of Anvil’.
Subsequent to the success of the film, Anvil were catapulted on to the main stages of virtually every major European festival, landed opening slots on 2 US and one Canadian AC/DC shows, embarked on their first headline tour of America in 10 years and headlined the main stage of Germany’s Wacken Festival, performing in front of 80,000 rabid metalheads. Early in 2011, SPV / Steamhammer were totally psyched to snap up Anvil’s then upcoming ‘Juggernaut Of Justice’a album, along with their entire back catalogue.
“What we do is totally timeless,” states Kudlow; “We’ve never tried to change our sound or experiment with trends and fashions. We live in our own world and have maintained our individuality and own identity. ‘Hope In Hell’’s flair reminds me of the beginnings of classic heavy metal in the most positive sense of the term. I grew up in the Seventies, and I still like what I listened to back then. You can always rely on Anvil, we don’t write our music for the radio and we don’t want to break any records. Some media criticise our uncompromising attitude, but we’re proud of never having betrayed our ideals and having remained faithful to our roots.”
Steve “Lips” Kudlow – guitars, vocals
Robb Reiner – drums
Sal Italiano – bass