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Metal on Metal is a seminal text on the emerging thrash metal scene of the '80s. An influence on Metallica, Megadeth, and just about every thrash metal band you'd care to name, Anvil had its fortune twisted and its impact blunted by management snafus that kept the group from recording in its prime. "Metal on Metal" is a classic track: a metal anthem that will outlive the band the way "Breaking the Law" will outrun Judas Priest. The riffs throughout the album are classic, and if the rhythms don't quite match Slayer's speed and intensity, well, it was only 1982, and each year counted back then. Drummer Robb Reiner is often the focus here, adding jackhammer rhythms to "March of the Crabs" and, well, "Jackhammer"; these made him an inspiration to a new generation of metalheads. There's plenty of excitement in the playing and fewer exhibitions of the members' dexterous musicianship. This makes the songs more concise and easier to digest for non-metalheads, yet there's still enough metal to keep the faithful singing Anvil's praises.

Customer Reviews

A Band Worth Knowing

i saw some of the film, anvil. the story of anvil and its a shame that a metal band could be undercast liike this. anvil is an amazing metal band and so underrated

The Birth of Thrash

I just saw the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. It transported me back to when I was 13 years old and discovered Metal On Metal through my only conduit to the underground at the time, a trusty clerk at an independent record store in my suburban NH hometown who reccommended it. I loved it. And I was obviously not the only one...Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Nuclear Assult...none of these bands might have ever existed if it werent for Anvil. Seeing the film makes me want to purchase their digital catalog, buy their them in any small way I can. The are the Rocky Balboas of metal. Mad respect.


Listen to Dave Mustaine, he knows what he's talking about. Around the time when Mustaine was between Metallica and Megadeth, Anvil were headbangin' hard, fast and furious and only the hardcore headbangers knew of this outfit!!! Rock On...


Formed: 1978 in Canada

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Toronto, Canada's Anvil were one of the first North American bands to push the sound and style of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal one step further. Clearly indebted to the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and many others from across the Atlantic, Anvil nonetheless played louder, faster, and heavier than their heroes, in the process laying the groundwork for the thrash movement that took over heavy metal's underground in the '80s. Yet unlike many of the furious West Coast thrashers that immediately...
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Metal On Metal, Anvil
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Jan 01, 1982

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