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The debut album by the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil, 1981's Hard 'N' Heavy, is an early look at a great speed and thrash metal band in the days before it discovered speed and was performing concise heavy metal tunes with melodic guitar solos and engaging standard-issue rhythms. The songwriting is strong and doesn't resemble the band's future direction; however, fans of Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions, and Riot, for starters, surely will find much to enjoy in the straightforward rockers "School Love," "AC/DC," "I Want You Both (With Me)." Anvil's cover of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" sounds like a nod to Judas Priest's interpretation of Fleetwood Mac's "The Green Manalishi." The group went on to become a noted tragedy in the annals of rock history, never reaching its commercial potential after its second album (the definitive Metal on Metal) due to a series of musical and management mishaps. Yet metalheads of all stripes would do themselves a favor by rediscovering the joys of this mighty band.

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Anvil's debut album

This album is great School Love the first song will get you hooked and it doesn't stop there the rest of the album is almost the same as if listening to an early Judas Priest record. The singer can really wail and the drummer is great. School Love reminds me a lot of Breaking the Law. As in having a great riff and a singer who is singing his a*s off. Except School Love is faster,bigger, and better.


totally effin b!tch!n

This one rocks!

I can dig this more than their later works. This is one heck of a hard rocker. School Love is a song worth buying for any hard rocking metalhead.


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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