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This Is Thirteen

Anvil

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Album Review

Anvil was a genuinely important band in the development of the thrash underground in the early '80s. Harder and faster than the pop-metal bands getting radio airplay, they were an undeniable early influence on Metallica, Anthrax, et. al. But they never really got the chance to make a bid for mainstream success, and it's too late now — they've got an affectionate documentary about themselves, the success of which has gotten them a deal to release this album, but the industry just doesn't make stars anymore, certainly not in metal. The best Anvil can hope for is that they'll be able to go out (or carry on for a few more years, if they choose to do so) with some self-respect. Luckily, This Is Thirteen is more than good enough to achieve that goal. The production by Chris Tsangarides, who worked with the band in the early '80s, showcases their still-impressive instrumental skills, and while the lyrics range between functional and boneheaded, Steve "Lips" Kudlow's voice is powerful, reminiscent of Ian Gillan on the more midtempo material and Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Muir on the thrashier tracks. Most of the songs on This Is Thirteen are in more of a traditional hard rock/metal vein than the proto-thrash of Anvil's peak years, though "Axe to Grind" and "Game Over" prove that they can still muster a headlong assault that would put young retro acts like Warbringer, Fueled by Fire, et, al. back on their heels. Kudlow's soloing is also fierce and fluid, and Robb Reiner is a powerful drummer with a sense of swing to his rhythm attack that's too frequently absent from metal. There may be a song or two too many on this nearly hour-long album, but it would be hard to pinpoint exactly which ones to prune, so take it as a concentrated dose of metal that proves, not unlike Heaven & Hell's The Devil You Know, that old guys can still blow youngsters off the stage when they feel like it.

Customer Reviews

So much fun!

I just watched the film about ANVIL, which was amazing, and then decided to buy the album. They have so much heart and soul as people, you can't help but love their music. Although not meant to be, it's fun, campy and HEAVY. The guitar riffs, lyrics, and super tight drums, make this the ultimate metal album to rev your engine. The best ten bucks I ever spent.

Inspiring Story - Awesome Talent!! *****

I happened to turn on the TV tonight and pass by the documentry on VHI. I paused for a few seconds expecting to turn it, and found myself glued, watching the whole program. It was the documentry on Anvil

It is an inspiring story of people, who despite the mountain and obstacles in front of them that begged them to give up, they believed in the dream and 'rocked' on; this is a movie of invaluable lessons in perseverance, dedication and even love.

Thanks for your work on finding this gem and giving these guys a chance - when nearly everyone else gave up on them. I was rooting for them all throughout the movie.

So, here I am now. A big fan!!

The movie plus...

I'm buying this album because I loved the movie but what suprised me is that I already own and love the song Slip Kid from the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack, just hadn't made the connection. This band represents everything that is great about music and life, dedication, passion, courage and love. Come to my city and I'm bringing my crew to the show!

Biography

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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This Is Thirteen, Anvil
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Sep 15, 2009

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