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The last instalment of the re-issue campaign from Canadian Heavy Metal legands Anvil sees a special two-in-one pack of 2002s 'Still Going Strong' coupled with 'Back To Basics' from a couple of years later whilst 'This Is Thirteen' from 2008 is the comeback album that put Anvil back into the world's eye.

The beginning of the naughties decade wasn't a kind one to Anvil as the band was largely forgotten about, except to the die hards in their home country, although Anvil still battled onwards with a passion of fighting to the death.

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'Still Going Strong' and 'Back To Basics' is not the perfect place to start your Anvil collection but completists will still find something here to crash your cranium to. Both albums were recorded as a four piece with Ivan Hurd on guitar along with Lips and Robb Reiner bashing at the back with Glenn 'G5' providing some solid bass.

One of my all time favourite Anvil tracks, 'Race Against Time', frantically opens the album in the finest headbanging fashion and is just as good if not better than anything that Megadeth have recorded in recent years, followed by the stomping 'In Hell' and the risky religious lyrics of 'Holy Wood' all done with tongue firmly in cheek. 'White Rhino' is a live favourite where upon Robb Reiner gets the chance to express himself.

'Back To Basics' was an apt title as it suffered from a low budget production but still contains the punchy 'Fuel For This Fire', 'Can't Catch Me' and the amusingly titled 'Bottom Feeder', but no one could've guessed what was going to happen next!


Anvil fortunes were turned around with the film documentary 'Anvil: The Story Of Anvil' and 'This Is Thirteen' is the album you'll see the band making in that film after managing to raise the $10,000 needed to fly to the UK to record album with producer of their earlier material, Chris Tsangarides, down in Deal on the Kent coast.

The production is a vast improvement on previous efforts as is the songwriting. It's a shame that Anvil opted not to include many tracks from this album in the live set as there are many bonafide gems on this album including the attacking 'Bombs Away', 'Flying Blind' and the postive thinking of 'Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda'.

Two live favourites on this album include both the Sabbathy sounding title track 'This Is Thirteen' and a track not orignally available on it's first release 'Thumb Hang', the track that Lips and Reiner first wrote as school kids and can be seen discussing the humourous origins of this song in the film.

This album is a fine addition to the first three classic albums and their most recent output 'Juggernaut Of Justice.'





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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