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Anvil: 'Pounding The Pavement'
Released 19th January 2018 (Steamhammer/SPV)

mark taylor
Words: Mark Taylor
1st January 2018


Anvil celebrate their 40th anniversary this year, having originally formed in 1978 under the name of Lips, a name later adopted by frontman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow.

Just three years later Anvil released their first album proper with 1981s 'Hard n' Heavy', the first of three albums that would see Anvil on the world stage as one of Metal's fastest bands who would influence the oncoming thrash scene.

Their fall from grace is well documented in the film 'Anvil: The Story Of Anvil', a movie that celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and would not only put Anvil back into the public glare but showed the world of Metal how dedicated the band are to their art and how unbowed Anvil are to the tides of changing fashions. The title of their previous album from 2016 sums them up perfectly, 'Anvil Is Anvil'.


Lemmy Kilmister had strong belief in Anvil, even asking Lips to join Motörhead when Fast Eddie Clarke left the band in 1982, an offer that Lips turned down, such was his dedication and loyalty to Anvil.

Before his death, Lemmy said:

"We're the last of our breed. When Motörhead have gone there will be a hole you can't fill."

In 2018, it could be said that Anvil are the closest thing we've got to Motörhead, especially in terms of their spirited never say die attitude, their raised middle finger to any kind of authority, displayed on the new album's track 'Doing What I Want' which has a dirty shuffle, or the Chuck Berry on amphetamines sprint of 'Rock That Shit' or the punk rock ethic of 'Ego' where, like Lemmy, Anvil have no time for fakesters and bullshitters.


But let's not get carried away here, Anvil are very much their own band with their own unique identity. 'Pounding The Pavement' is their seventeenth studio album and the best output the band have released in the past decade.

Recorded in Germany over a two week period last summer, producer Jorg Uken has captured the sound of Anvil perfectly. Robb Reiner's drumming thunderbolts through the speakers and rattles the cutlery, Lips' Flying V guitar work is razor sharp and bassist Chris Robertson has settled in firmly with solid bass work and also provides some cheeky do-whooping backing vocals to give the album a light hearted hidden charm.

Album opener 'Bitch In The Box' may have an un-PC title but it has nothing to do with any back door antics. In fact this real headbanger of a number is about that annoying Android voice barking out directions in a car sat-nav which has obviously driven Lips crazy at some point; the track really shifts into gear.


Anvil play their odes to Sabbath once again with the stomp of 'Smash Your Face' and the sweet leaf doom of 'World Of Tomorrow' while their Canadian roots can be found in the hard rocking drive of 'Let It Go' which sounds like Triumph in their prime with some soaring guitar work.

'Nanook Of The North' has nothing to do with 'Mork And Mindy' but is actually a step back into the history of the Canadian Inuit and the survival of the harsh winters of Northern Quebec a century ago. A highlight of the album.

It will be interesting to see what tracks from 'Pounding The Pavement' will make their way into the live set when Anvil start their European tour next month because all the tracks mentioned are worthy of inclusion.


'Pounding The Pavement' is a cohesive and a juicy album of prime Metal. It's a bulldozer of an album that will have you pounding around the bedroom when you blast this at full volume.

You get some big pounders with your cheese with Anvil. If you don't understand Anvil, you don't understand Heavy Metal.

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1. Bitch In The Box 4:29
2. Ego 2:57
3. Doing What I Want 3:17
4. Smash Your Face 4:20
5. Pounding The Pavement 3:05
6. Rock That Shit 3:21
7. Let It Go 3:00
8. Nanook Of The North 5:57
9. Black Smoke 3:26
10. World Of Tomorrow 4:37
11. Warming Up 3:03
12. Don´t Tell Me 3:51 (bonus track)


Anvil will embark on a massive European tour from February to April 2018 with some festivals already announced for summer. Here are all the confirmed dates:

1st February: NL-Leiden - Gebr. De Nobel
2nd February: NL-Venlo - Poppodium Grenswerk
3rd February: NL-Hengelo - Metropool
4th February: NL-Tilburg - Little Devil
6th February: GB-London - Underworld
7th February: GB-Stoke - Eleven Music
8th February: Newcastle - Trillians
9th February: GB-Grimsby - Yardbirds
10th February: GB-Glasgow - Cathouse
11th February: GB-Wigan - Pure
13th February: GB-Belfast - The Limelight
14th February: IE-Dublin - The Academy
16th February: GB-Buckley - Tivoli
17th February: GB-Bridgend - Hobos
18th February: GB-Brighton - Green Door Store
20th February: GB-Bilston - Robin 2
21th February: GB-York - Fibbers
22nd February: GB-Evesham - Iron Road
23rd February: GB-Weston - The Bear
24th February: B-Kortrijk - De Kreun
25th February: F-Paris - Le Trabendo
27th February: F-Colmar - Le Grillen
1st March: E-Irun - Sala Tunk
2nd March: E-Madrid - MON
3rd March: E-Valencia - Paberse Club
4th March: E-Barcelona - Sala Boveda
13th March: CH-Solothurn - Kofmehl
14th March: D-Munich - Backstage
15th March: D-Essen - Turock
16th March: D-Mannheim - 7er Club
17th March: D-Münster - Sputnikhalle
18th March: D-Berlin - Musik & Frieden
20th March: D-Flensburg - Roxy
22nd March: SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
23rd March: SE-Finspang - Hugo
24th March: SE-Uppsala - Katalin
25th March: SE-Stockholm - Fryshuset Klubben
28th March: NO-Oslo - Olsen Pa Bryn
29th March: NO-Haugesund - Flytten
30th March: NO-Hamar - Gregers
31st March: NO-Odal - Odal Rock Club
4th April: D-Frankfurt - Nachtleben
5th April: D-Hamburg - Markthalle
6th April: D-Siegburg - Kubana
15th to 17th April: F/E - Full Metal Cruise VI
26th to 28th July: D-Brande/Höhnerkirchen - Headbangers Open Air
25th August: GB-Newark - Stonedeaf Festival

Tickets for all UK and some European dates are available right here.


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