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7th January 2018


Hall Of Heavy Metal History inductees Anvil will release their seventeenth studio album, 'Pounding The Pavement', through Steamhammer/SPV on January 19th.

Anvil will be presented with the very first MetalTalk Award at the Hall Of Heavy Metal History Inductions in California on January 24th, and in celebration we are giving out five copies of the new album to our lucky readers in our exclusive competition.

You can read MetalTalk's review of 'Pounding The Pavement' right here.

Elucidating why 'Pounding The Pavement' turned into such an awesome body of work, vocalist/guitarist Steve 'Lips' Kudlow recalls:

"The songwriting process started immediately after the work on our previous album had been completed. So our thoughts instantly turned to the future again.

"After 'Anvil Is Anvil' had been cut, everybody knew what we had just delivered and what Anvil's future should sound like. Of course we always allow inspirations from earlier recordings to seep in, but always with an emphasis on evolving the characteristic Anvil sound.

"Lots of fans keep asking us to play the way we did in the so-called good old days. That's why I try from time to time to pick up on that exciting feel of our older material. Mind you, it's always exclusively about the basic atmosphere of that time, never about copying an older song."


'Pounding The Pavement' contains typical Anvil steamhammers such as 'Smash Your Face', 'Rock That Shit' and 'Ego', but there are also unusual numbers such as 'Warming Up', which sees Anvil transport a kind of swing jazz style into the world of rock and Metal.

The most surprising track, however, is 'Nanook Of The North' with lyrics about the fate of the Inuit:

"As a Canadian band, we wanted to focus on more Canadian topics," Lips explains. "I remembered a course at the College Of Movie History, where I saw one of the first TV documentaries ever. I did some research on the internet and came across that strange overtone singing the Inuit do. I was totally awed and knew immediately what I had to do: write a song with that typical tribal feel.

"That college documentary was made some time during the 1920s and is called 'Nanook Of The North', named after the protagonist of the documentary. So I had found my title and the subject of the song."


'Pounding The Pavement' was put down at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the north west of Germany, where Anvil found not only the necessary peace and seclusion to totally concentrate on the recordings, but also met in studio owner Jörg Uken the ideal producer of their dynamic new work.

The album title reflects the consistently serious challenge of ensuring Anvil's financial survival. Lips continues:

"I feel nothing could describe the way we've been working for the past forty years better than 'Pounding The Pavement': Anvil have tried for four decades to earn enough money to survive and continue to make music."

Anvil have succeeded, as expressed on the song 'Doing What I Want', in not having to pander to anyone's taste artistically:

"Despite all adversities that the life of a musician entails, we still find ourselves in a very privileged position. We can basically do what we want to do. Nobody interferes, nobody tries to steer us in one direction or the other. Which other artists can say that of themselves?

"Even the biggest bands in the world envy us and tell us: 'You damn bastards have always been able to do what you want.' And that's precisely what we've done again on 'Pounding The Pavement'.

The lyric video for 'Ego', the first single to be taken from the album, can be viewed here:

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.

You can win yourself a CD of 'Pounding The Pavement' in our exclusive competition. MetalTalk has five copies to give away and all you have to do is answer the question below correctly and our computerised randomiser will pick five winners after the closing date of 31st January. Good luck.

Which sex toy does the charismatic frontman Lips use on his guitar for the solo when Anvil perform the song 'Mothra' live?

a) Butt Plug
b) Black Feather Tickling Duster
c) Vibrator

'Pounding The Pavement' is released on January 19th on Steamhammer/SPV in various formats.



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