The story of Anvil is apparently going to have a happy ending. The film Anvil! The Story of Anvil, released earlier this year, re-introduced old fans to this obscure Canadian metal band and made them many new ones.
The documentary, directed by former Anvil roadie-turned-scriptwriter Sacha Gervasi, relates the band’s 30-year history — including its brief flirtation with the limelight in the early ’80s, its disappointment as many of its co-headers like Whitesnake and Scorpions found the fame that eluded it, and founding members singer/guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner’s tenacious pursuit of a music career in the face of dreary days jobs and local bar-band gigs.
The movie showed them reconnecting with British producer Chris Tsangarides, who produced their 1982 Metal on Metal album (incidentally, the album gave its name to local metal maven Bill Peter’s long-running WJCU FM88.7 radio show). They fly to England to record a new album with him; they then shop This Is Thirteen to uninterested labels and eventually release it themselves.
This Is Thirteen will now get a proper national release September 15 through VH1 Classic. It will be available in both vinyl and CD formats, with a previously unreleased bonus track “Thumb Hang.”
And the good news keeps on coming for Anvil. They recently opened for AC/DC at a couple of stadium shows on the east coast, and they’ve been tapped to join Saxon for a British tour in November. Two of their tracks will appear on the videogame Brütal Legend, scheduled for October release. They’re also preparing to record a new album — their 14th studio release. —Anastasia Pantsios