The song writing on Pounding the Pavement is superb. Reminiscent of legendary acts like Motörhead, you don’t appreciate the genius until you’ve heard it multiple times.

Anvil has been an active moniker since 1981 but I’ll admit I never really paid attention to them until I saw the 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Before that I remembered them as the band from Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers. Anvil contributed two songs: “Straight Between the Eyes” and “Wild Eyes” from their Strength of Steel album.

Pounding the Pavement is the 17th studio album by Anvil which was released last month (January 19th) via Steamhammer Records. This record covers a wide array of heavy metal music from hard rock to a melodic groove, it truly has something for everyone.

Although it may appear Anvil doesn’t take itself seriously, they really don’t have to. The music on this release is simply contagious. I never realized how great a vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow really is. The guy reminds me of Rob Halford of Judas Priest.

Lyrics are often underappreciated but are the key to any band’s longevity. The song writing on Pounding the Pavement is superb. Reminiscent of legendary acts like Motörhead, you don’t appreciate the genius until you’ve heard it multiple times. Highlight tracks for me are: “Smash Your Face”, “Rock That Shit”, “Let It Go”, “Black Smoke” and “Warming Up”.

With micro genres making metal specific, it’s great to hear bands like Anvil are still out there rocking out in a classic style. Check out Pounding the Pavement and let the music of Anvil pound you! \m/

 Anvil are:

• Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow – Vocals/Guitars
•  Chris Robertson – Bass
•  Robb Reiner – Drums

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