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Anvil is a Canadian heavy metal band formed by friends Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner. Since 2010, the band has released thirteen studio albums, and has been cited as having influenced many notable heavy metal groups, including Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, and Metallica.

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Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow (vocals, guitar), Robb Reiner (drums) and Chris Robertson (bass). To date, the band has released sixteen studio albums, and has been cited as having influenced many notable heavy metal groups, including Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica.

The band, in particular Kudlow and Reiner, was the subject of the 2008 documentary film, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, directed by the screenwriter and former Anvil roadie, Sacha Gervasi. Upon its release, the film garnered critical acclaim from many major publications, and has since brought the band renewed recognition, including opening slots with AC/DC and Saxon. Appearances at both major heavy metal festivals, including Download, Loud Park and Hellfest, and independent music festivals like Bumbershoot and SXSW, also followed the release of the film. Reviewers described Anvil as a pioneering hair metal band that was popular in the 1980s but then faded into obscurity in the 1990s, while refusing to stop playing, recording and gigging. Anvil's antics on and off stage, the setbacks they suffered, and their determination to keep going was compared to the fictional band Spinal Tap.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Hard ’n’ Heavy 3 4
1982 Metal on Metal 3 3
1983 Forged in Fire 5 4
1987 Strength of Steel 1
1988 Pound for Pound 5
1992 Worth the Weight 1
1996 Plugged in Permanent 2
1997 Absolutely No Alternative 1
1998 Speed of Sound 4
2002 Plenty of Power 2
2002 Still Going Strong 1
2004 Back to Basics 3
2007 This Is Thirteen 3 3
2011 Juggernaut of Justice 3.65 2
2011 The End Records 1
2013 Hope in Hell 3 2
2016 Anvil Is Anvil 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 Backwaxed 1
1989 Molten Masterpieces 1
2000 Anthology of Anvil 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Past and Present 3


Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Anvil 1

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