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Anvil - 2011 Juggernaut Of Justice



ARTIST: Anvil
ALBUM: Juggernaut Of Justice
LABEL: The End Records
SERIAL: TE-197
YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lips - vocals, guitars * Glenn Five - bass * Robb Reiner - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Juggernaut Of Justice * 02 When All Hell Breaks Loose * 03 New Orleans Voo Doo * 04 On Fire * 05 Fuken Eh! * 06 Turn It Up * 07 The Ride * 08 Not Afraid * 09 Conspiracy * 10 Running * 11 Paranormal * 12 Swing Thing

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WEBLINKS: www.anvilmetal.com


Background
Having enjoyed tremendous exposure since the success of the excellent 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil' documentary in 2008, Anvil thankfully have sacrificed nothing when it comes to brandishing their trademark form of heavy metal, pioneered way back in the late 70's. The Canadian trio have relinquished none of their power and this is an extremely heavy release, with the band sticking to their guns musically. With a wider audience now familiar with the band it will be interesting to see what the sales of this look like, probably not great, but better than previous decades.


The Songs
Listening to thrash-level tracks like 'On Fire' you might think it was still 1981. The band is as heavy as ever and you can feel the confidence in the music, with increased production values adding to the effectiveness of the material. The title track is a slice of true metal cornball, right through the riffs and hook, but very catchy at the same time. The opening riffs of 'FUCKEN EH!' are truly from the early 80's handbook and this is reminiscent of the vintage era of 'Metal on Metal' and 'Pound For Pound.' Also in this vein is 'Turn it Up,' an anthem that makes Manowar look like an absolute joke in terms of heaviness and metal pride. It doesn't get any more traditional than 'Running' for metal purists and this is a ready-made headbanger for all those ageing denim and leather clad rejects from 82 for sure. Great stuff. There's one attempt at an epic, the seven minute 'Paranormal' which is quite atmospheric in parts, with an organ breakdown section halfway in of all things. Even more offbeat is 'Swing Thing', which blends thrash with horn sections, much in the same way Raven did in 1986 on 'The Pack Is Back.' It worked for them back then and it works for Anvil here too. This is savage stuff, even with the horns blaring.


In Summary
This is a real victory for Anvil and a testament to how simple heavy metal really is when played the way it's meant to be. It's heavy, fast and loud, everything Anvil fans have come to expect from their enduring heroes. All those Hollywood types who praised the documentary for its gritty and uplifting message of never giving up will probably be revolted by this album. But for true metal fans this is perfection. One of the years best, without doubt.


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Comments
#1 | gdazegod on May 15 2011 13:28:42
Interesting that Bob Marlette twiddled the dials for this album, which was recorded in Dave Grohl's California studio.
#2 | gdazegod on May 15 2011 13:33:09
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#3 | sabace on May 24 2011 14:45:21
excellent stuff!
#4 | sabace on June 20 2011 13:30:28
their best since the glory days . excellent production, the material is not as memorable as the metal on metal and forged in fire stuff! . but you cant have everything! still a superior recording .
 
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