Countdown to MDF X: (22) Anvil

If you get a chance before Maryland Deathfest, see the movie Anvil! The Story of Anvil, which documents the rise and fall and rise of this Canadian heavy metal band. I was inspired by the dedication and determination of this uncompromising group of metalheads when I saw the movie in 2009, and I think I will be equally inspired when I see Anvil perform live on Saturday night, May 26 at MDF.

Although Anvil is cited as influencing bands such as Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax, Motorhead and Guns ‘n’ Roses and were among headliners like Bon Jovi and Van Halen in 1984 at the Super Rock Festival in Japan, the band never really attained the greatness they deserved. The band essentially fell off the radar. Underground interest in the band never waned amongst the diehards, and they never stopped playing, even if just in some small Canadian clubs. The release of the documentary of their journey into obscurity helped relaunch the band’s career.

The current lineup for Anvil includes founding members Steven “Lips” Kudlow (vocals and lead guitar) and Robb (Geza) Reiner (drums). Newest member Sal Italiano has been playing bass for them since the beginning of 2012.  Make time to hear Anvil’s special brand of heavy, heavy metal. Their time is now.

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