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contains 40 minutes of sheer power. Keep it wet and play it loud
Renowned these days for the mainstream success of the movie Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, the Toronto band were embraced during the NWoBHM era, and went on to become one of the major influences on the burgeoning thrash movement. Albums like Hard N Heavy, Metal On Metal and Forged In Fire were very much a blueprint for what Metallica et al went on to achieve.
Anvil – Hard ‘N’ Heavy
Label: Attic – CAT 1100
Format: Cassette tape, Album
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
A1 School Love 3:15
A2 AC/DC 4:42
A3 At The Apartment 5:20
A4 I Want You Both (With Me) 3:20 Lead Vocals – Dave Allison
A5 Bedroom Game 4:00
B1 Ooh Baby 2:56
B2 Paint It Black 3:52 Music By – Jagger/Richards* the Rolling Stones cover
B3 Oh Jane 4:54 Lead Vocals – Dave Allison. Written By – Kudlow/Reiner/Allison
B4 Hot Child 4:10 Written By – Kudlow/Allison
B5 Bondage 4:31
Manufactured By – Attic Records Limited
Recorded At + Mixed At – Quest Recording Phonographic Copyright (p) – Attic Records Limited
Copyright (c) – Attic Records Limited
Pressed By – Quality Records Limited
Backing Vocals – Bess Ross (tracks: A1, A2, A4 to B1)
Bass – Ian Dickson
Drums – Robb Reiner
Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals – Lips
Producer – Anvil, Allison* (tracks: A1 to A5), Lips (3) (tracks: A1 to A5), Reiner* (tracks: A1 to A5)
Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Dave Allison
Written By – Kudlow/Reiner (tracks: A1, A3, A5, B1)
Written-By – Allison* (tracks: A4, B3, B4), Reiner* (tracks: A1, A3, A5, B1, B3), Kudlow* (tracks: A1 to A3, A5, B1, B3 to B5)
“CONTAINS 40 MINUTES OF SHEER POWER. KEEP IT WET AND PLAY IT LOUD.”
Recorded and mixed in Oshawa, Canada, July — December, 1980. Mastered in Toronto.
All songs published by: Pondwater Music/CAPAC except B2 by Abkco Music Inc./BMI.
℗1981 Attic Records Ltd. ©1981 Attic Records Ltd. Litho in Canada. Made in Canada.
4-point MAPL (Music, Artist, Performance, Lyrics) icon indicates 100% Canadian content, except B2 which is AP (Artist, Performance).
Sheer power = Hard & Heavy well, when it was being recorded and mixed during the latter part of 1980, it may have seemed so by some, but the fact of it is the Canadians’ debut is hardly a steep ascent to massive heaviness. Granted, there are the rare moments when the band’s untapped power actually manages to pull past some material written by mainstreamers Ozzy, Motley Crue, Kix, and Dokken as well as barely acknowledged to unknown rivals like Saxon, Angelwitch, Raven, and Loudness, but when comparing it to Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Motorhead, its just not too feasible an opinion. Venom debut is like an angry Triceratops storming a village compared to this.
Having already been ignited by the following year’s Metal on Metal album, I expected (hoped for) something akin to its mostly stormy sound. School Love and its up-tempo momentum create one riff in particular found tailgating the chorus that can rupture most children in a crosswalk. Another livelier than average tune is âœI Want You Both (With Me)â, and while aggression isn’t its middle name, it’s an acceptable build-up to the deluge of Bedroom Game , a song with the strength and momentum matching that of Mothra but with a much more conventional topical motif. The last tracks on the lp, Hot Child and â Bondage , can be mentioned favorably, fairly vibrant and peppy for the course. Before W.A.S.P. decided to dip the brush, Anvil were already throwing pigments around with their halfway decent rendition of this originally Spanish-hued Rolling Stones cover in “”Paint It Black””
A very good album. I bought this album on the strength of the reviews of the film I saw in the national press. This is a band that never made the big time for whatever reason. Whilst they are not a Canadian Zep they are well worth listening to.
This album is a good buy for anyone who has an interest in good rock music. The music is good and the cover of “”Paint It Black”” is as good as any I have heard. Certainly they are no worse than any of, for example Uriah Heep’s albums or indeed any of the 80’s Sabbath or Purple Albums. I would recommend this band to anyone who likes good rock music. Their reputation as the real life “”Spinal Tap”” is ill deserved. Sit back, turn up the volume to 11 and enjoy. A good buy.”