"Anvil have more integrity than your favorite five bands combined...Hope in Hell could have been released at any time between 1978 and the present day. It's a very simple, and time-tested formula: in-your-face riffs, screaming leads, great lyrics — pure, uncompromised metal". - Mickey Melchiondo (aka Dean Ween)
It seems somewhat hard to believe that some of the bands that are just now getting commercial recognition have been playing the circuit for over 30 (Anvil) to 40 (Pentagram) years.
Anvil released their 15th disc, Hope in Hell (The End Records), on May 28th and held their record release party two nights later at the Knitting Factory. The new disc is a scorcher and - for all the hardcore Anvil fans out there - there is a limited edition digipak pressing with two bonus tracks ("Hard Wired" and "Fire at Will") and a limited-edition 2LP 180-gram orange vinyl pressing which also includes the same two bonus tracks. For Hope in Hell, the band once again tapped producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper) who continues to do an excellent job of capturing the band's live sound in the studio. The band has also had a lineup change as Sal Italiano (who used to be in A.J. Pero's 1980's side-project Cities) is now on bass and he is a great fit.
One of the things I've always loved about Anvil is that, in addition to having great musical chops, the band always looks like they are having fun and doing something they love (...which is a great counterpoint to those lead guitarists who look painfully constipated every time they take a solo). Energy like this is contagious though I didn't expect the mini-pit to break out when it did.
Anvil is off on a European tour next month and, in talking with Robb after the show, the band plans on coming back through the States in the fall.
Anvil 2013 Summer Hope in Hell Tour
7/27/13 - U.K Ebbw Vale - Steelhouse Festival
7/28/13 - U.K Glasgow - Cathouse
7/29/13 - U.K Manchester - Academy 3
7/30/13 - U.K London - Garage
8/01/13 - Germany Cologne - Underground
8/02/13 - Germany Wacken - Wacken Festival
8/03/13 - Holland Haarlem - Patronaat
8/04/13 - Belgium Lokeren - Lokerse Feesten Festival
8/06/13 - Switzerland Zurich - Plaza
8/07/13 - Germany Lichtenfels - Paunchy Cats
8/08/13 - Germany Saarbruecken - Garage
8/10/13 - Sweden Gävle - Getaway Festival