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Manchester Academy 3, 22 June 2011
As the saying once went...'another heavy metal day... better have some
vibes' and so it was in Manchester on Wednesday night where the city
played host to Canadian heavy metal band Anvil.
It's been a
long and arduous road for the boys from Toronto who appear to have got
themselves back onto music fans stereos around the globe.
documentary, 'Anvil! The Story of Anvil' may have helped a little to put
this band back into the limelight somewhat however what I saw from the
live set was a really tight and professional outfit.
have a huge catalogue of songs to choose from so squeezing the right
stuff into a 1 hour 45 minute set is some achievement.
combination of tracks made up the set and especially a clutch of
favourites which featured on the band's second studio release from 1982,
'Metal on Metal', starting with 'March of the Crabs' and moving into
'666', this is fast and furious metal and not for the faint hearted.
track from way back 'Mothra' and an even earlier number from 'Hard 'n'
Heavy' the first album the guys released namely 'School Love'.
Lips has a
great rapport with the crowd and as things get a little wild down the
front he confesses Now I know why they call this city Madchester!
played on with more than a little energy and with new tracks from the
recently released Juggernaut of Justice record, including the title
track, I've got to tell you this band don't let up!
little anecdote from Lips about the late Ronnie James Dio and dedicating
a song in his name there was a nice balance of getting to know the
audience and playing some very heavy metal.
to the last, the sound was raw but didn't disappoint. Robb Reiner stood
up for a little bow and a wave to the crowd and along with Glenn Five,
Anvil gave what I thought was a performance that many a band with a
higher profile than Anvil would dearly love to be able to give.
main show with the well known track 'Metal on Metal' and coming back on
for a jubilant encore, the night was a resounding success for the Anvil
boys socking a fist full of metal to the Madchester scene!
March of the Crabs/ 666/ School Love/ Juggernaut of Justice/ Winged
Assassins/ On Fire/ This Is Thirteen/ Mothra/ Thumb/ Hang/White Rhino/
Fukeneh/ Forged in Fire/ New Orleans/ Voodoo/ Metal On Metal Encore:
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