Anvil – This Is Thirteen (2007)

Anvil – This Is Thirteen (2007, independent release)

  1. This Is Thirteen
  2. Bombs Away
  3. Burning Bridges
  4. Ready To Fight
  5. Flying Blind
  6. Room
  7. Axe To Grind
  8. Feed The Greed
  9. Big Business
  10. Should’a Would’a Could’a
  11. Worry
  12. Game Over
  13. American Refugee

Band Lineup:
Robb Reiner – Drums
Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow – Lead Vocals & Guitars
Glenn Five – Bass & Backing Vocals

Additional Musicians:
Ivan Hurd – Guitar solos on ‘Burning Bridges’, ‘Worry’, & ‘Room #9

Producer: Chris Tsangarides

Total Time = 51:07

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Legendary Canadian metallers Anvil have taken matters into their own hands by self-financing and self-releasing their 13th album of their long 27 year career, THIS IS THIRTEEN. It turns out that Anvil couldn’t get any interest from labels around the world to release the new album so they decided to do it all themselves and release it through their website in October 2007. Only 1000 copies were made and it’s strictly limited edition…’s my opinion if they sold 1000 copies independently, then a label would come calling and distribute it worldwide.

So what does Anvil really have to offer with a new record? Well, if you’ve been even a casual fan then you know that Anvil stay pretty much within a certain framework when creating music. The band plays straight forward Heavy Metal…..sometimes it’s slow and pounding, sometimes it’s fast and furious…..there are great songs, there is filler. It’s similar to AC/DC not straying from their blues boogie Hard Rock roots, Anvil doesn’t stray too far from the formula that produced Metal classics like METAL ON METAL (1982) or FORGED IN FIRE (1983). The difference between the two bands is that AC/DC is revered and Anvil is thought of as a joke.

The joke is on everyone who didn’t pick this up yet because Anvil has created one heavy record. Lips is still a monster riff machine, Robb Reiner pounds his kit as hard as anyone in Metal and Glenn Five has the wild thumping bass to keep up with Reiner. ‘This Is Thirteen’ heavily plods along in a mid-pace pound that made Anvil famous in the early ’80s while ‘Bombs Away’ picks up the pace with some fast double bass drumming and a speedy main riff, a serious ’80s Metal feast! The old school feel continues with the heavy plodding ‘Burning Bridges’. The riff is classic early ’80s and the song sounds like it came out of 1986 on Metal Blade Records. Speed picks up again with the barnburning ‘Ready To Fight’. It’s similar to ‘Bombs Away’ in that it’s basically the same style (fast Heavy Metal) but there are some different drum patterns that make the song seem faster. Notice the balance? Mid-paced song, fast one, mid-paced song, fast one…..Anvil’s formula is predictable but so is their album sequencing!

Of course, ‘Flying Blind’ breaks the pattern because it’s another fast one but, aside from a decent riff, it’s sounds of filler and the chorus is way too repetitive but that’s what we expect from the old dogs. I swear that ‘Room #9′ is the same song as ‘Flying Blind’! The choruses sound almost exact but there are a couple of different guitar parts along with a really good solo…..I wonder if the band realizes how similar the songs are musically? ‘Room #9′ is about being committed due to insanity and I will be if I hear another copycat song! Anvil decides to pound their point home with their third burner in a row with the excellent ‘Axe To Grind’, a serious metaller with a big sounding main riff and bassline to go along with Reiner’s insane drumming. The band is tight and Lips sounds like he’s really putting top effort into his pain-filled vocals as he has into his excellent guitar work on the whole album. ‘Feed The Greed’ continues the fast pace with another solid tune, this has go to be a song Anvil plays live because it gets the fist pumping and the head banging! The band moves into familiar slower territory with ‘Big Business’, a commentary on the state of the world’s economic state and a companion piece to the faster ‘Feed The Greed’.

I don’t like ‘Should’a, Would’a, Could’a’, the lyrics just come off as second rate and it sounds like I’ve heard it all before. It’s a fast song but it sounds like all the fast ones before it, the band just doesn’t take many chances. Same with ‘Worry’, it’s fast but the lyrics are weak and sounds like it was thrown together too quickly. ‘Game Over’ has a totally different guitar tone and, finally, Lips and company take a new chance. Even the vocal sounds a little different, almost like Lemmy. Now that I think about it, Anvil has a lot in common with Motorhead too because Lemmy doesn’t stray far from their sound either. ‘Game Over’ sounds like a Motorhead tune. Anvil saves one of the best for last with ‘American Refugee’, another scorcher with great guitar work and drumming.

Bottom Line:
If you like straight forward, bare knuckled, traditional Heavy Metal that Anvil plays then THIS IS THIRTEEN is an album you want to check out. The band doesn’t stray too much from their usual style but that is what bands like Anvil do and that is what fans expect. If Anvil came out and played a brand of Progressive Metal or Glam-tinted Hard Rock, we would all be scratching our heads wondering what went wrong. It’s good to get what you expect, especially when it’s well done. Anvil sticks to their guns, plays their Metal, and does it with pride. THIS IS THIRTEEN is one of the most underrated records of 2007 and I have no idea why a label would pass this up!

Favorite Songs: ‘Axe To Grind’, ‘American Refugee’, ‘Game Over’, ‘Feed The Greed’, ‘Burning Bridges’

New HEAVEN AND HELL Album In 2009; More BLACK SABBATH Rules Of Hell Box Set Details Revealed


BLACK SABBATH Online’s Joe Siegler reports:

“I received a press release today regarding the upcoming Rules Of Hell box set, as well as the Metal Masters Tour. Most of what is contained within is information we already knew, but there were a few tidbits in here worth pointing out before you check out the full press release.

New Studio album in “Early 2009″: Previously it was expected that the new album from HEAVEN AND HELL would have been out late this year, but apprently that’s not happening.

According to this press release, the album will be out in “early 2009″. Now before a lot of fans go and get their panties in a knot, remember “early 2009″ means more than “Up to January 10th”. Don’t forget, we’re getting a new Sabbath (yeah, yeah, yeah – It’s Black Sabbath, and you know it), album with Ronnie Dio – let’s give ’em a chance to do it right before bitching about WHEN, eh?

Album tracklistings: The track listing for the Rules Of Hell box set is below. As expected, no new tracks are here. It’s five discs, with Live Evil being put back to its original two disc configuration when released back in the day. The three Dio era studio albums have no new or unreleased tracks. I did notice that the version of Dehumanizer being used is now confirmed to be the US version, which means both versions of Time Machine will be on there.

Tour Dates: Not every date below on the Metal Masters tour will have all the bands. One date will not have JUDAS PRIEST, and one will not have MOTÖRHEAD (not the same date). If you’re in one of these cities, you’ll want to check the listing below.

Box Set Pricing: If you’re into buying your tunes from places like Apple and their iTunes store, the pricing will be of interest to you. The box set will be available the same day as the physical version (July 22nd) for a suggested retail price of $24.99. 25 bucks for all the Dio era albums is quite a nice price, so if you’re into buying your tracks digitally, that will be of interest to you.

Here’s the entire press release for you to check out:

Five-CD Boxed Set Features Newly Remastered Versions Of Every Dio-Era Sabbath Album, Available July 22 From Rhino

Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice Are Currently Recording Long Awaited New Heaven And Hell Studio Album, Set To Be Released By Rhino In Early 2009

Heaven And Hell Will Return to the Road This Summer for the Metal Masters Tour With Judas Priest, Motörhead, and Testament

LOS ANGELES – Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath were reborn in 1980 when founding members Tony Iommi and Terry “Geezer” Butler added vocalist Ronnie James Dio to the lineup. The band’s short but memorable time together added an unforgettable chapter in Sabbath’s storied history. Rhino relives the demonic fury conjured by the Dio era with The Rules Of Hell, a boxed set featuring all three of the band’s studio releases (Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer) and their double live collection (Live Evil) – each recently remastered for the first time. The set comes packaged in a deluxe slipcase with extensive liner notes featuring all new interviews with the band. This five-disc boxed set will be available from Rhino on July 22 at all physical outlets, as well as, for a suggested list price of $54.98. The set will also be available the same day at all digital outlets for a suggested list price of $24.99.

Two years ago, Dio, Iommi and Butler and drummer Vinny Appice reunited to record a trio of new songs for Rhino’s Black Sabbath: The Dio Years before launching a highly anticipated and greatly acclaimed world tour under their new moniker Heaven And Hell. Revitalized by the reunion, the lineup is back in the studio now recording the first ever full-length studio album from Heaven And Hell, set to be released by Rhino in early 2009. To whet the fans’ appetites for the new album, Heaven And Hell will return to the road for a short stint on the Metal Masters Tour, a month-long North American trek with Judas Priest, Motörhead, and Testament. This blistering metal juggernaut will launch August 6 in Philadelphia.

The Dio-era’s first effort, Heaven And Hell, hit the racks on April 25th, 1980. Greeted by ecstatic reviews, the album peaked at #9 in Britain. In the U.S., its Top 30 success gave the group its first platinum disc in six years. Opening with the chugging anthem ‘Neon Knights’, the album also includes the epic title track, ‘Wishing Well’, ‘Die Young’ and ‘Lonely Is The Word’.

The group’s follow-up, Mob Rules, was the first without original drummer Bill Ward, who was replaced with Appice. The album bristles with Iommi’s signature dark riffs, Butler’s elaborate bass lines, Appice’s hammering behind the drums and Dio’s inimitable growling. The album includes the high-octane tracks ‘Falling Off The Edge Of The World’, ‘Turn Up The Night’, and the title track – plus the mid-tempo rocker ‘Voodoo’ and the slow-churning epic ‘The Sign Of The Southern Cross’, a favorite among band members and fans alike.

Released in December 1982, Live Evil stands as a modern metal masterpiece and a testament to the power of the Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice lineup. Recorded in Seattle, Dallas, and San Antonio, the sound is upfront and aggressive, a virtual front-row seat for epic versions of their classics including ‘Neon Knights’, ‘Children Of The Sea’, ‘The Sign Of The Southern Cross’ and ‘Heaven And Hell’.

Dehumanizer (1992) is seen by many metal aficionados as one of – if not the most – underrated work to ever carry the Sabbath name. After the lineup fell apart in 1982, the group reconvened a decade later to release this lost classic. The album forged something new, pushing its legend to a new generation of metal heads with incredible tracks like ‘I’, ‘Computer God’ and ‘TV Crimes’.

The Rules Of Hell tracklisting:

Heaven And Hell – ‘Neon Knights’, ‘Children Of The Sea’, ‘Lady Evil’, ‘Heaven And Hell’, ‘Wishing Well’, ‘Die Young’, ‘Walk Away’, ‘Lonely Is The Word’.

Mob Rules – ‘Turn Up The Night’, ‘Voodoo’, ‘The Sign Of The Southern Cross’, ‘E5150′, ‘The Mob Rules’, ‘Country Girl’, ‘Slipping Away’, ‘Falling Off The Edge Of The World’, ‘Over And Over’.

Live Evil – Disc 1 – ‘E5150′, ‘Neon Knights’, ‘N.I.B.’, ‘Children Of The Sea’, ‘Voodoo’, ‘Black Sabbath’, ‘War Pigs’, ‘Iron Man’.

Disc 2 – ‘The Mob Rules’, ‘Heaven And Hell’, ‘The Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell’, ‘Paranoid’, ‘Children Of The Grave’, ‘Fluff’.

Dehumanizer – ‘Computer God’, ‘After All (The Dead)’, ‘TV Crimes’, ‘Letters From Earth’, ‘Master Of Insanity’, ‘Time Machine’, ‘Sins Of The Father’, ‘Too Late’, ‘I’, ‘Buried Alive’, ‘Time Machine'(Wayne’s World Version).

Heaven And Hell North American tour dates (except where noted, all shows also feature Judas Priest, Motörhead, and Testament):

6 – Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
7 – Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
9 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Arts Center
10 – Wantagh, NJ – Jones Beach Theater
12 – Hamburg, NY – Grandstand Stage/America’s Fair **
13 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena##
16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Post-Gazette Pavilion
18 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Center
19 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Band Amphitheatre
22 – Dallas, TX – Center
23 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
24 – San Antonio, TX – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
27 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
28 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Wireless Pavilion
30 – San Bernadino, CA – Hyundai Pavilion At Glen Helen
31 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

**Featuring Motörhead and Testament ONLY
## Featuring Judas Priest and Testament ONLY