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  • Anvil’s 1981 debut album Hard ‘N Heavy couldnt’ve carried them into metal stardom (thankfully they upgraded seriously for Metal On Metal). Although it does contain some decent tunes. The opener School Love features some amazing early era metal speed drumming via Robb Reiner, one of the pioneers of the style. A few other decent songs like AC/DC, the cover of Paint It Black round out the album, however the record features more Ted Nugent styled hard rock. I Want You (Both With Me) features second guitarist Dave Allison on vocals who would go on to have a song or two on every Anvil album following. This isn’t a bad song by the way, as it introduces the a typical Anvil songwriting pattern, sex; and humorous sex as well. School Love’s lyrics are quite ludicrous as one might expect, although for the early 80’s it was pretty much the way bands wrote it however Anvil, to an extent, take rock star/groupie fascination to new heights (lows!). Years later though it stands up. Decent rockers like Hot Child and Bondage carry the record, as it contains more of a 70’s boogie/glam hard rock feel. Although thats not to say that bands like Slade and even other mid 70’s Canadian rockers like Moxy didn’t have at least a small impact on the origins of metal in some way. Early pre Bon Scott era AC/DC was definite glam. The record isn’t a complete failure by any means. It plays nicely the whole way through. For serious metal collectors, you should definetly own this. However the only songs that chalk up to the classics Anvil would churn out on Metal On Metal/Forged In Fire are School Love and Bedroom Game. Although the band’s sheer energy and enthusiasm is a big help and will probably prevent most from switching this off early.

    Posted on February 2, 2010