“Metal on Metal” is one of the defining Metallic statements of the early 80s. A loud, brash and completley infectious mixture of traditional Hard Rock melded with OTT theatrics and speed riffery that predates what will follow in Thrash by a year. This album blew away most of the competition at the time and few could truly compare to such a princely Metal feast.
After a mediocre first album(“Hard and Heavy”) the band really found themselves on this second release. Several of the band’s all-time classics are available on this album including the ferocious anthem of a title track that ranks among the true gems about celebrating the Metal lifestyle. Simple as hell it would become a genre classic.
“Mothra” with it’s speed riff and melodic passages stomped all over Blue Oyster Cult’s predecessor in Monster mayhem with “Godzilla” by taking the sound out of the seventies and Hard Rock and into a fully Metal realm. The sound recalls in many ways the progresive side of later Power Metal releases.
“666″ is about one of the most delightfully evil Metal anthems of the pre-Black Metal days and was a decided improvement over the far more poppier directions of the classic “Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden as Anvil’s sound predates a much more brutal take that reminds one of early Slayer crossed with a NWOBHM acid trip. It’s the heaviest track on the album.
Other gems include frantic instrumental, “March of the Crabs”. The silly pornographic nature of both “Jackhammer” and “Tag Team” which are both delights as well as the Van Halen like nature of “Stop Me”.
The album is a great retro classic that still can crack a head or two while still remaining highly original and fun. It’s a pity that this band remained in such obscurity for so long for they really were original and certainly paved a way for much Metal to follow.
Recognition is due and all serious Metal scholars need this one in his/her collection.