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  • I must admit, I was hesitant to get this. Some of Anvil’s more recent music hasn’t really caught the full attention of my ears. I’ll also admit that I’m no expert when it comes to Anvil. But, I’ve done my share of head-banging to their music; mainly their early 80’s stuff. However, I do own just about everything they’ve released. So, after listening to the clips here, I gave the good old boys another shot with This Is Thirteen (without yet seeing the movie, The Story of Anvil). Anyway, I’d definitely give this 9 out of 10, or 4.5 out of 5; but since someone gave it a 2, I’m rounding up to 5! This is a great album, and definitely lives up to the hype surrounding their new DVD story. At first listen the sound is unmistakably like the Anvil we all know, knew, or should have known. On second listen it gets much, much stronger. I’ve just gotten through my third listen and it is worthy of many more. Memories of Metal On Metal and Forged In Fire abound, and those old CDs have been dusted off :) If you’ve ever liked any Anvil music you will surely like this. But, it’s very evident that they’ve put extra efforts into this, especially when compared to some of their more recent stuff. There’s a lot of really nice variations and arrangements here. The instruments all work very well together, and on their own, and the vocals are classic. This album may not be the album of the year, but I believe it to be the best Anvil album yet. Keep bringing it boys.

    Posted on January 15, 2010