Anvil is recording a new album in Dave Grohl’s studio
The famous resurgence of Anvil, the never-say-die Toronto metal band, continues. The subject of the 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, the Canadian rockers recently announced they will be recording their new album, Juggernaut of Justice, in Dave Grohl’s California recording studio.
Anvil formed back in 1978, when metal was still fresh and long, curly mullets were still de rigueur. Band members Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner watched such bands as Megadeth and Slayer become superstars, while their own guitar-shredding talents went unrecognized. That didn’t stop the pair—later joined by bassist Glenn Five—from continuing to tour for 30 years, admittedly playing “gigs sometimes where there’s no one even there.”
Fortunately for them, filmmaker Sacha Gervasi recognized the tragic beauty in Anvil’s unwillingness to give up on the dream and chronicled the band’s tireless pursuit of musical recognition in his documentary. The film was a huge hit and brought the three aging metal heads into the spotlight, winning them fans that included many music industry greats, including Foo Fighters front man Grohl, who said of the film, “I cried, like, 15 times. I was touched by that movie so profoundly as a musician.”
Anvil is pumped to be recording again, describing the effort as “a new genre; we’ve invented metal jazz.” Right. The album is due out next spring, and if the past 30 years of Anvil’s career are any indication, pounding bass lines and song titles containing the word “metal” will abound.