Anvil: The Story of Anvil
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It doesn't happen on a mostly disastrous European tour organized by a well-meaning but inexperienced fan. It doesn't happen when they reunite with British producer Chris Tsangarides (Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy) but find little interest in the new recording. But Kudlow, despite some bleak moments, is remarkably resilient (of the tour, he says, "Things went drastically wrong. But at least there was a tour for them to go wrong on"). And while it's a sad truth that Anvil just isn't that good--they're nowhere near the level of some of the bands they inspired, like Anthrax and Metallica--only the hardest of heart will resist rooting for them. Bonus material includes deleted scenes and commentary by director (and former roadie) Sacha Gervasi. --Sam Graham
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Anvil is a Heavy Metal band created by childhood friends Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner. They've been together as a band for almost 30 years and while bassists have come and gone they still share a dream to make it to the big time. Their belief in themselves isn't unrealistic, as proved by interviews by such Heavy Metal luminaries as Lars Ullrich, Lemmy (from Motorhead), and Slash attest to. They credit Anvil with being Heavy Metal innovators not only in their music such as songs like Metal On Metal, which Ullrich says other bands used and borrowed without ever looking back, but in stage appearance such as Lips early penchant for wearing bondage outfits onstage, and using dildos as a guitar slide.
There is a pathos present too. As the band embarks on a European tour that was managed by an amateur promoter, they played bars where the band almost out number the patrons, or a bar owner that tries to rip them off. There's also the family and friends who are shown and they understand and support the dreams and ambitions of Reiner and Kudlow. A sister of Kudlow going so far as to front money for Anvil to record with Heavy Metal producer Chris Tsangarides (Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy).
Why didn't Anvil make it? The movie isn't about that, although, Lips and Robb wrestle with it a little.Read more ›
After I watched the movie, I went and read everything I could find out about the band. The story about Sacha Gervasi, and how he had been their roadie at 16, went off and done all sorts of incredible things, and then re-entered their lives to make this movie, is amazing.Read more ›
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A great story of one of the most criminally ignored true metal pioneers in music history. IM so happy that they are now getting more attention, been a long time fan and will be... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Deimos
Great rock movie but overall a great buddy flick. Rock on Anvil!Published 19 months ago by S. Wagner
I assume it gets harder to sing about death once you get past the half-way mark. But you have to admire these guys for pursuing their dream, not giving up and living with the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Coronet Blue
not a fan of anvil? don't even know who they are? worry not. I didn't know much about this band either (still don't). Read morePublished 23 months ago by osapientia
Such a great, positive movie! These guys look on the bright side when other bands would've given up or died... literally! Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by t. k. bledsoe