“Past & Present Live” by Anvil

Artist: Anvil
Title: “Past & Present Live”
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 9/21/2009
Genre: Speed Metal/Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

With all of the buzz being generated for the band Anvil based on the movie “Anvil: The Story Of Anvil”, it seemed to be only a matter of time before some of their releases made an appearance again. One such example would be the bands 1989 live recording which by the year of its performance show that the kind of music that Anvil did was already on its way out in the public eye. Yes, by this time in music history, the educated music fan will quickly realize that Metal was passé and the wonderful sound of Grunge was in full sway. Of course I am being somewhat sarcastic, for while I enjoyed some of the killer Grunge acts I saw no reason for it moving Legendary Metal bands aside. Even though this was not the best decade for Metal, we still get a rock solid performance from Anvil during this show and how could this be anything but the case – the band was still on their own quest for glory and the proper respect from the industry giants who could make them the success that was still managing to elude them. Originally released on Metal Blade Records, the album now comes to us in remastered format care of the fine folks at Metal Mind Productions and now in a slim digipak case with some expanded liner notes.

As a recording this is a sound concert and for the unschooled in the music of Anvil it serves as a wonderful “Greatest Hits” live release. If you wanted to learn more there is probably no better place to start unless you can find their “Anthology Of Anvil” release which is rather difficult to find at this time. Some of my own favorites are included and these include the classic Speed Metal drive of “Blood On The Ice” and the crushing “Metal On Metal”. Instrumental enthusiasts will appreciate “March Of The Crabs” and drumming fanatics will love “Jackhammer” as this features a killer solo by Robb Reiner who I have long felt was one of Metal most unsung heroes. Essentially every song you hear referenced as a classic in the bands history is presented here for you on the remaster but one thing is also very apparent in this release and that is the fact that the band did not have the same level of overall impact with their tunes as some of their comrades managed to have. Yes they were an influence to the Metallica, Anthrax’s and more of the world in Metal but when it came down to it, the influenced did somewhat better at the job than the influence. That being said, this is still fun stuff to hear and fans should know that the band still is working on grabbing that golden ring and perhaps as a result of the movie that the long sought after accolades are finally within reach.

Earlier in 2009, PiercingMetal.com had the chance to enjoy the film “The Story Of Anvil” at a special media showcase and the movie was followed by a live appearance of the band who did five songs for all in attendance. It was a good time to say the least and can be read via this LINK.

Track Listing:
1. Concrete Jungle
2. Toe Jam
3. Motormount
4. Forged In Fire
5. Blood On The Ice
6. March Of The Crabs
7. Jackhammer
8. Metal On Metal
9. Winged Assassins
10. 666
11. Mothra

Official Website: http://www.anvilbook.co.uk/

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