For some – a living legend of heavy metal, for others â€“ a long forgotten relic of the past. Either way, thereâ€™s no doubt that Anvil left a visible mark in the history of heavy music. Their legacy reaches all the way back to the 80â€™s, when the group celebrated their biggest triumphs. Although Anvilâ€™s popularity eventually expired, the band remained true to their passion and against all the odds, kept recording new material for years to come. In January 2008 director and huge Anvil fan, Sacha Gervasi (known also as the writer of the blockbuster film â€œThe Terminalâ€) released his documentary about the band, called â€œAnvil! The Story of Anvilâ€. Filmed between 2005 and 2007, it showcased with brutal honesty Anvilâ€™s decline from greatness to obscurity. The documentary proved to be a big hit, winning thousands of hearts worldwide and getting raving reviews in the press. The Times called it â€œpossibly the greatest film yet made about rock and rollâ€. The movie brought Anvil back on the metal radar â€“ in 2009 the band performed on the Download Festival and supported AC/DC on three shows during their â€œBlack Iceâ€ world tour.
This exclusive re-release brings back a truly exceptional live album. â€œPast and Present â€“ Live in Concertâ€ covers Anvilâ€™s most successful period and delivers some of their most memorable hits and is the perfect way to get to know one of the most remarkable and die-hard bands in the history of heavy metal! Metal Mind Productions will re-issue this album on 21st September (worldwide except for USA, Canada, South & Central America).
â€œPast & Presence Liveâ€ (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1322 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: heavy metal
Release date: 21.09.2009 (World ex. US, CA, South & Central America)
1. Concrete Jungle
2. Toe Jam
4. Forged In Fire
5. Blood On The Ice
6. March Of The Crabs
8. Metal On Metal
9. Winged Assassins
The story of Anvil began in 1972 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, when drummer Robb Reiner and guitarist/vocalist Steve â€œLipsâ€ Kudlow started jamming together. In 1978 the first line-up of Anvil (at that time â€“ under the moniker LIPS) emerged, with additional musicians Dave Allison (guitar, backing vocals) and Ian Dickson (bass). In 1981 the collective recorded their first independent album, called â€œHard â€˜N Heavyâ€. Soon after that they got noticed by Attic Records and changed their name from Lips to Anvil. â€œHard â€˜N Heavyâ€ was re-released through the bandâ€™s new label, instantly becoming a very successful debut. In the following years Anvil recorded three more albums for Attic Records â€“ â€œMetal On Metalâ€ (1982), â€œForged In Fireâ€ (1983) and â€œBackwaxedâ€ (1985). All of them are still considered some of the groupâ€™s best works. In 1987 Anvil moved to Metal Blade Records, where they released two more successful LPs â€“ â€œStrength of Steelâ€ (1987) and â€œPound For Poundâ€ (1988). With the beginning of the 90â€™s, Anvilâ€™s popularity drastically decreased and the band faced personnel and artistic problems. Nevertheless, up until now Anvil managed to record eight more albums, the most recent being the self-released â€œThis is Thirteenâ€ (2007).
â€œPast and Present â€“ Live in Concertâ€ was originally released in 1989 by Metal Blade Records. The album saw the band closing a very important chapter, a chapter which brought some of Anvilâ€™s best songs. The LPâ€™s content covered both the Attic and Metal Blade years. The opening track â€“ â€œConcrete Jungleâ€ â€“ welcomed the listener with an intensity that would last throughout the whole concert. The performance, recorded at The Waters Club in Long Beach, California, showcased the band in top form â€“ all their classic tunes were played with amazing energy and feeling. The band presented five tracks from their second opus – â€œMetal on Metalâ€ (â€œMarch of the Crabsâ€, Jackhammerâ€, â€œMetal on Metalâ€, â€œ666â€ and â€œMothraâ€), three tracks from â€œForged in Fireâ€ (â€œMotormountâ€, â€œWinged Assassinsâ€ and â€œForged in Fireâ€), one track from â€œStrength of Steelâ€ (â€œConcrete Jungleâ€) and finally, two tracks from â€œPound For Poundâ€ (â€œBlood on the Iceâ€, â€œToe Jamâ€). This was the ultimate Anvil collection at that time, covering the bandâ€™s best and most representative material.
With the release of the hit documentary, Anvil became not only a symbol of dedication to metal music, but also a symbol of undying passion. â€œPast and Present â€“ Live in Concertâ€ is the perfect way to get to know one of the most remarkable and die-hard bands in the history of heavy metal!