Anvil – Pounding The Pavement

Anvil - Pounding The Pavement

Artist: Anvil
Album: Pounding The Pavement
Genre: Metal
Label: Steamhammer / SPV
Release Date: January 19, 2018

Track Listing:

1. Bitch In The Box 4:29
2. Ego 2:57
3. Doing What I Want 3:17
4. Smash Your Face 4:20
5. Pounding The Pavement 3:05
6. Rock That Shit 3:21
7. Let It Go 3:00
8. Nanook Of The North 5:57
9. Black Smoke 3:26
10. World Of Tomorrow 4:37
11. Warming Up 3:03
12. Don´t Tell Me 3:51 (bonus track)

Band Members:

Steve “Lips” Kudlow: guitars, vocals

Robb Reiner: drums

Chris Robertson: bass

 

Of course there are bands that have garnered higher chart positions, sold more albums and
filled bigger venues than Anvil. Yet there are few metal acts that have earned as much
respect from their colleagues as the Canadian act surrounding vocalist/guitarist Steve ´Lips`
Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner. The most renowned Anvil aficionados include, among
others, international stars such as Metallica and the late Lemmy of Motörhead, who have
expressed their unreserved admiration time and again. The reasons for this evident respect
are obvious: since 1978, Anvil have been the epitome of a passionate heavy metal band that
refuses to be thrown off course by setbacks, adverse conditions and inconsistencies on the
business side of things. Their latest album Pounding The Pavement proves their impressive
stamina: never before have Anvil sounded as diverse, determined and inspiring.
Why has Pounding The Pavement turned into such an awesome offering? Kudlow’s
explanation is simple: “The songwriting process started immediately after the work on our
previous album, Anvil Is Anvil, had been completed,” he says. “So our thoughts instantly
turned to the future again. After Anvil Is Anvil had been cut, everybody knew what we had
just delivered and what Anvil’s future should sound like.” Despite the diverse range of their
ideas, Kudlow, Reiner and their bassist Chris Robertson have succeeded in filling the typical
trademarks of this unusual band with life once again – which is an important aspect for every
Anvil release, after all tradition and reliability play an essential role in this group. Kudlow: “Of
course we always allow inspirations from earlier recordings to seep in, but always with an
emphasis on evolving the characteristic Anvil sound. Lots of fans keep asking us to play the
way we did in the so-called good old days. That’s why I try from time to time to pick up on
that exciting feel of our older material. Mind you, it’s always exclusively about the basic
atmosphere of that time, never about copying an older song.”
This is an important angle that manifests on Pounding The Pavement in typical Anvil steam
hammers such as ´Smash Your Face`, ´Rock That Shit` and ´Ego`, which have Kudlow
spread his razor-sharp guitar riffs over the dynamic rhythm foundation courtesy of Reiner and
Robertson, adding additional bite with his familiar raw vocal style. But there are also unusual
numbers such as ´Warming Up`, which sees Anvil transport a kind of swing jazz style into the
world of rock and metal. The most surprising track, however, is ´Nanook Of The North` with a
lyric about the fate of the Inuit: “As a Canadian band, we wanted to focus on more Canadian
topics,” Kudlow explains. “I remembered a course at the College of Movie History, where I
saw one of the first TV documentaries ever. I did some research on the internet and came
across that strange overtone singing the Inuit do. I was totally awed and knew immediately
what I had to do: write a song with that typical tribal feel. That college documentary was
made some time during the 1920s and is called ´Nanook Of The North`, named after the
protagonist of the documentary. So I had found my title and the subject of the song.”
Pounding The Pavement was produced at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the
northwest of Germany, where Anvil found not only the necessary peace and seclusion to
concentrate on their recordings, but also met in studio owner Jörg Uken the ideal producer
for their ambitioned work. Talking of which: the programmatic album title Pounding The
Pavement is a synonym for the consistently serious challenge of ensuring Anvil’s financial
survival. Kudlow: “I feel nothing could describe the way we’ve been working for the past forty
years better than Pounding The Pavement: Anvil have tried for four decades to earn enough
money to survive and continue to make music.”
In view of their impressive new album which brims over with inspiration, Anvil can look into
the future with optimism, knowing that they have succeeded – as expressed in their song
´Doing What I Want` – in not having to pander to anyone’s taste artistically: “Despite all
adversities that the life of a musician entails, we still find ourselves in a very privileged
position. We can basically do what we want to do. Nobody interferes, nobody tries to steer us
in one direction or the other. Which other artists can say that of themselves? Even the
biggest bands in the world envy us and tell us: ‘You damn bastards have always been able to
do what you want.’ And that’s precisely what we’ve done again on Pounding The Pavement.”

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