This album "ANVIL - Backwaxed" includes five previously unreleased tracks  


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Album Information:

Anvil Backwaxed is the third studio album by Canadian heavy metal band Anvil, released in 1985. The album was produced by Chris Tsangarides and released under the Attic Records label. Anvil Backwaxed was a commercial success and established Anvil as one of the leading bands in the heavy metal scene. The album is characterized by its aggressive guitar riffs, thunderous drums, and high-pitched vocals.

Anvil Backwaxed is a masterclass in heavy metal music. The album's sound is characterized by its aggressive guitar riffs, thunderous drums, and high-pitched vocals. The band's tight musicianship and powerful energy make each song an unforgettable experience. The guitar work, in particular, is exceptional, with plenty of memorable solos and riffs that will get any metalhead's head banging.

Lyrically, the album covers a range of topics, from the struggles of living in a big city to the complexities of relationships. The lyrics are often tongue-in-cheek and humorous, but they also deal with more serious themes, such as insomnia and the thrill of danger.

Music Genre:

Canadian Heavy Metal / Hard Rock

Album Production information:


The album: "ANVIL - Backwaxed" was produced by: Anvil and Chris Tsangarides

Christopher Andrew Tsangarides, known as Chris Tsangarides, was a British record producer, sound engineer, and mixer, who left an indelible mark on the heavy metal and hard rock music scenes. Born on 17 August 1956, in London, England, Tsangarides displayed a passion for music from an early age. His talent and dedication would propel him to become one of the most sought-after producers in the industry.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Tsangarides rose to prominence due to his exceptional work with numerous heavy metal bands, earning him a reputation for producing albums of exceptional quality. His collaborations included notable acts such as Judas Priest, Anvil, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Helloween, Angra, Anthem, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Tygers of Pan Tang.


One of Tsangarides' breakthrough moments came in 1982 when he produced Anvil's iconic album "Metal on Metal." This release showcased his ability to capture the raw energy and power of the heavy metal genre. Following this success, Tsangarides went on to produce Thin Lizzy's acclaimed final studio album, "Thunder and Lightning," released in 1983. The album's dynamic sound and memorable tracks solidified Tsangarides' position as a top-tier producer.

In 1990, Tsangarides achieved a Grammy nomination for his work on Judas Priest's album "Painkiller," which showcased his expertise in capturing the band's ferocious sound. Throughout this period, Tsangarides collaborated with other influential artists, including Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Helloween, Y&T, Tygers of Pan Tang, Anthem, Sinner, King Diamond, Ian Gillan, and Bruce Dickinson, whose solo album "Tattooed Millionaire" he produced in the same year.

Tsangarides' distinctive style and meticulous attention to detail contributed to the success of many classic albums. His ability to capture the essence and energy of heavy metal made him a favorite among bands and musicians seeking a powerful and dynamic sound. His production work was marked by an emphasis on capturing the live performance, resulting in albums that resonated with fans and stood the test of time.

Tragically, Chris Tsangarides' career was cut short when he passed away on 7 January 2018, at the age of 61. However, his contributions to the heavy metal and hard rock genres continue to be celebrated and appreciated by fans and fellow musicians alike. Tsangarides left an enduring legacy as a Grammy-nominated producer, sound engineer, and mixer, whose work forever shaped the sound of heavy metal and solidified his status as a true legend in the music industry.

Album photography: Patrick "Flash" Harbron

Record Label Information:

Attic Records / Viper RR 9776

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1985 Made in Holland
Track Listing of: "ANVIL - Backwaxed"

The Songs/tracks on "ANVIL - Backwaxed" are

    Side One:
  1. Pussy Poison
  2. Back Waxed
  3. Steamin
  4. You're a Liar'
  5. Fryin Cryin'
    Side Two:
  1. Metal on Metal
  2. Butter Bust Jerky
  3. Scenery
  4. Jackhammer
  5. School Love
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  ANVIL is a Canadian heavy metal band that was formed in 1978. Despite being one of the pioneers of the heavy metal genre, the band has never received the recognition it deserves, and its members have struggled to make a living from their music. Despite this, ANVIL continues to produce music and tour, and has a dedicated fanbase that appreciates the band's raw and energetic sound.

 ANVIL was formed in Toronto, Canada, by Steve "Lips" Kudlow (vocals and guitar) and Robb Reiner (drums). The band's early music was heavily influenced by Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Motorhead, and they quickly established themselves as one of the leading lights of the heavy metal scene in Toronto. Over the years, ANVIL has released several albums, including "Metal on Metal" (1982), "Forged in Fire" (1983), and "This is Thirteen" (2007).

 One of the things that sets ANVIL apart from other heavy metal bands is the band's DIY ethos. Throughout their career, the members of ANVIL have been completely self-sufficient, handling everything from writing and recording the music, to booking their own tours, and even producing their own merchandise. This independence has allowed the band to maintain complete control over their sound and image, and has helped them to maintain their unique identity in an industry that is often dominated by big record labels and media conglomerates.

  Another factor that has contributed to ANVIL's longevity is the band's energetic and powerful live performances. Despite their lack of mainstream recognition, ANVIL has built a loyal fanbase by playing hundreds of shows across the world, and delivering explosive performances that are known for their raw energy and high-octane excitement. Whether they are playing to a packed arena or a small club, ANVIL always gives it their all, and their fans appreciate the band's dedication to their craft.

 In recent years, ANVIL has received a significant boost in recognition and popularity due to the documentary "Anvil: The Story of Anvil" (2008). The film, which was directed by Sacha Gervasi, provides an in-depth look at the lives and careers of Lips and Robb, and gives viewers a glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of the band. The film was a critical and commercial success, and has helped to introduce ANVIL's music to a new generation of fans.