"Metal on Metal" is a classic album by the Canadian heavy metal band ANVIL, released in 1982. Its high-energy, heavy sound and iconic tracks like "Metal on Metal" and "Mothra" have had a significant impact on the heavy metal genre, influencing many bands that came after them.


ANVIL - Metal On Metal Attic Original 12" Vinyl LP Album front cover

Album Production Information:

"Metal on Metal" is ANVIL's was released in 1982. The album is considered one of the band's best works and a classic in the heavy metal genre. The album features ten tracks that showcase ANVIL's signature sound, with heavy guitar riffs and powerful drumming.

The album's title track, "Metal on Metal," is perhaps the most iconic song on the album. The track features an instantly recognizable riff and a chorus that is easy to sing along to. The song's lyrics are a celebration of heavy metal, with lines like "Metal on metal, it's what I crave / The louder the better, I'll turn in my grave."

Another standout track on the album is "Mothra." The song starts with a slow, ominous guitar riff before building up to a fast-paced, headbanging section. The song's lyrics are inspired by the Godzilla film franchise and feature references to the giant moth creature of the same name.

"March of the Crabs" is another track on the album that has become a fan favorite. The song starts with a catchy guitar riff that is reminiscent of crabs scurrying across the sand. The track's fast-paced drumming and guitar solos make it a perfect song for headbanging.

"Metal on Metal" was released during a time when heavy metal was becoming more mainstream. The album's high-energy, heavy sound helped to solidify ANVIL's place in the genre and influenced many other heavy metal bands. The album's title track, "Metal on Metal," has become an anthem for heavy metal fans and is often played at metal concerts and festivals.

ANVIL's influence on heavy metal can be seen in the work of many other bands that came after them. Bands like Metallica and Slayer have cited ANVIL as an influence, and Metallica's Lars Ulrich has called ANVIL "the godfathers of thrash metal."

Music Genre:

Canadian Heavy Metal Roc

Album Production information:

The album: "ANVIL Metal on Metal" was produced by: Chris Tsangarides / Pondwater Music

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.

Joe Primeau - Sound Engineer

Ian Cooper - Mastering Engineer

Andrew Warwick - Sound Engineer, Album Cover Design

Craig Stephen - Photography

Dean Motter - Album Artwork

Roberta Terzolo - Photography

Record Label Information:

ATTIC Records LAT 1130

Media Format:

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

Year & Country:

Band Members and Musicians on: ANVIL Metal on Metal
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Lips (Steven Barry "Lips" Kudlow) - Lead Vocals, Guitars
  • Dave Allison - Guitars
  • Ian Dickson - Bass
  • Robb Reiner - Drums

Collection notes:

LIPS - (Real name: Steve Barry Kudlow), started his musical career in 1973 in the band "Gravestone", together with Rob Reiner (Drums). Around 1977 Gravestone was disbanded and Steve Kudlow with Rob Reiner, Dave Allison, Ian Dickson formed the LIPS band. After releasing their first album "LIPS - Hard 'n' Heavy", they changed the band-name into "Anvil" and released the same album with "Anvil" as bandname.

Track Listing of: "ANVIL Metal on Metal"

The Songs/tracks on "ANVIL Metal on Metal" are

  1. Metal on Metal 03:56
  2. Mothra 05:08
  3. Stop Me 05:26
  4. March of the Crabs 02:33
  5. Jackhammer 03:33
  6. Heat Sink 03:57
  7. Tag Team 04:09
  8. Scenery 04:42
  9. Tease Me, Please Me 04:53
  10. 666 04:46


Front Cover Photo Of ANVIL - Metal On Metal Attic Original 12" Vinyl LP Album


ANVIL - Metal On Metal Attic Original 12" Vinyl LP Album front cover

 Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).

Photo Of The Back Cover ANVIL - Metal On Metal Attic Original 12" Vinyl LP Album

Group photo of the four ANVIL band-members

Group photo of the four ANVIL band-members

First Photo Of Custom Inner Sleeve ANVIL - Metal On Metal Attic Original 12" Vinyl LP Album


ANVIL - Metal On Metal Attic Original 12" Vinyl LP Album custom inner sleeve

Close up of Side One record's label ANVIL - Metal On Metal Attic Original 12" Vinyl LP Album

"Metal On Metl" Record Label Details: ATTIC Records LAT 1130 ℗ 1982 Attic Records Ltd Sound Copyright

"Metal On Metl" Record Label Details: ATTIC Records LAT 1130 ℗ 1982 Attic Records Ltd Sound Copyright
Index of ANVIL Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

  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.