Anvil Strength of Steel 12" #VINYL LP ALBUM

Anvil Strength of Steel is the 10th studio album by Canadian heavy metal band Anvil, released in 1987. The album features hard-hitting riffs, catchy choruses, and impressive musicianship, and has become a cult classic among fans of classic heavy metal. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


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Album Description:

Anvil Strength of Steel is the tenth studio album by the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil. It was released on May 13, 1987, by Metal Blade Records. The album features ten tracks, all of which were written by the band's founding members, Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner.

The album's opening track, "Strength of Steel," sets the tone for the rest of the record with its hard-hitting riffs and driving rhythms. The song's chorus, "We are the strength of steel," serves as a rallying cry for Anvil's dedicated fanbase and showcases the band's commitment to delivering high-energy, fist-pumping heavy metal.

"Concrete Jungle" and "Blood on the Ice" continue the album's hard-hitting sound, with Kudlow's searing guitar solos and Reiner's thundering drumming providing a powerful backdrop for the band's lyrics of urban decay and violence.

One of the album's standout tracks is "Mad Dog," which features a catchy, sing-along chorus and some of Kudlow's most impressive guitar work. The song's lyrics, which describe a dangerous, unpredictable figure, are brought to life by Kudlow's gritty, bluesy vocals.

"Fire in the Night" and "9-2-5" both showcase Anvil's more melodic side, with the former featuring a soaring chorus and the latter highlighting Kudlow's ability to write catchy, radio-friendly hooks.

The album's final track, "Winged Assassins," is a frenetic, high-speed romp that serves as a fitting conclusion to the record. Kudlow's lightning-fast guitar work and Reiner's thunderous drumming combine to create an exhilarating sonic experience that leaves listeners wanting more.

Anvil Strength of Steel was produced by Chris Tsangarides, who had previously worked with bands such as Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest. Tsangarides' production gives the album a crisp, polished sound that allows Anvil's raw energy and musicianship to shine through.

Despite receiving positive reviews from critics, Anvil Strength of Steel was not a commercial success, and the band would struggle to maintain their popularity throughout the 1990s. However, the album has since become a cult classic among fans of classic heavy metal, and it remains a testament to Anvil's enduring legacy as one of Canada's most beloved and influential metal bands.


Album Production Information:


Produced by Paul Lachapelle and Anvil

Executive producer: Gabor Varszegi

Photography: Patrick Harbron

Music Genre:

Canadian Heavy Metal Music

Record Label Information:

Roadrunner RR 9618

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP Gramophone

Year & Country:

1987 Holland
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Band Members and Musicians on: Anvil Strength of Steel
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ian Dickson - Bass
  • Robb Reiner - Drums
  • Lips - Vocals
  • Dave Allison - Guitars

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 Strength of Steel

The Song/tracks on "Anvil Strength of Steel" are

  • Strength of Steel
  • Concrete Jungle
  • 9-2-5
  • I Dreamed it was the end of the World
  • Flight of the Bumble Beast
  • Cut Loose
  • Mad Dog
  • Straight Between the Eyes
  • Wild Eyes
  • Kiss of Death
  • Paper General


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.