Anvil – This Is Thirteen (2009, VH1 Classic Records)
Original Release: 2007, self-released
1. “This Is Thirteen” … 6:40
2. “Bombs Away” … 3:28
3. “Burning Bridges” … 5:52
4. “Ready to Fight” … 4:14
5. “Flying Blind” … 3:11
6. “Room #9” … 3:50
7. “Axe to Grind” … 4:33
8. “Feed the Greed” … 3:52
9. “Big Business” .. 3:26
10. “Should’a Would’a Could’a” … 3:06
11. “Worry” … 3:15
12. “Game Over” … 2:58
13. “American Refugee” … 2:36
14. Thumb Hang … 5:59
Steve “Lips” Kudlow – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Glenn Five – Bass
Robb Reiner – Drums
Producer: Chris Tsangarides
Thanks to the popularity and acclaim of the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, VH1 Classic decided to go into business with the band and give us a re-release of this 2007 album. In addition to that, VH1 Classic also premiered the movie on television and will be sponsoring an “Anvil experience” tour that features a showing of the movie and then the band taking the stage to play. As if that wasn’t enough, the success of the documentary got them a few gigs playing stadium shows opening for AC/DC! Let me tell you, “the story of Anvil” is nothing short of amazing and inspiring, but I’ll leave that to the documentary to display.
Anvil is a band I’ve wanted to check out for YEARS, way before there was ever any word about the documentary. The early albums had been on my wish list for a long time, but I never picked them up because they were usually high priced. I’ll admit that the movie gave me the final push to check out this album and their debut Hard ‘N’ Heavy.
This album is a great throwback to the bands early albums. I don’t know how the band sounded in recent years, but this album is a stripped down pure old school heavy metal album that’s rooted in thrash and NWOBHM. Part of this is probably attributed to the great Chris Tsangarides, who worked with the band in ’85 on their half previously unreleased/half compilation album Backwaxed. Chris has produced classic albums for Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen and Y&T.
The album retains its heaviness all the way though, but I think the album is a bit slow and plodding at times. It doesn’t matter though because even if things fell apart tomorrow and Anvil never made another album, they could at least go out with their heads held high. This Is Thirteen is a real treat for old school metal heads, you don’t hear many albums like this anymore and from what I’ve heard longtime Anvil fans say — this album is a worthy successor to the early Anvil classics.
“Thumb Hang”, an old but never before recorded Anvil song, was finally recorded as a bonus track for this VH1 Classic reissue.
Highlights: “This Is Thirteen”, “Bombs Away”, “Burning Bridges”, “Ready to Fight”, “Axe to Grind”, “Worry”