Re: I'm bitter....
- Here's a copy of the review - in case the link didn't work:
ANVIL - Still Going Strong (Massacre) (3 /10)
Still going strong? Well, that's certainly subjective.
ANVIL's umpteenth album opens with two tracks of pure and total
greatness. They've got the power, dynamics, passion and drive that
ANVIL used to fill entire albums with. They rush out of the starting
gate in a torrent, screaming "ANVIL is fucking back!" "Race Against
Time" and "In Hell" do it the way ANVIL hasn't done it since 1988's
Pound For Pound. Then it's back to forgettable, uninspired
fluff'n'filler for the album's remaining eight tracks. Like Plugged
In Permanent, Speed Of Sound, Absolutely No Alternative and most
other post-'80s ANVIL albums, you get great drumming, mean guitars
and occasionally killer vocals, but if the songs themselves are built
on riffs and ideas that aren't worth a damn, you're going to fell
pretty ripped off (and bored).
The prime offenders: "Holy Wood", which stomps clumsily into its
successor, "Still Going Strong", a song whose riffs are about as lame
as the lyrics. "Don't Ask Me" features some great vocals from Lips,
reaching to all facets of his still-intact range. Unfortunately, the
skeleton is strong where the meat and muscle is not, its main riff so
impossibly generic that AC/DC or even ROSE TATTOO wouldn't touch it.
Other than the utterly unnecessary four-minute drum solo that is the
centerpiece of the instrumental "White Rhino" and the shameful rip of
URIAH HEEP's "Easy Livin'" in "Sativa", there ain't a damn thing to
remark about in the album's latter half. But those first two
daaaamn. "Race Against Time" opens things up with a muted guitar
intro similar to 1983's epic "Free As The Wind". It heads into a less
emotional and more fantasy-oriented metal trip than that classic
song, overflowing with exciting riff change-ups, well-thought-out
arrangements and that familiar Lips/Robb Reiner vocal/drum
chemistry. "In Hell" slows the hectic pace to a dark crawl. If they
were going for the massively heavy vibe of "Forged In Fire" here,
they attain it beautifully. Lips' shrill high-pitched cries rear
their head here, and without sounding like insipid retread, "In Hell"
manages to capture the essence of ANVIL's best and heaviest work
throughout its 4:20 duration (could that running-time be a purposeful
nod to their fixation with weed?). There's even an unusual diffusion-
and-return at the song's three-minute mark that shows there are at
least a few interesting ideas left in the Canadian beast yet.
But then it's all downhill after that, and we're left to drown in a
mediocre assemblage of sub-par ANVIL songs. Even the typically
incredible production work of Pierre Rémillard is missing. That said,
he didn't have much to work with, as the songwriting doesn't favor
his trademark mixture of dynamics, punch and clarity. So what will
the next album be called? Full Of Filler?
- Jeff Wagner
--- In academyofanvil@y..., captain2man <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> Complaint #1....can't take a roadtrip to Montreal to see Anvil.
> Complaint #2....still have not received my copy of SGS. I'M THE
> FOUNDER, DAMNIT!!!! **stomps on the floor like an infant**....I
> MY NEW ANVIL RECORD!!!!!!!
> Hey...to anyone that has the record.....was the Academy mentioned
> all in the thanks list - or was the URL to the Academy printed at
> in the record?? This & the official website (obviously) are the
> largest Anvil "support groups" on the net....it would seem to have
> been to the band's benefit to mention something about this group to
> the world....oh well....I don't have the record yet - so what do I
> I found this review on the net...it's not a good review - but I
> figured you would want to read it:
> - jeff