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Anvil: Reissues

Revitalised thrashers dine out on their lean years

Back in the early 1980s, Anvil were among the elite of young metal bands. The Canadians crashed badly, only revived by their 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story Of Anvil. Thankfully, the film’s mainstream success has led to the band reconnecting with their talent and, inevitably, their back catalogue has also been repackaged.

While Anvil’s 80s output needs to be heard, the albums released in the first decade of the 21st century are, frankly, rather dire. The double digipack combo of 2002’s Still Going Strong and 2004’s Back To Basics [2] is anaemic, lacking any saving grace. The songs plod along aimlessly, and are just a collection of tired riffs and clichéd lyrics performed by a band who are clearly struggling to come up with anything fresh.

At least 2007’s This Is Thirteen [4] has one or two moments worth blasting. The title track and Axe To Grind are more in tune with the classic Anvil era. But it’s hard to recommend this album. Far better to get the recent Juggernaut of Justice.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.