Anvil's Impact Is Imminent is thunderous, goofy, and impishly diverse

Celluloid’s speed-metal kings Anvil keep ’em coming on 19th studio album Impact Is Imminent

Anvil: Impact Is Imminent cover art
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Only the meanest of spirits could begrudge Anvil the steady and highly productive career they’ve enjoyed since that film

What is particularly gratifying is to hear just how much the band are still enjoying themselves. Impact Is Imminent is their nineteenth studio album and it’s just as thunderous, goofy and impishly diverse as the best of its predecessors, with frontman Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow on particularly fine form, both as a guitarist and as one of the few men alive who could sing a song titled Teabag with something approximating a straight face. 

As ever, the highlights prove what an unashamedly ripping metal band Anvil can be: Ghost Shadow and Fire Rain are fiery, gas-guzzling hard-rock anthems, Shockwave is Anvil in grubby garage-doom mode and Wizard’s Wand is as silly and irresistible as its title suggests. 

That album title definitely belongs to Exodus, however.

Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.