Anvil's Legal At Last: the most Anvil record since the last Anvil record

Anvil continue to be both Canadian and metal on 18th studio album Legal At Last

Anvil: Legal At Last
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Probably no one has ever accused Canadian chuggernauts Anvil of being clever. 

But you gotta hand it to them with the title of this one: not only is marijuana finally legal in their beloved homeland (it sorta already was, but still…), it’s also their eighteenth album, which means you can legally have sex with it in the US. 

Otherwise, you know, Anvil is Anvil, and this is their most Anvil record since the last Anvil record. 

It’s got tongue-in-cheek shit (title track, sad/funny weed story Nabbed In Nebraska), and really, really metal shit (Chemtrails, Food For The Vulture), all of it buoyed by frontman Lips’ relentless bellow and supernatural shred.

There are no ballads, no synthesisers, and you don’t learn a thing. Good work all round.


Came from the sky like a 747. Classic Rock’s least-reputable byline-grabber since 2003. Several decades deep into the music industry. Got fired from an early incarnation of Anal C**t after one show. 30 years later, got fired from the New York Times after one week. Likes rock and hates everything else. Still believes in Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, against all better judgment.