Anvil - London Islington O2 Academy - 11th July 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Monday, 18 July 2011 04:00

ANVIL1Considering this is the Monday night after Sonisphere, there's a rather good turnout tonight to catch the mighty Anvil roll into London Town in their ' Juggernaut Of Justice'. This is the last stop on their Summer European jaunt, but there's little sign of fatigue as they hit the stage and launch into the familiar strains of 'March Of The Crabs', their traditional opener.


The set tonight is a good mixture of some prime cuts from the fantastic new album 'Juggernaut Of Justice' and lots of the old Anvil nuggets. '666' gets the place pounding before the old schoolers get a treat with the first album classic 'School Love'. 'Juggernaut Of Justice' is the first of the new ones on offer, and instantly gets the crowd singing along. This is a genuine new Anvil anthem and is sure to stick around in the set for years to come. 'On Fire', 'Fucken Eh' and 'New Orleans Voodoo' all feature from the new album, and they all sound great, blending pretty seamlessly with the older material.


'This Is Thirteen' and 'Winged Assassins' both make a serious assault on the eardrums, whilst fans of the film were delighted so see the Sabbath-esque 'Thumb Hang' make a much welcome live appearance. Rob Reiner's traditional drum solo during 'White Rhino' let no one down, but it's still two of the heavyweights from the classic 'Metal On Metal' album that seal the deal for me. The mighty 'Mothra' has always been my favourite Anvil track and tonight was possibly one of the best renditions I've ever seen, complete with Lips' extended guitar solo during which he of course introduces the dildo to give everyone a thrill. The Anvil national anthem, 'Metal On Metal', closes the set in raucous fashion with the pumped up crowd really giving it a rousing sing along.


ANVIL4Anvil really get a great reaction tonight, so a much deserved encore sees the band go back to those early albums with a storming 'Forged In Fire' and 'Jackhammer' to once again keep the old schoolers on their toes, with the excellent new track 'Running' rounding things off.


There's no doubt that the 'Anvil! The Story Of Anvil' film has really worked in raising the band's profile, and the new album has succeeded in cementing that further by proving that Anvil  is a great metal band in its own right, regardless of the 'hype' of the film. I remember seeing them at Camden's Underworld in 2007, prior to the film, and they were supporting a Pantera tribute band. They probably played to about 20 or 30 of us old schoolers who first saw them back in the 80's. It's great to now see a whole new generation of Anvil metal pounders join the ranks of the old school brigade in celebrating all things Anvil. What's great about this band is that apart from being a top class heavy metal band with great musicianship and great songs, there's a sense of fun and enthusiasm to them, , that always leaves you with a smile on your face at the end of the night.  And that my friends is what a great Rock'n'Roll band should do.


Photo Kudos Ben O'Luckely