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Anvil - Pounding The Pavement

Anvil - Pounding The Pavement

Label : Steamhammer/SPV | Archive under heavy / power metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Sjak : The in 2009 released, very entertaining documentary ‘The Story Of Anvil’ in the end proved to be the rescue of the dormant career of this Canadian trio and as a result of this they were capable to continuously tour and to release records again on a regular basis. In all honesty I have to say that the rise in live-shows that they have encountered since then isn’t really visible in the quality of the recently released albums. Both ‘Juggernaut Of Justice’ (from 2011) as well as ‘Hope In Hell’ (from 2013) were quite precarious affairs and also the in 2016 released ‘Anvil Is Anvil’ wasn’t able to revive the heydays of the band. I fully realize that the quality level of classics like ‘Hard And Heavy’, ‘Metal On Metal’ and ‘Forged In Fire’ will probably never be reached again, but they will really have to stir things up in the song writing department, because also this meanwhile seventeenth studio album hasn’t exactly become a memorable one.

Also on ‘Pounding The Pavement’ the problem is again the varied quality level of the twelve tunes of offer (of which ‘Don’t Tell Me’ is a bonus-track) and if they would succeed in replacing mediocre tracks like the fairly simple opener ‘Bitch In The Box’, the very average ‘Smash Your Face’, ‘Let It Go’ en ‘Nanook Of The North’ (which is very interesting from a lyrical perspective, but not from a musical perspective) by songs in the style of ‘Ego’, ‘Rock That Shit’ and the great instrumental ‘Pounding The Pavement’, the Anvil records would become much more interesting again. However, that hasn’t really happened on this album and therefore we must conclude that from a compositional standpoint the band is situated in a downward spiral. Hopefully they know how to break that trend on the next releases, because as an early-day fan I have a soft spot for these persevering fighters. That doesn’t take anything away from the fact however that also this ‘Pounding The Pavement’ has become a fairly mediocre album again…

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