Metal On Metal review by Anvil

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  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (29 votes)
Anvil: Metal On Metal

Sound — 8
Metal on Metal is the second studio album by Canadian heavy metal band Anvil. Released in 1982, 1 year before Metallica and Slayer's debut albums, this album is a straight-forward heavy/thrash metal album that was too heavy to get signed by a major label. Anvil is more about the energy they create than pure speed, though they are kinda fast. Drummer Robb Reiner is skilled and good at what he does. With classics such as March of the Crabs and Metal on Metal, this album is pretty awesome and I really recommend it if you liked Kill Em All.

Lyrics — 8
While singer Lips isn't the best singer in the world, his style of singing fits the heavy music like a glove. His lyrics are memorable and extremely catchy. Bassist Glenn Five is great at backing vocals, as well as bass-playing. This album has some catchy songs, like Metal on Metal and Mothra (not so much Mothra).

Overall Impression — 8
01. Metal on Metal - Truly single worthy. Starting off with rhythmic cymbal 'clangs', the song goes into a crunchy riff leaving you wanting for more. Then the song explodes with a riff similar to the intro, except faster. Then the instruments quiet down and Lips starts singing verses that will stick in your head for ages. Then the headbanging "Keep on rockin'" leads into more verses, followed by a classic solo. This is the reason you bought the album. 10/10 02. Mothra - The guitar work on here is great. With many short solos (and one big solo) and great riffs, this is one awesome song. The chorua, 'Mothra, Mothra', is a bit questionable, but otherwise, great song. 9/10 03. Stop Me - Starts with a clean opening riff (eh) then goes into a solo and slow riffage. The singing and guitar sorta makes this song sound like a Who song. There are a bunch of great solos in this, though. Overall, a pretty mellow song that doesnt fit in with the rest of the album. 6/10 04. March of the Crabs - Instrumental. This song needs no fuckin words anyways. Kick-ass guitar and drum intro climaxing into the 'chorus'. I'm telling you, the riffs in here are freakin brilliant. Headbang away for a brilliant song. 10/10 05. Jackhammer - Great guitar riff, though its repitition may dampen its awesome-ness. The singing is alright. The chorus sounds great, kind of catchy if you know the words. Nice solo though. 8/10 06. Heat Sink - Many tempo changes in this song. When the song gets faster, the instruments dont really fit together well. But slower tempos sound better. The guitar is good in this, often staying with higher notes when not palm muting. 7/10 07. Tag Team - Slow, blues-y kind of riffs and solos. The singing complements the blues-y style of song. The solo is excelent, sounds like an AC/DC solo, also very blues-y. Nothing to head-bang to, just a relaxing song. 8/10 08. Scenery - Holy shit, Crazy Train copy. This song sounds ALOT like Ozzy's Crazy Train. I expected Lips to scream "ALL ABOARD" through the entire song. However, the guitar does a good job at 'covering' Crazy Train. 8/10 09. Tease Me, Please Me - Love the riffs, nice chrunchy main riff. Catchy chorus, though. Not much else to say. Great song, listen to it. 9/10 10. 666 - Fast Slayer like instruments. Definently somewhat speed metal. The singing is unique, but not that great. Lips doesn't really singing along with the drums or guitar in this song. 8/10

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    "Bassist Glenn Five is great at backing vocals, as well as bass-playing." Hello, before you write a review, you should at least know something about the personnel of the band. The bass player on Metal On Metal is the original Anvil bassist, Ian Dickson. Glenn Five is actually the 3rd bassist for Anvil, joining after the departure of Mike Duncan in 1996. The first album Glenn Five appeared on was Absolutely No alternative, released in 1997, a full 15 years after Metal On Metal! That being said, Glenn Five is a damn good bassist!