Anvil: New Album Details Revealed!

'Hope in Hell' drops May 27th!

SPV / Steamhammer have confirmed the release of seminal Canadian heavy metal act Anvil’s highly anticipated new studio album Hope In Hell, on May 27th. Hope In Hell, the follow-up to 2011’s Juggernaut Of Justice opus, was written and recorded following the 18 month long world tour which ensued that highly acclaimed release.

“We hadn’t expected this kind of extensive tour when we brought out Juggernaut...,” Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow acknowledges; “Time just flew by. I could hardly believe it when I found myself in the studio again after the tour, ready to work on the next album. The reactions to Juggernaut Of Justice and the shows had been so positive that we had plenty of ideas and inspiration for new material.” All fired up and on totally top form, Anvil recorded Hope In Hell, with Juggernaut Of Justice producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper), at the NRG studios in North Hollywood, California. 

A powerful, unrelenting, timeless, traditional metal/classic hard rock album, Hope In Hell, which was expertly mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Yngwie Malmsteen, Sepultura), will be available as a limited edition digipak CD containing two bonus tracks, a standard 11 track jewel case CD, a double, orange coloured vinyl gatefold LP, and for download.

Hope In Hell contains the first cuts to feature Anvil‘s new bassist Sal Italiano, who joined the band a year ago; “We’re really happy with Sal; his style is powerful and amazingly imaginative: it’s a little as if we’d enlisted Steve Harris,” enthuses Kudlow. “We’re really proud and already love the new album just as much as our early releases from the beginning of the Eighties, because Hope...’ sounds like Anvil live on stage: natural, honest, unvarnished, never over-produced and straight from the heart.”

Hope In Hell abounds with typical Anvil songs such as the title track itself, (which Lips considers a logical continuation of legendary numbers such as Forged In Fire, Metal On Metal and Plenty Of Power), Eat Your Words, a “hybrid between Jackhammer and 666, in other words pure Anvil, like in our early days” (Kudlow), plus haunting new tracks like The Fight Is Never Won and Call Of Duty

But there are also a number of real surprises, such as “A song like Badass Rock’n’Roll with its rock’n’roll groove which surprised even me”, Kudlow admits, continuing “It shows our great respect for bands like AC/DC and Motörhead”. 

Mankind Machine sees Kudlow & Co. break new ground; never before has this band sounded so mechanical (as the title suggests), while never before has it sounded as oriented to the classic rock feel of the Seventies as in Time Shows No Mercy. 

Anvil, who have been on a rock ‘n’ roll journey for over three decades, were catapulted into the international limelight by 2008’s Anvil! The Story Of Anvil movie, which became the highest grossing rock documentary in UK history within two months of its release, and has now been seen by well over 8 million people in the US. While listed as a prime influence by the likes of Metallica and Guns N Roses as one of the creators of the thrash/speed metal genre, Anvil appeared to have taken a back seat to this new wave of massive metal bands. But Anvil had struggled with bad record deals, bad management and just plain bad luck prior to Anvil! The Story Of Anvil

Subsequent to the success of the film, Anvil were catapulted on to the main stages of virtually every major European festival, landed opening slots on 2 US and one Canadian AC/DC shows, embarked on their first headline tour of America in 10 years and headlined the main stage of Germany’s Wacken Festival, performing in front of 80,000 rabid metalheads. Early in 2011, SPV / Steamhammer were totally psyched to snap up Anvil’s then upcoming Juggernaut Of Justice album, along with their entire back catalogue.

“What we do is totally timeless,” states Kudlow; “We’ve never tried to change our sound or experiment with trends and fashions. We live in our own world and have maintained our individuality and own identity. The new album’’s flair reminds me of the beginnings of classic heavy metal in the most positive sense of the term. I grew up in the Seventies, and I still like what I listened to back then. You can always rely on Anvil, we don’t write our music for the radio and we don’t want to break any records. Some media criticise our uncompromising attitude, but we’re proud of never having betrayed our ideals and having remained faithful to our roots.”