Anvil’s New LP Will Have A Mostly Positive “Impact” On Audiences

Courtesy: AFM Records

This past Friday, veteran hard rock band Anvil released its latest album, Impact Is Imminent, to the masses.  Released through AFM Records, the record is now the band’s 19th (yes, 19th) album, and came more than two years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Legal At Last, which was released Feb. 14, 2020.  The album is a presentation that us certain to offer the most appeal to the band’s established audiences.  Its combined musical and lyrical content, all of which will be examined here, will also offer at least some appeal to more casual audiences.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  This item will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album a presentation that most hard rock and Anvil fans will find worth hearing at least once.

Impact Is Imminent, the latest album from veteran hard rock band Anvil, is an engaging and entertaining new offering from the band.  Most of the band’s established audiences and more casual fans alike will find something to like about the record, beginning with its overall musical content.  The musical content is important to note because of the sounds and stylistic approaches exhibited in each song through said item.  From one song to the next, the musical content largely throws back to the hard rock sounds of the late 80s.  Throughout the course of the record, audiences can make comparisons to music from Motorhead more than once thanks to the specific guitar styles and vocal delivery styles.  On a separate note, a song, such as ‘Lockdown,’ with its trudging sludge style approach takes audiences in yet another direction a la vintage Black Sabbath.  The incorporation of the horns into ‘Gomez,’ the album’s opener, makes for yet another unique point of interest in terms of the album’s musical arrangements.  That is because of the contrast of the horns to the heavier guitars, bass, and drums.  Strangely enough, it sounds like a near carbon copy of ‘Teabag,’ the album’s other instrumental track.  It is difficult to decide which whether this is good or bad.  A very brief mention of the songs are made in a press release about the album, but there is not explanation as to whether the band intentionally made them sound so much like one another, as if the latter is a continuation of the prior.  Regardless, the bluesy, upbeat approach of the songs’ arrangements, set alongside all of the variety in the other arrangements makes for plenty for audiences to appreciate if only in regards to the album’s musical arrangements.

The musical content featured in Impact Is Imminent is only a part of what makes it interesting.  The lyrical themes featured throughout the album make for their own interest.  That is because of the range of topics on which the songs touch, lyrically speaking.  They range from the silly to the more serious throughout the record.  The album’s lead single, ‘Ghost Shadow,’ for instance, seems to come across literally as a story about a paranormal experience while the album’s opener, ‘Take A Lesson’ is a welcome reminder to audiences to not care what others think of them.  It is a classic, timeless rock theme.  Front man Steve Kudlow leaves nothing to doubt here as he comes right out and sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Try to keep yourself from being led astray/Ignore the stupid things that people say/Back stabbing liars/How they deceive/They’re not the cure/They are the disease/When you know you’re right/Follow your heart/Never let anyone rip it apart/Take what you got till you have not/On the spot/It’s your they forgot.”  From there, Kudlow adds later in the song, a story about how he grew as a person over time, learning to use his experiences to grow, endure and improve.  It is a theme that is certain to resonate with audiences.

‘Someone To Hate’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  Kudlow gets socially conscious in this song as he sings about how divided the world has become.  That is made clear as he sings, “Divisive influence dominates one’s soul/To look for the difference/The focus and the goal/Finding the faults and looking to see bad/To incite confrontation/Arguments to be had/Social distortion/On congruence to blame/Murdering your neighbor/The pity and the shame/Revenge or vengeance/Doesn’t matter the choice/Polarized vision/You only have one voice/Someone to hate/Don’t matter who.”  This is clearly a commentary on what has happened to the world today, what with the hyper-partisan nature of America and the equally harsh divisions that are separating the world today.  It is another example of how the record’s lyrical themes are sure to keep listeners just as engaged and entertained as the album’s musical content.  The two items do plenty to make the album worth hearing and are still not all that make it appealing to the noted audiences.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.

The production that went into Impact Is Imminent is important to note because of its role in the record’s general effect.  The production that went into the album ensured that each musician’s performance was expertly balanced with that of his counterpart.  The guitars cut through so clearly while the bass and drums collectively add their own richness and heaviness to the mix.  When Kudlow’s vocals are added to the mix, they are balanced just as well with the work of his band mates.  The end result of the expert production is that each song has the most powerful impact possible.  It leaves the album’s general effect just as engaging and entertaining as the record’s content.  When that content is coupled with the production, the whole makes the album overall a mostly successful presentation.

Impact Is Imminent, the brand new album from the veteran hard rock band Anvil, is a record that is sure to find plenty of appeal among the band’s established audiences and even more casual fans.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements largely throw back to the era of big riffs and even bigger hair, but still have their own identity separate from one another, for the most part.  There is the one issue with the record’s two instrumentals, but overall, the songs do each have their own identity and appeal.  The lyrical themes featured throughout the album are just as diverse as the record’s musical arrangements.  They touch on serious and not-so-serious topics from one to the next, keeping things interesting along the way in their own way.  The production that went into the album keeps things interesting, too.  That is because it ensures the record’s general effect is that appealing.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Impact Is Imminent still one of the best rock albums of the year so far.

More information on Anvil’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Anvil Announces New Summer Tour Dates

Courtesy: AFM Records

Veteran hard rock band Anvil announced a new tour schedule this week.

The band announced Friday, it will launch a summer-long tour June 2 in support of its forthcoming album, Impact Is Imminent. The album is scheduled for release May 20 through AFM Records. A vinyl release is scheduled to follow June 24. The album has already produced a single, ‘Ghost Shadow.‘

The band’s upcoming tour is scheduled to run through July 31 in Sun Chicago, IL and features performances in cities nationwide, such as Durham, NC; Sun Ukiah, CA and Boise, ID. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Anvil US Tour!

6/2 Thu Providence, RI @ Alchemy
 6/3 Fri Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory
 6/4 Sat Vineland, NJ @ The Landis Theater
 6/5 Sun Millersville, PA @ Phantom Power
 6/8 Wed Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse
 6/9 Thu Detroit, MI @ The Magic Bag
 6/10 Fri Cincinnati, OH @ Legends Bar & Venue
 6/11 Sat Knoxville, TN @ BrickYard Bar and Grill
 6/15 Wed Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
 6/17 Fri Virginia Beach, VA @ Vanguard
 6/18 Sat Durham, NC @ Pinhook
 6/19 Sun Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room
 6/22 Wed Memphis, TN @ Growlers
 6/23 Thu Oklahoma City, OK @ Whisky Nights
 6/24 Fri Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea
 6/25 Sat Austin, TX @ The Lost Well
 6/27 Mon El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
 6/28 Tue Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
 6/29 Wed Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
 6/30 Thu West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
 7/1 Fri Garden Grove, CA @ Garden Amp
 7/2 Sat San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
 7/7 Thu Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
 7/8 Fri Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
 7/9 Sat Reno, NV @ Altururo’s
 7/10 Sun Ukiah, CA @ The Thirsty Axe
 7/13 Wed Seattle, WA @ Substation
 7/14 Thu Bellingham, WA @ Shakedown
 7/15 Fri Portland, OR @ Dante’s
 7/16 Sat Boise, ID @ The Olympic
 7/20 Wed Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
 7/22 Fri Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s
 7/23 Sat Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
 7/24 Sun Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge
 7/28 Thu St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
 7/29 Fri Madison, WI @ Crucible
 7/30 Sat Iowa City, IA @ Wildwood
 7/31 Sun Chicago, IL @ Reggies

The track listing for Impact Is Imminent is noted below.

Tracklist:
 01. Take A Lesson 
 02. Ghost Shadow
 03. Another Gun Fight
 04. Fire Rain 
 05. Teabag 
 06. Don‘t Look Back 
 07. Someone To Hate 
 08. Bad Side Of Town 
 09. Wizard´s Wand 
 10. Lockdown 
 11. Explosive Energy 
 12. The Rabbit Hole 
 13. Shockwave 
 14. Gomez

More information on Anvil’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://my.tbaytel.net/tgallo/anvil

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/anvilmetal

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AnvilMetal666

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Anvil Announces New Album Details; Debuts Lead Single’s Video

Courtesy: AFM Records

Veteran hard rock/metal band Anvil is scheduled to release its new album this summer.

The band is scheduled to release its new record, Impact Is Imminent May 20 through AFM Records. A vinyl release is scheduled to follow June 24.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the video for the albums’ lead single, ‘Ghost Shadow‘ Friday.

The video is a straight forward, classic presentation. It features the band performing its new single on a pseudo-stage setting in a soundstage. The presentation is meant to represent what the band looks like on a real stage.

The song’s musical arrangement is just as familiar for audiences. The driving guitar riffs and solid time keeping pair with the vocals and bass line to give the song a powerful, welcome classic metal sound and approach.

The lyrics provided with the song’s video hints at perhaps a paranormal theme. No information about the song’s lyrics were provided in the press release announcing the song’s premiere.

The track listing for Impact Is Imminent is noted below.

Tracklist:
 01. Take A Lesson 
 02. Ghost Shadow
 03. Another Gun Fight
 04. Fire Rain 
 05. Teabag 
 06. Don‘t Look Back 
 07. Someone To Hate 
 08. Bad Side Of Town 
 09. Wizard´s Wand 
 10. Lockdown 
 11. Explosive Energy 
 12. The Rabbit Hole 
 13. Shockwave 
 14. Gomez

More information on Anvil’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://my.tbaytel.net/tgallo/anvil

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anvilmetal

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnvilMetal666

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Anvil To Perform Live Online This Weekend

Courtesy: Asher Media Relations

Veteran rock band Anvil will perform live digitally this weekend.

The band will hold a live streaming performance at 5 p.m. EDT Saturday.  The performance, which is in support of the band’s latest album Legal At Last (2020), is produced by District 7 Production and L’Anti Bar & Spectacles.  Legal At Last is a celebration of the legalization of recreational cannabis use in the band’s home nation of Canada.

The stream will run at 10 p.m. (UK) and 11 p.m. (Central European Time) Saturday.  Audiences in Japan in Australia will get to see the stream at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. respectively on Sunday.

Tickets for this weekend’s streaming shows are available here.  The show will stream here.

The concert’s organizers had the following to say about the event in a collective statement:

“I was wondering how to make L’Anti Bar & Spectacles live again in the midst of a health crisis,” the statement reads.  “I’ve been presenting virtual live shows with a ticket office since May 9. The first shows were appreciated by the spectators, we sold hundreds of tickets across Canada and in Europe during our first virtual shows. I wanted to present the first virtual metal show in Canada. I thought Anvil would be the perfect band for this show. I have an excellent relationship with them; the members of Anvil accepted without hesitation. Spectators should expect a virtual show with impeccable production quality in terms of sound, image, and lighting.”

More information on Anvil’s upcoming live stream show is available at:

 

Websitehttp://my.tbaytel.net/tgallo/anvil/

 

Facebook: http://twitter.com/anvilmetal

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AnvilMetal666

 

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