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Anvil
Still Going Strong
Type: CD
Company: Massacre
Release: 2002
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 1/26/2003
Title couldn't be closer to the truth
Anvil - Still Going Strong - reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1. Race Against Time
2. In Hell
3. Holy Wood
4. Still Going Strong
5. Don't Ask Me
6. Waiting
7. White Rhino
8. What I'm About
9. Sativa
10. Defiant
Anvil's newest album title couldn't be closer to the truth, aptly titled Still Going Strong. Anvil has been playing their brand of Canadian power-thrash since 1981. Quite an amazing feat for Lips and the boys. In a time when bands concentrate on releasing one or two albums before disbanding, its astonishing that a metal legend like Anvil are still releasing records in 2002. Still Going Strong is very much a continuation from where the last album, Plenty Of Power, left off. We still get heated thrashers like "Race Against Time", off-beat humor tracks such as "Holy Wood", and the much needed rockers like the title track. Robb Reiner really shows off behind the kit, saluting off the drum rolls on evil offering "In Hell", and the teutonic ripper "Defiant". Lips still shines on vocals, almost sounding effortless in his "Motorhead meets Thrash" motives. Still Going Strong is a good release and I highly recommend it to ong-time Anvil fans, or to newer fans like myself who are just getting introduced to the bands discography. Attic Records has recently announced they will be re-issuing the Anvil back catalogue, so save a dollar or two and try to pick some oldies up.
--Reviewed by EC 1.26.03
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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