Strength of Steel
With the success of the documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil, this Canadian metal band has seen a revived interest in its catalog. Always respected by its peers in Metallica, Anthrax (which often played Anvil songs in concert), and Slayer, Anvil never quite caught on with the masses, though Metal on Metal is considered a classic. Music-business snafus kept Anvil from releasing albums during what should've been its prime. 1987's Strength of Steel was considered a bit of a disappointment when it was released, with fan anticipation creating expectations that couldn't be lived up to; still, it was the band's highest-charting album in the U.S. The title song is on the right track, and "Concrete Jungle" points toward progressive rock with its extended instrumental break. In fact, the twin-guitar attack of Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Dave Allison is as inspiring as ever, flowing with melodic ideas on "I Dreamed It Was the End of the World" and the challenging "Flight of the Bumble Beast." Anvil even manages a credible metal cover of fellow Canadians The Stampeders' hit "Wild Eyes."