Anvil may not be the most revolutionary metal band the world has ever seen, but they do have one amazing quality about them that is missing in nearly all musicians these days. Passion.
Back in 1973 Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner began writing their own breed of heavy metal music with the hopes of becoming rock stars. Interest from record labels, the recording of albums and sell out shows during the early 80s set Anvil on the path to fame and success, but while other bands such as Metallica and Slayer were being turned into rock gods, the Toronto band were still working hard to keep their dream alive. Fast forward 30 years and where are they now?
This is where Anvil: The Story Of Anvil comes in. The rock-umentary picks up the tale in 2007 and reveals all about the band’s struggle to exist. Beaten down by music industry big wigs and pushed to the side by their so called rock star friends, the movie follows the band as they attempt one last shot at the big time with their 13th album ‘This Is Thirteen’. It’s both uplifting and heart warming to watch this band put everything into their childhood dream, but at the same time it’s soul destroying to see them fail time and time again. A poorly organsised European tour sees the band argue and fight like there is no tomorrow, leaving you to wonder, how are Lips and Reiner still friends after all these years? Soon it becomes apparent. You’re not just watching a documentary about a writhing metal band; you are in fact witnessing the true power of friendship and how it will always prevail. Steve and Rob’s relationship is what has kept Anvil together and it’s their overwhelming passion for music that’s kept them chasing their dream for so long. In their minds it doesn’t matter whether they make it or not, they’re just happy knowing that they tried.
The best thing about Anvil: The Story Of Anvil is that you don’t have to be a metal head to enjoy this movie. It’s uplifting, funny and truly inspirational to watch this aging couple of music lover’s avidly pursue a vision that they have had since they were 14 years old. So, whether the band hits the big time or not is beside the point. The point is that it’s so refreshing to see the raw human emotions of someone truly passionate about the things they want the most in life. Something that is very rare in today’s society.