Canada Day!

Just a few days before America celebrates their Independence Day, we in the north are also busting out the fireworks.

CanadaDay11-1.gif“Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally” (from wikipedia… Because I am lazy)

Sometimes a little useless information is just nice to know, but what is firm knowledge is some of the best bands hale from the second largest country in the world. In truth, our population is dwarfed by California alone and we have on average, almost half a year of winter (rounding up).

Rush, The Tragically Hip, Alexisonfire, Three Inches of Blood, Kataklysm, Kittie, Despised Icon, Danko Jones, Zimmers Hole, Strapping Young Lad, and unfortunately… Nickelback.

I would also like to take this moment and apologize for Justin Bieber. I had nothing to do with it, but if time travel ever became a reality, I would go back and stop this evil.

Get Thrashed was a documentary released in ’08 depicting several different thrash bands. After watching the movie through it’s entirety, I immediately re-watched it with a pen and paper. I wrote down every band I have yet to listen to.

Exodus, Kreator, Death, Vio-Lance, Overkill, Sodom and Anvil where all on the list of bands I have not heard before that day.

Don’t you judge me!

There is so much music out there! It is impossible to listen to it all. At the time I was able to find anything I wanted to find on the other bands, but I was never able to find anything on Anvil. I did find a Black/Death Metal band called “Black Anvil” but nothing on the Canadian act.

Many of us know the Story of Anvil because of the documentary called as such released October 6, 2009. Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner who hail from Toronto, Ontario, are the original members of Anvil, and they have praise from some of the most well known names, such as: Scott Ian, Anthrax, Lemmy, Lars Ulrich, Slash, and Tom Araya.

Rocking out since 1978 after their prime and decades after a peak in their career, they now hold fifteen albums, and are still writing tunes. Their most recent album, “Hope In Hell” was released on May 28th and still has that fresh sulfur smell and a fancy “new” sticker. The title track has a Sabbath-ish burn to it, while other songs like Eat Your Words, The Fight is Never Won, Badass Rock n Roll, and Shut the Fuck Up seem to have a Motorhead flavor.

A little update since the documentary that I learned while looking around. For those that don’t know, “Glenn 5” Gyorffy, left the band late 2011 for “creative differences.” He has been with the band for sixteen years and you can get a sample of his style from the tune he has written & sang called This ride. I have looked around, and have yet to find a new act for Glenn, but that does not mean there isn’t one. They now have Sal Italiano, a member of an Iron Maiden tribute band from Long Island.

As announced by Dan Gallagher, at last NAMM show, Anvil is now endorsed by Bugera Amplification. With my keen drunken eye, I have seen in this video what I believe is the 6260-212 combo and the BVV3000 Infinium. The 6260 has 120-watts of tube power that goes from a high-gain crunch all the way through a “Texas Clean.” As for the all tube BVV-3000 bass amp, the thing’s a beast that can crank out up to 300 watts of tube driven power. It also comes with a 3-band EQ and an effects loop in case you really want to get funky.


Also, don’t forget to check out’s own footage of Anvil at NAMM 2013!


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What do you guys think of the new Anvil album, the 6260, and the BVV3000 Infinium? Let me know below.

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About the Author: Started playing bass at 15. It was Danko Jones who inspired me to play at all, and in a small town I couldn't be picky on what I can get my hands on, so I bought a squire with pride. Obtained a B.C. Rich guitar months later. Moved to the city at 17. At 19 joined my first metal band as a bassist which ended at 20. Joined a bass heavy rock band, which I loved being in whole heartily. I now wait to venture into a new project. For the time being though, I am exploring my abilities as a writer.

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