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There is much to recommend here for die hard Anvil fans.

Anvil return with the follow up to their 2011 release, 'Juggernaut Of Justice', and it's the first to feature new bassist Sal Italiano, whom the band describe as "a little like we have enlisted Steve Harris of Iron Maiden!". Anvil has been around for three decades now, and after the success of the movie 'Anvil - The Story Of Anvil', have been rightly catapulted back into the heavy metal spotlight, where they belong.

We begin with title track 'Hope In Hell', which is a slow-grinding anthem that has singer Lips spitting out discontented lyrics in a pulpit-bashing fashion. Rob Reiner's driving drums take us into more familiar territory with 'Eat Your Words', featuring frantic guitar solos and riffs galore, and is classic old school thrash metal. 'Through With You' is a shameless steal of the main guitar riff from Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and the bizarre chorus of 'See You Next Tuesday' renders the song a little redundant in my opinion.

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Thankfully, 'The Fight Is Never Won' revisits a more classic sound, closer to the 'Forged In Fire' era. This is classic 'chest-beating' metal that few bands but Anvil can pull off! Both 'Call Of Duty' and 'Pay The Toll' are standard metal moments, and its not until 'Times Show No Mercy' that the band hit the mark. The lyrics here give a vivid account of the aging process, and where you stand in your later years as a metal fan. It is all nicely wrapped up with thuggish charm, and some colossal guitar bites. 'Mankind Machine' cuts into the heart with its molten metal attitude and thrusting chorus – it's one of the stand-out tracks on offer. With a title like 'Shut The Fuck Up', little is left to the imagination! There is enough punk rock energy and humour to propel the song nicely along on a sea of chugging guitars.

You always know what you're going to get with an Anvil release, and the band rarely disappoint. There is much to recommend here for die hard Anvil fans, though I really would like to see the band let loose from the more predictable metal approach, and take a few chances now and then.

Ray Paul

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