Re: Anvil: LOL...
Date: January 26, 2010 01:29AM
Just a singer [term used loosely] that really wanted to
> be in King Kobra and a guitarist that pulled so many stupid
> faces he made Lips look like Eric Clapton.
I can't claim to be a huge thrash fan. Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax are my personal big three, but I do like a few albums by a few other bands. Raven, Exciter, Annihilator, and Razor (hmmm...mostly Canadian) would fall into the latter category. Personally, I always ranked "Alice..." up there with all of the other thrash albums I most enjoy. Personal taste, I guess.
LMAO about the Lips comment. Anvil is a strange band for me. They have a rather large cult following and they seem to garner critical acclaim. But, try as I might, I can't get past the fact that they REALLY NEED a singer. In all of metal's history I'm not sure there's ever been a more awful singer than Lips. And when discussing the band, nobody ever seems to mention or even notice this.
Strangely, last week I was in Wal-Mart and, on a whim, I picked up "Metal on Metal" on CD. I hadn't spun my vinyl copy in years. I brought it home, hoping I'd have a fresh perspective and/or that the vocals might have been improved through re-mastering or re-mixing or some kind of miracle. But as soon as I pressed play, there they were again. EEEeeewwww!!! Based on his performance on "Stop Me," I'd say Lips should have allowed Dave Allison to sing all of their stuff. To be honest, I always thought it would be interesting to hear the material on this album performed with a vocal powerhouse at the mike and Lips just concentrating on playing guitar. Not that he's a particularly good vocalist (there's an understatement!), but, in my head, I can actually hear Kevin Dubrow singing the title track. I actually think it'd work. And a *quality* vocalist, like Ronnie James Dio (!) could actually do some justice to the material. (...Mind you, RJD could sing a phone book and still sound genius...)
Anyhow, while I can appreciate the musicianship and even some of the songwriting Anvil had to offer, based strictly on the vocals this band loses all of its charm for me.
NP - "The Stream" - John Elefante: "Defying Gravity"