ANVIL - Juggernaut Of Justice

Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice

12 songs
44:58 minutes
***** ****
Steamhammer / SPV


Canadian power metal band Anvil doesn’t need any introduction. At the very latest since their classic album Metal On Metal in 1982, they are one of the most influential bands in the underground. Since then nearly thirty years have passed, but the band is still active, with Juggernaut Of Justice being already their thirteenth studio album.

From a musical perspective, it was lately rather quiet about this band that never achieved any major success, but in 2008, they had an unexpected hit with the documentary film The Story Of Anvil. This motivated them to work busily on new material that showcases all the qualities that made these guys so popular among their fans. Juggernaut Of Justice was recorded in Dave Grohl’s studio and produced by Bob Marlette who in the past worked already with the likes of Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne.

The opener / title track has been previously released as a single and reveals Anvil’s full potential. The band sounds as fresh as in their early years with a kind of uncompromising metal the way it is supposed to be. Band leader Lips is an immensely skilled guitarist whose playing reminds of Thin Lizzy. The other tracks don’t stand back either. Fukeneh is a regular stadium rocker that could as well have been devised by Kiss. The seven minute long Paranormal is full of surprises and even sees the band dabbling successfully in doom metal territory. My favourite track is the slightly mysterious yet powerful New Orleans Voodoo that might also appeal to fans of Arthur Brown. A huge surprise comes at the end with the instrumental Swing Thing where a real horn section has been used. It’s great to hear that Anvil are still good for the totally unexpected after all these years.

Juggernaut Of Justice is one of the best Anvil albums in a really long time and should delight every true bred fan of classic heavy and power metal. Long time followers of Anvil won’t find a way past this neck breaking new album by the Canadian legend.

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