With hard rock in their hearts, Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner met as high school students in 1973 Toronto. In 1978, they started Lips, which was soon signed to Attic Records. A name-change cemented the beginnings of Anvil: a metal band early and innovative enough to influence groups like Motörhead, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Guns N' Roses and Metallica.
By a 1984 tour, Anvil was playing to packed stadiums with the big-name likes of The Scorpions, Bon Jovi and Whitesnake. But then came a long, bumpy chute to relative obscurity. Still, never have the two stopped writing or recording—even as they created families and aged over the hill.
Thankfully, Sacha Gervasi, who served as a roadie for the band in the early '80s, has made a documentary of the band's latter-day rock survivalism. Crafting the band's story around a bleak international tour that sees little initial love, Gervasi's Anvil! The Story of Anvil becomes a tale of never-say-die craftsmanship that, as Cinematical points out, is in many ways as much about metal music as Catcher in the Rye is about baseball. Which is to say: It's completely riveting, even if you don't go limp for power chords. And an awful lot like real life Spinal Tap.
No word yet about wide release of the film, but you can watch the trailer below.
Anvil! The Story of Anvil on IMDb
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