Embarrassingly, I have to admit I’ve contributed to the Anvil story. That said, I am not in this DVD nor do I know the band on a personal level; however the first time I met Lips was at Smiler Coogan’s, a small bar in Chicago, and the first thing I said to him was, “are you in one of the bands?” It was February 1999 and Anvil had been around for over 20 years. The initial look on his face was the same look you see often enough throughout this heartfelt documentary – melancholic frustration; yet there was some-kind-of-a-determined-hope behind those eyes as he said, “Anvil.”
The second time I met Lips was in 2002 at the Classic Metal Fest in Cleveland, Ohio and this time I managed to get a shot of him with Mark Edwards from Overlorde. If I remember correctly, it was Lips idea to hold the Flying Vs like this.
Needless to say, they kicked ass.
Fast forward ten years and I am finally watching The Story of Anvil. It came out in 2008/2009. Watching, I totally sympathize with their plight and decide that I should review this DVD even if everyone that might be interested has already seen it. So the first thing I do is find their website in my bookmarks so I can fact check and see what updates there may be. This is what opened up in my browser:
Okaaayy, so this obviously isn’t their website anymore. Anyway, I find Anvil’s official website easy enough (The Legendary Kingdoms specialized Heavy Metal Search Engine makes this cakewalk). I also find that the DVD has its own site and that there is a Story of Anvil book.
And now I come to realize that I’ve written as much of a review as anyone would be willing to read online, only I haven’t really reviewed the DVD, I’ve only written about my brief personal interactions with Anvil. Shamefully, this review is the kind of horse hooey that happens to this grossly underrated band. Even worse, I haven’t bought the DVD, I checked it out from the library. They deserve better.