Anvil! The Story of Anvil

This week is Thanksgiving in the United States. Usually this means some extra TV or movie time. I have a music documentary recommendation for everyone. Last year a documentary called Anvil! The Story of Anvil was released. It tells the story of a band who didn’t make it. I think every musician on the planet will relate and laugh to at least some parts of this film. It has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Highly recommended.

“At fourteen years old, best friends Lips and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band Anvil, hailed as the demi-gods of Canadian metal, influenced a musical generation including Met allica, Slayer and Anthrax. Though Anvil never made it, they never stopped playing or believing. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now well into their fifties, set off to record their thirteenth album, This is Thirteen, in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dream.”

New York Times Review: click here
Rotten Tomatoes: click here
Official Website:


  1. Cool, will have to check it out. I remember the name from when I used to buy Metal Hammer mags back in the mid 80’s.

    Love this comment from the NY Times review:


  2. it is a legendary film – and you know when I first watched it and when Slayer were saying we got all our riffs from Anvil I thought they were just being nice – but you can definitely hear Anvil’s riffs influence on them


  3. my favourite thing is the way that the lead singer is just so enthusiastic about the music still


  4. It’s like Spinal Tap… BUT REAL!!! And twice as scary because of that. The drummer doesn’t quite spontaneously combust, but the disruptive girlfriend taking over as tour manager is definitely in evidence. (But I’m spoiling the story for you). The producer TC lives very nearby where I stay, so it was surreal seeing footage of Anvil walking down the streets of my town…


    1. TC = CT. My bad.


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