ANVIL (1981–PRESENT). Steve “Lips” Kulow (lead vocals, lead guitar), Ian Dickson (bass), Robb Reiner (drums), Dave Allison (rhythm guitar).
An early influence on the development of speed metal, Canadian band Anvil got their start in the late 1970s. Fronted by guitarist vocalist Steve “Lips” Kulow, and including bassist Ian Dickson, drummer Robb Reiner, and rhythm guitarist Dave Allison, the band first went by the name Lips, and released their first album Hard ‘n’ Heavy independently in 1981. Gaining the attention of Attic records, the label re-released this album after the band changed its name to Anvil. Playing a technically advanced variation of metal, the band broke ground for the speed metal genre with a series of subsequent albums, Metal on Metal (1982), Forged in Fire (1983), Backwaxed (1985), and Pound for Pound (1987), that paved the way for such bands as Megadeth and Metallica. Ultimately, Anvil would never see the same level of commercial success as those bands they helped influence.
The band has continued to record and play live, most recently releasing This is Thirteen in 2007. In 2008 the band received some overdue recognition when a documentary by filmmaker Sacha Gervasi (an old friend and former roadie for the band), Anvil: The Story of Anvil, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Discography: Hard ‘n’ Heavy (Attic, 1981); Metal on Metal (Attic, 1982); Forged in Fire (Attic, 1983); Backwaxed (Viper, 1985); Pound for Pound (Capitol, 1987); Strength of Steel (Metal Blade, 1987); Worth the Weight (Metal Blade, 1991); Plugged in Permanent (Metal Blade, 1997); Speed of Sound (Hypnotic, 2000); Plenty of Power (Hypnotic, 2001); Absolutely No Alternative (Import, 2002); Back to Basics (New Media Studios, 2004); This Is Thirteen (Independent, 2007).