Anvil Announce U.S. Tour With Midnite Hellion

Anvil have announced a headlining U.S. tour. Midnite Hellion will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

03/31 Providence, RI – Alchemy
04/01 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
04/02 Portland, ME – Geno’s Rock Club
04/04 Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
04/05 Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
04/06 Albany, NY – Empire Live
04/07 Garwood, NJ – Crossroads
04/08 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
04/13 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
04/14 Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall
04/15 Wilmington, NC – Reggie’s 42nd St. Tavern
04/16 West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
04/20 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
04/21 West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street
04/22 Orlando, FL – The Conduit
04/23 Gainesville, FL – Loosey’s
04/27 Houston, TX – Secret Group
04/28 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
04/29 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
05/04 Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
05/05 Wichita, KS – Barleycorn’s
05/06 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music
05/07 Madison, WI – Crucible
05/11 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
05/12 Cincinnati, OH – Legends Bar & Venue
05/13 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme

In other news, Anvil have also started pre-production for their new album. The band commented:

“Pre-production rehearsals for new record commences. 13 smashing tracks all written. Expect more crushing Anvil.”

Former Overkill & Anvil Guitarist Sebastian Marino Passes Away

Former Overkill and Anvil guitarist Sebastian Marino has sadly passed away. He was 57 years old.

Marino’s friend Bruce Pilato issued the following statement:

“FAREWELL to my dear friend Sebastian Marino, who died suddenly in the early hours of today after being rushed to a hospital while doing a sound job on New Year’s Eve in Florida. Sebastian owned and operated AUDIO IMAGES one of the most acclaimed audio & video production companies in the country. He and I go back to the 1980s and in the mid 1990s we worked together with Linda Rutherford & Celtic Fire, which featured his first wife. It was Sebastian who I approached for a road crew when I first started working with Carl Palmer in 2005. Sebastian essentially brought a slew of top quality production people who made up the road crews of Carl Palmer’s band; ASIA; YES and other platinum level acts around the globe. A brilliant musician in his own right (he played guitar for OVERKILL and ANVIL among others)- he was like a best friend to any working musician or road tech’s who interacted with him. He always treated them fairly and often working for less than he should have just so the music could survive. Sebastian… you were a diamond whose legacy will shine on forever. RIP, pal.”

Overkill commented as well:

“It is with heavy hearts that we morn the passing of our good friend and great musician, Sebastian Marino.

Seb was an asset in the studio as well as on the stage for the three releases he did with us.

Most importantly, he was a great friend, who remained a great friend beyond the band.

The music world has lost one of the good ones.”

Anvil’s Steve “Lips” Kudlow also paid tribute to Marino:

“Condolences to my friend Sebastian Marino’s family and friends. Seby was a dear friend and I will miss him profoundly!! Worth the Weight was an extremely special Anvil album and it will keep Seby alive through our history forever! RIP SEBASTIAN MARINO”

“Anvil! The Story Of Anvil” To Receive New Blu-Ray And DVD Release In January

Anvil’s documentary, “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil,” will be receiving a new home release on January 20. The “Ultimate Edition” will be available on Blu-ray and the “Standard Edition” will be available on DVD.

The band shared the following information regarding the home release:

“Coming to Blu-ray and DVD January 20th from the MVD Marquee Collection


Forming the band Anvil in 1982, the duo released one of the heaviest albums of all time — Metal on Metal — influencing some of the biggest names in rock including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. But while those bands went on to sell millions of albums and achieve international fame, Anvil’s career took a different path – straight to obscurity.

Until now…

Director Sacha Gervasi (Hitchcock) brings us Anvil! The Story of Anvil – a brilliant, achingly hilarious, and surprisingly touching documentary about Anvil’s last-ditch quest for fame and fortune. He joins the band members, now in the 50’s, as they perform all over the world, record a new album and struggle to make ends meet. Providing an intimate, insightful look into the band members’ ever-supportive, yet long-suffering families, Anvil! The Story of Anvil is also a tale of survival – and the passion and drive it takes to follow your dream, year after year after year.



– NEW! 2022 Audio Commentary with director Sacha Gervasi
– 2008 Audio commentary by director Sacha Gervasi and band members Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner
– 2008 Audio commentary by director Sacha Gervasi, producer Rebecca Yeldham and editor Andrew Dickler
– NEW! 2022 Video Commentary with director Sacha Gervasi and the band
– NEW! 2022 Video Commentary with director Sacha Gervasi and producer Rebecca Yeldham
– NEW! Anvil Q&A at Saban Theater with moderator Steve-O
– Interview with Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, Robb Reiner and Director Sacha Gervasi moderated by Matt Pinfield (93 mins)
– Rich Roll video podcast interview with director Sacha Gervasi and the band
– 1981 Interview with Maor Applebaum (mastering engineer)
– 1981 Interview with Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow
– 1981 Backstage interview with Rob & Steve
– Q&A with director Sacha Gervasi, the band, and Peter Dinklage
– 3 Deleted Scenes: “Choice Children’s Catering Extended Scene” (7:14), “Former Band Members” (2:39), “Lips’ Brother” (2:11)
– “Interview with Lars Ulrich” featurette (30:06)
– ‘Where are They Now?’ featurette (3:10)
– ‘This Feels Good’ featurette ( 12:37)
– “School Love” Sacha Gervasi rocks with Anvil” live performance (4:17)
– Theatrical Teaser
– Original Theatrical Trailer


– NEW! 2022 Audio Commentary with director Sacha Gervasi
– NEW! Anvil Q&A at Saban Theater with moderator Steve-O
– 3 Deleted Scenes: “Choice Children’s Catering Extended Scene” (7:14), “Former Band Members” (2:39), “Lips’ Brother” (2:11)
– Theatrical Teaser
– Original Theatrical Trailer


– 2 Disc Ultimate Edition Blu-ray:
– Standard Edition DVD:

Watch Anvil Perform “Metal On Metal” With Current And Former Members Of Candlemass

During Anvil’s October 27 show in Stockholm, Sweden, the band were joined onstage by guitarist Mats “Mappe” Björkman (Candlemass) and singer Messiah Marcolin (ex-Candlemass) for a performance of “Metal On Metal.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Marcolin told Blabbermouth the following:

“It’s the first time in 16 years me and my old friend Mats Mappe Björkman from CANDLEMASS [were] together on the same stage. We are both old ANVIL fans since being teenagers. Since we are friends with ANVIL they invited us up on stage and it was great fun!”

Remastered Version Of “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil” To Be Released This Fall

According to Deadline, Utopia will be releasing a remastered version of the 2009 Anvil documentary, “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil,” in theaters this fall. It will also receive a digital release later in the year.

The updated film “features remastered picture and sound, as well as a new exclusive epilogue interview with director Sacha Gervasi (My Dinner With Hervé, Hitchcock) and Anvil’s Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner moderated by former MTV host Matt Pinfield.”

A special screening will take place at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles, CA on September 22 as part of Beyond Fest. The event will include a performance from Anvil and appearances from a number of special guests. It will also feature a Q&A with Kudlow, Reiner, Gervasi, and Rebecca Yeldham. Steve-O (“Jackass”) will serve as the moderator.

Utopia CEO Robert Schwartzman commented:

“This film is pure magic. As well as being a brilliant filmmaker, Sacha was in the right place at the right time and has managed to bring audiences a truly inspiring film which has stood the test of time.”

Gervasi added:

“If you’d told me all those years ago at Sundance, when we had no buyers, that this movie would be released into theaters for the second time 13 years later I never would have believed you, but here we are. It truly is a miracle. This is all thanks to Robert and his extraordinary team at Utopia. They’re brilliant to work with because they’re filmmakers themselves, and their support and passion are unmatched. All Anvil and I can say is thank you!”

Anvil Announce U.S. Tour

Anvil have announced a headlining U.S. tour. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Impact Is Imminent,” which is set to be released on May 20.

Tour Dates:

06/02 Providence, RI – Alchemy
06/03 Brooklyn, NY – The Knitting Factory
06/04 Vineland, NJ – The Landis Theater
06/05 Millersville, PA – Phantom Power
06/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
06/09 Detroit, MI – The Magic Bag
06/10 Cincinnati, OH – Legends Bar & Venue
06/11 Knoxville, TN – BrickYard Bar and Grill
06/15 Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
06/17 Virginia Beach, VA – Vanguard
06/18 Durham, NC – Pinhook
06/19 Greenville, SC – The Radio Room
06/22 Memphis, TN – Growlers
06/23 Oklahoma City, OK – Whisky Nights
06/24 Fort Worth, TX – Ridglea
06/25 Austin, TX – The Lost Well
06/27 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse
06/28 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
06/29 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
06/30 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
07/01 Garden Grove, CA – Garden Amp
07/02 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
07/07 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
07/08 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
07/09 Reno, NV – Altururo’s
07/10 Ukiah, CA – The Thirsty Axe
07/13 Seattle, WA – Substation
07/14 Bellingham, WA – Shakedown
07/15 Portland, OR – Dante’s
07/16 Boise, ID – The Olympic
07/20 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
07/22 Wichita, KS – Barleycorn’s
07/23 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music
07/24 Sioux Falls, SD – Icon Lounge
07/28 St Paul, MN – Turf Club
07/29 Madison, WI – Crucible
07/30 Iowa City, IA – Wildwood
07/31 Chicago, IL – Reggies

Anvil Premiere “Ghost Shadow” Music Video

Anvil have premiered a new video for their new song “Ghost Shadow.” This track is from the band’s new album “Impact Is Imminent,” whuch will be released on May 20.

Steve “Lips” Kudlow said the following about the song:

“‘Ghost Shadow’ is my sixth sense telling me I’m being watched. Could be Internet trolls or paranormal phenomenon. Either way, the song is heavy as fuck.”

He also added the following about the album:

“None of our previous albums blends music and lyrics into as tight a unit as ‘Impact Is Imminent’. Everything comes together homogeneously. As a result, the new material sounds monolithic, right down to the very last details, both in terms of rhythm and harmonies. In the past, our studio sessions were sometimes like a little like jumping in at the deep end, with us having to improvise a lot and making decisions at short notice. Working on ‘Impact Is Imminent’, not only was there plenty of time for the songwriting process in the run-up to the recordings, but I also had the leisure to put all my ideas to the acid test and work on them until they were perfect.”

Anvil To Release New Album “Impact Is Imminent” In May

Anvil have officially revealed the details for their new album “Impact Is Imminent.” The effort will be released on May 20 (vinyl out June 24) and the cover art and track listing for it can be found below:

“Impact Is Imminent” Track Listing:

01. “Take A Lesson”
02. “Ghost Shadow”
03. “Another Gun Fight”
04. Fire Rain”
05. “Teabag”
06. “Don´t Look Back”
07. “Someone To Hate”
08. “Bad Side Of Town”
09. “Wizard´s Wand”
10. “Lockdown”
11. “Explosive Energy”
12. “The Rabbit Hole”
13. “Shockwave”
14. “Gomez”

Anvil’s Steve “Lips” Kudlow: “The New Album Is Completed And Mixed”

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Steve “Lips” Kudlow offered an update on the new Avil album. According to him, the effort “is completed and mixed.”

Kudlow said the following:

“The new album is completed and mixed and done. What can I say? I can’t wait till it comes out.

The whole thing is a bit weird and odd because we put out an album [‘Legal At Last’] and then never got to tour for it. So it’s, like, where is the tour for the last album already? So, what is the last album, just spinning our wheels? What was that? What happened? Now I’m in a position where I’m putting out another album, and I’m gonna have to actually try to push both albums. It’s, like, I don’t know. I’ve never been in a position like that.”

He also added:

“And then at the same time, while all this is going on, I got back from [recording in] Germany, of course, in October and have been writing songs since I got back. Because, of course, the last song I wrote was before I left — months before — so I had months of time off, not doing anything. So we started back in on it. We’re at [song] number 10 already — for the next album.”

[via Blabbermouth]