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Review: Anvil - Legal at Last
Anvil
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Legal at Last

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 50:29
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 2, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Anvil are still going strong (pun more or less intended) more than 40 years after they formed. The documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil in 2008 put them back on the map (though they never went away) and they've released a steady stream of albums since then. Legal at Last is very much in the vein of both old and new Anvil: New in that it features good production value and old in that Anvil sort of refuse to grow up, and that's how we like it. Their hard-rocking, catchy heavy metal with often goofy/lighthearted lyrics is still alive and well and the album contains a few kickass songs with some kind of bland ones, but overall this is one of their best albums in the past several years.

The band is obviously happy about the legalization of marijuana in Canada and named the album after that (I guess, anyway) and the title track opens the album on a really strong note. "Chemtrails" is my favourite, arguably the hardest rocking heavy metal, in-your-face song on the album. "I'm Alive" another fast one that cranks up the catchiness. Slower stuff like "Gasoline" is kind of disposable and I'm glad when it's over. I don't want to do a track by track, but suffice it to say that the songs on the album were not all created equal, but there's enough good stuff (that includes a lot of cool catchy solos) to make it worth your while. No surprises here: As I've said in the past, this is Anvil being Anvil. They still sound old school despite the modern production values and show no sign of aging, delivering a strong album once again. More, please!

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