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Forged in Fire [Slipcase]

  • 1. Forged in Fire
    2. Shadow Zone
    3. Free as the Wind
    4. Never Deceive Me
    5. Butter-Bust Jerky
    6. Future Wars
    7. Hard Times - Fast Ladies
    8. Make It Up to You
    9. Motormount
    10. Winged Assassins
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1170

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Tsangarides

    Personnel: Dave Allison (vocals); Robb Reiner (drums).
    Recording information: 03/1983.
    Photographer: Patrick Harbron.
    The second of Anvil's two influential cult classics, FORGED IN FIRE essentially refines the blueprint laid out on METAL ON METAL, showing a band more firmly in control of its muse. Lips's vocal performance is more polished and varied, yet no less unhinged; the technical riffery of the uptempo numbers is even more challenging; and Robb Reiner delivers a jaw-dropping performance, pulling out his genre-changing double-bass-drum technique on nearly every song and never letting the record's momentum flag. Even with all the blistering intensity on display here, FORGED IN FIRE isn't the all-out assault of KILL 'EM ALL; Anvil lacked the darker visions of the coming thrash movement, clearly having too much fun to conjure a tough-guy image.The heart of the album lies in the speed metal mayhem, but the band changes things up often enough to prevent monotony; the title track is a slow, head-pounding anthem, while the metal paean "Free as the Wind" and the groupie tribute "Hard Times -- Fast Ladies" strike a controlled balance between velocity and accessibility. Although METAL ON METAL is the more historically important release, Anvil aficionados often rate FORGED IN FIRE as the slightly better of the two simply by virtue of sheer musicality. This would be Anvil's last hurrah as heavy metal torchbearers; in 1983 alone, Def Leppard and Quiet Riot kicked off metal's conquest of the pop charts, while debut albums from Metallica and Slayer obliterated all standards of extremity in the metal underground. In the coming years, those two increasingly divergent paths left scant middle ground for straight-ahead metal practitioners like Anvil.

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