It’s been nearly 10 years now since everyone’s favorite metal underdogs from Canada, Anvil, were rocketed back into the spotlight in the 2008 documentary Anvil!: The Story of Anvil. Now 17 albums in, it’s becoming harder to tell if their more recently found popularity was earned based on their actual musical abilities, or simply their appealing story.
There’s a few songs that actually catch the ear on Pounding the Pavement, with numbers like “Let it Go,” “Nanook of the North,” and the bonus track “Don’t tell Me” containing some legitimate heavy riffs. But there’s also an equal amount of generic moments (see “Bitch in a Box”) that straight up misfire. At this point, it might be safe to say the appeal is wearing off.