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Anvil: 'Hope In Hell' release date announced
Two years after their current release "Juggernaut Of Justice", Canadian metal legends Anvil are back with their latest studio album. "Hope In Hell", an impressive metal recording featuring 13 haunting songs, is for release on May 27 in Europe and May 24 in Germany on Spv/Steamhammer and will be available in four different formats: as a limited-edition digipak including two bonus tracks, as a jewel case Cd, double gatefold colored vinyl Lp and as a digital download. These are the first cuts featuring Anvil's new bassist Sal Italiano, who joined the band a year ago. "

"We're really happy with Sal. His style is powerful and amazingly imaginative," says Anvil guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow, who composed the entire album along with drummer Robb Reiner. "It's a little as if we'd enlisted Steve Harris."

"Hope In Hell" was written and recorded following an 18-month world tour which took Anvil around the globe. "We hadn't expected this kind of extensive tour when we brought out 'Juggernaut Of Justice'," Kudlow confesses. "Time just flew by. I could hardly believe it when I found myself in the studio again after the tour, ready to work on the next album. The reactions to 'Juggernaut Of Justice' and the shows had been so positive that we had plenty of ideas and inspiration for new material."

Kudlow promises the kind of album that Anvil fans will love: no concessions to short-lived trends, no modern frills but traditional metal with lots of classic rock music elements.

"What we do is totally timeless," says Anvil's frontman. "We've never tried to change our sound or experiment with trends and fashions. We live in our own world and have maintained our individuality and own identity."

Like "Juggernaut Of Justice", "Hope In Hell" was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Airbourne, Alice Cooper) at the Nrg Recording studios in North Hollywood, California, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Yngwie Malmsteen, Sepultura).

On September 24, 2012, Steamhammer/Spv re-released three albums from Anvil, all featuring new booklets containing new liner notes from guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner plus new photos.

"Back To Basics" (2004) and "Still Going Strong" (2002) are available again as a high-class "2 in 1" double digipak Cd, while 2007's "This Is Thirteen" opus was re-released as a digipak Cd, as well as a double gatefold Lp, both with an exclusive bonus track.

Photo credit: Grant Yoshino