Sound On Sight Radio #164: Anvil the story of Anvil

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Now that it’s finally hit DVD, Sound on Sight takes a long-delayed look at a documentary that some are lauding as one of the year’s best: Anvil: The Story of Anvil, which chronicles its titular Toronto metal band as they attempt to stage an ambitious European comeback tour after years of complete obscurity. To tie in to that film, we’ll also be talking about the similarly inclined doc Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, as well as the legendary mockumentary that winds up informing both docs quite a bit : Rob Reiner’s This Is Spinal Tap.

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  1. Marissa Peach says

    Excellent read, I just handed this onto a friend who was doing a little homework on that. And he in fact bought me lunch because I found it for him…. smile.. So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!But yeah Thank you for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and like learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

  2. PlanBFromOuterSpace says

    For a much more interesting Metallica documentary, check out “A Year and A Half in the Life of Metallica”. It came out in 1992 and covers much of the recording of the black album, as well as the touring and mega-success that followed. It originally came out as 2 part set on VHS, but I’m sure it’s also been available on DVD for quite some time. I too found “Some Kind of Monster” to be pretty boring, despite being a huge Metallica fan and a sucker for these kinds of films, but “Year and a Half” is interesting in that it covers a period when they were thiiiiis close to becoming the biggest act in the world. Even if that album hadn’t been as successful, this still would be an interesting look at their creative process.

    On a side note, I’ve also been reading the new book “To Live is to Die: The Life and Death of Metallica’s Cliff Burton”, which I highly recommend. I never realized just HOW much he brought to the band and what they brought to the metal scene as a result of that. It’s also kind of heart-breaking, because no one seems to have ever had a bad thing to say about him, but he had to go out in about the most horrible, undeserved way possible. Interesting look at a guy that doesn’t get as much credit as he should.

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