How did they sound? Let's face it — Anvil's songs are dated. There are better metal bands out there. And they need to replace that rhythm guitarist. But watching Anvil! makes you root for these guys nonetheless — if not for the music, then for their indomitable fighting spirit, and the humility with which they've taken their lot. (Lips in particular finds the good in everything, including a booking agent who botches their European tour.)

In an era where young bands act jaded after one round of blog buzz, it's refreshing to hear from musicians who spend their entire lives taking nothing for granted. Thirty years of playing metal ain't nothing to laugh at — even if, as Anvil! proves, it provides plenty of moments to laugh with.

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