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Co-founded in April 1973 by Steve (Lips) Kudlow and Robb Reiner, the band that many have pegged as the most influential of its genre from Canada, began as “LIPS.” Teaming with Dave Allison and Ian Dickson in 1977, they initiated their distinctive, hard-driving speed metal sound.
In 1980 the foursome released the self-produced, independent album,”LIPS – Hard And Heavy”. Shortly after, the band was signed by Attic Records and at that time changed their name to “Anvil” to avoid confusion with the popular disco band Lipps Inc. Long acknowledged by peers and fans alike as the “Fathers of Power Metal” and “Godfathers of Thrash Metal,” they have not reached the level of success as some of the very bands they directly influenced but, now well into its third decade of heavy rocking, they recently released “This Is Thirteen.”
Steve “Lips” Ludlow
Lips, Anvil’s co-founder and lead vocalist, got his first electric guitar when he was 10 years old. Luckily for him, his older brother Jeff took the time to teach him how to play.
After two years he had his first concert, playing a 6th grade Parent’s Night. A teacher threatened to shorten his show because Lips was making noise trying to tape his microphone to his guitar. Lips talked back, and was promptly escorted to the Principal’s office and given "the strap" across his right hand. So went Lips's first gig! At age 16 Lips was introduced to drummer Robb Reiner, and they immediately began writing music together. They put together many different combinations of bands over the years. In 1976 they began writing Anvil’s first album, and in early 1977 they placed a newspaper ad to find a guitarist-vocalist and a bass player. Dave Allison answered the ad, and at the rehearsal space they met up with Ian Dickson. This was the line-up the world got to know as Anvil.
Robert Geza Reiner
Legendary Canadian drumming icon, best known for being a innovator of many metal drumming styles, founding member of the band Anvil, along with influencing all generations of drummers thereafter!
Robb Reiner is praised for his work with Anvil, on such great tracks like Jackhammer, Winged Assassins, White Rhino, Speed of Sound, that withstand the test of time throughout history of metal. Reiner comes from a jazz drumming background and marching drum line discipline, being strongly influenced by likes of Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, along with some of rocks best: Ian Paice,Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Cozy Powell, Don Brewer, and Carl Palmer.