Two Ton Anvil – Two Ton Anvil
Dark Star Records
Written by Niek of Deathmetalbaboon.com
This heavy metal band, going by the name of Two Ton Anvil, formed just a few years ago, in 2007, in Chicago, Illinois. Now, some three years later, they have just released their self-titled debut record. Twelve originally composed tracks and one Alice in Chains cover. I have something to say about both.
Starting with the latter here, the Alice in Chains cover is of the song Them Bones. Admittedly, thatâ€™s a pretty cool song and Two Ton Anvil does a good job at playing it precisely right too. That then is exactly the problem, because for a version of Them Bones sounding just like the original, Iâ€™ll, you wonâ€™t believe it, just listen to the original! No biggie though, as itâ€™s only one track at the back of the pack. Consider it as a bonus that didnâ€™t turn out much of an extra.
There are also twelve homegrown heavy metal tracks packed with kick-ass riffs. No shortage of those really. Unfortunately though, most of the songs stop being interesting after the intro, a verse and a chorus (some make it till after another verse). Songs start interesting, with a variety of cool guitar parts, but all end up in catchy sung choruses tending towards those of the most commercial of hard rock bands, making the whole thing â€œlittle girlâ€™s metalâ€.
A few exceptions to the rule are What Weâ€™ve Made (best track on the album), The Wicked and Glass Houses. Tracks that manage to keep me interested all the way to the end. In fact, What Weâ€™ve Made is a track that I must have heard at least thirty times by now. It kicks!
The singing is performed by both Brian Ericson and Chris Chubb and theyâ€™re not without talent for it. It is a bit of an average hard rock/heavy metal style though. Somehow clone-crossbreed Nickelbackâ€™s, Creedâ€™s and Alice in Chainâ€™s vocalists into a pair of twins and youâ€™ll get the same result.
Canâ€™t really say itâ€™s bad music though. It sounds fair. Fairer when you consider itâ€™s a debut release. I would urge the band to search for more originality and variation in their songs though. Make it so it sticks. And I know they can do it, because What Weâ€™ve Made, The Wicked and Glass Houses are the proof!
My favorite track: What We’ve Made (by a MILE!)