Cult metal band, Anvil, played an amazing show to a packed house bursting at the seams with enthusiastic loyal fans from both the US and its northern neighbor.

Anvil formed in 1978 in Ontario. The band ironically has become one of heavy metal’s most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts according to the 2008 movie documentary, Anvil: The Story of Anvil. Their performance at The Token Lounge in Westland, Michigan, brimming with attitude and vigor, proved these guys can still deliver after more than 35 years.

Following the success of their documentary, they gained a second wave of popularity; playing Download Festival 2009, headlining the Tuborg stage and support slots for both AC/DC and Saxon. From June to July 2010 the band went on a headline tour of Europe, selling out venues in the UK, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Forward to 2013 which sees Anvil release a new album Hope In Hell. The album included original founding members Steve “Lips” Kudlow (guitar/vocals), Robb Reiner (drums), and newest member Sal Italiano (bass).

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a band as happy to be playing their music as Anvil is! These guys were truly amped to play. Lips had a giant smile on his face practically the whole time. The passion and joy they felt playing in front of the eager crowd was palpable at The Token Lounge that night.

No other band deserves the success they are finally getting more than Anvil. They made a pact to rock together forever. They meant it. They’re doing it.

Anvil online:

Dark Avenger is a classic style heavy metal band based in Detroit. The band consists of Dennis Schwan (Vocals), Michael Erdody (Guitars), Nick Marocco (Drums), Ryan Goldsworthy (Guitars), and Art Mccauley (Bass).

Originally starting out in 2009 under the name JOSH PIT, they changed their name to Dark Avenger in 2011, named after the Manowar song of the same name. They now play all around Detroit, keeping true metal alive. Pulling the crowd in with their hoard hitting guitar riffs and drums, and frontman Dennis Schwan’s powerful voice, the band gave a performance worthy of an arena show.

Dark Avenger online:

HazardHead is a local Detroit hard rock band, formed by guitarist Kyle Mikolajczyk and drummer Taylor Greenshields, later joined by Steve Hazard on bass. Hazard later took on the role of lead vocalist, solidifying the band.

HazardHead has been avidly playing shows in Southeast Michigan, opening for national acts such as Faster Pussycat, RATT, LA Guns, The Bullet Boys, Saxon, and Powerman 5000.
The band has been busy in the studio, putting the finishing touches on their debut album, to be released later this fall.

HazardHead online:

The MOD is a one man hard rock band. Gary Modlinski started the instrumental one man band a few years back with classic covers, and has since started to integrate his instrumental originals. Shredding on guitar to a killer back track, it was an awesome opening act.

The MOD online:

About The Author

Calling Detroit, Michigan home, Sami has been photographing for many years and has been with National Rock Review since near the beginning. She is a photographer and writer for National Rock Review as well as being the US Marketing Manager, PR Correspondent, and Editor. She also owns her own photography business, Sami Lipp Photography. Capturing the excitement of live music and the passion of musicians is something she lives for. She is excited to grow her career in music photography every day.

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