Anvil has been on a rock n' roll journey for the past three decades, but has become a rocket ride into the musical and pop culture stratosphere only recently which is why this 19-track career retrospective is for both fans new and old. With one listen, you'll find out why members of Guns 'N Roses, Metallica, Motorhead, Anthrax, Slayer and more have praised Anvil as pioneers in the Heavy Metal world and count themselves as fans. After one listen to this retrospective, we are pretty sure you will too.
Instead of paying homage to John Williams' celebrated score for Richard Donner's 1978 Superman film, as composer John Ottman did with Bryan Singer's 2006 reboot Superman Returns, Hans Zimmer has crafted an entirely new set of themes for Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder's 2013 re-reboot of the franchise. Closer in tone to the composer's work on Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the 15-track Man of Steel is grittier and darker than any of its predecessors, due in large part to Zimmer's proclivity for non-stop, thunderous percussion, though it retains enough goose bump-inducing moments to be called a proper Superman score, especially on the elegiac "Look to the Stars" and its soaring counterpart (pun intended) "What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?," both of which dutifully reflect the iconic superhero's propensity for both goodness and might. A Limited-Edition Deluxe version added bonus tracks.
This 16-track album is a parody of power metal, in particular groups such as Manowar, Blind Guardian and Rhapsody of Fire. Quotes to other groups, metal and rock, are constant and numerous, and are present in both text and song melodies. The album is a great hit for audiences and critics by consecrating the band internationally.