When they recorded the follow-up to their surprisingly successful debut, the members of Visage appeared to be dealing from a position of strength. But the dance club-fueled, style-obsessed new romantic movement that had propelled the group to success in England was already crumbling, and frontman Steve Strange had begun to take his role as the movement's figurehead a little too seriously. The Anvil, rumored to be the subject of a multi-million dollar feature film (a project that never materialized), emphasizes Strange's penchant for melancholy and melodrama.
The theatrical flair and musical innovation lent to Genesisbetween the years 1967 and 1975 by its founder, Peter Gabriel, comes under critical review in this insightful examination. Included is rare performance footage of The Knife which Gabriel made famous by introducing the now-common practice of stage diving to its strains; performances of The Musical Box,Selling England By The Pound and Dancing Out With The Moonlit Knight are also highlights. Fleshing out the band footage is a team of leading critics, musicians, and writers, who reveal their opinions and knowledge of this enduring music.
New York Black Metal quartet BLACK ANVIL return with As Was, a staggering, complex, and thought-provoking work of modern black metal art!