According to The Hollywood Reporter, bassist Glenn Gyorffy (a.k.a. Glenn Five or G5), has left Canadian metal legends ANVIL, citing creative differences.
Glenn Five joined ANVIL in 1996 and has appeared on seven of the band’s albums, including “This Is Thirteen” and the group’s latest release, “Juggernaut Of Justice”, on which he wrote and sang the song “This Ride”.
Commented Glenn: “Playing in ANVIL has given me some of the best years of my life. However, after nearly 16 years with the band, the time has come to move on and try new musical endeavors. Although ANVIL has been a great band to play in, I have been limited creatively. I have a wide taste in music and I feel that it’s time to broaden my horizons.”
Fan-filmed video footage of ANVIL‘s December 4, 2011 performance at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland as the support act for SAXON can be seen below.
Three classic albums from ANVIL — “Strength Of Steel” (1987), “Pound For Pound” (1988) and “Worth The Weight” (1991) — were made available in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer as high-class digipak re-releases with new booklets, including liner notes from Steve “Lips” Kudlow (guitar, vocals) and Robb Reiner (drums). There are also gatefold LP versions with colored vinyl and printed innersleeves. This marks the first time “Worth The Weight” have been released on vinyl.
The End Records celebrated ANVIL‘s career with “Monument Of Metal: The Very Best Of Anvil”, a 19-track career retrospective that will earn “must-own” and “must-hear” status for fans both fans new and old.
Released on September 27, 2011, this set collects choice cuts from ANVIL‘s career and the track listing was hand-selected by the members of ANVIL and spans their three-decade career. It is designed to show you why the aforementioned likes of GUNS ‘N ROSES, METALLICA, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, SLAYER and more have praised ANVIL as pioneers and way pavers in the heavy metal world. It’s a retrospective spanning the band’s entire iconic career and a comprehensive heavy metal history lesson captured on record.
“Juggernaut Of Justice” was released in Europe on June 20, 2011 (three days earlier in Germany) via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort was made available as a limited-edition digipak (including two bonus tracks), double gatefold LP in blue vinyl, standard version and a digital download.
“Juggernaut Of Justice” sold around 1,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Photo below courtesy of Anvil! The Story Of Anvil Facebook page.