Strength of Steel

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Strength of Steel
Studio album by Anvil
Released May 21, 1987
Recorded Quest Recording Studios, Oshawa, Canada
Genre Heavy metal
Length 42:05
Label Metal Blade / Enigma (North America)
Roadrunner (Europe)
Producer Anvil, Paul Lachapelle, Gabor Varszegi
Anvil chronology
Strength of Steel
Pound for Pound
(1988)Pound for Pound1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 4/10[2]
Kerrang! 1/5 stars[3]
Rock Hard 8.5/10[4]

Strength of Steel is the fourth studio album by Canadian heavy metal band Anvil.

It is the group's sole charting album in the United States, peaking at No. 191 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1987.[5] It was also the band's first release on Metal Blade Records. Two of the songs on this album ("Straight Between the Eyes" and "Wild Eyes") appeared in the film Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers.

A music video was made for the song "Mad Dog".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Anvil, except "Wild Eyes" by Rich Dodson

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Strength of Steel" 3:30
2. "Concrete Jungle" 5:21
3. "9-2-5" 2:57
4. "I Dreamed It Was the End of the World" 4:14
5. "Flight of the Bumble Beast" 2:25
6. "Cut Loose" 3:29
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "Mad Dog" 3:14
8. "Straight Between the Eyes" 3:19
9. "Wild Eyes" (The Stampeders cover) 3:26
10. "Kiss of Death" 5:21
11. "Paper General" 4:49




  1. ^ Jeffries, Vincent. "Anvil - Strength of Steel review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 25. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ Russell, Xavier (28 May 1987). "Anvil 'Strength of Steel'". Kerrang!. 147. London, UK: Spotlight Publications ltd. p. 17. 
  4. ^ Lerch, Uwe (1987). "Review Album: Anvil – Strength of Steel". Rock Hard (in German). No. 21. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Billboard.