Metal mega bands Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth all have one thing in common: the heavy influence they received from Canadian heavy-metal band Anvil. Anvil flies under the radar, but if metal and hard rock is your kind of music, this is a show you'll want to check out. The band's musicianship is topnotch, with guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow pulling off solos that would give experienced players fits, and drummer Robb Reiner (not the actor-director) playing fills that would make Lars Ulrich blush. On top of that, the band is just outrageous. I mean, its last single was called "Badass Rock N Roll." How can you not think that's awesome?
Anvil plays with Bianca Diablo, Taste of Evil, Saints & Winos, and Beneath Hells Sky on Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m. at Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. $13-$15. themontagemusichall.com.