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Stomp 442 [US Bonus Tracks]
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 August, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Contrary to what all these reviews say, Stomp 442 is better than Sound of White Noise. It's still good though. Sure Stomp may not be the same calibur of "bang till you bleed" furiosity, but it's heavy in another way. I'm 16 and I absolutely hate nu-metal. Bands like Drowning Pool, Linkin Park, and No One sicken me. Anthrax takes a step towards the hard rock direction with Stomp. They perfect the sound. It took a while but I now love this CD. These new bands are a bunch of screaming and barely audible boring riffs. No talent to be found in those bands ladies and gents. This CD is a masterpiece. If you want thrash, then go buy Persistence of Time or Among the Living. If you like harder rock, then quit wastin time readin my review and go experience the listening pleasure yourself!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good...but Not Great
Stomp 442 definitely showed that Anthrax had rediscovered thrash and consequently it packed one HEAVY punch. However, it lacks that certa9n something that makes a good album great. Sure, Random Acts of Senseless Violence, Fueled, Riding Shotgun, and Tester all shred, but overall it's not on the same level as SOWN, POT, and ATL. Anthrax clearly retained the thrash element of Stomp 442 and combined it with Sound of White Noise to produce the killer Volume 8: The Threat is Real. If you liked liked Anthrax back when they were thrashy, definitely pick this one up.

5-0 out of 5 stars darn good album!
From begining to end the album is fresh, fast, and has flow. The songs on the album have a unity which makes the track progression completely in sync. I didnt feel any of the songs were filler or forced in nature they all felt as though they belonged. My negatives about the album: the cover art is terrible which probably aided in the demise of the album sales, and some of the lyrics were mediocre. Aside from that the album is really good. How does it stack up against previous efforts? I think its one of their best however, I am not going to rank it with previous efforts because all of the bands albums seem to fit a different niche or tone. It gets 5 stars from me because I felt it was a complete album with a great payoff. ... Read more

Asin: B00005NHJQ
Sales Rank: 71348


Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 July, 1998)
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After thrash-metal pioneers Anthrax signed a $10-million, five- album deal with Elektra in 1992, they lost the hunger that propelled them early on. Their 1993 album, Sound of White Noise, was aimless and lackluster, and while its follow-up, Stomp 442, restored some of the band's former glory, it took Elektra's severing the band's contract (after just two records) to light a real fire under Anthrax's collective ass. Volume 8: The Threat Is Real! seethes with betrayal and animosity, lashing out like a lean, rabid Doberman. This isn't just the raging Anthrax of days past. It's a revamped, reinvigorated beast with a modern, pugilistic sound. Songs like "Inside Out" and "Killing Box" combine the full-fisted groove of Pantera with the melodic roar of Aerosmith, while "Crush" and "Catharsis" deliver a power-metal assault that recalls vocalist John Bush's last band, Armored Saint. The last couple of Anthrax efforts may have been false alarms, but this time the threat is definitely real. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars The Threat of What? A real riff?
Wow,

I read the reviews of this, which were mostly positive, so I checked it out, having been a rabid Anthrax fan in the late '80s and early '90s. For those of you who liked them then and are wondering about this - be warned. The compositions here are lacking. The sound is 'modernized' alright, right into oblivion. There is no melody here, all of about 6 notes are used in the rhythm through the whole album, very monotonous. Where are the killer arrangements that graced Among the Living? Seems that's too much like work... The lyrics are uncompelling. John Bush may be a 'desired metal vocalist', but he can't write a song. There are no real riffs to be found. I listened through it and found it barely palatable. The energy, passion, FUN, they're all gone. If you want a great Anthrax album, pick up Among the Living or Persistence of Time and listen to the progressions that Scott comes up with on those. Mind blowing. And the solos, and Charlie's manic drumkit. It's all back there, not here.

4-0 out of 5 stars Anthrax's best since Among the Living
I've listened to Anthrax for a while now, and other fans may find this ludacris, but I think John Bush is a much better vocalist than Joey Belladonna. Only John could sing these songs, and these are the best Anthrax has written in years. Killing Box, Inside Out, Crush, and Stealing From a Theif are some of their best material ever, and they blow modern day Metallica away. I hope the new album comes out soon and thats its as good as Volume 8, because if it is, that the threat of real metal coming back is definitely real.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Music
This is a good anthrax cd, just not my favorite. ... Read more

Asin: B000009CEO


Among the Living
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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If Metallica and Slayer invented speed metal, Anthrax brought it to the East Coast and imbued it with the attitude and excitement of New York hardcore. Among the Living is, without a doubt, their finest hour--a roaring, adrenaline-pumped collection of flailing beats, precise, razor-edged riffs and shout-along refrains. Unlike most full-throttle metal vocalists of the era, Joey Belladonna chose to sing as well as shout, giving songs like "Among the Living," "Indians" and "Efilnikcufecin" ("nice fuckin' life" spelled backwards) a decided melodic edge. Yet Scott Ian and Dan Spitz's buzzsaw guitar flurries, and Charlie Benante's insistent drumming, prevented the songs from ever degenerating into the run-of-the-mill heavy metal they so despised. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars. Pure mandatory thrash metal
Among The Living(1987). Anthrax's third studio album.

Back in the mid 80s, a genre of frantic heavy metal music known as thrash metal was beginning to emerge from the shadows of the east and west coasts with big name bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, and Anthrax. While the four former bands emerged in the San Francisco Bay west coast area, Anthrax originated in New York on the east coast and brought many unique aspects to the thrash metal scene. Comprised of vocalist Joey Belladonna, lead guitarist Dan Spitz, rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, and bassist Frank Bello, Anthrax is a band about delivering songs full of raw energy, memorable riffs, and endless headbanging. Even though the more famous Metallica and Megadeth were influenced by the NWOBHM scene, Anthrax sports an almost punk-like quality to it, in addition to the insurmountable ammount of heavy metal power. To me, Anthrax has some of the greatest thrash musicians to ever grace heavy metal. Spitz churns out some AMAZING solos. Scott has incredible rhythm guitar talent (second only to Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer). Charlie manages to be an excellent drummer, and even Bello's bass playing stands out quite a bit. But to me, what separates Anthrax from all the other thrash metal bands is that they have the best thrash vocalist. James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine have NOTHING on Belladonna. Unlike the shouting and screaming that most thrash metal vocalists employ, Belladonna can actually sing WELL. His melodic vocals manage to dominate the songs on top of all the frantic instrumentation that's going on. With the talented playing and sheer power that erupts in each song, one can't help but be impressed by Anthrax.

The band started out in 1984 with Fist Full Of Metal and then released the masterpiece thrash album Spreading The Disease(1985). Among The Living was actually the album that got the band really noticed among the legions of metalheads. While Spreading The Disease is an excellent Anthrax album, ATL has the most punch to it and it's definitely their most powerful 80s album. The production is much more crisp and the guitar sound here easily dwarfs the one used on the previous album. Anyone could think that the guitars were straight out of a Metallica album, but the flavor of it all is undeniably Anthrax. The only setback on this album is that Belladonna shouts more here than before, which is a shame because his best voice comes instead from the singing. Still, there's no shortage of catchy anthemic choruses to sing along to, so this isn't any serious drawback. Just press play and prepare to be amazed (if you like thrash metal, that is).

ATL kicks off with a pleasantly powerful one-two punch in the title track and 'Caught In A Mosh'. 'I Am The Law' is an ode to the comic book Judge Dredd, though done in a non-cheezy manner. Of course, 'Efilnikufesin' is a stellar headbanger with a backwards subliminal message contained that's easy to guess (Strange how the media pressured Judas Priest for a song with a subliminal message that wasn't even there, and yet Anthrax really has one and gets away with it!) Next is the Stephen King inspired 'Skeleton In The Closet' which never fails to please, followed by the anthemic 'Indians'. 'One World' and 'Imitation Of Life' are pure thrash muscle numbers, while A.D.I. is the album's lengthy melodic track. All in all, a good collection of thrash songs with nary a moment of filler to be found anywhere.

I actually just bought this album yesterday, but after listening to it 3 times in a row, I wish I had bought it sooner. It's albums like this that remind me of why I wish I had grown up in the 80s, which was a time of prospering heavy metal music. Bands such as Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Testament were in their golden years. Instead I'm stuck in the now surrounded by the horrificly embarrassing Nu-metal scene, of which I hate with a passion. Everyone around me is obsessed with no-talent bands like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, KoRn, and Slipkot, and I have no interest in any of it. Though thrash wasn't the most popular metal scene at the time (hair metal actually was), even hair metal is better than what you'll hear on the radio now. With Megadeth and Metallica compromising their sound to an extent (the latter band did it to the point of becoming absolutely unlistenable), Anthrax, along with Testament, remains one of the true metal bands to this day who still retain their signature thrash sound. ATL is one great example of what heavy metal is all about. It gets 4.5 stars hands down. Any true metalhead already has this album in their collection, and if you don't, then make this your next purchase. BUY THIS ALBUM ALONG WITH SPREADING THE DISEASE AND PERSISTENCE OF TIME.

HEAVY METAL FOREVER!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A killer album
AMONG THE LIVING is a thrash masterpiece that shows ANTHRAX improving from STD. This disc has at least 5 classic metal songs that every metal-head should love, AMONG THE LIVING, CAUGHT IN A MOSH, I AM THE LAW, EFILNIKUFESIN(N.F.L) and INDIANS. SKELETON IN THE CLOSET is a very heavy powerful song as well as ONE WORLD. ANTHRAX has always been able to mix serious music with some comical messages and on this album. LAW is based on the Judge Dredd comic book character while INDIANS deals with the treatment of the Native Americans throughout this nations history. ANTHRAX might not have been as comercially sucessful as METALLICA, MEGADETH OR SLAYER, but musically, their talent cannot be denied. I highly recommend this album for metal fans

5-0 out of 5 stars The (other) #1 Album from Anthrax, it never tires
What more can you say about this album? It's a little faster than their (1985) "Spreading the Disease" [the other #1] album and the production is far better.

I don't think there is one bad song here. There are of course some that aren't as good as others...but you know you have a good album when the first four songs could easily be put on a "best of" album.

The guitar work is as tight as it gets. The Spitz/Ian duo creates some great main riffs and solos that aren't typical Thrash displays. They work hard and it shows. The bass work is great (even solos) at certain junctures (like "Skeleton in the Closet"). The drumming is interesting, Benante is a good drummer but I think his energy exceeds his ability sometimes. Nevertheless the typical Thrash fan will like the blast beats and double-bass parts like in the title track and "Skeleton" tracks. He also uses "explosion" beats a little too much. The best drum parts are on "I am the Law" where the time change ups are pretty cool and the main drum part is kinda funky (but in a Thrashy way).

The vocals really can't be described because Belladonna certainly has his own voice. I mean it's not like the other high-pitched Bruce Dickinson ripoffs out there at the time but it isn't like the Dave Mustaine growl either.

Favorites for me are the title track, "Caught in a Mosh", and of course "I am the Law". Anyone with even a casual interest in Thrash Metal (1981-1994) should own this album. ... Read more

Asin: B000001FTD


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We've Come for You All
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 May, 2003)
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You'll find no rap metal or nu metal on We've Come for You All--just Anthrax's inimitable thrash-metal melded with contemporary melodies, dynamics, and booming, arena-worthy production. Two way-cool guests--Roger Daltrey and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell--are under-utilized on their respective songs, but with machine-gun, heart-pounding double-bass drums and vocalist John Bush's convincing snarl, it hardly matters. Bush, who has been in Anthrax since the early '90s, has been part of much of the group's best and most mature (if not most commercially successful) material. The dynamic "Superhero" is a winner, as is the radio-ready, not-too-heavy "Safe Home." "Nobody Knows Anything" and "Strap It On" are the best of the heaviest entries. Effective acoustic moments, Scott Ian's guitar work, smart lyrics, and a 7-minute-plus title track that never drags prove that Anthrax may not be metal du jour, but they're consistently superior. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What an album! ANTHRAX ROCKS!
Anthrax is the band that the general public (and HELLO, Rock radio?) should be paying attention to - not their old counterparts from the old school of thrash metal, whose name (which starts with an M) does not deserve to be mentioned.

This is the album that the "M" people should've made - every bit as angry, with very few exceptions, every bit as powerful ... the differences are that the recording is actually listenable, and, the songs are ACTUALLY SONGS!

We've Come For You All is perhaps one of the best Anthrax albums of the "John Bush Era." And everyone is in top form here ... especially Charlie Benate, and his feet. I know a few drummers (coughlarscough) who could learn a thing or two from listening to someone who didn't let his double bass drum chops go to hell playing ballads. Now, It's not all "speed" metal - Anthrax has prided themselves on not limiting themselves musically over their career - but it certainly all rocks, even the "radio friendly" Safe Home. I can't pick a weak song here... completely worth your time and money ... unlike some people's discs.

Kudos to the band - God bless Anthrax!

5-0 out of 5 stars Music Saviors
Anthrax have made one of the most complete albums ever, it is amazing from start to finish. I can not say enough good things about this album. I know that there are the "old school" fans out there that have some vendetta against John Bush, but this album is better than any Joey era Anthrax album. This album has so much diversity and dynamic to it - all drummers should take lessons from Charlie. Although this is one of my all time favorite albums I will not give a 10 to every song like some people do.
2. What Does'nt Die 10/10 - Incredible
3. Superhero 10/10 - Cool Intro Guitar Riff and drums
4. Refuse To Be Denied 9/10 - Cool Acoustic Intro, great lyrics
5. Safe Home 10/10 - The Radio Friendly Song, but still kicks...
6. Any Place But Here 9/10 - Great Dynamics
7. Nobody Knows Anything 9/10 - More typical Anthrax Thrashing
8. Strap It On 7/10 - Great Guitar Riff - Sing a long song
9. Black Dahlia - 10/10 - Amazing - Maybe the best drums ever?
10. Caddilac Rock Box 7/10 - Fun, typical heavy metal song
11. Taking The Music Back 9/10 - Arena Rock at its best
12. Think About An End 10/10 - One of the best songs ever
14. We've Come For You All 8/10 - Cool Riff and lyrics...Anyways, any fan of true metal/thrash music this is a definite must album. Anthrax is the most underrated and unappreciated band around. Thank You Anthrax for an amazing album from a life time fan.

1-0 out of 5 stars Truly embarassing! Where's the THRASH/MOSH???
I really wonder if most of the people who have reviewed this album were ever truly fans of Anthrax when Anthrax was actually a GREAT band!!?? This is NOT the same Anthrax who recorded such legendary and classic albums such as "Spreading the Disease" and "Among the Living". This is an Anthrax that has totally forgotten how to THRASH! What's with Scott Ian still trying to play 90's grunge rock riffs? What happened to the devastating MOSH riffs from the 80's Scott? Are you embarassed to play like that now? I really can't understand how anybody who was a fan of Anthrax can say this new material is good. Note to Anthrax: get Joey back in the band before he turns 80 years old, get Scott to start MOSHING again, and bring back Dan Spitz(if anybody can find him?). Until then, the real Anthrax is gone forever. ... Read more

Asin: B000092Q46
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Sound of White Noise [US Bonus Tracks]
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 August, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars IF YOU ARE AN ANTHRAX FAN-BUY THIS NOW!!!
THE FIRST ANTHRAX ALBUM W/JOHN BUSH OF ARMORED SAINT, AND THIS IS ONE HELL OF A DEBUT! THIS ALBUM HAS EVERYTHING-ROCK-CRUSHING HARD ROCKERS TO AN END, AND DOES'NT DISSAPOINT FROM START TO FINISH.BUSH DOES AN AWESOME JOB IN THE VOCALIST'S CHAIR, AND THOUGH I LOVED ALL THE ALBUMS WITH JOEY BELLADONNA, I ALWAYS FOUND HIS VOCALS TO BE A LITTLE ONE-DIMENSIONAL, AND SOMETIMES ALMOST WHINY-NOT SO WITH BUSH.ANYONE WHO HAS EVER LISTENED TO AN ARMORED SAINT ALBUM KNOWS HE'S EARNED HIS PROPERS.EVERY TRACK ON THIS ALBUM RIPS, ESPECIALLY POTTER'S FIELD, ONLY, HYPRO GLOW, BURST, AND THE ONE SLOW TUNE ON THE DISC, BLACK LODGE.I ALSO DIG THE THIN LIZZY COVER, COWBOY SONG.IF YOU LOVE ANTHRAX, BUY THIS ALBUM NOW-IT WILL NOT DISSAPOINT!

3-0 out of 5 stars Anthrax And Its New Vocalist
Anthrax's new vocalist sings heavier but isn't like the old one. This album has tougher lyrics and sounds, for examle "Potter's Field", "This Is Not an Exit" etc.

There's three peaceful songs too: "Black Lodge" (a ballad), "Only", and "Packaged Rebellion".

The best track is definitely "Hy Pro Glo" which has very exiting riffs.

4-0 out of 5 stars arguably anthraxs' best album to date
This indeed reflects a mature band. 1993, the guys arent 23 years old anymore. No band can put out album after album that features 250 beats per minute thrash songs throughout. That coupled with the fact that drummer Charlie Benante's wife cheated on him which in turn resulted in him comprising 90% of this albums material, is at least inspiring. ... Read more

Asin: B00005NHJN
Sales Rank: 137731


Spreading the Disease
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Metal Thrashing Mad
SPREADING THE DISEASE is Anthrax' finest hour. From the near-thrash of "A.I.R." to the grinding riffs and hooks of "Madhouse," to the all-out Speed Metal of "Gung-Ho," SPREADING THE DISEASE in an unrelenting classic. Joey Belladonna lends the album something their debut lacked - a strong sense of melody to go with the grinding power. Anthrax never really tried to return to this style, and although most of their material that followed was very good, they still haven't matched this album's quality or consistency (although SOUND OF WHITE NOISE came close). Not a Speed Metal album, STD is still a very heavy "Power Metal" album. And a GREAT one at that. -(And if you like this one, I also recommend Armored Saint's SYMBOL OF SALVATION and Flotsam And Jetsam's CUATRO and HIGH CD's)

5-0 out of 5 stars THRASH!! (for lack of a better title)
Combine the thrash guitars of Scott Ian and Dan Spitz and bass of Frank Bello, the breakneck drums of Charlie Benante, the melodic wail of Joey Belladonna, combine metal with punk influence, and there you have it: the foundation for Anthrax's "Spreading The Disease", one excellent album. From "A.I.R." to "Gung-Ho", this album is fast, loud, and obnoxious as they wanna be. Yeah, the production isn't that great (this album IS from '85), but the songs more than make up for it. This was the LP that proved that Anthrax could seriously compete against Metallica and Megadeth in the thrash olympics. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Their Number One or Two Album
Spreading the Disease is where Anthrax went their own way with their own music. In 1985 you had plenty of bands playing your run of the mill Thrash, but Anthrax personalized Thrash in a whole new way.

The overall production is dry. But the album amazingly doesn't suffer one bit from that small detail. This is Anthrax's second singer as well. If you compare Belladonna and Turbin, you can see why the former got the job. (Turbin's good...in his own way.) Belladonna doesn't have a super high voice (like Turbin) but his occasional wail is well placed...he sounds like he's having fun.

The speed and tempos showcased here are very diverse -you have slow songs ("Madhouse" and "Medusa") and pedal to the metal songs ("Gung-Ho" and "Aftershock"). The guitar work is incredibly tight but experimental and varied with some of the best solos Thrash metal has to offer. Spitz and Ian make a good duo. The bass lines stand out in the parts where it matters and are pretty creative and time-varied. While Charlie Benante's drumming became better in later albums, the drumming here is still better than about 80 percent of the small time Thrash bands at the time. Not an excessive amount of double-bass on the album but it is well positioned where used.

I don't have a favorite Anthrax album, I have two. But this is no lesser an album than "Among the Living" the other #1. This is classic and no Thrash catalog (or even Metal catalogue) can be without this. ... Read more

Asin: B000001FFR
Sales Rank: 50193


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Persistence of Time
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 August, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Anthrax's darkest with Belladonna
First, I was going to give this record 4 stars, but decided to refresh my memories before writing this. To my surprise, my impressions made me raise the rating to full 5 stars.

Anthrax are from New York City, and because of that, their thrash-metal style differs from what their contemporaries from San Francisco Bay Area provided at that time. This album is all about the rhythm. The music is tight and dense. Based on very complex drumming by Charlie Benante (one of metal's best drummers of all time) and capable bass by Frank Bello, the guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz create rhythm patterns with their inventive riffing. Joe Belladonna's vocals are consistently strong and expressive, though I'd say that his vocal range is rather limited. You won't find much of a melody here, like you would, for example, in Megadeth's "Rust in Peace". Instead, it's all about rhythmical play, changes of tempo, time signatures, riffing structure and so on. Very intricate and complex work that proves this line-up's technical proficiency.

I'd be hard-pressed to name a weak track on this album. They all are good, providing much variety, and allowing all band-members to show their worth with the instruments. If I had to choose the most outstanding moments, that would be:
- The beginning of song "Time", where ticking clock sound goes into a tight riff
- Tracks "Blood" and "In My World", that have plenty of inner energy and passion within their sound
- Track "Gridlock" for it's very complicated drumming part
- Intro to "Belly of the Beast", that clearly shows classical music influences
- Tracks "Keep it in the Family" and "Belly of the Beast", because they are great songs in every aspect
- Cover song "Got the Time", because it's a very good cover song, and provides a welcome mood change for this generally dark album. Plus it's got an impressive bass solo!

Basically, I could name every track, because, while having mostly the same feel about them, they all are different and have gems hidden underneath their dense and dry sound.

I think this is one of the strongest efforts by Anthrax. This record represents the sprit of it's time very well. You won't question Anthrax's place in the "Big Thrashing Four", together with Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth.

4-0 out of 5 stars Always something to brings you back
This first Anthrax album I purchased was Sound of White Noise. At first I really didn't like this album at all, after hearing S.O.W.N I guess I had high expectations. But in the end I took the album for what it is. This album is by no means the best metal/thrash ever made but your always tempted to go back and listen to it. My favorite song on the album(also the first one i truly liked) was In my world. If you haven't heard it then go [get] it now!!! The album is worth buying for that song alone. After a few more listens I fell in love with the likes of Belly of the beast and Blood Brothers as well Time and got the Time. Although there are some weak tracks on this album the excellent songs really outshine the bad ones. Take this one for what it is, it may not be as good as S.O.W.N or as energetic and killer as Among the Living but it's still great in it's own way. Joey went out with a bang not a whimper.

5-0 out of 5 stars The End of an Era for Anthrax
I would actually like toy give this album 4.999999 stars. This is by far Anthrax's best produced effort. The album is a departure from the good time thrashing the band had been known for. Instead we see a more focused and angerer Anthrax, spitting forth venomous social and political commentary and telling the world to wake up. This is what makes this album great. One small, minute problem as far as I am concern, the songs. I am not a huge fan of the direction that Anthrax followed after this album. Unfortunately this album shows the signs of that direction. The thrash like songs on this album are wonderful. I love the instrumental "Intro to Reality" etc... I just could not accept the rap like songs on the album. However, this does not take away the fact that it is still a great album. This is the last of the Joe Belladonna albums, and the last of the thrash for Anthrax. Check this gem out, and listen to the bands last horah. ... Read more

Asin: B000001FYN
Sales Rank: 29585


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Fistful of Metal
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 August, 1995)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Beginnings of True Thrash
This is one of several albums that started the thrash metal genre. Along with Metallica "Kill Em All" Slayer "Show No Mercy" Overkill "Feel the Fire" and Megadeth "Killing is My Business" this was a revolutionary style in 1983-1984. I was in high school at the time of these releases, and they influenced me and millions of others to become diehard followers of this music. This is not Joey Belladonna singing. It is the raw voice of Neil Turbin who gave Anthrax a true edge. Even though I prefer the Belladonna Anthrax, this album deserves a place in metal history. "Deathrider" and "Metal Thrashing Mad" are classics. 20 years later, and I still listen to these songs with the same passion that I had when I first heard them.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Screamin' Classic
I've listened to Anthrax for years, but it was only recently that I heard FISTFUL OF METAL for the first time. I wasn't expecting much. I had assumed that since the first singer, Neil Turbin, was let go, that he was probably nothing to write home about. How wrong I was. That guy was amazing. His vocals were very Priest-esque, but unique at the same time. I wonder why he didn't go on to become one of the greats. Anyway, this album is full of excitement and power. Anthrax, the band, were already very tight and professional sounding, which is amazing since they were probably just barely out of their teens. Great debut. I love 'Metal Thrashing Mad' the best. Order this today.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Other (forgotten) Anthrax
The only way to put it is there were three Anthrax bands: 1) Fistful of Metal here with Neil Turbin 2) The Belladonna years 1985-1991 3) John Bush Years 1991-current. The point is that all three of these Anthrax's sound different from the others.

The first here is actually better than you might think. Don't expect to pick this up as a regular Anthrax album of the era. The drumming (Benante) is overall a little slower than in later albums and the constant double-bass speed sounds like something off a Motorhead album. The vocals (Turbin) are the most striking feature -VERY HIGH PITCHED. The guy has one of the highest screams that I've ever heard. (Just listen to the 10 second scream on "Metal Thrashing Mad" where he goes from high to higher.) The guitars are rather generic for the time (Exodus like) and the bass (Lilker) sometimes kicks up some cool lines but is otherwise just as ordinary.

This album also contains a classic song that Anthrax still plays at all their shows "Metal Thrashing Mad". This song is definitely of the top five.

In short, what this album sounds like is a mix between 70s style Judas Priest, Motorhead, Exodus (Bonded by Blood), and something else. The album is original nonetheless and if you like Anthrax then you will like this album. Even if you're not a fan of Anthrax but you like stuff such as Slayer's "Show no Mercy", Megadeth's first album, Metallica's first, and other albums of the 1982-1984 period, this is a must have. ... Read more

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State of Euphoria
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars VERY UNDERATED!!!!
what a great anthrax album this turned out to be after their classic follow up to among the living.now this album is pretty damn weak....well just the production....but everything else kicks ass.as i said before joeys vocals are awsome as usual,guitars shred hear and their all over the place!!!.and lots of other things like more tributes such as stephen king.this album is kinda dumb to me cause it sounded like anthrax was getting into comic books,books,cartoons(maybe),etc..but everything else kicks and the best songs are:be all,end all,out of sight,out of mind,make me laugh,anti socail,now its dark....the only bad song was 13...ugh thank GOD it was short.anyways if your a big fan of anthrax and thrash metal...this is a must have in your collection!!.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Album for Anthrax
Following up the thrash masterpiece "Among the Living" would have proven to be difficult by most bands. Anthrax in this case showed that they could produce an album equal to their greatest effort. In some cases I prefer "State of Euphoria" over "Among the Living". The flow of the album appeals to me more I guess. This album contains some of my favorite Anthrax songs ever. "Now it's Dark", "Be All, End All", and "Who Cares Wins" stand out as pure thrashing mayhem. Sadly this would prove to be the last of Anthrax's pure thrash metal albums. The following "Persistence of Time" was brooding and much darker, and also gave hints to the change in musical direction for the band. If you want to expereince fun thrashing metal you can not go wrong with this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars "I drink three six-packs just so I can look at your face."
Anthrax has always been a sentimental favorite of mine. They were the band that was instrumental in seeing me off on my first steps as metalhead. My musical tastes have broadened considerably in the sixteen years (has it been that long?) since I discovered Anthrax, but every now and then I have to return to where I began my journey. 1988's State of Euphoria brings back fond memories of my headbanging salad days. Even though SoE was not the group's best album, it is still mindblowing when put up against the excrementitious butt-rock like Poison and WASP that ruled the charts back in the day. How could it have been their best when they released the groundbreaking Among the Living the year before? Asking them to top AtL would be like asking your geography teacher to find a larger ocean than the Pacific.

A quick song review:

1. Be All, End All - A song that came out at a time when heavy metal was given was given a lot of bad press for driving teenagers to suicide and devil-worshipping. The lyrics are a condemnation of suicide, much like Ozzy Ozbourne's "Suicide Solution". But you were never going to hear something like that from Geraldo Rivera. It starts off with a somber and beautiful cello intro from Carol Freidman before switching into crushing, but upbeat metal.

2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind - An attack on phony bands and political correctness before most of us knew what political correctness was.

3. Make Me Laugh - A seriocomic blasting of televangelists like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart. Lyrically, it's hilarious. But it's also scary because there are still a lot of gullible people in 2004 who are throwing their life savings away to these charlatans.

4. Antisocial - A catchy remake of the song from the little known, and then disbanded, French band Trust. It was so well-received that Trust reformed and briefly toured with Anthrax.

5. Who Cares Wins - Here they offer their take on the homeless crisis. The musicianship on the first two minutes is striking to point of Megadeth level technicality.

6. Now It's Dark - A haunting track inspired by the 1986 film Blue Velvet. Granted, the lyrics are told from the perspective of Dennis Hopper's character; but the profanity is actually bland from overuse.

7. Schism - Starts off with an amazing drum solo courtesy of Charlie Benante. The lyrics dealt with a certain pet peeve of the band: racism.

8. Misery Loves Company - Inspired by the Stephen King novel Misery, and it's told from the crazy nurse's side of the story. The highlight of the whole album is Dan Spitz's dual soloing effect. This would be their last King song.

9. 13 - The worst thing Anthrax has ever done, and the reason SoE gets a 4-star rating. A bass guitar, chanting, what sounds like a xylophone, and breaking glass with laughing at the end. At least it's short.

10. Finale - A comical, barnstorming ode to marriage with great lyrics like:

"And then you wake, and chew off your own arm,
Or face the only graduate of Satan's School of Charm."

On a final note, Anthrax is the only band left in The Big Four still cranking out worthwhile material. Megadeth's future, if any, appears uncertain. Slayer is now just a shadow of their former selves. And Metallica, don't get me started on them. Yet Anthrax keeps soldiering on and keeping it real.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars. ... Read more

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