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Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 March, 1995)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing talent
    Sap is a 5 song EP that Alice in Chains recorded on some down time after touring for Facelift, and i must say it truly is excellent.
    Everything is perfect about this album, Layne's(RIP) vocals, Jerry's guitar work is true perfection and the rhythm section is truly awesome, not to mention guest appearances on track 3 'Right Turn' by Mark Arm of Mudhoney and THE singer, Chris Cornell are perfect additions
    However despite the four absolutely awe-inspiring main tracks, somehow they took acid and recorded a really bad song for a bonus track which is basically the band mucking around, it really is out of place on this album
    But this album is worth getting for the four tracks alone, it was the first alice in chains album i had ever heard, which was about 3 or 4 months ago and now they are my favourite band.
    Also i'd recommend getting this version of SAP instead of the one that i got, it's Jar Of Flies with SAP as a bonus disc, which sucks because you don't get the sap booklet

    5-0 out of 5 stars Utter perfection....
    Alice In Chains accidently outdid themselves here.... SAP, although only having 4 songs, is MUCH better than Jar Of Flies, Tripod, and ranks near Dirt's level..... each song is nearly perfect.... Brother is chilling, and one of my favorite Alice songs ever.... Got Me Wrong IS the greatest AIC song ever..... Right Turn is awe inspiring, and features Chriss Cornell and Mark Arm... Am I Inside is the most creepy song on this album, but it still rocks. Even Love Song (the most annoying song Chains has, only because after I finish listening to SAP for the sixtieth time, an array of belching, sniffing, and flatulence starts playing....Heeeheeeheeee) is great (because it is HILARIOUS!). I've listened to this FOUR SONG EP pretty close to 1,000 times.... more than I've spinned the rest of ALice In Chains' CDs combined (even Dirt). I don't know WHAT attracts me to SAP, but it's one of the masterpieces of music, and it's worth your 9 dollars! BUY IT OR YOU ARE CRAZY!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Equal to the # of songs, 2 stars for 2 GREAT songs out 5!!!!
    Straightforwardly, at the very beginning, I'll clarify exactly where this cd, their first EP offering, stands in terms of relevance and approaching Alice In Chains with a fair, sober mind. Even though this little five song EP is by the most revered AIC, I feel that most of the reviewers here are misjudging it completely, romanticizing it with a bias so extreme-because it's their favorite band-that they're disadvantaging any naïve person who'd read their reviews. The reason for this is because most reviewers who review this cd are looking at it with the most discriminatory, rose-colored glasses, dismissing the glaring flaws in this work and, instead, exclusively judge it narrow-mindedly as being up-to-par, due to AIC's reputation for perfection. Right? Well, not entirely, varmints. Everything besides the marginally few Got Me Wrong and Brother aren't just sup-par-they're also beneath what one should expect from the driven ideas behind Alice and beneath what they should've offered their "fans" in between albums, those years ago.

    I remember watching an interview from Alice In Chains from November 1991, concerning this cd's release, to be more particular, just with Staley and Cantrell, and in said interview, Staley explained that Sean Kinney had a dream in which he dreamt that the songs for their band's next album were sappy, due to the songs being of a "milder" nature than their normal fare. Tragically, the self-deprecating notion of this EP's title seems to have been taken advantage of monstrously too literally, as the quality of "Right Turn", "Am I Inside" and the Untitled accident all reflect the same nature of disparagement that the title of SAP eludes too. The song "Right Turn" starts of deceitfully promisingly enough-but then something wretchedly unexpected happens. What started out grudgingly decently, with Cantrell singing and two acoustic guitars being strummed in a repentantly regretful invocation, mountingly begins to reveal its true, displeasing nature when it gets to the chorus. By this point, it furiously and absolutely sounds like a truly misused country-cowboy sort of ditty, further dissatisfying because this is practically the opposite of everything that Alice In Chains stands for. Next, this song worsens this foulness by totally falling apart as it progresses to its end, when the out of harmony, discordant voices of Arm, Cornell and Cantrell are fighting each other to be the loudest voice heard. Subsequently, the next pestilence on here is no better. It must be a curse that follows these two songs around, for my complaint's almost exactly identical to why I couldn't stand "Right Turn". "Am I Inside" is afflicted from the same plague that bothers "Right Turn", namely its chorus. The verses of "Am I Inside" start out, again, promising, what with its mysteriously esoteric, thought-provoking dark origins, but then, by now predictably, like "Right Turn", it kills any tolerance one can muster, in its chorus. Not only does the inherent melody seem inconsistent, but it's also made irremediably unsalvageable with the addition of one of the banshee Heart voices of those PMSers, because their wailing screeches are intolerable. Sadly, to keep this cumulative, I've also to cover the last of the wreck, Untitled, which, rightly so, should stay unnamed and unnoticed, seeing as it's just a poorly pitiable alibi to sneak in rotten fart noises, belches and other unsanitary bodily noises and incoherent chaos from AIC's members. To finalize how passionately I can't coexist with these three failures, I would even prefer AIC's demos from before they got a record deal. That's right, not the polished demos from Music Bank, but the low ones from the late 80s, where Alice, at the time, were struggling to decide whether to go legitimate or imitate the countless other ass-shaking bands of that humiliating, hair-swinging dark period in modern history.

    If you ferociously jump to conclusions-wait for it-don't get ME wrong. My appreciation for AIC's potential and pure musical gift is so great that it dissatisfies me to see that these boys had squandered it on a track they probably weren't serious with to begin with. If they would have been dedicated to crafting all five of this EP's songs-not just the two-with purposeful determination, instead of shabbily mishandling the last three, then it would be a perfect package like the rest of their creations. More troublesomely for me, someone who never ceases to be impressed by Alice's continuing escalation of achievement in each of their songs, is that this EP undependably almost looks like it was done as an inside joke job by the members of AIC, because, as the last track indicates, they seem to have dilapidated into goofing-off misbehavior at that stage.

    This is supposedly the last cd where Staley was licitly clean, right before his heroin habit started checking in on him, and was supposed to tide fans over until the release of the unmatchable DIRT. Like all bad things get counterbalanced with some good, so too does this cd offer gems, restricted to the 1st two songs, and that's it. It is plain to see why Got Me Wrong and Brother stand head and shoulder above the last three. Each of them has above average success with guitar solos (ascendingly remarkable considering the sappy material), infectiously memorable melodies and beats, great feeling and yearning in how either Staley/Cantrell hum and sing the songs, and transitionally sobering themes, such as in Brother. Brother, nonetheless, though using ambiguously disturbing subject matter, retains that classic AIC penchant for scarily and enormously delving into somewhat taboo, grave themes, yet resulting in an outcome that's consistently optimistic, exclusively due to the beauty with which it was composed, written and played. It's a blinding fact that for this EP to have ended in something entirely palatable, they should have nixed the unrelentingly aggravating guest appearances (HEART, HEART, HEART), nixed the unambitiously uninspired approaches to "Right Turn" and "Am I Inside", nixed the staggering withdrawal of solos and should have curbed Cantrell's singing more, leaving more for Staley. ... Read more

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    Alice in Hell
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Their debut album: thrash only, but a masterpiece anyway!
    The first album from Annihilator is a classic one. This is thrash metal at its best, plenty of good guitar riffs and solos. Jeff Waters showed for the first time there his impressive technique and talent, with those guitar "phrases" and "screams" that sealed the Annihilator style forever. You'll love how guitars deal with dynamics in this album, and how their sound can be aggressive, dark and lyrical at the same time. Annihilator is a machine of playing music, with tempo changes and breaks that could qualify them as a progressive metal band, instead of thrashers.

    "Crystal Ann" has a classical touch that takes your breath away from the beginning. It introduces then "Alison Hell", a masterpiece full of great riffs and musical experiments. The entire album has a vocal style a little bit rough for a non-trained ear, but it fits well in the dark style that Annihilator proposed in this CD. "WTYD" is a powerful piece, with amazing solos and rhythmical shredding.

    However, I give the entire album four starts because it contains many other material with no transcendence, written only for headbangers, in spite of the quality of the whole CD. Nevertheless, this is not a show stopper at all. Said in one sentence, don't miss how Annihilator presented itself to the world! This release, although their first album, is a very good piece of artwork, and a must-have for any metal fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best ever Thrash debut!
    This is a stunning debut album from one of Thrash Metal's most innovative bands. It is packed with ideas that the band made their trademark, complex riffs, wacky solos and melodic clean guitar passages.

    The opening track, "Crystal Ann", demonstrates the classical background that Jeff Waters came from. A beautiful instrumental showing an amazing sense of melody and structure. How many thrash bands can play like this???

    The anthemic "Alison Hell" is one of Annihilators most classic songs, this reworking of the 1986 Phantasmagoria demo track is outstanding!

    Throughout the album the band show that nobody can play schizo-metal as well as they can. Full of classics including "Human Insecticide", "WTYD" and "Schizo's are never alone: Parts 1 & 2" this is an essential addition to any metal collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    I was so into Metallica, Megadeth and Pantera when i first listened to this one. And i was like: "who are these guys, they rock!!"

    Alice In Hell is a mind blasting experience. A fast, crushing set of killer riffs and solos, great vocals. The speed on this one is amazing, the whole album is great, all tracks are remarkable. Good harmonies. Nice changes. It has it all, a must-have in your collection. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000248L1
    Sales Rank: 175518
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    Carnival Diablos
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Metal masterpiece - half thrash , half melodic
    The first album I bought by Annihilator was Alice in Hell, the first album and by many considered the best. For me though Carnival Diablos is the album that I play more than the others coz it is so damn good! Tracks like Denied, Battered and Hunter Killer are thrash masterpieces while the title track and Liquid Oval are melodic and less heavy which makes the album more listenable ie. not just non stop chugging. Simply, if you love Thrash/Heavy Metal with occasional melodic moments, get this album!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A metal masterpiece !
    Joe Comeau. Finally, Annihilator gets a really GREAT metal singer, someone worthy of front manning Annihilator, and someone who can work at the same level as Jeff (Waters). The pairing of these two gave us two tremendous albums. This being the first one.
    Denied, The Perfect Virus, Battered, Carnival Diablos, Time Bomb, Epic of War and Hunter Killer are all songs that would single handidly cause me to buy this album. All of them together on one album is absolute heaven.
    There is no Bad song on thsi album, just some that rate a solid good.
    Everything that makes Annihilator great is on this album. Awesome lyrics sung by an awesome vocalist, outstanding guitar riffs, that metal touch only Waters can bestow and a range of song types that only Annihilator can seem to pull off convincingly.
    Epic of Wars' middle part is Iron Maiden done better than modern Maiden can do. It still blows my mind.
    Battered is Metallica done better than modern Metallica can do.
    And so on. Jeff shows us he still loves the true metal, but more importantly he shows us it can be done in a new, fresh and even heavier manner. Giving us an album all that all those great bands of yesterday should be giving us. But which of course they aren't (Although I do give Maiden points for 2 really solid albums lately).
    There is nothing to dislike about this album. The only negative thing I can say about it is that Waking the Fury is even better. If you even remotely like metal, this album MUST be in your collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars They're Back....
    Annihilator always supplied incredible music across their discography because of Jeff Waters and his song and music writing abilities. However, the albums were always trying to achieve the intensity of 'Alice In Hell' / 'Never Neverland' which were the brute sound we all fell love with. 'Carnival Diablos' is the first one to give you a 120 volt jolt after a bunch of pharmaceutically engineered studio albums. Some songs are better then others, but the news here is the speedy, evil sounding kick in the groin thrash metal atmosphere throughout the album. Some of the best songs in the album are Denied, The Perfect Virus, Battered and Hunter Killer. The rest are as powerful but more predictable in their writing. The line up is a powerful as the 'Never Neverland' line up . Joe Comeau is probably the best vocalist after Coburn Pharr and delivers attitude that fits the bill not to mention the tight rhythm section driven by Ray Hartman. The humor of the bonus track at the end is just a great way to kick back and decide which is the next Annihilator album to buy. ... Read more

    Asin: B000055XVI
    Sales Rank: 28201


    Criteria for a Black Widow
    Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A return to greatness
    And they're back !
    Jeff gets a band again and the energy is rekindled. Widow is different than early Annihilator but it shares it's intensity, excellent riffs and has that real metal sound.
    Randy Rampage is back as well, although I couldn't care less, Jeff's vocals are just as good if not better.
    Bloodbath, Punctured, Criteria, Sonic Homicide and Shizos Part III are all excellent. The other songs are all very good.
    This album is a must buy and marks the start of a great run of awesome albums by this band. The next album Carnival Diablos is even better and Waking the Fury is one of the best albums EVER.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THRASH IS ALIVE AND WELL !!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Annihilator is back!
    I'm a big speed/thrash fan from the 80s, and somehow I missed Annihilator the first time around. But I recently picked up a used copy of "Alice In Hell," which is a thrash classic. So when I finally got a copy of "Criteria," I pretty much knew what to expect. But I was wrong! If anything, "Criteria" is better than "Alice." This album provides plenty of good, old-fashioned, straight-ahead thrash, with plenty of musical diversity. Practically all of the songs are good, and none of them sound alike.

    In my opinion, this album competes with Destruction's "All Hell Breaks Loose" as Y2K's best thrash album of the year. It's great to see speed/thrash make such a strong comeback, with bands like Testament, Annihilator, Destruction, and Sodom still going strong and continuing to release some of their best material. If you're a fan of Annihilator, other bands worth checking out include Forbidden and Vio-lence. ... Read more

    Asin: B00003OP2J
    Sales Rank: 86034


    King of the Kill
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Still trying to recover the energy of "Alice in Hell"
    Here's what you get when Jeff Waters finally gets sick of all those annoying "other guys" that make a band and just goes it alone (although he did get a drummer to help him record).
    Not a bad effort although most of the songs still lack the energy that was present on Alice in Hell. The guitar work is starting to be subdued (for good or bad) and generally this album is kind of a strange one.
    I find myself not really having too much of an opinion on it. It isn't great but doesn't really have anything overly wrong with it either.
    As an Annihilator fan, you have to own it just to have the "Annihilator" song in your collection :)

    3-0 out of 5 stars A mix between Never Never Land and Set the World on Fire
    Whereas Alice in Hell and Never Never Land were all out thrash fests, King of the Kill is a more subdued, riff based and groove oriented album. Still 100% METAL though (could Annihilator be anything else?). There are some ballads here and there but they are mostly well done and rather cool in their simplicity. Towards the end more speed metal numbers are thrown in (Alice in Hell lite, ha) but my favorite songs are the heavier ones, like The Box or Annihilator. Cool cd.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    This is the 2nd Annihilator disc i bought behind "Criteria For A Black Widow", which is a bit heavier in my opinion. Every song on this album is very good, typical Annihilator-type metal sounds accompanied by axeman/vocalist/bassist Jeff Waters, who handles all instruments except for this drums on this record. Some of my favorite tracks off this record are "King of the Kill", "Annihilator", "Bad Child", and the superb ballad "Only Be Lonely". Let it be said that I'm not one for slow songs, but "Only Be Lonely" is simply fantastic, and hey, its ANNIHILATOR! So all fans of the band should embrace this album, and for people who are looking to get into this band, this isn't a bad album to start with. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004SBR6
    Sales Rank: 11331


    Never Neverland
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars You MUST get hold of this MASTERPIECE!!!!!!!!!
    Following the wave of its predecessor (Alice In Hell) the second album of Annihilator is just another masterpiece. The main difference is that this one is more melodic, but it still absolutely heavy and aggresive... especially in 'Phantasmagoria' and 'I Am In command'.... The guitar skills of Jeff Waters will blow you away, while the previous album was more rhythm-oriented, this album has possibly the best guitar solos and melodies I've ever heard.... "Alice In Hell" and "Never Neverland" are with no doubt included on my all-time top 10 metal albums and are far better than any album of Slayer or Megadeth

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best album of 1990!!!
    This album by Annihilator is an absolute masterpiece. It is definitely the best album of 1990, possibly the best, period. I don't think that there is a metal album that can compare to this album. Everything about Never Neverland is awesome. Coburn Pharr is absolutely fantastic and Jeff Waters shows why he is such a great musician. Jeff's rhthym guitar is terrific and there is not ONE bad song on this album. This album also features absolutely fast songs such as Phantasmagoria as well as slower melodic songs like Stonewall and the title track. This album does not have any ballads but who cares? This is a great album by a great band who to this day continues writing fast heavy metal after Megadeth and Metallica became more commercial. This album is better than any Pantera, Megadeth or Slayer album in my opinion. This record is just 10 times better than a few other famous albums of 1990 such as Cowboys From Hell or Rust In Peace.

    Even though Jeff had a drinking problem, he wrote and still writes great music while Dave Mustaine who became greedy is now out of the music business and he really has lost his ability to write good meaningfull songs. This album is worth it for every heavy metal fan and anyone who is looking for a heavy metal cd with no flaws MUST buy this album.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Pop metal anyone?
    Wow, the previous reviews literally scare me. People liked this album?? Is this some sort of mass collective joke?
    I love Annihilator, I have all their albums, and listen to them constantly, but this album has remained shelved for many, many years. Absolute pure junk.
    Let's start with the obvious problems. Number one on the list is Coburn Pharr, who can't sing period, let alone sing good metal. What Jeff was thinking when he hired this "wanna-be" I'll never know.
    Second, the album is pop metal. While some of the guitar work is still awesome, the songs lack any "metal" to them. I never once replayed a part to hear it again cause it was so cool. Something I did do on their equally disapointing King of the Kill.
    Then there are the lyrics which went from awesome and fun on Alice in Hell to silly and just plain stupid.
    Luckily Jeff went a different way with this band, and dumped Pharr.
    Alice in Hell (their first album) was a thousand times better than this, the third effort, even Set the World on fire, and equally pop metal like album, was better having some really great metal songs as well as some truly fun songs and having at least a decent singer.
    The two new albums Carnival Diablos and Waking the Fury absolutely rule and if you're looking for the same thrill you got when you bought Alice in Hell, get them now.
    Skip this disaster, the closest to sell-out album, Jeff and the band ever got.
    One thing though, I have to admit the song, Phantasmagoria absolutely rules. Note though that it was written before even Alice in Hell. Unfortunately for this album, it was also released with Bag of Tricks featuring Jeff's vocals, which are far superior to Pharr's hoarse vocal strains. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000248L0
    Sales Rank: 211925
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    Refresh the Demon
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Back on track. This album rocks
    Oh yeah! When Refresh the Demon starts you know you made a good purcahse. One of the best Annihilator songs right of the bat, but wait, it keeps going, Pastor of Disastor has to be one of the top 5 Annihilator songs of all time and Ultraparanoia, Awaken, Syn Kill 1 and The Box are all great. A Man Called Nothing really works well and it's definately a great song. I even dig Innocent Eyes, it's a great reflection of Jeff's honesty in his music.
    The album isn't perfect, the crappy City of Ice and Anything for Money really don't fit on this rather heavy album.
    Another Jeff solo project, but a definate improvement over King of the Kill.
    Definately add this to your collection

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another awesome Annihilator
    This Annihilator cd is worth every cent. And if you have not heard this one . Unlike the earlier one's this one Jeff did all this by himself. He said that there were some rough times that he was going through and wanted this album done alone. But it is still the same Annihilator style as before just without a band.It has the intensity of the other's and just as good. I have to recommend it to anyone that is in the mood for some Metal thrash with a lot of melody to it. This is the one for you. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004SBR7
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A bit different
    Not as good as some of the other Annihilator stuff. It is a bit more industrial and less thrashy. Perhaps just an experimental solo effort. Not the best but still good listening.

    5-0 out of 5 stars JEFF DOES IT AGAIN !!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best!
    This is one of the best albums, I've ever owned. If your a metal fan at heart and you want the cutting edge vocals, then Mr. Water's and Annihilator is for you! No Love, is one of my personal fav's on this, so check out the preview, the guitar's in this album, are very nice, how they stand out in some parts, but always stay and flow with the rest of the sounds going around in the songs. If you like not to thrash, and speed metal, sounds, but the nice distorted vocal's and lovely hard, guitar sounds, this would be a nice one to pick up. ... Read more

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    Set the World on Fire
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Jeff Waters can do no wrong
    I just this bought album and let me tell you its one of the best all around metal albums i've ever heard. Its goes from all out thrashers like the title track and catchy mid tempo metallers like Knight Jumps Queen to beautiful ballads like Phoenix Rising. All with superb performances put in by all involved musicians and super clean production. Whether or not you're familiar with Annihilator and the genious of Jeff Waters this is as good a place to start as any. Stay Metal

    5-0 out of 5 stars Smashie & Nicey say 'Lets Rock !'
    This album is a must for any hard rock collection and is a great tribute to the band's abilities. The three octave range of Aaron Randal's voice and the sheer complexity of Jeff Waters' riffs create some of the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard (Phoenix Rising & Sounds Good To Me). Yet the band has not lost their no-frills, thrash metal feel achieved in earlier albums (Set The World On Fire & Bats In The Belfry). The bass line on Knight Jumps Queen is enough to make anyone drive like an F1 racing driver and Annihilator's obsession with insanity has been addressed with Braindance (Alice would be proud!)

    Jeff Waters has created a melodic heavy rock style that is truly original and harmonizes well with the vocals of Aaron Randal. It is a shame that Aaron left the band after this album because I believe that most of these songs were written to suit Aaron's voice and therefore the band has never repeated this level of musical genius.

    In short, you will never grow tired of this album, as there is something for everyone (Even my Boy-Band loving girlfriend listens to it)

    Annihilator have secured a place as one of the all time greats with this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Overall Metal Albums!!
    I first heard Annihilator when I saw the video for "Set the World on Fire" on the Headbanger's Ball (R.I.P.). I thought the song was cool as hell and the band looked badass. Since that day I still spin this disc on a fairly regular basis. My favorite song on here is "The Edge". I'm surprised no other reviewer has mentioned it. Oh well, guess that's my particular taste. Other standout tracks are Sounds Good to Me, Knight Jumps Queen, and Phoenix Rising. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000248JQ
    Sales Rank: 186869
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    Among the Living
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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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.


    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

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    Armed & Dangerous
    Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Average
    This is a okay CD for 80's heavy metal fans. I like the newer Anthrax sould better than the old.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous
    This album has good start: "Armed And Dangerous" is a very rebellious song. Anthrax is ready to fight to get in the music business. "Raise Hell" is a little bit too monotonic and Sex Pistol cover isn't so good either. The live tracks are very good and played loud. "Soldiers of Metal" and "Howling Furies" will be classic forever. Anthrax makes true metal!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A TRUE GEM
    ARMED AND DANGEROUS is the first time that we get to hear ANTHRAX with Joey Belladonna on lead vocals, and it is a preview of what is to come. Yes the album sounds dated by todays standards, but this album is almost 20 years old what do u expect. The songs have killer riffs, combined with Joey's almost opera sounding voice, show why ANTHRAX is a metal band that sound be mentioned in the same breath as METALLICA or SLAYER, and MEGADETH. SOLDIERS OF METAL is a great song full of energy, and GOD SAVE THE QUEEN is a great cover of the SEX PISTOLS classic song. After this album the band would continue to polish their sound, but this album is a must for REAL metal fans. Buy it while u can, when its gone, you will regret not buying it. ... Read more

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    Attack of the Killer B's
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential collection of high-quality rarities
    Anthrax with Joe Belladonna were a thrash band that managed to mix the funny with the serious perfectly. This record is compilation of rare B-sides from singles, EPs and other releases of that type. It may serve as a perfect introduction to Anthrax, because it has everything that band was famous for.

    You have documented live performances in "Keep it in the Family" and "Belly of the Beast", tat show Anthrax at theur heaviest.
    You have innovative unique Anthrax rap-metal blends in "I'm a Man" (released back in 1987) and the Public Enemy song "Bring the Noise", that's performed together with PE members.
    You have tribute to their side-project S.O.D. in "Milk" (the song that started the blast-beat) and "Chromatic Death".
    You have excellent covers of earlier punk-bands songs "Protest and Survive" and "Sects"
    And finally, you have Anthrax's own hillarious tracks-for-fun in "Startin' up a Posse" and "Dallabnikufesin".

    All in all, this records proves to be a great listen, and very varied, too. It steps far beyond your typical thrash-metal style. I won't even mention this line-up's highest proficiency with their instruments, it's a well-known fact. This CD will appeal to anyone with even just a mild interest in thrash or classic metal, and is a good purchase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars this was their last good album
    anthrax's last good album with one of my favorite covers milk by s.o.d i think joey equaled if not sounded better than billy milano on it i am a very big m.o.d/s.o.d fan but this cover was a masterpeice. get this it was their last good album get from fistfull of metal (with neil turbin on it) to this album after this they sucked a reviewer said this was their last effort before they matured, my butt thrax ruled and was real metal after this it was like industrial poser crap john bush belongs in armored saint protest for danny and joey to come back
    p.s God Bless death to false metal

    4-0 out of 5 stars May The Attack Be Brutal!
    Here is a collection of hard-to-find covers, new tracks and live stompers to brighten the black heart of any Joey Belladonna era Anthrax fan. Unfortunately, problems with Belladonna and with their record company came to a head during the promotion for this release. Tragically, Belladonna was fired, and Anthrax departed Island Records. Thus ended a classic era for speed metal. However, ATTACK gives us a clear picture of Anthrax's strengths and weaknesses; where they had been and their future directions.

    MILK (ODE TO BILLY) - We begin proceedings with a cover song of Scott Ian and Charlie Benante's side project, S.O.D. A head banging ode to breakfast time, this tune turned me on to S.O.D, and I've being afflicted ever since. LOL! Joey Belladonna does a stellar job on vocals . . . but doesn't he always?!

    BRING THE NOISE - The groundbreaking team up of Anthrax and Public Enemy on an updated PE classic. It also sewed the seeds of discontent in the mind of lead singer Joey Belladonna and caused him to be ousted not long after this album's release.

    KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY (LIVE) - Live headcruncher from the 'Persistence Of Time' tour in Birmingham, England.It shows that Anthrax was getting more into the serious subjects than before. Something that would increase with the substitution of Belladonna with ex- Armoured Saint frontman John Bush.

    STARTIN' UP A POSSE - A comment of Tipper Gore and the whole censorship debacle. The 'Wild West' theme is sprinkled throughout the track, with the 'Bonanza' theme thrown in for good measure. With Scott Ian on lead vocals, never has Anthrax been so cutting. "And this ain't sexist, neither!" This is pure, in -your-face stuff.

    PROTEST AND SURVIVE - Stomping cover version of a track by Discharge.

    CHROMATIC DEATH - Another S.O.D. ode, guaranteed to cause permanent whiplash. Short, sharp and brutal.

    I'M THE MAN '91 - An updating of their innovative rap metal hybrid song, 'I'm The Man'. Spends the first part of the track telling us how innovative they were in the first place and putting down other rap/metal contenders. Not as good the second time round . . .I get my kicks with the original.

    PARASITE - Energetic reading of early Kiss/Ace Frehley effort. Anthrax and Kiss were always intertwined having toured together, and Anthrax also covering two 'early period' Kiss tunes, 'Love Her All I Can' and 'She'.

    PIPELINE - Can you bang your head and surf the finest waves at the same time? Anthrax sure as hell tried, with this instrumental surf classic.

    SECTS - A cover of the band Trust, who also inspired Anthrax to cover their ANTI-SOCIAL for their 'State Of Euphoria' album.

    BELLY OF THE BEAST (LIVE) - Pitch black and menacing killer song from the 'Persistence Of Time' tour, recorded in Birmingham, England.

    N.F.B (DALLABNIKUFESIN) - A hilarious kick to the head for all those faux-metal bands who persisted in dishing up 'power ballads'. The scary thing is that Joey's voice suits that style to a tee. Wait for the track's payoff, it 'kills' me every time
    (sorry about that!).Oh, and for those 'not in the know', read the title backwards!Got that? ... Read more

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    Fistful of Metal
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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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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    I'm the Man
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars ANTHRAX WRAPS IT UP
    I was simply floored at the cover of SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH... it alone in my opinion is worth the purchase of this disc. The comical LiVE version of "I'm the man" is also done well. I think this album is definitely worth its weight in METAL..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Who's The Man?
    I'M THE MAN (CENSORED RADIO VERSION) ' This is from where many of today's bands draw their shtick (you know who you are!). A groundbreaking meld of rap, metal and warped sense of humour that still shows its strengths 15 years after it was recorded. Check out the 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' sampling of Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets'!

    I'M THE MAN (DEF UNCENSORED VERSION) ' The same track as above pushed up to ten on the attitude meter. Also check out the song's 'Halva Nageliah' riffs. Who said speed metallers had no sense of humour?

    SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH ' A frenetic cover of a Black Sabbath classic tune. Joey Belladonna had the most melodic voice in the whole of Speed Metal, and a certain magic was lost after he was fired by Scott Ian and Charlie Benante.

    I'M THE MAN (LIVE- EXTREMELY DEF ILL UNCENSORED VERSION) ' A highlight of the Belladonna era live set where Joey would change positions with Charlie and give the ol' tonsils a rest. This version shows the energy and fun of Anthrax performances with some killer audience participation.

    I AM THE LAW (LIVE) ' This classic tune always goes down well live. Not many bands could pull of a tribute to Judge Dredd. Anthrax did it all the way in style.

    CAUGHT IN A MOSH (LIVE) ' Another classic from the 'Among The Living' album captured live and snarling . . .the way the track should be played!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Before the infamous "Bring the Noise".
    Legendary thrash metal band Anthrax made history by being one of the first ever metal bands to include a blend of rap into their songs nearly a decade before the style became popular. To this day, I believe that Anthrax has never received the respect they deserve.

    The main focus of this E.P. is obviously the groundgreaking single "I'm The Man". The song is quite simply hilarious, and the mix of musical stylings makes it perfect. The verses sound similar to a Beastie Boys song, and the chorus is pretty Gwar-like. Some of today's rock-rap bands who think making 60 songs about killing someone is "hilarious" should listen to the originaters and take notes. There's also another version of this song on "Attack of the Killer B's", but it doesn't compare to the genius of this one.

    The cover of Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is extremely well-done and and shows off a different side of Joey's vocals. The only flaw with this E.P. is the live version of "I'm The Man", which sounds disorganized and sloppily done (but even then, the ad-libbed stuff from the band members is still pretty funny). The two live songs originally from "Among the Living" ("Caught In A Mosh" and "I Am The Law") are a nice addition and almost as good as the originals. Overall, if you're a fan of Anthrax, or a fan of humorous rap-metal, this is a must have. ... Read more

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    Anthrax Live: The Island Years
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good choice of tracks.. but where is Among the Living ?
    I wouldn't go as far as saying that this is a must-have CD by the great band, but there are some tracks on it that are outstanding.

    The quality is certainly not the best for a live album (for a lesson in quality live recordings, look at Iron Maiden's Live after Death), but there is still some killer tracks here.

    However, I am still wondering my Among the Living is not on here - in my opinion, this is one the best songs they ever did as a live set.

    I love the live version of Bring the Noise with Public Enemy - these guys pioneered alot of the sounds that you hear now with bands like Limp Bizkit, Korn, POD etc and you can hear that in this track - simply awesome.

    The crowd/live atmosphere is not really transferred onto this recording, especially with those recorded in the studio with a "live" audience.

    Still, this is an Anthrax album so that alone gives it some merit !!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Worth getting if you're a fan
    I want to be real honest here; this is not a four or five star album. I'm a huge Anthrax fan and think this album is a lot of fun. But four or five stars should be for excellent or essential albums and this just isn't up to that level.

    Produced to fullfill contractual obligations with Island records, this live album captures some of the fun of the band just prior to Joey Belladonna leaving the band. So if you want to hear Anthrax live with Belladonna and Spitz, then this is for you. The first 2/3rds is a live venue in California and the sound quality is merely good - not perfect. The last four songs are from a live in the studio session for a radio program. Sound quality is better on these.

    This is not bad! If you already love Anthrax then don't hesitate! But it's not a good selection for the first Anthrax album you buy. For that, I'd recommend, Among the Living, Spreading the Disease, Persistence of Time or Sound of White Noise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Anthrax Live: The Island Years
    I think this is one of the best CD's I own, it's a great live album and most of Anthrax's classics are included.The sound quality is pretty good, some people think it's not so good,but I think it's fine.The first 8 tracks were recorded live in Irvine Meadows, California in 1991, the last 4 tracks we're recorded live at Electric Lady studio in 1992.If you like Anthrax then you owe it to yourself to pick this CD up! ... Read more

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    Moshers 1986-1991
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Este CD se sale, contiene grandes clásicos, si te gusta Testament
    y/o Slayer te flipará, aunque hay que tener en cuenta ke el registro vocal del cantante difiere mucho del de Chuck Billy o Tom Araya, y ke muchos temas tienen un tono mucho más animado y quizás más punk ke el de los tenebrosos pasajes de Slayer.
    Posiblemente si nunca has oído estos temas no te llamarán mucho la atención al principio, pero estoy seguro ke kuanto más los oigas más te gustarán.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great music from their glory period
    I found this disc by accident, and I am glad that I did. In the early 90's, I was big into Anthrax, but when they changed lead singers, I lost interest. This disc has some of their best from 86 -91 and I have really enjoyed listening to it. From Madhouse to Bring the Noise, Anthrax brought us some of the best music metal ever had. Now I am looking forward to catching them on tour, now that Joey Belladonna will be singing on part of the show, and who know, maybe I will like this new singer also ... Read more

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    Persistence of Time
    Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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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

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    Spreading the Disease
    Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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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

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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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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 April, 1993)
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    Editorial Review

    The five-and-dime cover art suggests a cheapo indie, not the reincarnation of Ratt vocalist Stephen Pearcy. Never mind--this is superior arena rock featuring the yowling, Steve Tyler soundalike and a slew of impressive tunes. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The one and only STEPHEN PEARCY
    Stephen Pearcy is hands down the the best sleaze rock singer/ showman of that wonderful 80's era as well as today. Listen to this album and in the next second or 2, you'll be in your car with every window down and your stereo cranked up to the max, reliving the period of time, when your fist did the talking and "Let there be Metal" were the words you lived by! Pearcy, plain & simple rocks!!!! And we're talking "METAL" my friends! This album does righteous justice to the moniker! "All shook up" should be played over and over again in the workplace, it rocks so hard! The wonderfully delightful SEXY egotist, who has been likend to that that of a slick black cat, truly deserves the iconic title of "Scream King" -- move over Vince Neil & Axl Rose, let Stephen Pearcy show you how it's done! Incredible!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Re-released and Re-Discovered
    Back in the early 90's, Stephen Pearcy left RATT to form a new band (with Cinderella drummer Fred Coury) ARCADE, in the 2 albums released by Arcade(93' s/t and 94'"A2") it was obviouse that this was an incredable band that should have been just as big as RATT ever was. Unfortunatly times and musical tastes where changing and ARCADE never got the push they deserved.
    Now with the re-release of their 93' self titled album comes the chance to re-discover a Band that had it all but just never exploded on the scean as they should have.
    From the opening of "Dancin'with the Angels" to the final song, a deep Pearcy epic titled "Mother of Blues", the band takes you on a Rock'n'Roll rollercoaster of everything that ruled about rock in the 80's early 90's. Afew other standout tracks include the semi hit "Nothin'to Lose", "Messed up World", "All Shook Up", and "Calm Before the Storm" (Which was originally going to be the title of the Album).
    Great songwriting, great production, great attitude, after listening to this album you'll wish this band was still around. I also highly recommend their 2nd disc, the much more aggressive "A2".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
    This album is at the pinnacle of 80s metal made in the 90s. The musicianship is mature, with prominent bass, drums, and guitar in the mix. Stephen Pearcy's vocals are superb. The lyrical content is dark and most akin to Motley Crue on their first two albums. Ten years after this album's release, it still sounds incredible. ... Read more

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