The second full-length album by legendary American Thrash Metal band.
Anthrax's first album with vocalist Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello is a huge leap forward, featuring strongly rhythmic, pounding riffs and vocals that alternate between Hardcore-type shouting and surprising amounts of melody. Two tracks left over from the Dan Lilker days ("Armed and Dangerous" and "Gung-Ho") are here as well. This is the album in which Anthrax became a heavy hitter in Thrash Metal. The music on this album is great. The razor-like sound of Ian and Spitz's guitars sound menacing and Bello's finger plucking bass (on his first album with the band) just brings speedy reminiscence of Steve Harris and beneath all that is Charlie's hard pounding drums. Just listen to the intensity of songs like "A.I.R.", or "Madhouse". It's enough to make you wanna punch someone!
Joey Belladonna is one of the most underrated or unknown singers in history. His voice is comparable to the likes of Tate, Dickinson and Halford, which it's rare to hear a singer like that in Thrash Metal. The lyrics are pretty good with comic book heroism ("Lone Justice"), to being locked away ("Madhouse") or being seduced ("Medusa"). The Traditional Metal lyrical fare is more original, while also introducing a penchant for paying tribute to favorite fictional characters and Pop culture artifacts.
If you are a fan of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Iron Maiden or Jusas Priest, than you will definitely love this intense album!
One of Anthrax's best efforts!!
Island Records Inc./Megaforce Worldwide, 1985/2013 (422-826 668-2). Made in USA. Second American re-release.
1. A.I.R. 5:44
2. Lone Justice 4:37
3. Madhouse 4:17
4. S.S.C./Stand Or Fall 4:09
5. The Enemy 5:23
6. Aftershock 4:29
7. Armed And Dangerous 5:43
8. Medusa 4:43
9. Gung-Ho 4:35
Total playing time: 43:54 min.