Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ARTIST FOCUS: ANTHRAX

I'll admit it. I refused to listen to Anthrax for many, many years all for the simple fact that they were regarded as one of the pioneers of the "rap-metal" craze that took over metal in the mid 1990s. Eventually, though, curiosity got the best of me, and I purchased Spreading the Disease, and, frankly, I've been kicking myself in the ass ever since for being such a closed minded asshole.

Why I "boycotted" this band for simply releasing two non-album tracks that showcased a different form of music, I'll never know, but I'm glad I finally "saw the light" because Anthrax is simply one of the most profound bands to come out of 80s.

As most of their contemporaries either turned to commercialism (Metallica, Megadeth), explored different forms of metal (Testament, Kreator), or simply disappeared (Xentrix, Toxik), Anthrax kept going full steam ahead. Sure, their sound changed a little with the John Bush era, but they never really "lost" who they were. They, along with Slayer and Over Kill, really kept the spirit of that era alive for many years.

So, saying all that, it is with honor that I dedicate this post to New York's premier metal band!

Of course, it doesn't hurt that their highly anticipated album Worship Music is being released this month. Their first since 2003' We've Come For You All, and their first studio album with Joey Belladonna since 1990's Persistence of Time.

Oh, and btw, "Bring the Noise" has become one of my favorite Anthrax tracks. ;)

FAVORITE ALBUM: AMONG THE LIVING (1987)




MOST UNDERRATED ALBUM: FISTFUL OF METAL (1984)



[what was playing while I typed this: Anthrax: Vol. 8-The Threat Is Real (1998)]

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