Anthrax
State of Euphoria


3.0
good

Review

by meep17 USER (5 Reviews)
June 20th, 2007 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


Anthrax: State of Euphoria

Anthrax's fourth album is interesting, to say the least. First of all , there's that album cover... egh. But you can't necessarily judge a book- or in this case, a CD- by it's cover, so let's take a listen, shall we?

Upon listening to the first couple tracks, it becomes evident that the album art isn't the only thing weird about this album. With Among the Living, Anthrax established itself as a thrash metal band and a pretty good one at that, according to the general metal listening community of the day. But State of Euphoria is not a thrash record through and through. Instead, the band fuses the thrash sound with more of a punk or hard rock vibe. This is more evident on tracks like "Out of Sight, Out of Mind", "Now It's Dark", "Misery Loves Company", and "Antisocial". (The latter of which is a cover of a song by French band Trust.) There are also not as much shouting backing vocals from the band, which used to be ever-present on past releases. One track, the opener "Be All, End All" even adds a cello and violins into the beginning and has an interesting structure to the opening: first, you hear the cellist doing the main riff, then the guitars make a barging entrance, then the drums, bass, and finally, vocals. A very explosive entrance song, but do the others stand up to it?

Some yes, some no. The album isn't exactly inconsistent, but more of the opposite. Many of the songs are bland and have a similar structure. This does make the stand-outs stand out more, but this obviously also works the other way: the few standouts make the listener ever more aware of the far too many bland moments of the disc. Also, many of the songs depend too much on the vocalist to carry most of the weight, which he does well, but that of course isn't enough to save a bland song.

Like I said before, though, when the songs stand out, they usually do so well. For example, "Make Me Laugh" is particularly vicious and vocalist Joey Belladonna sounds more hostile and angry than ever before, making this and many other songs even more fierce when needed. But the aforementioned track plus most on this album are even farther pulled down by their lyrics. I'll be blunt: they're bad. Some even flinch worthy. An example? Ok. Here's a quickie: "Stupid dumb idiot MORON!" Seriously, couldn't the band come up with an insult that didn't sound like it came from some fifth grader?

To close and sum up this review, State of Euphoria was a very confused sounding album that had some very good moments, but for every good moment there was an equally bad one.

PROS:
-Vocals are better than on past releases and sound absolutely scathing, which adds to the album greatly.
-Like usual, great percussion and bass, even if the bass is a little further down into the mix than usual.
-The songs that in my opinion are standouts: "Be All, End All", "Antisocial", "Make Me Laugh", "Now It's Dark", and "Schism", stand out very well.

CONS:
-For the most part, very similar song structure and melodic approach. TOO similar at times.
-For every standout there is a track that drags it down.
-Some songs have the potential to be great, but are either too draggy or have some parts that are too awkward. Here I am talking about "Who Cares Wins" and "Misery Loves Company".
-Lyrics definitely could use improvement. This is another factor that lessens the impact of the could-be-great songs, like "Out of Sight, Out of Mind".


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meep17
June 20th 2007


136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Hopefully this one is better than my last one. -_- Bear in mind that I did type this at
around three AM, so if there's any grammar/spelling issues or just ISSUES, point 'em
out to me. I like criticism as long as it's constructive and not pointless. Thanx!

PS: Isn't the album name State of EuPHoria?? :/This Message Edited On 06.20.07

Unreal
June 20th 2007


229 Comments


pretty good review, i never really got into Anthrax though :/ not for me

Meatplow
June 20th 2007


5524 Comments


I haven't listened to this yet, i've gradually been introducing myself to Anthrax's material.

Armed & Dangerous and Among The Living are my two favourite Anthrax releases so far. I've listened to some of Spreading The Disease & Sound of White Noise and they sound like potentially great albums as well, i might give this one a spin as well.

rattlehead42147
June 20th 2007


1345 Comments


too bad, i heard bad things about this album
good review though i hate that album artwork

Dethtrasher
June 20th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for replacing my c*** TBT review :thumb: Good review, I rarly listen to this album but I enjoy most of the songs. ''Anti Social'' is a classic. But Among The Living is thier best album ever imo.

meep17
June 20th 2007


136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

To rattlehead:
Yep, I agree that the album artwork is cr**. It makes me laugh. :D (But perhaps that's the point, with the album name and all...)
To Deaththrasher:
You're welcome, even though yours wasn't THAT bad. And uh huh, Antisocial is great. Such a fun song. ^_^ But Among the Living and Persistance of Time are equally good in my opinion. Both have their awesome moments and their not-so-good ones. (It just depends on my mood which one I wanna listen to.)

mark7477
September 18th 2010


395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think state of euphoria is a very good record packed with speedy type of riffs and nice melodic changes with songs be all end all and who cares wins.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2013


20158 Comments


this is better than i remembered. first 2 songs are pretty fun

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

BigPleb
March 1st 2013


37920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YOUR ANTI YOUR ANTISOCIALLLLLLL

Digging: Arc Iris - Arc Iris

BigPleb
March 1st 2013


37920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its Anthrax, so it rules by default

BigPleb
March 1st 2013


37920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Biggest 5 ever

BigPleb
March 1st 2013


37920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Neck they do, but its a 5

BigPleb
March 1st 2013


37920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Neck, fair enough

BigPleb
March 1st 2013


37920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Among The Living with EASE

paxman
March 1st 2013


4084 Comments


Neck

BigPleb
March 1st 2013


37920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

SOWN is cool, Belladonna > Bush, though.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


20158 Comments


Gonna review this eventually

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


21804 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

never liked this one much besides the first song and the cover

Digging: Todd Terje - It's Album Time

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


20158 Comments


It's obviously not their best but still great

gfdhicool
March 26th 2013


96 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is WAY better than persistence if time.



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