Anthrax
Among the Living


4.5
superb

Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
September 19th, 2007 | 46 replies | 6,560 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist


6 of 7 thought this review was well written

1986 is synonymous with the rise of thrash metal in music. Probably a lot of other things too, but mainly this as in this year we got the two big thrashterpieces Master of Puppets and Reign in Blood. (Yeah, yeah, there was also Peace Sells, but that album sucks.) However, there was a fourth band who released a thrash milestone this year. Sadly, they seem to be the criminally forgotten fourth brother of the Big Four thrash movement. Yeah, I'm talking about that same band that went into some cheap imitation of a soap opera these days, so they may not be -that- relevant at all anymore.

But ***, they were relevant back then. Among the Living is chock full with riffs. Not the silly Iron Maiden/Judas Priest power metally weakass ones. No, Anthrax chugs with the best of them. Metallica's riffs were chunkier. Megadeth's were more Iron-Maidenesque. Slayer's were quicker. Anthrax's riffs, however, are more captivating. Every riff on this album is a winner. 100% Grade A riff content. No need for a graveyard. No need for 9 good tracks and six filler ones in the middle. Anthrax could play every song from this album, and their fans would get caught in a mosh.

And the best part is, there aren't any moments where the abrasive guitars let up. It's riffing all the way through. Apart from a silly acoustic intro (Arabian Douchebag Intro indeed, boys). Did you hear Mr Benante behind the drums? I definitely did. He whacks the bloody living daylights out of his double bass pedals. Almost every song is a guaranteed explosion of high speed, top notch, 250 bpm thrash metal. The bass is being hit at uber top speeds. It's incredible, but the band manages to keep it up for a solid fifty minutes and not get dull. Milestone of thrash metal, this one? You bet.

Yeah, and then I didn't mention the best thing about thrash bands. Guitar solos. The kind where they shred at you with 10 notes every second. Have Anthrax got them, you say? Of course they do. Not the silly Kerry King style "LOOK I CAN PLAY 1 NOTE 20 TIMES IN QUICK SUCCESSION" either. If he could get quick succession out of his mouth, that is. These solos shred with precision, melody and speed. Yeah. Say all you like about Marty Friedman or John Petrucci. In '86, this album is where solos are at. Doesn't get any better than this.

Only complaint one could utter is Joey Belladonna's voice, which sounds like the male version of a banshee. Instead of resorting to the typical thrash metal "yell-something-in-the-mic" technqiue, he uses something reminiscent of power metal, but less operatic and with a slightly more annoying pitch. Not as bad as Araya, no. But if you don't like power metal vocals, you probably won't like this, either. Mind you, the choruses do use some gorgeous vocal harmonies, like "I Am The Law", which works perfectly with the hardcore roots of the band. It covers up the more annoying aspects of Belladonna's voice and the choruses sound more full and interesting as a result.

There is a reason why Anthrax still play I Am The Law, N.F.L., and other songs from this album live. There is a reason why Anthrax can still tour even with all the *** they've gone through. The reason is, this is a big thrash bastard that obliterates anything in its path. If you're looking into thrash metal, this album is not only Anthrax's best, this is one of the best albums in the business. Highly recommended to any fan of thrash metal or 80s metal.



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south_of_heaven 11
September 19th 2007



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Anthrax is pretty weak IMO. Good review though.

Otisbum
September 19th 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, I agree for the most part.

I love this guy's voice though.

FR33L0RD
September 19th 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best Anthrax album

/my pos vote

Dethtrasher
September 19th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review for a cool album. Anthrax made cool and ''un-serious'' thrash imo. They were not bad@ss thrash but they still have their heavy moments. Caught In A Mosh is an all-time classic, fun as hell to play on bass too.

I would say that Megadeth had more technical riffs and not Iron-Maidenesque.

rattlehead42147
September 19th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

agreed deth.
whats your avatar btw?
AND CHECK OUT XENTRIX! F#@#%%!
seriously you will like for whose advantage. ill leave a link somewhere in your profile under lists whether you like it or not.

JVS: you get a vote if not for the great review, simply for the use of the word "thrashterpiece". good work :thumb:

Altmer
September 19th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i dont

meep17
September 19th 2007



136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I usually like Joey's voice, but I agree that he sounds kinda annoying here. Good review,
by the way. An enjoyable read.This Message Edited On 09.19.07

kalkal50
September 19th 2007



2386 Comments


I like Araya's better.

Willie
Moderator
September 19th 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album, but I like Persistance of Time the most.

Good review.

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 19th 2007



3709 Comments


CRY FOR THE INDIANS

Joey's voice is better than most other thrash vocalists.

Lunarfall
September 19th 2007



3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Joey's voice = one of the best in the Thrash genre.

But about average outside of it.

Anthrax is a great band. My second favorite of the thrash four.


Altmer
September 19th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah I don't really like any thrash vocals, his are about the best

they still kind of piss me off occasionally though

Wizard
September 19th 2007



18747 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you for acknowledging this thrash masterpiece with an excellent review.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Dethtrasher
September 20th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

whats your avatar btw?

Its an album cover from a cheesy black metal band called Sportlov. I thought the cover looked kinda epic, look at metal-archives and read about it. I have to find some of their material, the lyrics are so damn corny but funny :lol: (unfortunately, the lyrics is written in Swedish)

kalkal50
September 20th 2007



2386 Comments


sportlov chuckles

WARPATH_88
September 20th 2007



514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album. So many great songs!!

LifeInABox
September 20th 2007



3707 Comments


It's my favorite Anthrax I have tbh.

south_of_heaven 11
September 20th 2007



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So much better thrash out there than these guys...this album is a fun listen though.

LifeInABox
September 20th 2007



3707 Comments


No poopy. Why can't we listen to these guys aswell, though?

south_of_heaven 11
September 20th 2007



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Um, what



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