Anthrax
Spreading the Disease


5.0
classic

Review

by dannyboy89 USER (31 Reviews)
February 1st, 2012 | 15 replies | 2,657 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best Anthrax album. The one that legitimizes them within the Big Four.

3 of 5 thought this review was well written

An Anthrax Story:

Episode II: Spreading the Disease:


For Anthrax, the debut album Fistful of Metal had plenty of potential to launch them within New York's thrash metal underground. While it did succeed in giving them a certain reputation, it was, quite simply, short from being a masterpiece. Lousy production had severely hampered that album's potential, and the band seriously needed to improve and polish their sound. Of course, this would require some changes in staff.

Enter Joey Belladonna, who possessed one of the finest chimes in heavy metal, and who was also gifted with an impressive vocal range. His style suited Anthrax perfectly, an would prove effective in making the band distinctive from many of it's contemporaries (and from the rest of the Big Four in particular). Another change would come with the arrival of Frank Bello on bass. Replacing Dan Lilker, he would become distinguished by his catchy, playful grooves: this aspect would be a crucial ingredient in the band's sound, due to the band's humourous tendencies. The stage was thus set for Anthrax to truly take their place amongst the Big Four of Thrash.

So, by now the band personnel were:

Scott Ian: Rythm Guitar
Dan Spitz: Lead Guitar
Frank Bello: Bass
Charlie Benante: Drums
Joey Belladonna: Vocals


The band definitely learned their lesson: the production is far superior to that on Fistful of Metal, which provides a major advantage for the band to truly deliver a demolishing performance. Scott Ian's riffs are nothing short of spectacular, which places him well alongside the more acknowledged metal rhythm guitarists Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield. Dan Spitz's solos are loud and clear, he demonstrates a keen ability to shred out without sacrificing cleanliness.

Charlie Benante is truly one of the most overlooked drummers in metal. While he's no ace when it comes to improvisation, he's still able to pull off epic blast-beats, and he never plays quite as intensely as he does here. And let's not forget the bass: as mentioned, Bello proves to be a fine addition to the band: he keeps up perfectly in sync with Benante, and adds to the breakneck feel of the music; in the succeding records, he would opt more for using more relaxed grooves, but his bass is one of the easiest to hear in metal.


The album kicks off greatly with A.I.R., a song about some teenager who rebels against the adults around him. The opening riff and following solo tell the listener he's in for the ride of his life. Again, the rhythm sections do not disappoint, and the rest of this album pretty much carries in the same spirit of this song.

For this reason, let's just mention by name some of the best tracks here: Lone Justice, The Enemy, S.S.C./Stand or Fall, Madhouse, Armed and Dangerous, and the epic closer Gung-Ho. While listening to this, you might probably think to yourself: "Is this just another metal album?". The answer is no, this is one of the finest metal albums ever made, period.

That's the reason why, after this, Anthrax would only make yet other metal classics. But they could never quite top this. Among the Living might be the most "historic", Persistence of Time the more lyrically exploratory, State of Euphoria heavy enough to please. But in the end, this is their finest record. It is this, and not any of the other, which stands truly, head over shoulders, as Anthrax's masterpiece.

Recommended tracks:

-A.I.R.
-Lone Justice
-The Enemy
-Medusa
-Gung Ho


Next up:

Episode III: Among the Living



Recent reviews by this author
Judas Priest PainkillerSade Love Deluxe
Sade Stronger Than PrideSade Promise
Sade Diamond LifeSeal Commitment
user ratings (806)
Chart.
4.1
excellent
other reviews of this album
1 of

Comments:Add a Comment 
Jruined
January 31st 2012



1273 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm...no...really...

Jesus man.

I love the album but...

I can't even...

no.

bloozclooz
February 1st 2012



1770 Comments


hey are you called danny boy because of that one irish song. i love that song

dannyboy89
February 1st 2012



7756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Well, it's understandable that people may find faults in my reviewing. Any tips from experienced users is welcome.

Digging: Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

ReturnToRock
February 14th 2012



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

MAKE.

IT.

LONGER.

There. A tip from an experienced user.

dannyboy89
February 16th 2012



7756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@ ReturntoRock: Thanks man

dannyboy89
February 17th 2012



7756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Well, I made some changes. Let me know your thoughts.

dannyboy89
February 19th 2012



7756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'll probably do the Anthrax discog in a while. I still have to think about it, but someone has to stick up for this band.

ReturnToRock
February 21st 2012



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

MUCH better. Still not great though. You need to sound like a professional. It's all about how you market yourself.

People used to hate me back in the day, but I didn't give a crap. I sat atop my pedestal and basically said "I know my shit. I'm the expert. Trust me." That is what I still don't see in your review(s). Reading this, I don't think "serious reviewer/critic". I think "fanboy kid".

It's like those people who say KISS can do no wrong, and "Music From: The Elder" and "Carnival of Souls" are GREAT albums, just misunderstood. Do you trust them as unbiased reviewers of KISS? Exactly.

I hope you get what I'm driving at here. Present yourself. Act cocky. Strut a bit. Pretend we're hot girls. Don't be Pete Wentz, be Gene Simmons (God forbid, but you get my point).

Feel free to ask if you need anything. I'm happy to mentor you, you seem like a cool dude

TheNotrap
February 29th 2012



7817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This and Among the Living are their best albums.
"Gung-Ho" is probably Anthrax heaviest effort to date.

I probably need to upgrade my rate here.

Have a pos.

KILL
February 29th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gettin better bro but dont ask me for advice it will make you even worse!

dannyboy89
February 29th 2012



7756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@KILL: Lol, thanks for the un-advice :P

BigHans
February 29th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Youre right this is the best Antrhax album

Jruined
March 7th 2012



1273 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd as well. It's like night and day to the old version. It needs more talk about the album proper in my opinion, but you really made it cohesive. Good job

MichaelMyers
May 26th 2012



54 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best anthrax

MichaelMyers
May 26th 2012



54 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nah among the living bitch



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy