Anthrax
Among the Living


3.5
great

Review

by feelthemetallica USER (6 Reviews)
February 12th, 2012 | 49 replies | 3,080 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Why this is such a favoured album I will never know! It is solid in areas, but in others it is quite a poor and uninteresting listen.

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This is one for all the people that love and enjoy metal, and more importantly, thrash. I find Anthrax a hit or miss band throughout the majority of their career. For every ‘Spreading There Disease,’ there's a ‘Stomp 442.’ They nearly have about as many great albums as they do awful ones yet Among the Living sits itself around about the middle. This record is where Anthrax really begun to flex their knuckles and begin the road to fame.
This album is often referred to as a classic, yet how this strange state of mind occurs escapes my grasp. Yet if you can put that aside, ‘Among the Living,’ actually pretty good. I sometimes found myself wishing Dave Mustaine let go of the Megadeth reigns, but it’s artists like this that’s poor vocals really do my head in.

Some of the songs on here are really annoying and seem to have no real place in this thrash metal album. The succeeding half of the album is pretty good, it really sucks at the start, making it a difficult quest to make it to the latter songs. It is things like that is really quite displeasing and disappointing. I claimed this album, expecting to be awed with brilliance and technicality, instead I found myself planning this negative review. Where ‘Fistful of Metal,’ portrayed a band that sucked and couldn’t do anything, ‘Spreading Their Disease,’ showed a band that used their talent to start playing good, and ‘Among the Living,’ is a band that is finally understanding the music industry and what to do to please the fans. This is obviously shown with the second track ‘Caught in a Mosh.’ This song was the first I ever heard by this band I absolutely adored it, and it works its magic in this album just as well as it did on youtube. The guitar-work and drumming is in an entire skilful world of its own.

The real problem comes in with song ‘Indians’. It's too repetitive and the solos, despite common belief, are really quite toneless. This turns out to be a common theme with the album, the songs are all really boring and the solos are quite technical yet powerless. The songs are still pretty good,but everything about them gets too repetitive. I believe if lars and the crew decided to cut down on this album maybe it would uphold it’s title as a classic, but for now I will have to make do with my ‘3.5’ rating. Overall this album is quite a boring album filled with mediocre drumming, mediocre guitar-work, and grating vocals that are hard to listen to. Yet there are some really good songs that make it a worthwhile listen, if you are a patient man, and seeing as I am not, I will not continue to listen to this record. Yet if you see it as a classic, then that is fine by me, this album certainly has potential, yet it doesn’t realise it.



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feelthemetallica
February 11th 2012



48 Comments


I don't understand why this album is so loved!

DarthMann
February 12th 2012



13815 Comments


ahaha negd

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2012



5998 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The album is great, but it does have quite a few filler songs.

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Tyrael
February 12th 2012



20823 Comments


wait what

jefflebowski
February 12th 2012



7807 Comments


this is up there with the best, man

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TheNotrap
February 12th 2012



8035 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

3.5?

Way too low man.

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DeadBeat
February 12th 2012



529 Comments


Your review sounds like a 2.5 instead of a 3.5

LepreCon
February 12th 2012



3882 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Nnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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DarthMann
February 12th 2012



13815 Comments


shutup raven you fag

ZombicidalMan
February 12th 2012



1761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Riffs alone make this at least 4 worthy

Pillbox
February 12th 2012



67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bad review. You rate 3.5 (great) but you sound like 2 or 2.5.

Ikarus14
February 12th 2012



535 Comments


Meh. Never gave a damn about this band anyway. :L

Jok
February 14th 2012



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'One World' is probably the only song I thought was filler on this. I still love this album.

CakeWithCream
February 14th 2012



1022 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"it really sucks at the start"

Your opinion is now null and void

facupm
May 1st 2012



7384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no fillers here IMO
every song is interesting


cagedescending
May 1st 2012



4124 Comments


Poor vocals? this nyga surrus

XingKing
October 7th 2012



10412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What the hell did I just read?

Mister Twister
June 21st 2013



1525 Comments


If you would just look at the account name, you would understand this review.

BigPleb
June 21st 2013



35836 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Review sucks.

Album is like Top 5 thrash.

ViperAces
June 21st 2013



12394 Comments


far from it



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