Anthrax
Among the Living


4.5
superb

Review

by dannyboy89 USER (31 Reviews)
February 19th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anthrax makes their most historically influential album. Not necessarily the best, but undeniably good.

An Anthrax Story:

Episode III: Among the Living

After the success of Spreading the Disease within metal fans (Anthrax was still under the radar commercially, and as such had little hope of making a dent in the Billboard charts), there really wasn't any needed improvement. What the band really needed now was to make another album which would please fans enough, and consolidate them as the leading metal act in the New York thrash scene. And so, Among the Living was born.

At the time, the band lineup remains thus:

Scott Ian: Rhythm Guitars
Dan Spitz: Lead Guitars
Frank Bello: Bass
Charlie Benante: Drums
Joey Belladonna: Vocals

As I said, there really isn't any improvement at all from Spreading the Disease. If anything, the band goes in the opposite direction: they simplify the music and make it a lot more straightforward. Not that it backfires, quite the contrary. The band creates some of their best songs here, and were smart enough to compensate their simplicity with catchyness. The riffs, the solos, the bass, the drums, everything is pretty focused in a fast, loud and somewhat punkish direction (remember the New York punk rock scene).

Take Caught in a Mosh for instance. The song begins with a nice double riff, and then Bello's bass anounces the impending metal assault. The rifss come again, and are quickly joined by Benante's drums. After a nice drumming flurry, Belladonna comes in. And frankly, how can anyone not get pumped with these lyrics?:

I can't stand this for another day
I ain't gonna live my life this way
Cold sweat, my fists are clenchin'
Stomp, stomp, stomp, the idiot convention


Another fine example is I Am the Law, where another nice riff opens up, the bass comes in, another riff comes in, the drums get mixed in, and then the vocals come up. Yet some other irresistible lines:

Respect the badge
He earned it with his blood
Fear the gun
Your sentence might be death because...


Pretty much the same principles apply to the rest of the album, other major highlights here include:
Indians, A Skeleton in the Closet and Enilfukinesin. These songs work, not because of technical musicianship, but simply because they succeed at giving the listener an urge to rock out like there's no tomorrow. Anthrax cleverly developed an album that sticks like chewing gum,and could easily become a guilty pleasure for any elitist.

This album is strongly recommended for those who want to get into Anthrax. It's somewhat easier than Persistence of Time and State of Euphoria. It's also a tad more straightforward than Spreading the Disease, even though it never tops that gem. And, who can deny it, it's heralded as Anthrax's most influential record, and one of the cornerstones of thrash metal.

Recommended Tracks:

-Caught in a Mosh
-I Am the Law
-Indians
-Among the Living
-Skeletons in the Closet

Next up:

[u]Episode IV: State of Euphoria[/u}



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KILL
February 19th 2012


72131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yes cant wait for the next one

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

MO
February 19th 2012


18999 Comments


why did you anthrax story jump from 1 to 3

dannyboy89
February 19th 2012


12882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@MetallicOpeth: I wrote the one for Spreading the Disease first. Now I'm doing the discog.

Here's the review for Spreading the Disease:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/47801/Anthrax-Spreading-the-Disease/

TheNotrap
February 20th 2012


8127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

My favourite Anthrax.
One of the most memorable albums released in the 80's.

Digging: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2012


21453 Comments


WHAT IS IT? CAUGHT IN A MOSH!

dannyboy89
February 22nd 2012


12882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^

WHICH ONE OF THESE WORDS, DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?
OH, CAUGHT IN A MOSH!
TALKING TO YOU, IS LIKE CLAPPING WITH ONE HAAAAND!

dannyboy89
February 26th 2012


12882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I wrote some more stuff there. I'll probably be making plenty of editions to these reviews.

facupm
July 24th 2012


8393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is better than Spreading

darkthrone1
January 2nd 2013


387 Comments


"this is better than Spreading"

oh ya, for sure

oltnabrick
January 2nd 2013


31303 Comments


idk bout the same for me

Digging: Lil Debbie - Young Bitch

darkthrone1
January 2nd 2013


387 Comments


both of em are good

oltnabrick
January 2nd 2013


31303 Comments


yah 4sure

facupm
January 3rd 2013


8393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah but this kicks a little bit more asses

miketunneyiscool123
April 30th 2014


661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Solid review. The song descriptions blended with album overview is good.



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