Anthrax
Persistence of Time


4.5
superb

Review

by dannyboy89 USER (31 Reviews)
February 20th, 2012 | 40 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The last great Anthrax album. There's nothing else to say.

An Anthrax Story:

Episode V: Persistence of Time


After having recorded State of Euphoria, the band was really feeling the effects of being a leader in the thrash metal underground. An underground which was no longer so "under" as music videos and radio airplay were gradually exposing these bands (between 1987-91). So, you could say the thrash titans were selling out at this time.

Anthrax would thus release their last thrash classic: Persistence of Time. Taking off from where we last saw our heroes, we're pretty much clear that in no way could they top their past success; they could only follow it. However, the band had already made three albums that were on the loud and fast side of things, and another such release would only make the band seem to replicate themselves. That's why there needed to be a change. Such a change could only be achieved by toning down this formula. The lyrics would be changed as well.

This is why Persistence of Time is very different from it's predecessors: the songs are longer, the tempos are more moderate, and the album purposefully lack the more straightforwardly consistent structure of those earlier albums. It takes the patience of a monk to hear this, but it's well worth the trial.

The best known song here is Got the Time, a catchy and fun song, but in no manner an Anthrax classic. Truthfully, the best songs here are: Blood, which speaks of human brotherhood; H8, which criticizes the use of violence; and Keep it in the Family, which speaks of the evils of keeping dangerous secrets.

Overall, this is easily the most serious Anthrax album; it's also the most difficult listen of the Belladonna Era. But, once given the time, it shall sink in. Pitifully, Belladonna would exit the band soon after, and there was no way to go but down.


Recommended Tracks:

-Blood
-Keep it in the Family
-Belly of the Beast
-Got the Time
-H8

Next up:

Episode VI: Sound of White Noise



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dannyboy89
February 19th 2012


12031 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That's it for now. I'll review the Bush records later.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2012


18706 Comments


man are my panties wet

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

foreverjohndeered
February 19th 2012


897 Comments


hyper are you serious

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2012


18706 Comments


yes

foreverjohndeered
February 19th 2012


897 Comments


no youre not i was just peeping on you through the window

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2012


18706 Comments


well yeah i am naked now they were getting uncomfortable

foreverjohndeered
February 19th 2012


897 Comments


no youre not i see that hoodie

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2012


18706 Comments


it is on my bed because it is also wet

foreverjohndeered
February 19th 2012


897 Comments


dont wear it in the rain next time use a raincoat

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2012


18706 Comments


i wish i had one but i do not so therefore i cannot use it

DarthMann
February 19th 2012


13815 Comments


lol youre gonna get banned before bush recordss

DarthMann
February 19th 2012


13815 Comments


and why would you revview the kate albums lol

iFghtffyrdmns
February 19th 2012


7047 Comments


stoppppppp

dannyboy89
February 19th 2012


12031 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@DarthMann: Megalol

Gore
February 19th 2012


333 Comments


fuck yeaaa

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2012


7311 Comments


"Pityfully" indeed.


insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2012


3449 Comments


dude, stop fucking reviewing 10 reviews a day, you're knocking others off the front page and you ain't worth it

Digging: Mark Lanegan - Phantom Radio

Funeralopolis
February 20th 2012


11564 Comments


let's post a whole bunch of anthrax reviews and hope nobody will notice!

Not a good review, shot down like a clown, underground.
MC here to fuck it up and tell you that your reviews sucks.
Didn't see the rule about Anthrax, cataracts?
No act, no show a dick that rides the poster.
You be the child, write for a while.
A symphony by Ludwig
with no gig
Think you made a double post
Not accepted, here's a roast:
A true writer, in the mind
Not even gonna try to sound kind
Hospitality, generosity, thrashology
None of these, oh please
Let your writing hand rust in peace
Because I am the review police


Digging: Black Milk - If There's a Hell Below

Evreaia
February 20th 2012


4045 Comments


We got a review police? muahahaha.

TheNotrap
February 20th 2012


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Some great moments here like "Keep It in the Family", "In My World" or "Got the Time".

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