Anthrax
Persistence of Time


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (108 Reviews)
January 10th, 2013 | 93 replies | 2,203 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It takes some patience, but with persistence and time Anthrax’s 5th studio effort will be tick tick ticking in your head.

Anthrax’s fifth effort, Persistence of Time is often referred to as the band’s longest and most inaccessible album. Some even state the album isn’t as enjoyable as the band’s other material due to an obvious change in the band’s direction both musically and lyrically. However, I don’t see what all the fuss is about as I’ve been having a hell of a time spinning the album lately. It won’t happen overnight, but with patience “Persistence of Time” is every bit as rewarding as anything else by the US thrashers.

One of the obvious stars of the album is Joey Belladonna. His vocals just have a way of getting stuck in your head and he sounds phenomenal on this release. Throughout the album he constantly switches between his gruffer vocals and his higher pitched singing voice. This can be heard on the impressive opening track ‘Time.’ It’s the first of three songs to clock in near the 7 minute mark, but thanks to strong musicianship there’s not a dull moment. Accompanying Belladonna’s signature voice is the always impressive guitar work courtesy of Dan Spitz and Scott Ian. Spitz provides the loud thrashy guitars while Ian adds the groovy rhythm sections and their talent really shines on the opening track. The next two songs follow pretty much the same formula, proving the band can still create an enjoyable thrash experience while slowing things down a notch.

The second half of the album has some real gems as well as an unexpected curveball. Following the standout tracks ‘Intro to Reality’ and ‘Belly of the Beast’ is the fun, fast-paced ‘Got the Time.’ It’s the shortest song on the album and it may seem out of place but that doesn’t keep it from being one of the most memorable, addicting tracks on the album. Unlike the other songs it also shows off some punk influences, but it’s the sing-along chorus that makes it a real winner. Next up is ‘H8 Red’ which is another song in which Belladonna steals the show with his top notch vocals. Although the album does seem to lose some steam towards the end, the band closes it well with the aggressive ‘Discharge.’

There’s no reason to believe Anthrax weren’t still on top of their game with Persistence of Time. It may not be as immediate as the band’s other work, but Belladonna and company sound as good as ever on the band’s 5th studio album. After multiple listens and some 'ahem' persistence, you’ll find the songs getting stuck in your head. Whether it’s the gang vocals on ‘Blood’ or the outstanding guitar work found on ‘Time’ and Belly of the Beast’, each song has something to offer making Persistence of Time another excellent offering in the band’s discography.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2013



19453 Comments


My 3rd anthrax review

i've had this album stuck in my head all week so decided to review it.

Digging: The Who - Tommy

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2013



19453 Comments


also sorry but couldn't help myself with the pun lol

ViperAces
January 10th 2013



12376 Comments


never really got into this one

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2013



19453 Comments


i highly recommend giving it another shot. joey belladonna is becoming one of my favorite metal vocalists.

ViperAces
January 10th 2013



12376 Comments


Im in the middle of The Snow Goose right now, and Im going to bed after it (its 11pm here) so Ill check it tomorrow ; )

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2013



19453 Comments


man you are obsessed with camel lol. and you better! I didn't think I liked this as much as spreading the disease or among the living but it grew on me.

ViralOblivion
January 10th 2013



7679 Comments


Good review man pos'd

XingKing
January 10th 2013



10040 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I consider this to be Anthrax's peak. Great song writing over all. The tracks can be a bit long and drag, but I love it anyway

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2013



19453 Comments


thanks viral and yeah xing i wouldn't say i like it MORE than their other albums but I think it's just as enjoyable as their best work.

bach
January 10th 2013



11956 Comments


I'm the man! I'm the man!
I'm so bad I should be in detention!
I'm the man!

Digging: Walknut - Graveforests And Their Shadows

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2013



19453 Comments


bach you made me feel really stupid cause i couldn't figure out what album that song was from lol. is that a pretty sweet EP?

YoYoMancuso
January 10th 2013



10869 Comments


great review, Anthrax is awesome.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2013



19453 Comments


thanks buddy. yeah they are

bach
January 10th 2013



11956 Comments


I couldn't figure it out either. I had to research it. But, yeah anthrax rules.

dammets
January 10th 2013



2035 Comments


posd for the summary

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2013



19453 Comments


lol thanks glad you liked the summary. was worried it would come across as too cheesy.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2013



19453 Comments


hey ghost negger, some suggestions for improvement would be appreciated!!!

TheNotrap
January 10th 2013



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"There’s no reason to believe Anthrax weren’t still on top of their game with Persistence of Time."
Well...band reached its prime with "Among The Living", but yeah pretty decent release.

Saw this tour. Nostalgic stuff.
Good work, have a pos.


Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2013



19453 Comments


thanks notrap. yeah i agree among the living is better, but they were still on top of their game with this release IMO

TheNotrap
January 10th 2013



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Sure man, agreed.
Classic line-up's swan song.





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