Anthrax
Anthems


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
March 20th, 2013 | 31 replies


Release Date: 03/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anthrax say thank you.

A well-established metal act takes on some of the bigger hits in the form of a cover EP. It’s not so surprising that the ideology of “money-grabbing” is often met with harsh remarks from fans. Featuring covers of the legendary Rush, Auzzie hard rockers AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Boston, Cheap Trick and Journey with an emphasis on the band’s favourite tracks of the 70s Anthems is a surprisingly solid tribute to some memorable tunes. With six covers and two versions of Anthax’s ‘Crawl’ (Worship Music), Anthems is a brief foray, culminating in the band’s own hit and in turn - displays just what these so-called vintage acts still mean to some of the biggest metal bands on the planet, because influences need influences too.

As for the EP itself, well it is clear Anthrax can play each song down to the smallest of detail and nail it! This is as much of a down point for the recording as it is the EP’s height. For example, the band gets everything right, the guitar lines are spot on, held together by a tight rhythm bass and drum section, but there’s no substance to the tracks other than what these 70s bands have already presented. This collection of covers show no new flair from Anthrax, no signature stamp or twist that would define this as ‘Anthrax covering such and such’ instead, these quality tracks only gain a nostalgic quality, rendering the EP useless in any other way, conveying the same quality as a high school band covering your favourite AC/DC tune. Rest assured Anthrax’s 2013 EP does have its moments. Take vocalist Joey Belladonna’s versatility between tracks; From the crystal clear smooth Rush soundscape to the slightly gritty rendition of AC/DC’s Bon Scott, providing the necessary gravel to master the “Oi Oi Oi’s” of ‘T.N.T.’ Whilst metaphorically drawing in the lines throughout this thirty-five minute effort, there are the occasional missteps, but the fault isn’t really Anthrax’s. Take Thin Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’ for example; it’s a difficult task when trying to emulate Philip Lynott whose vocals even all those years ago, still have an edge over that of Mr. Belladonna.

What this record has, is some solid tracks backed by Anthrax’s personal pinpoint accuracy. For those looking for a fresh take on old classics, they may just need to look elsewhere. Anthrax say thank you, keeping very much to the formula set all the years ago. A subtle difference in crystal clear production allows for the experience to sink into the modern day listener, but at the cost at the warmth those artists like Rush and Thin Lizzy presented back in the day. Don’t get me wrong, the tracks are perfectly fine but they lack a certain flair that Anthrax could have easily added to each and every track. Overall, Anthems is a collection of overly solid covers, even with the band’s own tracks at the latter end of the record it still makes for a great listen, even if somewhat tame.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013


7127 Comments


Short review for a short EP, This is closer to a low 3.5/5

facupm
March 19th 2013


8625 Comments


I normally dislike covers so will skip this

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013


7127 Comments


I'm not going to lie, their cover of TNT was about eight times better live.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


20162 Comments


i heard the cover of TNT a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty bad to be honest (and i love anthrax). I'll give the rest a shot tho

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


7127 Comments


It was awesome live, I love it when Scott Ian mosh stomps : ]

Willie
Moderator
March 20th 2013


16149 Comments


The covers that they've streamed or played live have been terrible. Good review, though.

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

dannyboy89
March 20th 2013


13066 Comments


Can't believe they released this. I seldom listen to EP's, since I focus more on LP's. Nice review.

BigPleb
March 20th 2013


38038 Comments


Its iyt

Digging: Arc Iris - Arc Iris

Willie
Moderator
March 20th 2013


16149 Comments


Anthrax have too many covers already and they play too many of them live.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


20162 Comments


i'm almost certain this will suck too bad cause i loved worship music

Willie
Moderator
March 20th 2013


16149 Comments


If they did a The Greater Of Two Evils part 2 with Joey singing the best John Bush era songs... that would be worth a listen.

XingKing
March 20th 2013


11079 Comments


This EP really has no business existing. Two Evils pt II would have actually sparked my interest

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


7127 Comments


The covers that they've streamed or played live have been terrible. Good review, though.


I didn't think this was bad, just extremely textbook

bloc
March 20th 2013


35024 Comments


Should have covered some Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer nyuk nyuk nyuk

InbredJed
March 20th 2013


6106 Comments


One of the things I've always enjoyed about Anthrax is their willingness to just have fun being a band. Releasing covers and ep's is something more bands would do if they didn't take themselves so seriously, which would make the world a better place imo.

This album however, seems to be pushing it a bit. I believe the ppl who say TNT is good live, but the recorded version blows.

Two Evils pt II would have actually sparked my interest [2]

Ecnalzen
March 20th 2013


6825 Comments


I was all excited about new Anthrax until I found out this was full of covers.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


20162 Comments


lol yeah i'm just gonna pretend this release never happened and wait for a full length.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


7127 Comments


lol yeah i'm just gonna pretend this release never happened and wait for a full length.


Some new stuff would be pretty awesome.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


20162 Comments


yeah i loved worship music. I still need to give this a listen I just don't think i'm gonna like it based on the cover of TNT.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


20162 Comments


oh man the covers of rush and thin lizzy are just as bad this is awful lol



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