Anthrax
Fistful of Metal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
March 27th, 2006 | 50 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist


The first album from Anthrax, this album is not so different than the other Anthrax albums, even here the band had a skilled vocalist named Neil Turbin and they were also a five man crew. Anthrax had a few problems at the beginning but as they moved on they finally got a chance to record a demo which paved the way to a bigger success. This album contains energy and lot of skills, both instrumentally and vocally, there are lots of shredding riffs, skilled guitar solos and great drumming but unfortunately Lilker�s bass does not get much attention. Many people have said that Anthrax�s first album sounds like a Metallica clone and you can hear it too.

QUICK FACTS
� Bass player Danny Lilker left the band to create Nuclear Assault, a band that plays even faster thrash metal.
� The band got their name from a deadly virus called Anthrax which one band member found in a book in biology class

Neil Turbin � vocals
Scott Ian � lead guitars
Dan Spitz � rhythm guitars
Danny Lilker � bass
Charlie Benante � drums

TRACK INFORMATION

Deathrider (3:10)
A fast song, the riffs are fast and so are the drums. Neil�s vocals is not the best, they are some times quite annoying though. The song slows down a bit in the choruses and the solos are good. I can�t describe the song better than this and you would probably just listen to this song once or twice before you get tired of it. 3/5

I�m Eighteen (4:02)
This is a cover from the well-known Alice Cooper, it's a mellow song, great main riff that sounds �uplifting� and the lyrics is about that you can do anything when you are eighteen basically. Good vocals and catchy riffs, definitely one of the best songs on this album. 5/5

Subjagator (4:40)
A catchy song with fast and heavy riffing and great soloing, the vocals is also great. There are many solos in this song and most of the sounds great, but the song repeats itself which makes it boring after a while. 4/5

Howling Furies (3:50)
Weird intro that sounds like an engine starting up or something, the song is not a high speed song but it is one of the most melodic songs. There are great double solos included and the riffs are solid and catchy. 4.5/5

Death From Above (5:06)
Starts with solos and fast drumming, but the vocals is some of the worst on this album. The solos are played more than once in this song but the riffs is good. Back to the vocals, you just want to turn of your stereo when you hear these vocals. Neil starts to sing high pitched tunes at the end and they are getting higher and higher but later stops to finish the song. 3.5/5

Across The River (1:26)
An instrumental song, not much to mention here except that the song sounds happy. The solos are good but you don�t to listen to them many times. The song is not catchy in any way but I will still rate it. 2.5/5

Metal Thrashing Mad (2:40)
This was the first song I ever heard from Anthrax and I got hooked right away. This is a non-stop rock song, it is fast and catchy and the vocals are great and strong in this song. Great tempo and good variation in the song and the best song of the album, the only bad thing is the end but I guess that�s just me. 5/5

Panic (4:00)
A high speed song with fast guitars and drums, one of the fastest songs of the album and it sounds like the other songs when it comes to the song structure. Good solos which is a bit different from the other solos, reminds you of Iron Maiden actually. 4/5

Soldiers Of Metal (2:57)
Another fast song but this one is quite enjoyable, the riffs are catchy and fast but the vocals do not do any great work here. Solos are once more worth some credit and so does the rest of the song. 4/5

Anthrax (3:26)
This song is one of the heaviest songs especially at the beginning. The song is catchy and the chorus is superb, the verse is more happy-sounding. A great song if you want to head bang a little while. 5/5

Finally done, as you can see I don�t have much track information and I tried to describe as good as possible. In general a great and solid album from Anthrax, I would recommend this album to metal heads and of course Anthrax fans. If you like thrash metal from the 80�s like Megadeth, Metallica, Testament and Overkill etc you have to get this album.

PROS
� Catchy riffs
� Plenty of solos
� Plenty of songs
� Great vocals, they are really unique because very few thrash bands has this kind of vocals

CONS
� The vocals can be annoying in a few songs
� Some songs almost sounds familiar to other songs

RECOMMENDED SONGS
- Anthrax
- Metal Thrashing Mad
- I�m Eighteen
- Howling Furies

Overall album rating will be: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Music Nerd
March 27th 2006


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the only Anthrax album I have. I love it. I'm guessing you already know this but you should have added that "I'm Eighteen" is an Alice Cooper cover.

pattern_recognition
March 27th 2006


950 Comments


Deathrider and Metal Thrashing Mad are utterly sweet, but the newer versions on The Greater Of Two Evils are better than these.
Alright review

Apocalyptic Raids
March 27th 2006


810 Comments


Anthrax weren't the founders of Speed Metal...This Message Edited On 03.27.06

Neoteric
March 27th 2006


3243 Comments


Yeah, Motorhead was around way before Anthrax.

Death From Above is my favourite song on the album

temporary
March 27th 2006


207 Comments


[quote]Anthrax was the founders of speed metal[/quote

No.

Other than that, you did a pretty good job. With a few grammer fixes you'll have yourself a fine review.

Dethtrasher
March 28th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback!
I do type it in Word but some things does not auto-correct itself:/
One more thing, I have seen two tv-shows about Anthrax and I wrote down the things I remembered, so I will fix the bugs soon.

Dethtrasher
March 31st 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Now I have made a few changes and I may add more info in the future.

lindork
April 20th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love this album. It's one of their best ones IMO.

Jondur
April 21st 2006


92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Neil Turbin was far better than Joey Belladonna.

Dwoggie
May 6th 2006


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one more correction... It was Scott who came up with the name after seeing it in a book.... I prefere Belladonna...

but a pretty sweet reviwe

Dethtrasher
May 6th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback, I will add that in the review when I have time.

TJ Frush
June 7th 2006


1 Comments


Good album for guitar but vocals could use some work.

secretface
June 13th 2006


8 Comments


Neil Turbins vocals get annoying after a while, but the Alice Cooper cover is cool. It reminds me of Megadeth's version of No More Mr. Nice Guy

LifeInABox
November 9th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i like all other thrash metal vocalists better than the various vocalists from Anthrax. They sound more hardcore ish

LifeInABox
November 10th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

but Neil Turbin is better than Joey Belladonna because his voice isn't as agitatingThis Message Edited On 11.10.06

MetalMassacreAttack
December 4th 2009


424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Incredible album

Inveigh
July 8th 2011


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thrashing hard to Deathrider right now

Jesuslaves
July 8th 2011


4658 Comments


lame

jayt851
February 21st 2013


137 Comments


The best thrash debut thrash album of the 4 popular thrash bands will always be Kill em all

jayt851
February 21st 2013


137 Comments


What Dont some of you idiots get.. Anthrax,Slayer,Metallica and Megadeth all have their own styles its comparing Oranges,Apples,Grapes,and Watermelons.



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