Anthrax
Among the Living


5.0
classic

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2006 | 294 replies | 31,585 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist


16 of 21 thought this review was well written

Background Information
Metallica released Master Of Puppets, Megadeth released Peace Sells But Who's Buying and Slayer released Reign In Blood (probably the greatest thrash album ever). Why do I mention these albums? Because these are considered to be thrash-metal's classic albums, but there is one album missing though, and I'm talking about Anthrax's Among The Living. All the other bands were very serious in their music, with their music having aggressive tones and most of their lyrics being based on evil and satanic stuff (Slayer) and other violent themes (Megadeth /Metallica). But Anthrax was probably the only band from The Big Four who had a sense of humour, and this band was a funny band (like Nuclear Assault), mostly because of their lyrics and the music had a groovier flow while still having great ingredients from thrash-metal. All the other bands were also considered to have ''bad singers'', though they were not so bad after all (except Tom Araya) as their vocals were somewhat unique but Anthrax really stood out with their highly skilled singer Joey Belladonna, who was probably one of few great metal singers in the thrash scene. Anthrax was the first band to have mosh pits on the east coast (New York) and they were the first metal band to mix hip-hop with metal; a genius move for others but also pissed off a few people as well. The band is still active today but Anthrax was unfortunately infected by the mainstream and their thrash roots have almost disappeared, but they managed to create a thrash-metal masterpiece that still rings from stereos after nearly twenty years from now.

The Crew
Anthrax already had a good singer from the beginning but he was eventually replaced by the new vocally talented Joey Belladonna, he does a great performance on this album, his vocals really shines and makes a great contrast to their other thrash companions. The album becomes very enjoyable with Joey as a singer, he only uses one certain formula of vocals but they are still very effective. Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist and nearly a shredd master, maybe not in this album but he really puts up a fight with his guitar. The riffs are addictively catchy, most of them are very heavy and most of all, unique. While bands like Megadeth could deliver blistering guitar work Anthrax was not as ‘'complicated'', the overall guitar is not so highly complex in this album but it is effective, it is not as intimidating as Slayer's music, this is a listener friendly album, play this album to any person and they will like it. Enough of that, lets have a look at Dan Spitz, lead guitarist but not a great lead guitarist though, he can deliver some nice sounding solos but he does not deliver any blistering lead work. He plays basically in the same level as Scott Ian but he does a good job, tight and skilful guitar work. Frank Bello, one of my favourite bassists and why? Because his bass shines compared to other bands bases, the only band with a clear and out standing sound compared to the other bands from The Big Four. But Overkill would be the only thrash-metal band with a massive bass, anyway, Bello picks with his fingers, sometimes it turns out great while bad for others but Frank is great with his fingers. Bass lines and standout performances shines in this album, bass riffs are clearly heard and the overall bass clings in every song, it is things like a great and clear bass that makes an album interesting. Charlie Benante is the drummer here, according to facts Charlie was one of the best drummers except for Slayer's
Dave Lombardo who was considered to be the best drummer (at the time). This is an awesome performance though, the level of drumming is way over basic, Charlie delivers maniac fast beats, slower heavy-metal patterns and other types of drum patterns, he plays with great precision and skill and all songs has a catchy drum moment.

Album Information
A classic thrash-metal album, but perhaps not the best album in the thrash-metal genre but definitely the finest in Anthrax's resume. Packed with catchy metal moments, I immediately noticed that there two different types of songs: there were some really fast and intensive ''real'' thrash songs here and there were other songs that had slower tempos but they were way more catchier. My love fell upon the slower songs, Caught In A Mosh, Indians, Among The Living and Efilnikufesin (NFL) became my ultimate favourites of this album, as all of them were extremely catchy and they all hade like ''magic moments'' and all of them felt very unique. I Am The Law, One World, A Skeleton In The Closet, A.D.I/Horror Of It All and Imitation Of Life were not as captivating at the time when I got the album but they have been growing on me and they sound very good actually. Most of these songs are true shred-fests, but they are quite unique too, although I think people would still prefer ''the other songs''. Anthrax's choice of lyrics were different from the other bands, and this album displays lyrics inspired from books of the world known writer Stephen King, the action movie called Judge Dredd (I Am The Law), political themes (Indians) and life styles of celebrities (Efilnikufesin). I read the booklet once and then I noticed this little sentence in a corner: This album is dedicated to Cliff. The only person I know of is Cliff Burton from Metallica so I assume that this album was dedicated to Cliff when they heard that he had died in a bus accident, R.I.P.

My Conclusion
Here are my opinions of this album; I think this album deserves to be called as a true thrash-metal classic. This album has nearly everything: catchy and unique riffing, great variety in the drum work, a standout bass and shining vocals. You can become happy while you listen to this album, and you don't get tired of it so fast either. Every time I put this in my stereo I always play songs like Caught In A Mosh and Indians and I never get tired of them. If you are looking for some great and shining thrash-metal you have to search after this album, fans of Anthrax must have this album, and same does for thrash-metal fanatics! The important thing is that you have to listen through the entire song before you can judge it, but I'm sure that once you have heard all the songs of this album you will remember most of the songs. I hope you enjoyed this review and critics are most welcome.

Pros
+ Outstanding vocals
+ Tight and catchy guitar work
+ Great variety in the drum work
+ Energetic and unique material
+ The overall material is heavy and very enjoyable

Cons
Its true, I can't find any negative things about this album

Recommended Tracks
(My favourite slow songs)
-- Caught In A Mosh
-- Indians
(My favourite fast songs)
-- A Skeleton In The Closet
-- One World

This album is a true classic thrash-metal album and it is
definitely Anthrax's finest moment, this album will get a full score 5/5




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Oddsen
October 22nd 2006



1127 Comments


Anthrax has never really appealed to me. Good review.

south_of_heaven 11
October 22nd 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice work Deth. I never got "The Crew" section in the review you sent me however. It's still some quality work though.

Thor
October 22nd 2006



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I should probably get this. Everyone tells me that it's the band's best, and Anthrax is always fun to listen to.

MrKite
October 22nd 2006



5020 Comments


i was surprised i liked this band. i dont usually enjoy thrash but i really anthrax. i saw the rhythm guitar player on SuperGroup and hes a really nice guy.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 22nd 2006



3709 Comments


Nice work. Indians is such a great song.

EdwardTheHead
October 22nd 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review Deth! I love A.D.I. and Indians! This and Spreading the Disease are my fav albums by them. Keep at it Deth!

Dethtrasher
October 22nd 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Many thanks, this is my favourite Anthrax album but Persistence Of Time is not so far behind. I have never checked out Spreading The Disease though.

Neoteric
October 22nd 2006



3243 Comments


Great review but I don't think this is near a 5.

Bazarov
October 22nd 2006



55 Comments


I kind of want to check this out. But I cannot stand Belladonna's voice at all.

GuardianDarkGuardian
October 26th 2006



6 Comments


"But Anthrax was probably the only band from The Big Four who had a sense of humour, and this band was a funny band (like Nuclear Assault), mostly because of their lyrics and the music had a groovier flow while still having great ingredients from thrash-metal"
IMO the lyrics are funny, just because they are so bad, along with the singers voice.
THe only good thing about this cd is the thrash guitar-playing.(good riffage)


LifeInABox
November 9th 2006



3708 Comments


this is a great album for any thrash fan

PsychoTronn
November 10th 2006



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good album

LifeInABox
November 10th 2006



3708 Comments


All the other bands were also considered to have ''bad singers'', though they were not so bad after all (except Tom Araya) as their vocals were somewhat unique but Anthrax really stood out with their highly skilled singer Joey Belladonna, who was probably one of few great metal singers in the thrash scene.
Umm, Joey Belladonna is a horrible vocalist for this genre, with Tom Araya having by far the best Thrash Vocals in the genre

Seek and Destroy
January 2nd 2007



62 Comments


I think he's an alright singer, but his voice just doesn't suit the music.

wakeupdead
January 8th 2007



2204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, there is quite a variety of opinions here. I will probably check this out. Great review :thumb:

Dethtrasher
January 8th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You have to! Check out this album and ''Persistence Of Time'', awesome albums both of them.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 8th 2007



3709 Comments


Persistence of Time didn't really do much for me. I prefer Speading the Disease.This Message Edited On 01.08.07

wakeupdead
April 12th 2007



2204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

(My favourite slow songs)
-- Caught In A Mosh
-- Indians
from what I've heard of these songs, they are fast and not slow. I really need this album

Altmer
April 12th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so do I, I need some fucking THRASH METAL m/

LifeInABox
April 12th 2007



3708 Comments


this album is so awesome



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