Anthrax
Fistful of Metal


3.5
great

Review

by Harry B. Price USER (23 Reviews)
November 14th, 2006 | 41 replies | 9,512 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Here we have Anthrax. The least known of the "Big Four" of Thrash Metal, yet also the most easy going band of the bunch. With a career spanning two and a half decade and a name modeled after a deadly poison, Anthrax had a bright and fruitful future to look foreword to.

This being Anthrax's debut album, there are bound too be a few shortcomings, but that's not to say that there aren't enough highlights to strike those shortcomings void. Fistful of Metal was released in January 1984 under Megaforce Records, a huge name in Thrash Metal having once signed legends Metallica and fellow thrash classics Overkill. But record label aside, this record is truly a classic album. Though not as wonderful as Metallica's Master of Puppets or Slayer's Reign in Blood, FoM really does live up to its title in giving you a fistful of metal. Join me on this journey as we embark into a Thrash Metal First, and explore the regions of Anthrax’s lesser-known Records.

Right off the bat the record starts with a now fan favorite, Deathrider. This song is the best one off the album as a whole besides the cover, but we'll get to that later. The opening riff to this track I must say is one of the better thrash metal riffs inside of Anthrax's resume. It has the speed to carry a classic track to its throne, yet has the melody and substance to pull its weight outside of the Thrash Metal genre. The true side of Anthrax is brought out to shine along side of Among the Living through this track. When Anthrax was presented with the feat of becoming one of Thrash Metal's most well-known and predominant bands, they most defiantly pulled their weight in this song.

One of the reasons I really appreciate this record is in the fact that it is not just blinding speed, but has excellent work on all aspects of the music. The guitars solos have some character and the riffs are recognizable for their fun loving and loopy sound, which is shown very well in the cover of Alice Cooper's mega-hit, I’m Eighteen. Overall, I would actually put this album as rather slow compared to its counterparts, RiB, and MoP but it still has some pretty speed metal oriented songs for all of you who listen to Anthrax for that. For example, you have the anthem, Metal Thrashing Mad, and the Self-Titled Anthrax. These songs add a much needed adrenaline pump after you’re tired out from all of your slam dancing to the slower songs.

A flaw of this album, as there are a few of them, is Vocalist Neil Turbin's screech. Now, I'm not saying that his voice is bad or annoying or anything like that, I am merely saying that had he toned his performance down a little bit, as he did in Howling Furies, it would have gone a long way in giving the record more of an atmosphere.

Oh, woe is me; I have not given enough credit to Dan Spitz and Scott Ian for gifting metal as a whole with some of the most recognizable and elaborate riffs for their abilities. Now, granted, they are no Kirk Hammett or Dave Mustaine, but they do a fine job of throwing in pieces of greatness on offerings such as Panic and Deathrider. These stand up against Goliaths such as Raining Blood or Hangar 18, and I must say, they stand pretty firm agaisnt them, however not surpassing them. All in all, Scott and Dan did a marvelous job of creating the Anthrax dynasty for years to come, with this record.

In conclusion to this mediocre review that I have laid forth here on the table, Anthrax established a name for themselves in Thrash Metal history with this record, and with good reason. Next to Among the Living, I believe this album is their best, and a staple, if not a thumbtack onto, Thrash Metal’s large and lovable bulletin board of Masterpieces.


Recommended Tracks:
Deathrider
I’m Eighteen
Howling Furies



Pros[+]:
Excellent Guitar Work
Drums were excellent in their time
Songs show masterful understanding of Thrash Metal as a whole


Cons[-]:
Could have used a bit less enthusiasm upon vocals to achieve ultimate atmosphere
Maybe a little bit better production value could have been established, but that’s not really that much of a con
Sadly, did not stand up to Metallica, Megadeth, or Slayer



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Comments:Add a Comment 
LifeInABox
November 14th 2006



3707 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hah yeh he is. Well, right now im really into all my thrash stuff so im goin back and listenin to all of it over. ITs really good stuff

Bazarov
November 14th 2006



55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the only Anthrax I can get into... the singer that replaced Neil... yeah he blows chunks.

hardspot
November 15th 2006



39 Comments


Reign In Blood and Master of Puppets aren't Slayer and Metallicas debuts, so you can't really compare tyhen, I would only compare Among the living to those albums or ...Compare Fistful of Metal to Kill em All and Show no Mercy That's just my oppinion, debuts should only be compared to other debuts.

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 15th 2006



3709 Comments



This is the only Anthrax I can get into... the singer that replaced Neil... yeah he blows chunks.

I disgree. He's the best singer out of the big four, imo.

I was supposed to get this, but I ended up getting something else instead.

donteatpieontuesday
November 16th 2006



74 Comments


this is a good album, thanks to my mate to recommending it to me

LifeInABox
April 13th 2007



3707 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

dude seriously someone just went through and negged all my reviews for no reason

WARPATH_88
April 14th 2007



514 Comments


I love Anthrax. Metal Thrashing Mad!!!

hyperboleking
July 24th 2007



407 Comments


i love anthrax's EARLY stuff. this is a good album. nice and rebellious. a bit proggy at times but made up for by the fact that every riff is good. i pos'ed the review.

LifeInABox
July 24th 2007



3707 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thank you man. I appreciate it.

MetalMassacreAttack
December 12th 2009



424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is amazing, omg. Deathrider and PAnic are superb thrash songs.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2010



19491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Best Anthrax album IMO. Every song is very solid on this album whereas Among the Living, Spreading the Disease, and Persistance of Time had some filler.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2011



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best Anthrax album IMO. Every song is very solid on this album whereas Among the Living, Spreading the Disease, and Persistence of Time had some filler.

this

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BigHans
July 13th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

METAL THRASHING MAD

KILL
July 13th 2011



67023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude step away from the big 8

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Pyosisified
July 13th 2011



2450 Comments


this album is pretty m/

BigHans
July 13th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Big 10 KILL

Metallica
Megadeth
Slayer
Antrhax
Testament
Annhilator
Heathen
Overkill
Exodus
Heathen

BigHans
July 13th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually Big 12, forgot Prong and Sepultura, M/

Pyosisified
July 13th 2011



2450 Comments


sepultura dont belong on any top list

BigHans
July 13th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first two albums rape

Inveigh
July 13th 2011



24179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heathen's rules, that's why they're in the Big 12 twice

could replace them with Sodom or Kreator though

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