Review Summary: If it ain't broke don't fix it
Anthrax's debut "Fistful of Metal" was NWOBHM on speed. With their follow-up "Spreading the Disease" the band found their sound and were one of thrash metal's premiere bands. "Among the Living" was raw, crunchy thrash metal, but they added in some street-level hardcore influences and a ton of groove. "State of Euphoria" continued the sound from "Among the Living" but felt a bit unfinished in comparison. In 1990 Anthrax came out with what many fans felt was their best album yet. After nearly a decade of touring and recording, Anthrax were at their top of their game. The album comes across as more serious than the fun natured, comic book influenced songs of the past. The music is more polished and tight, like a well-oiled machine. The songs are darker and more angry than anything the band had produced before as well. Scott Ian must have been on a creative high as riffs abound on "Persistence of Time". As well, Joey Belladonna gives the performance of his career on "Persistence". Unfortunately, this would be the last Anthrax album for Belladonna for decades.
Anthrax were also at the height of their popularity with "Persistence of Time". Two singles were released for the recording including "Got the Time" (a Joe Jackson cover) and "In My World". The last was performed by the band on the sitcom "Married... with Children". Most thrash metal fans could care less about singles. "Persistence of Time" is a solid listen from beginning to end. Opening with the ticking of a clock and quickly morphing into a metallic kick to the head comprised of rapid fire drumming and pummeling guitar riffs. "Keep it in the Family" is one of the more well known songs from the album. It builds from a slow, grinding heavy rhythm and continues to ebb and flow from the heavy mid-paced riff of the verses to the faster thrashy chorus. "Belly of The Beast" is one of the album's underrated classics. It's an upbeat, dark thrash classic. The album finishes with "Discharge", an angry, full-throttle thrasher with some incredible drum work. Anthrax were not a band to be caught-up in the thrash metal polka. They knew how to write songs, very tempos and moods. "Persistence of Time" is Anthrax at their prime and one of my all time favorite albums.