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Among The Living

Anthrax

1987

Among The Living

Album Summary

Among the Living is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released on March 22, 1987, by Megaforce Records in the US and by Island Records in the rest of the world. The album is dedicated to Cliff Burton of Metallica, who died in a bus accident six months before its release while on tour with Anthrax as the opening act. Veteran engineer Eddie Kramer, at his first venture with a thrash metal act, co-produced the album. Recording proceeded smoothly and the band was enthusiastic, but different visions for the sound of the final release created contrasts between Anthrax and the producer during the mixing at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. Ultimately, Anthrax succeeded in maintaining the aggressive dry sound and fast rhythms of the original recordings, enriched by often-humorous lyrics dealing with disparate subjects. Anthrax members often described the album as their major breakthrough, as it catapulted the band from being a small club attraction to arena and stadium stars. Critics acclaimed the album and promoted the band among the Big Four of Thrash Metal elite. The band's second Gold record, Among the Living was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 31, 1990.

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2.77

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4556

Genres

  • Metal
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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

I'd been holding off listening to this album for a while because I was sure I wouldn't like it. And while it's surely not my style of music, we've listened to so many worse albums in the interim that I don't think I can just damn it with one star. Were this a 10 star system, I'd probably give it a 2 - MAYBE a 3. But in this 5 star system, I've got to go with a 2, because it's not nearly as bad a some of the albums that have been virtually unlistenable. So cheers to Anthrax. You've earned this 2 by not sucking as much as others!!

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Reminded me a lot of a slightly worse Metallica

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

“Among the Living” by Anthrax (1987) Never heard this album, nor anything by Anthrax, as far as I know. Since I’m not very familiar with the thrash genre, these comments will be limited in context. The musical settings are appropriately harsh and foreboding, evoking the rage of the generation that had had just about enough of Ronald Reagan. High energy and aggressive beats. Makes me want to just sit back and listen. A little Anthrax in the morning! Very entertaining, with plenty of variety in tempos (mostly fast) and rhythms (mostly driving) with extremely abrupt turns and shifts. No toe-tapping to this music. The only dancing one could do to these rhythms would be in a mosh pit. Drums and bass very disciplined, and excellent lead guitar colorings. Nice synchronization of rhythm guitar and bass. Drum work displays significant virtuosity; very well rehearsed. Overall, the band is talented, consistently able to carry the creative motivation of each song to its intended effect. Excellent technical production. Drums recorded with good separation and depth. Good mix. Lead vocals are suitable for the genre, a little weak on diction. Backing vocals are crisp, with good pitch control and range. “I Am the Law” is appealing, intentionally derivative of the artistic theme of the Judge Dredd character from “2000ad”. Musically and lyrically it captures the milieu. “N.F.L.” is a generationally appropriate homage to the life and death of John Belushi. Kind of a “thrashumentary”—a fitting tribute. I think Belushi would have liked it, and then paid tribute in return by satirizing it. The intro to “Medley: A.D.I./Horror of It All” all is a refreshing variation in the album’s sound texture, before jolting back into the thrash style. Nice work on acoustic twelve string. The Anthrax approach to musical and lyrical composition seems to be “commentary” on well-chosen cultural events and the common themes of rebellion and “anti-establishment” protest. But they don’t express it as well as predecessors Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, Joni Mitchell, etc. Lacking subtlety and nuance in its moral judgments, Anthrax would seem somewhat immature to more thoughtful adolescents and young adults, who might be put off by the denunciatory and condescending sermonizing. “Imitation of Life” is a great example of this shortcoming, but it runs throughout the album. Overall, a good album, but not on par with Black Sabbath or Metallica. I liked listening to it. 3/5

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Rips so hard I want to black out on Bud Light and worship Satan

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

The brutal rhythm guitar work of Scott Ian and the explosive drumming of Charlie Benante relentlessly push the songs along while still maintaining a solid groove, and more than make up for some lyrical awkwardness. Among the Living remains arguably Anthrax's foremost achievement.

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Fri May 13 2022
5

A thrash classic. I feel like Anthrax gets a lot of disrespect; some say they shouldnt be considered one of the big 4 of the genre. I disagree (though a good case can be made for Testament in their place, but that's not important) they put out a lot of solid albums and this is the best of them all. It's a lot of fun.

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Wed Sep 16 2020
4

Though I don’t necessarily mind Thrash, it’s hardly my thing; but this was surprisingly catchy and almost punk-ish at times.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Fucking metal. Great rhythms and riff. It's just powers through, every track with driving energy. My only complaint (and why I'm not giving it 5 stars) is that it does lack variety.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

An already biased opinion as a metal head! The Metallica homages are evident. Crisp, dry drums that are synonymous with thrash metal hammer away with barely intelligable lyrics encourage head banging. A properly adjusted equaliser makes more difference than it has rights to in order to elevate the sound.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

One of the prime albums in Thrash and helped establish Anthrax as a force to be reckoned with in 4 way of ‘best thrash band’

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

I’ve always be a fan of Slayer and also partially to early Metallica. I’ve struggled to find a place for Anthrax in my mind - they are ever present in the era but I failed to hear a memorable album until this one. It starts wonderfully with thrash banger after banger - then it evens out to a solid album. Feels like the last two tracks have been forced on and could have done without them. I also went and listened to Reign in Blood, Master of Puppets and Kill ‘em all to place this album in that hall of fame and it fits nicely trailing closely behind the other behemoths. All in all a solid trash album

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

I AM THE LAW

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Had a teacher who was a roadie for anthrax

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Damn I liked this. I'm actually shocked. For me this is closer to Never Mind the Bollocks then it is to Paranoid, which I did not expect. The guitar histrionics tend to be short blasts then long drawn out wank-fests. 3 🌟

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Wed Jul 21 2021
2

Too much head banging

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Thu Sep 24 2020
5

Thrash Classic

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Yes yes yes

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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

Como todo el trash metal, me pareció chistoso, pero he de admitir que sí termina haciendome querer regar sangre por todas partes XD y convertirme en un no-muerto sádico. Nunca había escuchado un disco de estos abuelos del trash, fue una buena experiencia aunque este subgenero de plano no creo que entre a mis playlists de metal, supongo por esa insistencia en hacer un sonido sucio que no es realmente sucio remanente del punk pesadon que no me convence. Pero en fin, divertidín disco. Mood: Que llueva la sangre.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

Klassieker onder de metal-albums. Duidelijk te merken dat deze band inspiratie was voor vele recentere groepen. Volume op 11 en genieten!

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Fri May 27 2022
5

In another life, Anthrax would have easily been the top of the Big 4 for me. I just love their humor so much. Metallica only pulls on nostalgia and showmanship to win.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Probably my least favorite of the Big Four, but goddamn if it ain’t still a masterpiece that they got here. Hats off to the drums and rhythm guitar in particular; they elevated this to a 5 for me.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

I played the heck out of this album back in middle school and high school. It still rocks!

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

One of those albums that I've heard more times than I've had hot dinners. Covered most of it live at some point, it's a rhythm guitarist's dream. Scott and Charlie really knew what they were doing here. I prefer spreading the disease but both are 5/5 albums anyway.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Heavy metal for the win

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Sun Oct 09 2022
5

Great album no filler just great thrash

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Used to love a bunch of these songs when I had a metal phase and they still hold up for me

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Banger!

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Shreds.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

the last half of this album goes hard as hell

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Rulez

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Still prefer John Bush 🤘

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Isn't what I would usually listen to, but that might have to change now. Really fantastic.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Tasty thrash metal treat if you need a punch in the face, and today I needed one. Guitarist Scott Ian described this album as... “It really felt like we were being guided by the power of metal and it was out of our hands. Satan was channeling his will through us and we couldn’t help but succeed.”

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

A esos mens los vi una vez que cubría un festival de metal para una marca que te vende derechos sobre la música del mundo por 100 pesos. Estuvo verguísima. Algo que se olvida un poco es que el thrash fue un tipo de música pop. Esta mierda vendía millones de discos. Anthrax me gusta porque son divertidos. Gente divertida con riffs fenomenales. Tienen una onda ahí callejera muy de Nueva York, muy italiana-judía que me encanta, me recuerda al NYHC en ese aspecto.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

An absolute thrash/NYHC classic

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

I've never been a fan of thrash metal. I tried listening to Slayer and Anthrax as a teenager, but didn't really get it and went back to punk music. However, I'm amazed I didn't enjoy Anthrax at least, since this album is basically as close to hardcore punk as metal gets. I like it. It's tightly controlled, fast and melodic. The singer sounds good. It's fun, but without becoming full-blown cheesy nonsense. My only complaint is the shouted gang vocals, which sounded dumb in NYHC punk and still sound dumb here. 4/5 - maybe even a 4.5.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Viel besser als gedacht. Teilweise richtig kluger Pop aber auch darüber hinaus

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Yeah, its kinda good. I honestly like Anthrax better than Iron Maiden.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Good for the Genre. I enjoyed it more than expected. I would gladly listen again.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Antes eu considerava que não precisar escutar mais opções de metal, assim perdia riffs fundamentais como do Anthrax

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

It thrashes, which is what it set out to do.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Previously, I had dismissed Anthrax as bog standard metal but that was refreshingly progressive.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Fun.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Pretty good

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

I feel like most of these songs are pretty good. Actually love the more punk approach to thrash on this thing. With that being said, this album is very one dimensional. Especially after a couple of listens, this wears it down a fair bit. One of the few acts I'd rather listen to songs instead of an album. Still I can' t be to critical of this.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

\m/\m/

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Better than expected.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Un dels grans clàssics del thrash, merescudament. La banda en plena eclosió d'adrenalina i inspiració, amb uns primers sis temes que són sis clàssics. És el més a prop que van ser d'apropar-se a les grans obres dels altres 4 grans noms del génere

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Oh shit man you guys made me like a metal album. There's a lot of DNA here for later pop-punk especially. I love the energy and the fact that you can actually hear the vocals

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Sun May 01 2022
4

The people's thrash. Out of the Big 4, Anthrax was the most relatable. Contrast with hair metal bands, they wore t-shirts and shorts. Vocal approach reminiscent of hardcore, this was the gateway album for punk fans into metal. And their lyrical subject? Not about politics or Cthulhu. Just looking at the first 3: "Among the Living" is based on Stephen King's The Stand, "Caught in a Mosh" screams rebel, "I am the Law" is about the comic character Judge Dredd... these are nerdy subjects appealing to your average angsty teen. There's humor and energy in every track, Scott Ian and Joey Belladonna giving a hell of a performance. Among the Living was their breakthrough album and the most representative of 80s thrash. Their next album would stray further into skate punk territory. I know them mostly for their collab with Public Enemy, so hearing them for themselves is pretty exciting, and they exceed expectations. Out of the four, Anthrax was always the outcast for not having the insanity or speed of the other three, but I consider them to be just as solid and have just as much personality. The mixing is well done. You can hear everyone well, and they all play well. Belladonna's voice is crisp, and the back vocals serve their purpose. The solos are a bit forgettable, and there's a couple weak tracks later in the album. They usually make up for their lyrics and Ian's and Belladonna's performances. But no track felt too long, and with 9 tracks I fully enjoyed the ride.

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Mon May 16 2022
4

I like Anthrax. Lots of energy and good for an occasional laugh. I was also a big Stephen King fan back then, especially The Stand. Among the Living is peak Anthrax. Great cover art, too.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

I always gave Anthrax a wide berth for one reason or the other. But this album definitely showed why they were considered part of the Big 4 in Thrash Metal.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Out of the thrash scene, Anthrax was one of the two bands I had time for, the other one being Suicidal Tendencies. At the time I didn't know exactly why; today I can explain that that relates to the many elements that they incorporate into their sound, from NYHC to early rap. There really is a form of richness and subtlety to their approach that goes far beyond 80s metal. The run of albums from Spreading The Disease to Persistence Of Time is absolutely brilliant, with Among The Living being their peak. Tons of riffage and mental drumming, changes in tempo and chord progressions that are simply breathtaking, with lyrics that swing from social matters to pop culture references, and the ability to not take themselves too seriously, everything is in the right place for the listener to engage in an interesting listening experience all while having fun.  Not only their musical choices were courageous at the time, but the fact that by the next album they would showcase a skate shoes, coloured bermuda, and white t-shirts style (as opposed to the all black with leather jacket that was mandatory for a metal band)  makes Anthrax the most thrilling band of the era. 

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Loved it. bit of a cookie cutter sound to them these days, but it's not the 80s anymore is it?

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

mublanikufesin

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

NFA. Nice Fukin Album.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

not my usual cup of tea but they really said “land back” and i respect that

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Not a metal fan but this opened my eyes to the genre in a big way

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

I listened to Metallica right before this album so it might have influenced my relatively high score

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Some great classic thrash on here. Could feel a bit samey at times, but went hard throughout.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

It's at the fun end of thrash, rather than the 'woo I'm dark and edgy" end and is a lot more enjoyable for it. It'll probably never be my favourite style of music, but I enjoyed this, in that it passed by faster than its 40 minute length, and made me smile at least twice!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Hilarious. Not amazing, but hilarious. And sometimes thats enough to make it great. 4/5

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Anthrax was never really my thing, but you've got to respect the high level of musicianship that went into this record. Anthrax really are a tight machine of a band. There is no fat in this music, not a single unnecessary note. I would also add that Anthrax is pretty cool because they straddle the line between punk and metal better than just about any band. That's a hard balance to maintain, and they've pretty much perfected it. Fave Songs: Indians, One World, Caught in a Mosh, Among the Living, Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Good ol‘ Anthrax <3

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

I never liked Anthrax growing up, but recently I've heard some that were pretty good. I did enjoy this album for the most part.

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Wed Sep 23 2020
3

I didnt expect to enjoy this at all, but honestly it surprised me. Its incredibly energetic, and unlike on other metal albums that Ive listened to (and hardcore punk), the speed didnt bother me as much on this one.

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Wed Oct 14 2020
3

Spotify. Not my thing.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Mörk Borg af

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Heavy Drums and heavy guitars put together with top production quality. Has many pop reference and is a tribute to Cliff Burton. It's definitely a change of pace for this list. Although technically interesting many of the songs blend together.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Fast af

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Doesn’t get any more metal

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

great guitar and drums but the singing had little musicality or interesting meaning

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Better than expected

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

I feel like the farther away I get from this period of heavy metal, the worse I assume it will be. There's actually a decent musical element to this, which I don't hate. Pretty good for a metal album.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Like most thrash I can appreciate the technical skill, and in this album the lyrics have more variety and invention than the run of the mill, but the style just doesn't do anything for me, and a fair bit of it felt awfully monotonous, though there were some standouts.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Probably translates well to a live show, attracting longtime following fans. A bit too clinical and clean to begin with, but losses up and gets funner as the album goes on. really like the music to ‘I am the Law’, but vocals are pretty annoying

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Ya me di cuenta de que el hard rock y el metal no me provocan tantas emociones. No me disgusta, pero escucho los discos como ruido de fondo, sin tanta atención. Creo que siento que vale más la pena para un concierto, pero no me motiva a escucharlos a menudo o cotidianamente. Se diría, que no es para mí. En ese espíritu, escuché Among the Living sin detenerme en minucias, pero logré destacar dos canciones "I Am The Law" e "Indians". El medley también tiene partes muy padres. 7/10

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

I was never super into Anthrax. Not a huge fan of Joey Belladonna's vocals...but this is still a pretty classic album.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Recognized some songs, used to like anthrax a lot but not really my vibe anymore. Good for what it is

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

This was fine - some good riffs, production is a little light.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Thrasher

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Brings the noise. Not one I'll have on while the vicar is round

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Ok but a bit to fast and furious.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Mi acercamiento con el metal como experiencia estética tiene ya muchos ayeres y nunca incluyó a Anthrax, aunque sí los ubicaba como una banda importante para el género. Más allá de que no sé nada del aspecto técnico de la música (y mucho de lo que se le celebra al metal va más por ahí), este disco me pareció ok, por decir lo más jajajaja, pero no me dejó nada, amsory

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Sun May 02 2021
3

Bang your head.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Some nice guitar shredding.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Wasn't looking forward to this one, and I couldn't make my mind up whether I loved it or hated it, veering between the two as the album went on. Loved the energy throughout though.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Pretty good metal album. Wasted on me.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

Surprised that I enjoyed this album. Metal is not normally my favorite but Anthrax seems to add a punk sensibility to there metal ethos. The guitar histrionics are kept to short bursts and the songs have a punk attitude. 3 🌟

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Two next albums are much better

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Not a fan ...but yeah could get into some of it

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Uh, this was harder to listen to than, say, Pantera. It's a little like fruit roll-ups. I remember liking them when I was young but they just don't appeal to me now. Good memories of Anthrax though, long live skate thrash!

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Everything about this is super cool and good except the vocals, which I do not dig at all.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Being generous here because there's a song about Judge Dredd, but thrash metal is not for me, and neither is this album.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Fun ride.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Well-polished metal album

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

trasheira

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

The drumming is the most consistent element, and holds the album together as well as it can through the slog of a middle section. The pace of the rhythm section fits the race through a collage of rock styles extremely well, but somehow gets stuck in the mud for fifteen minutes. A more focused effort would be insanely entertaining, even recorded.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

This takes me back. My mate Tim loved this record when it came out, and we listened to it a lot. We both liked thrash, but were much more attracted to the skateboard friendly end of the genre (Anthrax, plus local faves like the Hard-Ons, Massappeal, the Hellmenn) ratehr than the metal-dude end (Metaliica, Megadeth, Slayer). I didn't skate, but Tim did. And they were a bit funnier and relatable. This album really took me back, and I enjoyed the clean, unpretentious production (by Eddie Kramer, which surprised me to read). This is a really minor note, but I find the use of double kick on this album tasteful. many bands just run the double kick the whole way through songs, and I find it exhausting and, ironically, reduces the impact of the speed.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Loppua kohden aloin lämmetä ja hyvä kokonaisuus

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Eipä tarjonnut ihmeitä mutta silti jätti pienen poltteen kuunnella lisää. Pitänee perehtyä Anthraxin tuotantoon tarkemmin.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

I'm sure that is something that I will enjoy much more in my teenage years. Classic metal with all the pros and cons of this loved music style. "I am the law" is an instant success.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

I was slightly surprised I liked this album as much as I did.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

I like the sound of it but wasn't in the mood for thrash today. I'll have to return to it.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

3/10

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Well, that was a fun little trip down memory lane but not a trip I care to make again. Anthrax was genre-defining in their day, for sure. But there are just so many better metal/hardcore bands out there now. With the perspective that comes with the 34 years between now and when this album came out, it's clear that the vocals are amateurish and the songwriting is ... really shallow. It's pretty lame, honestly. But the musicianship is excellent and the performances are on point. Anyway, it didn't suck overall but it wasn't as awesome as I remember it being.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

not a huge fan of thrahs metal but its alright, lyrics are kinda funny and its listenable

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

6/10

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Det är så dumt!! Men så kul!! Lite tråkigt att produktionen inte känns kanon, upplever sången som rätt ”torr”, och ljudbilden som lite platt? Låtskrivandet är heller inte toppklass rakt igenom ärligt talat. Men Caught in a Mosh är en kinglåt och jag vill bara köpa en jeansjacka och ge mig ut i skejtparken nu!!

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Gillar det, fett ljud

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

Anthrax are decent thrash, vocals irk me a bit, production is mega on this album though and some of the riffs rippppppp

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Always happy to enjoy some thrash - this is competent, but not distinctive

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

Excelente!

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Among The Living shaped the final sound and some of the classics of the genre trash metal. It's like German tourists on the beach with white socks and sandals. It's strange, but you look at it longer than you think you would be looking at it. (5/10) FT: Caught in A Mosh

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Generic rock, before rock got good... The lead signer sort of sounded like a 14yr old boy.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Started off slowly, but got better. Don’t mind a bit of thrash… this scratch’s that itch!

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

Nice instrumentals but wasnt really a fan of the overall melody. might check it out again for their lyrics

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Wasn't an Anthrax kind of day.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

I liked it but, other than ADI, I'm struggling to identify any defining characteristics from the other tracks. They sounded good but all ran together

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Sun Apr 17 2022
3

3.7 - Good thrash metal from 1987. Highlights: “I am the Law” and “One World.”

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Not the best Trash album i have heard but it's not bad. not a big fan of the vocals, it sounds like Metallica meets suicidal tendencies.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Metal, normalito

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Nice slice of 1980s metal, have to listen to more of these guys I think.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Ce groupe de joyeux metalleux nous rapelle que le trash metal n'est pas forcément un mauvais genre, il est seulement extrêmement mal représenté par la racaille brésilienne de Sepultura dans ce générateur.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Louis Bodin et moi sommes amis depuis quelques semaines.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Ik vind het wel gemoedelijke hardrock. Heeft aardig wat van die typische overgangen (snel - langzaam - snel) dus als je daar van houdt kom je wel aan je trekken :-). Verder prima te luisteren. Persoonlijk ben ik niet zo'n fan van de zangstem. Lijkt eerder of een kennis de zanger moest vervangen, terwijl het eigenlijk geen zanger is. ***

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Mon May 23 2022
3

3, men 13åriga jag hade nog satt en 4

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

To me, Anthrax are a lightly more aggressive Metallica. OK, that's par for the course in thrash metal land. The album begins with high energy and never lets up. And this is exactly the problem I'm having with it - it lacks variation. If we look at Metallica again, even on their second album they changed the tempo and mood of some of their songs, so listeing never gets boring. Not so with Antrax. The album is good, but a bit tiring and numbing, and not as interesting as similar acts in the same genre. 2.5/5

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Weak opening two songs. Strong riffs and drums throughout but the vocals at times sounded like a bad metal cover-band. Peaked with 'Indians.' Not something I'd listen to twice.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Genre: Thrash Metal 3/5 As much as I wanted to say this album kicks your balls out of your tits and makes you beg for mercy, I forgot this was the 1980s, and while some of what's here may have been considered over the top for its day and age, it pales in comparison to what metal is up to nowadays. However, Anthrax played an important part in the mainstream growth in credibility of thrash metal, and they should be recognized for that. However, if my parents look back fondly at Anthrax, I think that unfortunately means they weren't as badass as they, or we, thought. As far as the album goes, it kicks off with its high energy title track, Among the Living, and follows it with one of Anthrax's best, Caught in a Mosh. Both are wonderfully intense examples of what thrash metal can do right, while still blending it with good songwriting and arranging. It takes a bit of a break after that, unfortunately, with Indians being the only real banger of note left in the tracklist. Regardless of its overall meh-ness, this is a record that will bring a smile to any metalhead's face, and that should be enough.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

If you like thrash metal, you'll love this album. It's tight and rocks your pants off.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Tasteful (for thrash, certainly!), inventive, interesting and technically skilled. I respect it even if I don't think I'll seek it again. I did not expect to claim "Efilnikufesin" as my favorite, but here we are!

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Overall I liked it, but didn't really connect with the vocals or lyrics. I mostly just liked the instrumental parts and drumming.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

I remember seeking this one out because it had a song based on Apt Pupil by Stephen King (Skeletons in the Closet). Anthrax came from a different side of thrash than the other Big 4 bands. There was a little more punk to their sound than Metallica or Megadeth, so they sat closer to the Slayer end of the spectrum, but there was more melody that Joey Belladonna brought.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

My knowledge of Anthrax comes from a Beavis & Butthead cassette I had growing up, they have a skit and then play a song (Looking down the barrel of a gun). Thrash album, fast guitars and drums. I don't think there's anything too inventive here, feel like it's been done a lot better by other groups but it was fine. Overall it's competently made, I do like that they reference Steven King and Judge Dredd, but just lacking in something.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Don't dislike it but certainly need to be in the right mood to fully enjoy

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Pretty underwhelming for an group named Anthrax. Not bad by any means though.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

3.5/5 Better than I expected.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

afraid... not so bad. fast and metal. 3? it's annoying but fine.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

This was what I needed to wake me up this morning. Its not very good but it hits hard

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

3.5

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Not really a fan but can see why people would like this. 6/10.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Top 3 Songs: 1 - One World (7) 2 - Caught In A Mosh (2) 3 - Imitation of Life (9)

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Metal is never something this reviewer will understand on a deep level. Imagery and parental warnings aside, the genre does not leave a large footprint. On to the review, Anthrax is a drive hard sing hard metal band, and they are great at it. The tempo is high energy with aggressive drums, and the guitars are guttural and played with an authority that can be felt. Even in the more thrashy elements (e.g. Efilnikufesin) there is a well-played base melody/rhythm that avoids chaotic nonsensical drivel, but instead seems to signal a listener that getting crazy is expected here. Vocally, the lead singer takes some notes from 80's glam metal with the occasional shriek going into pre-pubescent frequencies, but it is used in moderation the kind where the listener can treat those moments as displays of vocal talent. The hard singing is remarkably clear, the singer is not holding back but he is also not giving too much as to be unlistenable. Unlike other metal bands of the time, this album does have significant variety. At some point metal bands find a boring type of consistency where the listener realizes that each song has in some way become a repurposed version of a song they heard earlier. This review is happy to report that element as not being too evident here. Granted, metal has a consistent or expected sound to it, but where a good metal band really shines is their ability to build upwards from there and expanding the soul of the genre. Anthrax's incorporation of glam rock melodies, sewn between driving metal, this creates variety across each track, and this is good.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

3.5. WAHHHHHH rock on!! Awesome sick and ahead of it’s time. Cool to know this was for drummer of Metallica their aOpener. kinda flat and same elements over and over. Gets redundant but it’s awesome

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Definitely agree this is an album you should hear before you die. I had no idea these guys were talking about all kinds of social issues, while simultaneously blazing past all reasonable limits on shredding. They seem to take the music/technique seriously but themselves not too seriously. I don’t think I’ll ever take the trip again but it was quite a ride.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

A great thrash metal album that really woke me up this morning! Full of heavy guitar riffs and heart thumping drums really brought the album to life. Having supported Metallica on tour really opened up their audience and cemented them as one of the all-time great thrash metal groups. Best: Caught In A Mosh Worst: One World 3.5 Stars

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

Decent Thrash Metal album, surprisingly melodic but missing standout songs and some guitar solos to be more than a 3

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

Musically a very energetic and rhythmic album to get into. If a fan of this metal, each song is more or less the same and enough for fans to love in its entirety. The issue is for those not fans, not much on here to differentiate the songs. For me, the vocals were not good. Poorly written parts and a misuse of a decent metal voice.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

No metallica but some head boppers for sure.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Never listened to an Anthrax album before.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Among the Living is the third album by American heavy metal band Anthrax. It is considered the band's breakthrough album - despite no radio airplay - being critically acclaimed and certified gold in 1990. Some of the success came from Anthrax's own approach to thrash metal, which was fast, heavy riffs, combined with clean, melodic vocals from member Joey Belladonna, along with many rhythm changes on the album. This was a great thrash metal album and it's easy to see why Anthrax was grouped with other 80's heavy metal bands like Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. This would make a good entry level metal album for any interested listeners.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Nah

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Thu Oct 01 2020
2

There are catchy riffs, I guess. From a general standpoint I struggle to get behind this genre, and this album did not seem to show me anything different to what I've already heard.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Not my cup of tea, but had glimpses of Melody in places.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

I wouldn't call this an album you have to listen to before you die. Maybe it represents a genre that you should listen to, so that you know it exists. Like in the way you might try to share all of Earths music to an alien. I don't hate Antrax style metal at all, it's just not my thing. With the notable exception of Bring the Noise with Public Enemy. Aaaaaaaah shit!

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

Althoug having done the sound for them, in 1984 I think, on one concert in the Netherlands, this is not my music. I could bare to listen to the whole album to pick up memories.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

This is putting me in a bad mood. DNF.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

It is one of the better meatal albums I've heard, but I still don't find it nice.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

good band drug down by a bad drummer

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

I just couldn't get into this one. The guitar work is clearly skilled, but the vocals just sound so whiny and the lyrics are so silly that it kept me from staying engaged with it.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

Metallica but not as good

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

2/5

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Sun Feb 28 2021
2

You can smell the monster energy drink sweating out of every pour of this album. Its not the worse of its genre as there are elements of an actual fucking tune on each track. Not my genre. Can't really mark in fairly. I like the cover so extra point for that. 2/5

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Sun Feb 28 2021
2

But much for a Saturday morning.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

nicht so mein Ding

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

Meh

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

- definitely dry mixing - strong pace and energy - not the strongest anthrax album but maybe the most influential?

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Fri Jul 23 2021
2

Just a bunch of shouting people 2/5

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Wed Sep 01 2021
2

Every song sounds the same and has very little emotional depth imo. Don't like it aside from some funny lines.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
2

Mostly disparate elements that don't form a cohesive sound, occasionally odd mixing too. I hope the drummer enjoyed himself, at least

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Wed Sep 01 2021
2

Huulu störande hugh hat? I en av sångerna helt based gitarrdel i en annan dock 2/5 ja börjar btw from nu me att måst dom lyssnas före död eller ej. Den här måst int!

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Bad metal.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

Not for me

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

I’ve been shouted at and I feel angry

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

I honestly can’t tell if this is a cover band. So many of the songs sound the same: exact same tempo and drums. Not sure how this became seminal in the genre.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
2

CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Hard core metal. The singer sounds better than the Sepultura guy at least. This is ok. Lots of talent in there - drummer is insane. Guitar is driving everything. NFL made me laugh. Some songs are just derivative, like Skeleton in the closet. I'm giving it 2 stars, but that's like 5 stars for this genre.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

Not my jam. I like some metal but this isn’t it.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
2

Too hardcore for me, sounds a bit flat, but interesting background to the album.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
2

Det låter som en budgetvariant av metallica.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

This album has made me realise I don't like metal that much. Love the instrumental parts but cannot vibe with the vocals.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

Beats remind me of Iron Maiden, missing the vocals badly though. 2.3

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

I like another type of rock.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Ehhhh.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
2

Not as bad as Metallica's listing I had to listen to, but still well short of the melody I prefer in my music

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Thu Feb 24 2022
2

No. Not all that for me, thanks.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

Technically proficient. But too hard, fast, loud, and short for me.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

noisy :)

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

16th March 2022 Listened on the way in to the office then came home and watched arsenal Liverpool. 0-2. Title on. Weird one because I started this to discover new music and experience new sounds which this is. So I appreciate that but a bit heavy for me. Although metal heads are always the nicest people.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

Slightly less heavy and a fair bit more punky than expected (I think the vocal style contributes heavily to both these things), but otherwise it's pretty standard metal. It's fine while I'm listening to it but I struggle to remember it at all afterwards.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
2

Guitar parts are cool, but not really my thing overall. Vocals are bad.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

The third of the big 4 of thrash metal I've had to review, and it suffers from the same problem that afflicts Metallica and Megadeth's recordings of the era: by codifying thrash, they made it staid and predictable. Now, that doesn't mean the music sounds bad per se; it just means that, in retrospect, it sounds unadventurous. In terms of the influences on display, I distinctly identified Iron Maiden, with certain shrieking guitar solos and lyrical themes. And let's concentrate on those intriuging lyrical themes. I Am The Law is a song about Judge Dredd. That's it. It gives an overview of the Judge Dredd conceit, and nowt else. I'm not sure how I'm meant to react to that. Is a plot synopsis a good basis for a song? Then comes Efilnukifesin (N.F.L.) (Nise fukin life backwards), an anti-drug song that, in its favour, does provide some grisly imagery, but also hits as sanctimonious. However, the most striking song on the album is Indians, part of that aw-bless tradation of metal songs based on the plight of Natives Americans. Of course, this tradition doesn't avoid stereotypes of the noble, stoic Indian, but Anthrax could have avoided screaming "Wardance!" at the bridge, and they definitely could have avoided moshing in a plains Indian headdress in the video. Now, accusing metal of being thick is to miss the pointsome what : it's meant to be coarse, direct and reptilian. But if you're going to be thick, it's probably best to avoid message songs. Yeah, I talked myself out of liking this album. Mind, I don't care that I did.

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Wed May 18 2022
2

Amish thrash metal, which is...a choice? It avoids a one rating, which is about the biggest compliment I can give it.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
2

Not awful but not really anything I’d like to listen to again. 3/10

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

More death metal. Didn’t hate quite as much as Slayer.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

Listened to on 8/18/22 2.5/5 Favorite song: Among the Living Heavy metal was a bit too much for me but the instrumentality was phenomenal

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

Thrash tires so easily. Just loud fast aggression over and over. Fine in spurts, hard for an hour. Especially when the vocals are mid.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

Not bad but really just not my thing.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

kind of strange 2.5/5

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