Dude, you caught me - I am a HUGE Anthrax fan. Not so much the John Bush era stuff, but the early, classic Belladonna lineup, fuck I love that shit. Sick as fuck drumming, snaky, militaristic guitar riffs and screamed singing vocals just do it for me each and every time. This album was long anticipated and always rumored to be happening, and for a while there it looked like it wasn't ever going to happen, but now that it has, I don't know if it was worth the wait. There's some amazing stuff on this CD, but it's far outshined by the trite, run of the mill stuff that fluffs this album up. Everything that made Anthrax such a great band is here, the mood, the music, and the mayhem, including an odd flourish of some Nu-Metal shit every so often just to keep things fresh. Whatever. After a really unnecessary atmospheric Intro of some sorts, the album finally begins with the next 3 songs on here, Earth On Hell, The Devil You Know and Fight 'Em 'Till You Can't, an impressive trio of some seriously astounding songs. They're like the most brutally powerful Metal knockout combination I've experienced in years. These 3 songs are worth the price of this CD alone, which is a good thing because the rest of this CD is very disappointing. It just gets boring after all that. The songs just sort of drift, the vocals are ghey, all the energy just gets sucked out of the room and the Refused cover at the end is just terribly, terribly, lame. Look, I wasn't expecting another Among The Living, but after all the Drama and the wait for this thing to come out, I thought this release would be much better than it is. Phooey. On Megaforce Records.
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