7. Anthrax – Among the Living
Track List: 1. Among The Living 2. Caught In A Mosh 3. I Am The Law 4. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.) 5. A Skeleton In The Closet 6. Indians 7. One World 8. A.D.I. / Horror Of It All 9. Imitation Of Life
Stand Out Track: Caught in a Mosh, one of thrash metal’s most enduring anthems
Crunching, foot stomping, groove laden metal with a vocalist who did more that just growl. Anthrax bought the fun to thrash, you don’t see Metallica writing songs about Judge Dredd now, do you, and this plays like a greatest hits record. Scott Ian provided the crunch, matching Metallica’s James Hetfield in the rhythm guitar stakes, while Charlie Benante’s influential bass drum work propels the band onwards and upwards.
Featuring mainstay favourites such as ‘I Am The Law’, ‘Caught In A Mosh’ and the politically charged ‘Indians’ (in reference to singer Joey Belladonna’s ancestry and the treatment of the Native American) Anthrax have come close over the years to bettering this album, 1990′s Persistence Of Time springs to mind, but Among the Living remains their defining moment.
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