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Album Review

Not just for devoted fans, this collection of B-sides, covers, rarities, and obscurities actually presents a surprisingly solid overview of the range and diversity of Anthrax's material in an engaging, entertaining manner. Listeners wanting to hear more of the band's sense of humor will be pleased with the bizarre "Milk (Ode to Billy)" (one of two S.O.D. songs redone here), the hilarious power ballad satire "N.F.B.," and the anti-censorship tune "Startin' Up a Posse," which uses rather predictable tactics to make its point but has such a gleeful, idiotic bounce that it's difficult not to be amused anyway. Two live songs from Persistence of Time are included, capturing the band's serious side, and their various influences are documented through covers of Trust, Discharge, Kiss, and even surf rockers the Chantays. But the most important item here is the slamming (and highly influential) duet with Public Enemy on that group's classic "Bring the Noise," which paved the way for a host of other bands to mix the aggression and intensity of heavy metal with hip-hop.

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Ode to Anthrax

This isn't even a real album, but rather a collection of B-sides, live tracks and covers, but man, it rocks. It has its funny moments (the censorship answer "Startin' Up a Posse" and the power ballad-skewering "N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin)" come to mind), its heavy moments ("Protest and Survive") and ... well, just plain moments (the landmark teaming up with Public Enemy for a new version of "Bring the Noise".) I remember in the summer of 1991, I had Killer B's on one side of a tape and Skid Row's Slave to the Grind on the other side. I played that tape so much, I'm surprised it didn't disintegrate by summer's end. Vocalist Joey Belladonna left the band after this record, and it was never the same for me after that.
Fave Moment: There are many, but I really enjoyed their cover of Kiss's "Parasite." Ace must have been proud.

Biography

Formed: June, 1981 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Nearly as much as Metallica or Megadeth, Anthrax were responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal. Combining the speed and fury of hardcore punk with the prominent guitars and vocals of heavy metal, they helped create a new subgenre of heavy metal on their early albums. Original guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz were a formidable pair, spitting out lightning-fast riffs and solos that never seemed masturbatory. Unlike Metallica or Megadeth, they had the good sense to temper their often...
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Attack of the Killer B's, Anthrax
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Jun 25, 1991

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