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On Among the Living, Anthrax worship speed and fury, but they also love stuffing eccentric ideas and sounds into their attack. The title track opens with a riff that sounds ripped from a horror flick, and "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)" features vocalist Joey Belladonna striking a dramatic balance between hardcore bark and neo-Halford operatics. Then there’s “Medley: A.D.I./Horror of It All” and all of its delirious prog changes. Far beyond thrash, Anthrax’s quirkiness played a central role in the development of alternative metal.


Formed: June, 1981 in New York, NY

Genre: Metal

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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Among the Living, Anthrax
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: 1987
  • Parental Advisory

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