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Anthrax's lineup had not yet solidified when they recorded their debut album, and neither had their style. Fans of the group's peak-period material are likely to find Fistful of Metal surprising, as the band sounds more like Judas Priest...than the thrash innovators they would become. Bassist Dan Lilker, who subsequently left to form Nuclear Assault, is present for this album, while vocalist Joey Belladonna is not.

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Anthrax's first album is more in a traditional metal vein than the hard core mix in what is to come with Spreading the Disease and Among the Living. It should not be ignored however. Charlie Benante, Scott Ian & Dan Lilker still give it an S.O.D. type speed kick (these guys along with Billy Milano were and occasionally still are S.O.D. you should REALLY check out their albums) and there are songs here in Anthrax's set to this day mainly in the form of Death Rider and Metal Thrashing Mad (where apparently the term thrash metal was first coined). Likes: Neil Turbin was the singer here with the multi octave scream and sounds fantastic. Joey Belladonna really doesn't stand out in the same way as the former or John Bush did. Dislikes: the album doesn't stay strong in the way the material to come on the next few albums does: some of the tracks feel like fillers. All in all this stands up well alongside The Sound of White Noise and Volume 8 but is less like the Belladonna albums. Still very good,


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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