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Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax


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This concise 12-song collection focuses on Anthrax’s tenure at Island Records, which spanned from 1985’s Spreading the Disease to 1991’s Attack of the Killer B’s. Many fans consider this the group’s golden period, and it’s easy to see why. With his gilded vocals, singer Joey Belladonna kept Anthrax connected to heavy metal originators like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, while the band’s musical brain trust—guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante—always pushed the music forward, searching for new ways to be aggressive at a time when many metal acts relied on formulaic tactics. Anthrax were perhaps the most versatile of all the preeminent thrash bands. They could do AC/DC-style hard rock (“Madhouse”), hardcore punk (“Caught in a Mosh,” “Antisocial,” “Got the Time”), and purist’s thrash (“A.I.R.”). They even tried hip-hop (“I’m the Man,” “Bring the Noise”), embracing the value of that culture at a time when many rock fans dismissed it as a fad. And in an era when most metal acts were focused solely on speed, Anthrax were already peering into the future with works like “Belly of the Beast” and “Keep It in the Family.”

Customer Reviews


i dont get why not a lot of people know that much about ANTHRAX--i mean, they rock SO hard its just insane--i mean come on, they were on of the big 4 in thrash for cryin out loud! anyway, although i dont much like rap and rap metal acts--limp bizkit--i would say that this is a good start if you want to get into ANTHRAX. for the record, i am a relativley new fan of ANTHRAX, but i can tell this ROCKS pretty hard. later

I agree with Dan Halen....

Anthrax is underrated. Anthrax is pretty awsome. By the way, Limp Bizkit is no where near as good as Rage Against The Machine. If U want to listen to Great Rap/Metal RATM is the way to go. RATM's lead singer, Zach De la Rocha, has a cool voice. Anyway, Anthrax is great.

Thrash Attack

This is a great album. If you never heard Anthrax before this is a great album to get you into them. Best Songs are Tracks 1-7 and Bring the Noise. I would also say Keep It in the Family but it is Live so it probably isnt that good and the studio version.


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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