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Among The Living [CD]

Anthrax Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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"Unmistakable riffs, mindf**k drumming and classic songs--they've opened too many doors to mention. Badasses."

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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000001FTD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Among The Living 5:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Caught In A Mosh (Album Version) 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Am The Law [Explicit] 5:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.) [Explicit] 4:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. A Skeleton In The Closet (Album Version) 5:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Indians 5:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. One World [Explicit] 5:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Medley: A.D.I. / Horror Of It All [Explicit] 7:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Imitation Of Life 4:210.99  Buy MP3 

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If Metallica and Slayer invented speed metal, Anthrax brought it to the East Coast and imbued it with the attitude and excitement of New York hardcore. Among The Living is their finest hour--a roaring, adrenaline-pumped collection of flailing beats, precise, razor-edged riffs and shout-along refrains. Unlike most full-throttle metal vocalists of the era, Joey Belladonna chose to sing as well as shout, giving songs such as "Among The Living", "Indians" and "Efilnikcufecin" ("nice fuckin' life" spelled backwards) a decided melodic edge. Yet Scott Ian and Dan Spitz's buzz saw guitar flurries, and Charlie Benante's insistent drumming, prevented the songs from ever degenerating into the run-of-the-mill heavy metal they so despised. --Jon Wiederhorn

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All time Thrash Classic 16 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Along with Metallica, Anthrax were one of the first thrash bands I got into back in the early eighties and Among the Living is a bona-fida thrash classic, and easily their best album. Quite simply, along with Metallica's 'Puppets' it is the best thrash album ever released, and should be in every lover of Metal's collection. From the opening chords of the title track the groove grabs hold and doesn't release it's grip until the very end. There are no filler tracks here, each one is a mini masterpiece. The obvious standouts are of course the title track, Caught in a Mosh, I Am the Law and the moshtastic Indians. This re-mastered edition is worth every penny, and sounds so much better than the original cd release. The music really thumps and is much more in line with my old vinyl copy.
The bonus tracks aren't that special, but the bonus live dvd is great. The full live show from the Odeon back on the Among the Living tour. I was fortunate enough to be at the show, and had worn out my old vhs copy of this, so it was a welcome addition to the package. The transfer is not great, but still encapsulates what Anthrax were all about back in the day, and why they were the best and most entertaining live band around back then. Awesome.
Unfortunately, whilst their future releases have all been pretty good, they never again managed to capture this kind of form and consistency. But, with Among the Living, for a while there, they were kings of the thrash world.
Essential purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars weivernikcufecin 31 Jan 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This album I first heard when I was into Metal at the end of the eighties. It stood out from most metal albums, listening to it now I can see why. It still sounds as great as ever. Full of furious riffs, a dirty bass and great drums. With Joey Belladonna screaming his heart out on top. But above all its got the tunes, the songs are a cut above anything else ive heard from anthrax and hardly any other metal band of that era. 'Indians', 'NFL efilnikufecin', and 'Imitation of life' stand out as the strongest tracks but they're all brilliant. A good starting point for anyone interested in Anthrax or thrash metal in general.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of a new genre 11 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Arguably Anthrax's greatest moment - this album spits and snarls its way into your brain leaving you screaming,chanting and moshing your way from one unforgettable track to the next.Breakneck speeds from both guitar and rhythm sections never waver and the sheer musicianship of the band shines through.'Caught in a mosh' just about says it all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthrash 23 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Despite what you think or feel about this album, like Metallica's Master of Puppets, Among the Living is always going to be hailed as the pinnacle, the essence of all Anthrax is. And it's kind of true (if a little insulting), despite the fact that their best album lay a few years away. But Among the Living is a truly powerful and essential album.

The title track is an astounding monster that is possibly one of the best tracks they've produced. 'Caught in a Mosh' is a thrash classic, and very punky. 'I Am the Law'. What can I say? Judge Dredd. Chunky riffs. Job done. 'Efilnikufesin' - another thrash classic. 'Skeletons in the Closet' is not quite as good but only by a hair. 'Indians' is one of my personal favourites. Catchy, riffy and heavy. As is 'One World' and 'ADI' - the latter being a huge behemoth of a track that should get more recognition. The closer is just the best closer of a thrash album ever - bar perhaps a couple from Metallica(!).

It's not just great, it's wordlosingly great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Thrash Metal 20 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
I love this album , one of the best anthrax album when i know it's in deluxe edition , i'm looking track list and there is bonus track and dvd ...wow !! the sound in disc one or cd is very great much better from the original album and dvd is some kind of bootlegs picture not perfect but sound is great . overall it's still the best album and anthrax fans must have .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome thrash record! 14 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
I remember buying this album along with Slayer's Seasons in the Abyss in the summer last year. I had decided to boost my collection of thrash metal with these two albums and I listend to them almost non-stop on my summer holiday in Italy. I thought that both albums were great but I slightly preferred this one. Even though I have bought scores of cds since then I still hold this one in very high regard.
Among the living contains alot of sharp, forceful riffs from guitarist Scoot Ian and, true to the thrash metal stlye, very fast tempos. There are also lots of killer tempo changes and guitar solos to make the songs even more interesting.
Anthrax also ensured that their music was still fairly original. Joey Belladonna actually sings well on this album whereas so many thrash metal singers just shout. His voice helped Antrax create an original sound. The album also has a hardcore punk influence, noticably in the shout-along choruses, which helps mark it out from many other thrash records. It is also refreshing that the band weren't taking things too seriously here. While it is a heavy album with all those crunching riffs and the typical thrash metal speed, the album never sounds particularly dark and is never falls short of just being extremely enjoyable. The lyrics also help give the band a fairly original sound. A skeleton in the closet (one of my faves) and the title track are both based on Stephen King books, I am the law is a tribute to Judge Dredd and Efilnikufesin (N.F.L) is about the comedian John Belushi and his death. There are also some more political lyrics in One world and Indians, while Imitation of Life is an attack on all the fake glam metal bands of the 80's.
So there you have it, a classic thrash record.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fookin grand
I waited in line in the rain for this in a a pair of f****n Bermuda shorts for Christs sake and as soon as it hit the turntable all the knee trembling disappeared and my head began... Read more
Published 26 days ago by moose
4.0 out of 5 stars classic still after all theses years
Bought this as my CD original was damaged. the remastering is nice and crisp with Scott Ian and the boys on top form. the inclusion of NFV was the clincher for me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. J. Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Super album, all time great and a welcome addition to my collection.
Really recommend to any hard rock fan from any era.
Published 10 months ago by stephen bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthrax at their best
After my original copy of this album was lent to a "friend" and never returned, I got round to buying this deluxe edition of Among the Living.

So the album. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the few thrash bands I ever liked!
Most thrash is the worst metal ever imo, it's half what melodic metal is in songwriting and playing. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Anfrax
I had anthrax delivered in the post and when I opened it my ears start to bleed. Thank you for good stuff and happy poon.
Published on 27 Feb 2012 by Mitchell B. Tennant
5.0 out of 5 stars anthrax rule
This is a definitive works of a band that at the time were either going to be another nearly there and not quite or a leader in there field and this definitly made them. Read more
Published on 30 April 2011 by metal thrashing mad
2.0 out of 5 stars WEAK PRODUCTION...
An average album let down by a very weak production - a few good songs but nothing in the same class as Master Of Puppets or Reign In Blood. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2008 by Adam Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars for the fantastic standout tracks, still sounds fresh.
This album is worth 4 stars easily for the standout tracks, which raised Anthrax above many of the thrash bands of the day. Read more
Published on 30 May 2008 by Michael Outterside
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun and attitude in one gem of a thrash record!
Among the living is my personal favorite Anthrax full length. In fact, I will be so brave as to say it's in the top 5 thrash albums of all time. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2007 by Tom
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