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Spreading the Disease

Anthrax Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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"Unmistakable riffs, mindf**k drumming and classic songs--they've opened too many doors to mention. Badasses."

--Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

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  • Audio CD (15 Jun 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001FFR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spreading the Disease 16 May 2008
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After their slightly patchy debut album and a change in personel, Anthrax's secnd album is undeniably a classic of the thrash genre. Most fans will point to 'Among the Living' as the band's defining moment, but it's really hard to find any fault with this 1985 offering, as from the opening moments of 'A.I.R.' the album spews out a seemingly endless collection of killer riffs, while new vocalist Joe Bellandonna's melodic vocals provide numerous catchy choruses. 'Spreading the Disease' ranges from such relatively melodic songs as the insanely catchy 'Medusa' and 'Lone Justice', which at times sounds almost Iron Maiden-ish, to the full on thrash of tracks like 'Gung-Ho' and 'Aftershock'. The band themselves have at times stated a despair at being unable to escape 'Madhouse', but with a song this strong it's not hard to understand why it's in constant demand at gigs. Highlight for me though would probably be 'The Enemy', with the over-processed tribal drum opening givng way to what must rank as one of the greatest thrash metal riffs of all time.

Inevitably a little dated, especially in Bellandonna's clean vocals, but still utterly essential for any thrash metal fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars S.T.D 24 Sep 2013
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back to the roots again. is it middlife crisis? or not? ...not!!! i was missing pure trash and i got it. this is second metal album i ever heard. i wasn't wrong when i was 12 year old...i'm 36 this year and i still love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars when anthrax ruled!! 11 Dec 2009
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if you are into anthrax and don't have this record then buy it!! for me the 80's anthrax are when they were at there best and this album stands out among all metal of the 80's. from track 1 "a.i.r." it just starts getting you tapping your foot and then by track 3 "mad house" your jumping around. this was the first full length record with joe belladonna on vocals and his voice is strong and clear and melodic,the best singer they ever had (they where bigger than metallica at the time,worst mistake they made when they lost belladonna) this record is a classic metal record with great tracks "medusa" "armed and dangeous" a must for all anthrax fans a must!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hints of brilliance, but not the breakthrough... 16 Nov 2007
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
Spreading The Disease is the true link between the the old and the new.
From Iron Maiden's twin guitar attack of old, to thrash metals aggressive gallop of new (for 1985 at least!).
Anthrax came to play harder and faster than they did on Debut 'Fistful of Metal', but the NWOBHM influence still permeates throughout this record. Where Megadeth were displaying their wares for the time on 'Killing is My Business...' as more punk influenced heavy metal, Slayer were already detached from their UK influences with the all out thrash of 'Hell Awaits.'
Anthrax, luckily for us, clung to the melodic roots of 80's metal and produced a fine thrashy, but not overly aggresive metal album.
Opener 'A.I.R.' starts with an unforgettable riff, slow to get going, but after a real widdly guitar lead, we get to Joey Belladonna's vocals. This man can sing! If you're not into the whole high pitched wailing, ala Judas Priest/ most german mid 80's speed metal, then you probably ain't gonna be too impressed throughout this album. For those that like vocals you can actually understand, his style is just up your street.
Tracks such as 'Lone Justice', 'The Enemy' & 'Aftershock' all have the relentless double bass drums we have come to expect from Charlie Benante, but they sparingly turn on the real speed that most people associate with "thrash". As I said already, Anthrax were still holding onto some of those older metal values. Even with the super fast thrash strumming of Messers Ian and Spitz, these tracks never really compete with stuff like Metallica's 'Battery' or even Exodus's 'Fabulous Disaster'. Heavy and mid paced is the order of the day here.
The more well known tracks form this platter really impress me.
'Mad House' is so catchy it's rediculous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good as described 19 Mar 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
it's great condition as it's described, very pleased to have this old record, it's good seller for other buyer reference
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 30 May 2013
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Super album, all time great and a welcome addition to my collection.
Really recommend to any hard rock fan from any era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a christmas Gift 13 Jan 2012
By E Marks
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After a very Thrashy year including a trip to Sonisphere to watch the big 4 all in one day I decided to treat my brother to a new bit of Vynil for his collection. He seems very pleased, the disk was in good condition, came well packaged and promptly for christmas. All in all a good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Thrashing Mad 23 July 2010
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This is where Anthrax truly became a 'thrash' outfit. Their previous album was a lot of fun and a great heavy rock record but as soon as 'A.I.R' kicks in with the, now trademark, Anthrax riffage it feels like they have finally entered the arena. Ironically, 'Lone Justice' harks back to the first album in terms of composition but it is an awesome track; truly the stirrings of what would become 'I Am The Law' lay therein. 'Madhouse'is a classic chugging monster of a song and a true 'thrax legend. 'Stand or Fall' is a catchy little number. 'The Enemy' and 'Aftershock' are not as close to perfection as what had been before but are not bad. But then 'Armed & Dangerous' fills the air and the fists are pumping again! 'Medusa' is MY classic from this album - I love it. It's not thrashy, it's slow but it's groovy and textured and catchy as hell. ' Gung-Ho' is a fun, fast and very thrashy closer.

The true beginning of a great era for the band. When Joey joined they found the perfect voice for their music. The rest, I suppose, is history.
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