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3.0 out of 5 stars WORTH BUYING FOR' ANTISOCIAL' AND 'NOW ITS DARK', 26 Jan. 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: State Of Euphoria (Audio CD)
ANTHRAX WERE ALWAYS THE NEARLY MEN OF THE 'THRASH' GENRE. NOT AS BRUTAL AS SLAYER,AS ACCESSIBLE AS METALLICA OR MEGADETH, THIS ALBUM THREATENED TO BE THERE BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM, AS THE EPONYMOUS 'BLACK' ALBUM WAS FOR METALLICA. UNFORTUNATLEY THIS WAS NOT TO BE AND DISAPPOINTINGLY THE STONGEST TRACK IS A COVER OF TRUST'S 'ANTI-SOCIAL'.THE NOW DEPARTED JOE BELLADONNA CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF FROM 'AMONG THE LIVING',WHILE DAN SPITZ SHOWS HE IS NOT IN THE SAME LEAGUE AS METALLICA'S KIRK HAMMETT OR SLAYER'S KERRY KING.(I REMEMBER AN INTERVIEW WITH SPITZ A FEW YEARS BACK WHERE HE CLAIMS STICKSMAN CHARLIE BENANTE IS A BETTER GUITARIST THAN HE).WHAT ALWAYS MADE ANTHRAX STAND OUT, HOWEVER,WAS THE RHYTHM SECTION OF BENANTE ON DRUMS,FRANK BELLO ON BASS AND THE REMARKABLE RIFFMEISTER SCOTT 'NOT' IAN ON RHYTHM GUITAR.IT SOUNDS AT TIMES AS IF HE COULD CUT CONCRETE WITH THAT GUITAR.HOWEVER EVEN HERE IAN'S CONSTANT RIFFING IS NOT ENOUGH TOP CARRY THE ALBUM.THERE ARE MOMENTS OF BRILLIANCE, NOTABLY 'NOW ITS DARK','ANTISOCIAL' AND 'MISERY LOVES COMPANY' BUT THE BAND AT THE TIME SEEMED MORE PROCCUPIED WITH WEARING SHORTS AND CULTIVATING THEIR CARTOON BAND IMAGE.SCOTT IAN CAN BE HEARD AT HIS BEST ON THE EP'ATTACK OF THE KILLER B'S' AND SOD'S LIVE ALBUM 'LIVE AT BUDOKAN' IN PARTICULAR WHERE THE SHACKLES SEEM TO HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND HE DOES WHAT HE DOES BEST-DELIVER KILLER RIFFS AS OPPOSED TO THE MORE RESTRAINED SOUND OF ANTHRAX.
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