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Anthrax - one under-rated band,
This review is from: We've Come for You All (Digipak) (Audio CD)
Anthrax - what springs to mind? Well, post 9/11, only the hardiest of metal fans would count the veteran NY band amongst their initial responses. That, in itself, is both apt and a shame; apt in that, lyrically, a lot of We've Come For You All is based on the thoughts and emotions to have come out of the terrorist attacks on the US and the subsequent war on terror. However, it is also a shame that Anthrax have made such fine albums in the past ten years (Sound of White Noise, Stomp 442, Volume 8) which have been totally overlooked in the face of indifferent support from their then record labels. All of which makes this album, and their relative return to popularity, such a triumph.
It kicks off in deceptive style - Contact is a short, soft instrumental which in no way prepares you for the monumental riffs and typically gruff vocals that have been the 'Thrax trademark since John Bush joined the band. Jumping on bandwagons has never been their style and they are not about to start now - if you've been together for over 20 years, why should you? There are no nods towards nu-metal (thank Christ) and every track manages to combine both a ferocious intensity with melody. Had Safe Home been recorded by, dare I say, a more 'packaged' band, we would be talking about a rock/metal anthem for years to come...
Still, that should not cloud your enjoyment of what is a superb record. As they say, Anthrax have changed by staying the same - true to their beliefs and musical sensibilities. I wonder if we can be saying the same about Linkin Park and their ilk in 2013...