A completely pointless release nowadays, this E.P. was only really useful for a minority of Anthrax fans in the brief period between their first two studio albums as a way to ease new singer Joey Belladonna into the band, but otherwise it's unremarkable.
'Armed and Dangerous' is the only song taken from the forthcoming 'Spreading the Disease' and is an interesting offering suited to single release, with its deceptively slow, acoustic beginning eventually becoming classic heavy metal with some distinctly Iron Maiden-inspired guitar solos. 'Raise Hell' is a new but typical B-side, typical in that it's nowhere near the quality of even the worst Anthrax A-side, and the rest of the material, with the exception of the worthless Sex Pistols cover that sounds far too tame and polished to be comparable, is reworked from the debut album 'Fistful of Metal.'
There is an odd catch though, which makes this more interesting for collectors and more bewildering to those who bought it at the time: tracks four and five are new "live" versions with the tighter band line-up and the excellent vocals of Belladonna, though these are admittedly "live in the studio" which is pretty deceptive and stupid, while the final two songs are essentially a replication of Anthrax's first official release 'Soldiers of Metal' from 1983, still fronted by Neil Turbin and boasting a much poorer studio sound than even the live versions.
The only song here that doesn't make the grade is 'Raise Hell,' but the rest are equally worthless for all appearing elsewhere, and in a (mostly) superior form. Now more commonly available attached to CD re-releases of 'Fistful of Metal,' this is a non-obligatory purchase that doesn't really showcase Anthrax at their best and is of no interest to any but the most dedicated collector, who would probably just stick it to his wall rather than listen to it anyway.
1. Armed And Dangerous
2. Raise Hell
3. God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols cover)
4. Metal Thrashing Mad (live in studio)
5. Panic (live in studio)
6. Soldiers of Metal
7. Howling Furies
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Armed and Dangerous [Version]
2 Raise Hell
3 God Save the Queen
4 Metal Thrashing Mad
5 Panic [Live]
6 Soldiers of Metal [*]
7 Howling Furies [*]