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Attack Of The Killer B's - Anthrax

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Speed Metal & Thrash / Artist: Anthrax / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 1994-03-29 at Island

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      23.01.2008 19:26
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      Collection of B-sides and other malarkey (1991).

      'Attack of the Killer B's' is the final Anthrax album with Joey Belladonna, but as a collection of B-sides and equally random newly recorded material, it shouldn't really be considered a part of the direct lineage between the excellent 'Persistence of Time' and the really quite bad 'Sound of White Noise,' particularly as if I was Belladonna, I'd rather people didn't remember me for what is essentially a collection of pranks and covers. Unusually for a compilation like this, the album ended up selling respectably due to the Public Enemy collaboration 'Bring the Noise,' a less offensive rap-metal amalgamation than the earlier 'I'm the Man' that reappears here in an almost unrecognisable but possibly worse remixed form, and as far as granting an overall impression of the Anthrax sound goes, newcomers would likely be very confused.

      Fortunately, taken as a non-serious album the inconsistency isn't a problem and actually helps in enjoying some of the less musically accomplished offerings, though the Anthrax sense of humour doesn't agree with mine a lot of the time. The major exception to this comes in the final song, a ballad cryptically entitled 'Dallabnikufesin' that should make a little more sense when read alongside its accompanying initials 'N.F.B.', which is a clear parody of the power ballad singles released by L.A. hair metal bands throughout the eighties and is commendably played completely straight, until the final lyric at least when Belladonna reveals "she got hit by a truck" and starts to weep. The lyrics are the worst kind of juvenile romantic tragedy narrative and are completely believable when placed into the canon of bands like Poison, Warrant and Nitro, but the funniest thing about this song is that, had it been released as a serious single, it probably would have done quite well.

      Aside from the live versions of 'Persistence of Time' songs 'Keep It in the Family' and 'Belly of the Beast,' the sound here tends more towards the hardcore crossover thrash of Scott Ian and Charlie Benante's side project S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death), itself represented by the breakfast epic 'Milk' and the fast and furious 'Chromatic Death,' the two heaviest and most intense songs here. 'Startin' Up a Posse' is the main deviation, an overdone comedy song that varies between slow, country verses and a thrash chorus but is more about swearing for comic effect as a confused ironic statement with some sex noise thrown in, while the rest of the album is made up of mostly punk covers, three of which appeared on the rare 'Penikufuesin' E.P. and are nice to own here in this more commercially available form, but are still only covers (and the Sex Pistols track is nowhere in sight). As far as B-side collections go, this one is interesting for including so much new material, but is still feels like an unnecessarily extended E.P. that's scraping the barrel by relying on so many covers.

      1. Milk (Ode to Billy) (S.O.D. cover)
      2. Bring the Noise (with Public Enemy)
      3. Keep It in the Family (live)
      4. Startin' Up a Posse
      5. Protest and Survive (Discharge cover)
      6. Chromatic Death (S.O.D. cover)
      7. I'm the Man '91
      8. Parasite (KISS cover)
      9. Pipeline (Ventures cover)
      10. Sects (Trust cover)
      11. Belly of the Beast (live)
      12. N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin)

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Milk Ode To Billy
    2 Bring The Noise
    3 Keep It In The Family
    4 Startin' Up A Posse
    5 Protest And Survive
    6 Chromatic Death
    7 I'm The Man
    8 Parasite
    9 Pipeline
    10 Sects
    11 Belly Of The Beast
    12 NFB Dallabnikufesin