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Fistful Of Metal - Anthrax

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Speed Metal & Thrash / Artist: Anthrax / Audio CD

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      19.01.2012 17:28
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      Brilliant. Raw, energetic thrash.

      "Fistful of Metal" is the debut album by New York's premier thrash band, Anthrax. It was released in 1984 on Megaforce Records and produced by the band with Carl Canedy. The line-up for the album was Neil Turbin (vocals), Dan Spitz (guitar), Scott Ian (guitar), Danny Lilker (bass) and Charlie Benante (drums). This was the only Anthrax album to feature Turbin and Lilker.

      The first ever album from one of thrash metal's pioneer bands was unleashed to the public in January 1984, and with that cemented Anthrax's place as one of the 'Big 4' alongside Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.

      Firstly, while this is a good Anthrax album, it's not as polished as you'd think coming from an important metal band, but it's not alone. Most of the early 1980s thrash albums were of the same production quality; raw and energetic. I say that in a good way, too, as you can hear a band like Anthrax likes to have fun while recording music.

      What can you expect on the album? How about a cover of Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen"? Or a heavy metal classic and Anthrax live favourite, "Metal Thrashing Mad"? If that's not enough, let's start right at the beginning. "Deathrider" has that thrash metal onset that a lot of bands would kill for. Scott Ian's monstrous riff is quickly followed by Benante's furious drumming, bringing you into a song that must be a joy to perform live. The same can be said for the slide riff on "Panic" which is some of the best thrash metal you're ever likely to hear.

      In summary, "Fistful of Metal" is a very good album. Anthrax do thrash metal the way they want to do it, and I'm one of those that loves the way the band created this album. If you like your music hard and heavy, this is a must-buy. It plays a huge part in the creation of thrash metal, and is one of my favourite albums. Your music collection should have this album for its song quality and its importance.

      1. Deathrider
      2. Metal Thrashing Mad
      3. I'm Eighteen
      4. Panic
      5. Subjugator
      6. Soldiers of Metal
      7. Death From Above
      8. Anthrax
      9. Across the River
      10. Howling Furies

      My rating: 9/10

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      23.01.2008 10:07
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      Anthrax's first album (1984).

      Forget the daft title and rubbish cover, Anthrax's debut album is one of the classics of American thrash metal and one of the best albums this band would ever release, certainly far superior to the blander and more commercial approach taken with 'Spreading the Disease.' Neil Turbin puts in a fantastically energetic and screeching vocal performance is a little reminiscent of the prepubescent James Hetfield of early Metallica releases, but is able reach the high notes with the skill of the best heavy metal singers. Dan Spitz and Scott Ian define themselves as the strongest feature of the band, rotating between maintenance of basic riffs and maniacal, wildly tangential solos, with a couple of excellent dual harmonies in 'Panic' and 'Howling Furies.'

      A glance at the tracklist won't do much to persuade those who were put off by the moronic simplicity of the album cover, but what Anthrax lacks in good taste and lyrical flair, they more than make up for in sheer metal intensity. Only a few of these songs fail to measure up to the high standard set by the others, opener 'Deathrider' and 'Death from Above' both being inherently good thrash offerings but seeming more pedestrian and less distinctive, while 'I'm Eighteen' is the only song that seems oriented towards radio play with its tamed, melodic guitars, bland subject matter and annoyingly poppy chorus reminiscent of hair metal, but it's only one small glitch in an otherwise excellent album, and still enjoyable in its own way. 'Soldiers of Metal' is the shortest of the regular songs (excluding the brief instrumental 'Across the River' that doesn't get up to much, but at least isn't used as a forum for showing off) and accomplishes less as a result, but is still a lot of fun with its Manowar-style metal praising, catchy riff and Eric Adams style scream. I wonder how familiar these bands were with each other's work; this would surely be Manowar's favourite Anthrax album.

      Now that the less excellent material is out of the way, it only remains to talk about the really great stuff. 'Metal Thrashing Mad' paves the way for the frantic 'Panic,' the crushing 'Subjugator' and the wild 'Anthrax' with its powerful wails, furious guitar riffs and solos and pounding drums, especially prominent in the more substantial 'Subjugator,' while the album ends on an interestingly sinister and steady note with the dark metal anthem 'Howling Furies,' taking its cue from Judas Priest and anticipating Slayer to forge a metal narrative to rival either band. This debut isn't without its flaws and dashes of amateurishness, but these only add to its appeal and energy, and are far more impressive than the more technically refined and clipped offerings from their later discography, not to mention those god-awful rap collaborations.

      1. Deathrider
      2. Metal Thrashing Mad
      3. I'm Eighteen
      4. Panic
      5. Subjugator
      6. Soldiers of Metal
      7. Death from Above
      8. Anthrax
      9. Across the River
      10. Howling Furies

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