'Penikufesin' is unique among Anthrax EPs not only for its odd name, but also for actually being any good. Consisting of outtakes from the 'State of Euphoria' sessions, mostly in the form of covers, this is a fun little collector's items for fans that was only ever released in Japan and Europe, and while completely non-essential it's a much more satisfying way to enjoy the band letting their hair down (further) and enjoying themselves in the studio without resorting to horrible rap metal experiments like 'I'm the Man.'
The first song is the only one lifted from the then-recent album with no change, and while 'Now It's Dark' wasn't one of the stand-out tracks for me, it works as a nice opening here and follows a punk style of thrash that's perfectly suited to the rest of this material. The cover of Trust's 'Antisocial' also appeared on the album, but is here presented in an entertaining French language version, leading to a bizarre hybrid of New York French that I don't think I've heard before. Needless to say, this is a bit distracting and Joey Belladonna and Scott Ian don't even bother to keep it up for the chorus where they lapse into the regular English, American, whatever, but it's a fun song that's nicely complimented by the second cover of the same band with 'Sects,' more or less exactly the same and as such the most forgettable song on here.
Less forgettable, unless you own the Sex Pistols version that is, is Anthrax's cover of the Sex Pistols' cover of the drinking song 'Friggin' in the Riggin'', which is as good an excuse for some fun as any, and manages to pull off foul language in a way that 'I'm the Man' could never achieve. The unison chorus is highly enjoyable, and the finale launches into a steadily accelerating thrash session that reaches a greater point of intensity than I would have given the band credit for. The KISS cover is about as boring as any KISS cover, and finally, 'Pipeline' is a fairly short instrumental in the sixties surf rock style and a cover of the Chantays, and allows for some pleasant lead guitars and drums that have otherwise been overlooked in this E.P. that places fundamental fun over technicality, and is all the better for it. 'Penikufesin' is as catchy as anything Anthrax would release, and although easily overlooked it's a nise flippin E.P.
1. Now It's Dark
2. Antisocial (French version) (Trust cover)
3. Friggin' In The Riggin'
4. Parasite (KISS cover)
5. Sects (Trust cover)
6. Pipeline (The Chantays cover)
Track Listings: 1. Now It's Dark / 2. Antisocial (French Version)/ 3. Friggin' in the Riggin' / 4. Parasite / 5. Le Sects / 6. Pipeline