Back in the day, my good friend listened to a lot metal bands. Some good, many shitty. Aside from most of the metal he listened to, he introduced me to a lot of very cool diverse bands. Anthrax is the one I can still listen to and not completely cringe. Slayer, too.
Anthrax is a weird one. Their records were moderately serious yet had a funny side to them. They didn’t take themselves too seriously like the other three of the Big 4: Metallica (still bores me to death), Slayer (I do like them from time to time) and Megadeth (if constipation was musical, it would sound like Megadeth). It was impressive that Anthrax didn’t always wear black, too. They wore neon shorts from time to time. That took balls in the mid 80s when being “men” was being “metal.”
The main aspect that totally turned me on to Anthrax was their genre bending. In 1987 they blended rap and metal with “I’m The Man,” and later collaborated and toured with Public Enemy in the early 90s. This even pre-dates Faith No More by nearly two years with The Real Thing in 1989. The nu-metal industry would not be the way it is today without this seminal metal band.
Rock fists in the air.
- Indians (Among The Living)
- I’m The Man (I’m The Man EP)
- Madhouse (Spreading the Disease)
- Who Cares Wins (State of Euphoria)
- Schism (State of Euphoria)
- Belly of the Beast (Persistence of Time)
- Caught In A Mosh (Among The Living)
- Blood (Persistence of Time)
- In My World (Persistence of Time)
- I Am The Law (Among The Living)