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  • You know, it’s albums like this that really make me wish I’d grown up in the 80’s. As a high school senior, I am steeped in the “Korn-Limp Bizkit generation”, and I hate it. I have no interest in that kind of music, whatsoever. The 80’s were a golden age, when bands like Metallica, Slayer, and Iron Maiden were putting out one great album after the other. Of course, it wasn’t popular, that would be hair metal, but even that stuff was better than the numetal and rapmetal today. Anyways, in that golden era, this album was one of many to come out. “Among the Living”, an album replete with crunching, head-banging rhythms, technical skill, and even some melody. Scott Ian is one the top rhythm guitarists (up there with Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth), Dan’s solos are great, Frank and Charlie are both superior on the drums/bass, and Joey Belladonna is probably one of thrash’s better vocalists (but I wouldn’t compare him to Bruce Dickinson). All in all, a good album. So, why only four stars? Well, the reason for that is that this album is just a little too “punkish” for me. I have to give the band credit for trying something new and not sounding exactly like every other thrash band, but I just cannot stand punk, and all the shouty choruses just get on my nerves. It kinda brings the album down a bit. But oh well, it’s still far better than any punk band I’ve ever heard. One thing that Anthrax has on other thrash bands is that you can actually hear the bass. Metallica and Megadeth had two of the greatest bass players of all time, but half the time you couldn’t even hear them, and I can’t think of a single moment in a single Slayer song where you can hear the bass at all. But, Anthrax always has audible basslines throughout, much like Iron Maiden. So, anyway, this is a very good thrash album. I wouldn’t put it on the same level as “Reign in Blood” or “Master of Puppets”, but if you’re like me and you feel like throwing your radio against the wall every time that stupid “My Way or the Highway” song comes on, this is a good album to buy. Long live thrash!

    Posted on December 6, 2009