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  • Most speed metal fans were initiated by way of either Metallica or Megadeth. Anthrax was my introduction. Albums like this speak to the fifteen year-old in us that gets tired of turning on the radio and hearing only prefabricated crap. 13 years after first hearing this album, and owning it both as cassette and CD, I’m proud to say I still enjoy it.What isn’t to like about it? Out of The Big Four ( Anthrax, Magadeth, Metallica, and Slayer), Anthrax possibly had the best singer. Joey Belladonna, silly hairdo and all, had a tremendous voice. The guitar team of Scott Ian and Dan Spitz was bulletproof. Spitz was possibly the most underrated lead guitarist in all of heavy metal. He sounded like nobody else. Ian deserves a place in the pantheon of great rhythm guitarists. The uncle-nephew rhythm section of Charlie Benante and Frank Bello is unforgettable. Benante had to have been hiding two or three extra arms somewhere. And last but not least, Bello played without a pick like all real bassists. Plus he played FAST.And finally, Anthrax showed the greatest imagination and diversity with their lyrics on this album. “I Am the Law” is about Judge Dredd. “Among the Living” and “A Skeleton in the Closet” are based on Stephen King’s work. “N.F.L.” is about a fallen comedian, either Lenny Bruce or John Belushi I think. The arms race, particularly under Reagan, was attacked in “One World”. And who can forget the anti-racism classic “Indians”? The lyrics were written by juveniles on ATL. Smart juveniles.

    Posted on December 7, 2009