Being a HUGE Anthrax fan, I decided to buy this 1994 live album from Anthrax. As many already know, Joey Belladonna was fired and replaced in 1992, so already you can tell this album’s release was decided on by their old record company. It even has the name of the record company in the title!: Island. So how is the album?
Pretty bad. It was recorded at the end of a long 2 year tour supporting the album Persistence Of Time. Because of this, the performances are tired and sometimes sloppy. Though the thing that hurts the album most is the terrible mixing job. The sound quality is muffled and very muddy. Joey Belladonna’s vocals, and Charlie Benante’s drums are mixed up front, along with Scott Ian and Frank Bello’s backing vocals. Everything else goes to the wayside. The guitars and bass are barely audible.
Some of the tracks are even split in the wrong places! The last four tracks were performed for a radio show. The sound quality is excellent, but they’re played almost exactly the same as the studio versions. Why bother? I cannot recommend this CD to anyone but an Anthrax die-hard. The only song that you might want to buy the album for is a blistering performance of “N.F.L. (Efilnikufesin)”.