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  • The only way to put it is there were three Anthrax bands: 1) Fistful of Metal here with Neil Turbin 2) The Belladonna years 1985-1991 3) John Bush Years 1991-current. The point is that all three of these Anthrax’s sound different from the others.The first here is actually better than you might think. Don’t expect to pick this up as a regular Anthrax album of the era. The drumming (Benante) is overall a little slower than in later albums and the constant double-bass speed sounds like something off a Motorhead album. The vocals (Turbin) are the most striking feature -VERY HIGH PITCHED. The guy has one of the highest screams that I’ve ever heard. (Just listen to the 10 second scream on “Metal Thrashing Mad” where he goes from high to higher.) The guitars are rather generic for the time (Exodus like) and the bass (Lilker) sometimes kicks up some cool lines but is otherwise just as ordinary. This album also contains a classic song that Anthrax still plays at all their shows “Metal Thrashing Mad”. This song is definitely of the top five.In short, what this album sounds like is a mix between 70s style Judas Priest, Motorhead, Exodus (Bonded by Blood), and something else. The album is original nonetheless and if you like Anthrax then you will like this album. Even if you’re not a fan of Anthrax but you like stuff such as Slayer’s “Show no Mercy”, Megadeth’s first album, Metallica’s first, and other albums of the 1982-1984 period, this is a must have.

    Posted on December 3, 2009