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  • Persistence of Time(1990). Anthrax’s Sixth Album.

    In the 80’s, Thrash was created in the San Fransisco Bay Area, with bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Slayer, Testament, and Overkill aweing fans and releasing some of the finest and fastest albums ever heard. While San Fransisco was Thrash’s breeding ground, New York band Anthrax would soon prove themselves to be one of the one of the best bands of the genre. Blending the fast and furious spitting and raging electric guitars with the often humorous and punky vocals/lyrics, their 80’s albums, most notably ‘Spreading The Disease’ and ‘Among The Living’, became massive underground hits. Around the time of ‘Persistence of Time’s release, the world saw the release of ‘…And Justice For All’ and ‘Rust In Peace’, two albums that revolutionized and popularized the genre. Instead of repeating themselves and using punk influences, Anthrax decided to drop everything but the speed and the heaviness, and the Thrash classic ‘Persistence of Time’ stands as one of the darkest, heaviest, and breathtaking releases of its time. Although they would go on to tour with Public Enemy and incorporate Rap elements to their music, and go on to Top Ten success with ‘Sound of White Noise’, ‘Persistence of Time’ finds them thrashing and rocking, all the while scaring the hell out of the listener. So, is ‘Persistence of Time’ one of Anthrax’s best or weakest albums? Read on to find out!

    Track Ratings-

    Time- “Tick, Tick, Tick”… BOOM! Anthrax explodes out with the progressive “Time”, a track that you won’t soon forget. Think Slayer’s dark? Just listen to Spitz’s riff and you’ll see they give Slayer a run for their money. Belladonna’s sneering vocals spew out hate-filled lyrics with precision and ease, and the chorus is headbanging gold! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!

    Blood- Wow. Think Lars Ulrich is metal’s premiere drummer? Tell that to Charlie Benante and he’ll shove it in your face. Sure to get your blood curling, “Blood” has incredible, creepy vocals from Belladonna with constant shouts of “MURDERER!” that are only a taste of the lyrics. Want kick-ass Thrash Metal? Listen up!

    Keep It In The Family- “We Are Family”? Hell no! If you want that, go to a disco parlor. On the other hand, if you want headbanging electric riffs, creepy vocals and lyrics, incredible solos, and good-old Thrash metal, I suggest you unpause this song.

    In My World- In my world, bands like Anthrax would be at the top of the charts and Good Charlotte and Blink- 182 would appear to be smears on the highway. Unfortuneatly, that won’t happen, but we’ve still got the song “In My World”, which features gloomy riffs and dark vocals, not to mention a Spitz solo that’s sure to give everyone their daily dose of Thrash.

    Gridlock- Muy Bein Benante! Combine Metallica’s ‘Hit The Lights’ and Megadeth’s ‘Mechanix’, with Belladonna’s melodic vocals and a wicked solo from Spitz, and you’ve got yourself ‘Gridlock’. Great musicianship here!

    Intro To Reality- An intro to “Belly In The Beast”, “Intro To Reality” finds Spitz and Scott Ian combining the forces of Rhythm and Electric Guitars to create a breath-taking 3 minute plus song. Great!

    Belly of the Beast- Bearing a strong resemblance to Testament’s ‘Souls of Black’, ‘Belly of the Beast’ is a bass-heavy Thrash rocker that practically bleeds sarcasm and pessimism. Gotta love the chorus!

    Got The Time- Although Anthrax officially dropped their punk influences, this clearly points otherwise. Bello’s addictive bassline behind Spitz’s punky riffs give Belladonna the perfect punk beat to sing his heart out. An energetic, fun Thrasher!

    H8 Red- Spitz spits(*) out a demented guitar beat, and Belladonna’s questioning vocals only enhance the headbanging quality! Belladonna’s melodic vocals work wonders here, and the chorus will simply blow you away. “Do I Hate You?!”

    One Man Stands- ‘Persistence of Time’s masterpiece, “One Man Stands” is a dark, moody Thrash Metal standard not unlike the sound of late- Alice In Chains, except with melodic vocals and a beat sure to give you nightmares. I just can’t describe it.. Anthrax progresses through many musical measures with ease, and the chorus is simply phenomenol.

    Discharge- Simply *great*. Benante’s super-fast pitch, Spitz’s record-breaking guitar speeds, and Belladona’s powerful vocals deliver a performance you’d come to expect from 80’s Metallica and Megadeth. Powerful, ambient musicianship…….crank it up!

    Overall, ‘Persistence of Time’, while not equalling its neighboring albums ‘Among The Living’ and ‘Spreading The Disease’, still stands as a terrific looks into one of Thrash’s finest bands, Anthrax. The musicianship is *top*-notch, the tone dark, and the volume loud, so if you enjoy that, I suggest you take a listen. After this album, Anthrax would fire Joey Belladonna and hire vocalist John Bush, and would go on to create a Top Ten record and put Rap influences into their music. Unfortuneatly this technique didn’t work out and ended up keeping the albums from ever retaining the glory of ‘Among The Living’, ‘Spreading The Disease’ and ‘Persistence of Time’.


    Killer Kuts- “Time”, “Blood”, “H8 Red”, “One Man Stands”, “Discharge”, and pretty much everything!

    Also Recommended-

    Among The Living- Anthrax
    The New Order- Testament
    Master of Puppets- Metallica

    Thanks For Reading!

    Posted on March 10, 2010