“Trifecta Tuesday” Where yours truly takes an album (a CD really) from his discography of over 340 and picks three essential tracks to take from that album.
Thrash music is dominating the west coast in 1985. Megadeth’s debut album is released, along with Exodus’s delayed debut album, and bands such as Slayer and Metallica have already released two studio efforts. On the other side of the country, thrash music is coming around slowly on the east coast, while punk still has a grip on the most scenes out there. NYC based Anthrax had already released one album, Fistful Of Metal, that while one could claim the term “thrash metal” comes from the album’s song “Metal Thrashing Mad” it was a forgettable album in almost every which way. Vocalist Neil Turbin was tossed and in came Joey Belladonna, an unknown singer to the heavy metal scene. Belladonna had mostly sang in cover bands performing the acts of Def Leppard and Deep Purple. Anthrax’s sophomore effort Spreading The Disease laid a mark on the thrash metal community on the east coast. A heavier sound that Belladonna’s melodic vocals would surprisingly fit well together. Add in more melodic instrumentation from the band and the “mosh chants” that caught on well for concert goers to shout aloud, Anthrax now had a much bigger following.
This was an obvious pick, but I honestly think “Madhouse” doesn’t get the love it deserves from metal fans. Honest to God, I think the average hardcore Anthrax fan would leave this out of their top 5 Anthrax songs, but not this guy.
“Armed And Dangerous”
The beginning starts of with the slow melodic side that fans can give a warm welcome to because Anthrax has always tended to be on a more melodic side than their counterparts. Belladonna’s voice is like none other in the thrash metal genre and this is the perfect example.
This is a classic heavy metal stomper right here. Anytime I hear this song, I gotta yell aloud the mosh vocals “Demon” and “Gorgon”
Two years later, Anthrax would release Among The Living, which critics and fans both agree is their greatest/favorite album, but I have never agreed with that as Spreading The Disease is my favorite, and I think is their greatest effort.