ANTHRAX — Persistence Of Time

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Album · 1990

Filed under Thrash Metal
By ANTHRAX

Tracklist

1. Time (6:55)
2. Blood (7:13)
3. Keep It In The Family (7:08)
4. In My World (6:25)
5. Gridlock (5:17)
6. Intro To Reality (3:23)
7. Belly Of The Beast (4:47)
8. Got The Time (2:44)
9. H8 Red (5:04)
10. One Man Stands (5:38)
11. Discharge (4:12)
12. Protest And Survive* (Discharge cover) (2:22)

* Japan version bonus track

Total Time: 60:24

Line-up/Musicians

- Joey Belladonna / vocals
- Scott Ian / rhythm guitar, lead guitar (Got The Time), harmony Guitar (Intro To Reality) and lead vocals (Protest And Survive)
- Dan Spitz / lead guitar
- Frank Bello / bass
- Charlie Benante / drums and harmony guitar (Intro To Reality)

About this release

Release date: August 21, 1990
Label: Island Records
Japan version included bonus track.

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Anthrax tended, with some justification, to be viewed as the most light-heartedly cheesy and least serious of the Big Four bands of thrash metal. Persistence of Time, their last album with Joey Belladonna until 2011's Worship Music, seems to have been crafted as a deliberate attempt to prove that they could bring to bear a bit more gravitas. It's not that they were always frivolous, mind - but the odes to comic book characters and songs about the joy of mosh pits are more or less absent this time, with the band tackling more serious subject matter of the sort which Metallica or Megadeth had been tackling on recent albums.

It's still a competent Anthrax album and their sound doesn't suffer massively from the shift in emphasis, but at the same time it's very slightly more anonymous and generic than, say, Among the Living or Spreading the Disease, where they seemed more able to balance serious subject matter with their chirpier, more upbeat nature.
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Genre: thrash metal

"Persistence of Time" is another thrash metal classic from Anthrax. Although the pace is a bit slower than on previous releases (although there are some fast songs, like "Gridlock", "One Man Stands" and the punky "Discharge"), and some more groove has been introduced, there is not shortage of aggression, and the sound is unmistakably the characteristic sound Anthrax had in the 1980s.

The album is void of any humor and references to comic books, skating, and all the other lyrical elements that gave Anthrax a more lighthearted feel than many of their contemporary thrash metal colleagues - and that is a shame, because it certainly takes away some of what made Anthrax stand out on the thrash metal scene.

Although this is a thrash metal classic, I am not sure that it appeals to every single thrash metal fan out there. It did take me some time to get into it, and I think that, even if you don't like it at first listen, you should give it a chance.

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