ANTHRAX

Thrash Metal / Groove Metal / Speed Metal / Rap Metal / Heavy Metal • United States
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Anthrax is an American, New York City-based thrash metal band, who released its first full-length album in 1984. The band was one of the most popular bands of the 80s thrash metal scene and are notable for combining metal with rap and hardcore music early on. The band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, and is classified as one of the ''big four'' of thrash metal alongside Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. Anthrax was formed in 1981 by guitarists Scott Ian and Danny Lilker. They found the band's name in a biology textbook and claimed it because it sounded sufficiently evil to them. Nowadays Anthrax consists of these members: Joey Belladonna on lead vocals, Charlie Benante on drums, guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, and Frank Bello playing the bass.

In 1985 Joey Belladonna joined Anthrax, and in the same year, the band released their second studio
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ANTHRAX albums / top albums

ANTHRAX Fistful Of Metal album cover 3.35 | 38 ratings
Fistful Of Metal
Speed Metal 1984
ANTHRAX Spreading The Disease album cover 3.99 | 55 ratings
Spreading The Disease
Thrash Metal 1985
ANTHRAX Among The Living album cover 4.31 | 74 ratings
Among The Living
Thrash Metal 1987
ANTHRAX State Of Euphoria album cover 3.97 | 50 ratings
State Of Euphoria
Thrash Metal 1988
ANTHRAX Persistence Of Time album cover 4.07 | 49 ratings
Persistence Of Time
Thrash Metal 1990
ANTHRAX Sound Of White Noise album cover 3.88 | 38 ratings
Sound Of White Noise
Groove Metal 1993
ANTHRAX Stomp 442 album cover 3.35 | 26 ratings
Stomp 442
Groove Metal 1995
ANTHRAX Volume 8: The Threat Is Real album cover 3.06 | 23 ratings
Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
Groove Metal 1998
ANTHRAX We've Come For You All album cover 3.42 | 16 ratings
We've Come For You All
Groove Metal 2003
ANTHRAX The Greater of Two Evils album cover 2.25 | 6 ratings
The Greater of Two Evils
Thrash Metal 2004
ANTHRAX Worship Music album cover 3.66 | 25 ratings
Worship Music
Thrash Metal 2011
ANTHRAX For All Kings album cover 3.70 | 17 ratings
For All Kings
Thrash Metal 2016

ANTHRAX EPs & splits

ANTHRAX Armed And Dangerous album cover 3.34 | 14 ratings
Armed And Dangerous
Thrash Metal 1985
ANTHRAX Madhouse album cover 4.08 | 6 ratings
Madhouse
Thrash Metal 1986
ANTHRAX I'm The Man album cover 3.60 | 15 ratings
I'm The Man
Rap Metal 1987
ANTHRAX Penikufesin album cover 4.00 | 10 ratings
Penikufesin
Thrash Metal 1989
ANTHRAX Megaforce Worldwide - Volume One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Megaforce Worldwide - Volume One
Thrash Metal 1995
ANTHRAX Nothing album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Nothing
Groove Metal 1996
ANTHRAX Summer 2003 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Summer 2003
Heavy Metal 2003
ANTHRAX Anthems album cover 3.58 | 8 ratings
Anthems
Thrash Metal 2013

ANTHRAX live albums

ANTHRAX Live: The Island Years album cover 1.90 | 8 ratings
Live: The Island Years
Thrash Metal 1994
ANTHRAX Music Of Mass Destruction album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Music Of Mass Destruction
Groove Metal 2004
ANTHRAX Alive 2 album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Alive 2
Thrash Metal 2005
ANTHRAX Extended Versions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Extended Versions
Groove Metal 2007
ANTHRAX Caught In A Mosh: BBC Live In Concert album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Caught In A Mosh: BBC Live In Concert
Thrash Metal 2009

ANTHRAX demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ANTHRAX 1982 Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1982 Demo
Speed Metal 1982
ANTHRAX Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
Thrash Metal 1982
ANTHRAX 1983 Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1983 Demo
Speed Metal 1983
ANTHRAX Anthrax / D-A-D album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthrax / D-A-D
Thrash Metal 1989
ANTHRAX MTV Headbangers Ball album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
MTV Headbangers Ball
Thrash Metal 1989
ANTHRAX Rock Island in Association with Raw album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Island in Association with Raw
Thrash Metal 1990
ANTHRAX Free B's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free B's
Thrash Metal 1991
ANTHRAX Room for One More album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Room for One More
Groove Metal 1993
ANTHRAX Drocernikuftaerg album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drocernikuftaerg
Thrash Metal 1994
ANTHRAX High Octane album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
High Octane
Groove Metal 1995
ANTHRAX Stomp 442 Sampler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stomp 442 Sampler
Groove Metal 1995
ANTHRAX Bordello of Blood album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Bordello of Blood
Groove Metal 1996
ANTHRAX Ball of Confusion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ball of Confusion
Groove Metal 1999
ANTHRAX Crush album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crush
Groove Metal 1999
ANTHRAX We've Come for You All album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We've Come for You All
Groove Metal 2003
ANTHRAX A Glimpse of Evil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Glimpse of Evil
Thrash Metal 2004
ANTHRAX Live At The Sonisphere album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Sonisphere
Thrash Metal 2010

ANTHRAX re-issues & compilations

ANTHRAX Fistful of Anthrax album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Fistful of Anthrax
Thrash Metal 1987
ANTHRAX Attack of the Killer B's album cover 3.80 | 14 ratings
Attack of the Killer B's
Thrash Metal 1991
ANTHRAX Moshers... 1986-1991 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Moshers... 1986-1991
Thrash Metal 1998
ANTHRAX Fistful of Metal / Armed And Dangerous album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fistful of Metal / Armed And Dangerous
Thrash Metal 1998
ANTHRAX Return of the Killer A's album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Return of the Killer A's
Groove Metal 1999
ANTHRAX Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax album cover 0.92 | 2 ratings
Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax
Thrash Metal 2001
ANTHRAX Classic Anthrax: The Universal Masters Collection album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Classic Anthrax: The Universal Masters Collection
Thrash Metal 2001
ANTHRAX The Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Collection
Thrash Metal 2002
ANTHRAX Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991) album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991)
Thrash Metal 2005
ANTHRAX Colour Collection album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Colour Collection
Thrash Metal 2007
ANTHRAX Icon album cover 0.50 | 1 ratings
Icon
Thrash Metal 2012
ANTHRAX Snapshot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Snapshot
Thrash Metal 2013
ANTHRAX Aftershock: The Island Years 1985-1990 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aftershock: The Island Years 1985-1990
Thrash Metal 2013
ANTHRAX Essential album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Essential
Thrash Metal 2014
ANTHRAX Sound of White Noise / Stomp 442 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sound of White Noise / Stomp 442
Thrash Metal 2016

ANTHRAX singles (23)

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Soldiers of Metal
Thrash Metal 1983
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Indians
Thrash Metal 1987
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4.25 | 2 ratings
I Am the Law
Thrash Metal 1987
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Make Me Laugh
Thrash Metal 1988
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Anti-Social
Thrash Metal 1989
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4.50 | 2 ratings
Got the Time
Thrash Metal 1990
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4.25 | 2 ratings
In My World
Thrash Metal 1990
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Bring The Noise
Rap Metal 1991
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Black Lodge
Groove Metal 1993
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Hy Pro Glo
Groove Metal 1993
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Only
Groove Metal 1993
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Fueled
Groove Metal 1995
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4.75 | 2 ratings
Inside Out
Groove Metal 1998
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Born Again Idiot
Groove Metal 1998
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Taking the Music Back
Groove Metal 2003
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Safe Home
Heavy Metal 2004
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4.35 | 4 ratings
Fight 'em 'til you Can't
Thrash Metal 2011
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3.65 | 4 ratings
The Devil You Know
Thrash Metal 2011
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Evil Twin
Thrash Metal 2015
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4.50 | 1 ratings
A Monster at the End
Thrash Metal 2016
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Breathing Lightning
Thrash Metal 2016
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0.00 | 0 ratings
In the End
Thrash Metal 2016
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Leftoverthrax
Thrash Metal 2017

ANTHRAX movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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US Speed Metal Attack
Thrash Metal 1986
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4.75 | 4 ratings
Oidivnikufesin
Thrash Metal 1987
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2.75 | 2 ratings
Live Noize
Thrash Metal 1991
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Attack of the Killer B's: Videos
Thrash Metal 1991
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Through Time P.O.V.
Thrash Metal 1991
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Live Noize
Thrash Metal 1992
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0.00 | 0 ratings
White Noise: the Videos
Groove Metal 1994
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Return of the Killer A's: Video Collection
Groove Metal 1999
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Legends
Thrash Metal 2003
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 1 ratings
Music of Mass Destruction- Live in Chicago (DVD with bonus CD)
Thrash Metal 2004
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthrax - Anthrology:No Hit Wonders
Thrash Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
4.42 | 2 ratings
Alive 2: The DVD
Thrash Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
4.70 | 5 ratings
The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria
Thrash Metal 2010
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Chile on Hell
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 1 ratings
Kings Among Scotland
Thrash Metal 2018

ANTHRAX Reviews

ANTHRAX Sound Of White Noise

Album · 1993 · Groove Metal
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Unitron
Talk about an album that hits you like a ton of bricks. Whenever a band loses a key member, you never know how'll they adapt with a new addition. Anthrax adapted like no other band has, and showed that no matter it be Belladonna or Bush, they'll bring thrash like no other band.

Despite John Bush coming from the fantastic classic heavy metal band Armored Saint, Bush made the perfect transition to thrash. He has the great melodies that Anthrax's always had, but adds a new gruff aggression in the vocal department. I've always felt that Phil Anselmo, Matt Holt, John Bush, and John Tardy are legends in the way of purest displays of anger and rage in metal, and Bush is amazing in the way he combines it with his skill for melody perfectly.

It's one of those albums that just gets me pumped, and Hy Pro Glo has to be my top pick from this album. It's got such a slamming riff and some of the best lyrical flow in thrash, syncopating perfectly with the guitar. 1000 Points of Hate shows off the rhythm section, with Benante and Bello standing out, those thumping drums in the chorus making me want to play some Road Rash. Benante knows how to open up a song amazingly as well, heard in C11 H17 N2 O2 S Na. Burst is a bass crazy rebellious anthem and this album's all out thrasher, and This is Not an Exit is a perfect closer and a close second favorite song. It's got such thunderous riffing and melodies and climaxes into an aggressive intensity that only Anthrax can nail with chaotic drumming and noise.

A fantastic start to the Bush-era Anthrax albums.

ANTHRAX Persistence Of Time

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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Unitron
Persistence of Time, the last Anthrax album to feature Joey Belladonna until 2011's Worship Music, is a great closer to the band's classic lineup. It takes the best of both the all out thrashing of Among the Living and the groovier hooks of State of Euphoria to create a groovy thrash classic.

The Joe Jackson cover Got the Time is probably the biggest hit from the album, and for great reason. It epitomizes the incredibly fun side of Anthrax, often expressed in their covers, and Got the Time almost sounds like a skate punk take on thrash. Belly of the Beast also has a similar vibe, though it's contrasted with a great melodic instrumental Intro to Reality. Blood is some pure groove, and even shows some of the band's influence from hip hop, with my favorite part of the song sounding influenced by the syncopated rhythms and vocal flow of the classics. H8 Red and Keep it in the Family are a couple more of my favorites, melodic, thrashing, and grooving.

Thrash bands would often close their albums with a slower or moodier song, like Metallica with Call of Ktulu of Slayer with Seasons in the Abyss. Anthrax is the opposite, they close the album with the high octane speed of Discharge. While not quite to the whiplash levels of Spreading the Disease's Gung-Ho, it's not far off.

After this, the band would get Armored Saint's John Bush on vocals, and start another row of classic albums and deliver some of the best thrash of the 90's.

ANTHRAX State Of Euphoria

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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Unitron
I can never choose a favorite Anthrax album, it's different all the time, but State of Euphoria ends up being a consistent choice. It has some of the band's best melodies, hooks, grooves, and the punch makes those grooves that much better. Out of Sight, Out of Mind always finds itself on each of my thrash playlists, and is one of their catchiest songs. The choruses on it, as well as Be All End All, Make Me Laugh, Trust cover Anti-Social, and Misery Loves Company are among their most infectious. Add the fantastic cello opening of Be All End All and therefore the album, as well as perfect Finale, and it's a thrash classic.

State of Euphoria tends to be often criticized for having a weak production compared to the rest of Anthrax's classic albums, but I disagree. It's far from weak, it has a great punch to it like the best thrash productions. The issue is that it's quiet, so you have to turn up the volume more than you normally would. Thankfully the 2018 remaster fixes that (You should do it too for your 1988 album Metallica, put that damn bass in there), so it maintains the punch of the original while being much louder.

ANTHRAX Among The Living

Album · 1987 · Thrash Metal
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Unitron
I'm the walkin' dude!

Among the Living might be the most moshable album out there, everything on here just brings the intensity of a thrash concert to my stereo. From the title track to Imitation of Life, it never lets up. The whole band is in top form, and I can't think of a single other album (except maybe another Anthrax album) that combines serious subject matter, a total fun-loving vibe, in-your-face attitude, heavy thrashing, and great melodies like they were all perfectly meant for each other.

It's impossible for me to pick a favorite when it comes to Anthrax albums, especially with the original Belladonna-fronted albums. Among the Living though has that classic status that fellow big four albums like Ride the Lightning and Peace Sells has. Caught in a Mosh is the ultimate thrash anthem, Skeletons in the Closet is one of my favorite deeper cuts from the band with a hook that always pops in my head, the screaming of 'WARDANCE!' in Indians is the greatest moshing call out, A.D.I./Horror of It All is one of the best thrash epics, and the whole album is just classic. It just exudes everything that makes thrash great: Fun, heavy, fast yet melodic, punchy, and with extra attitude.

ANTHRAX Stomp 442

Album · 1995 · Groove Metal
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"RANDOM ACTS OF SENSELESS, RANDOM ACTS OF SENSELESS, VIIIIIIIIOLEENCEE"

Take one look at that album cover. It's pretty obvious what kind of album this is going to be when it's just a massive ball of heavy metal that towers over the lone man standing right by it. While most known for his work on the many legendary covers that graced all the Pink Floyd classics, Storm Thorgerson did his fair share of metal album covers. This may be his best album cover for a metal album, as this album is so damn colossal just as the ball that stands right in the center.

Stomp 442 is an interesting album in Anthrax's discography, in the sense that it blends together some of the band's most crushing moments with some of their most melodic. Opener "Random Acts of Senseless Violence" is one of the most pumped up openers I've ever heard, it immediately makes you want to kick some ass. John Bush's vocal performance is the biggest part in giving this song so much fucking attitude. The main riff helps too, but Bush's spitting lines and the infectious snarling of 'RANDOM ACTS OF SENSELESS, RANDOM ACTS OF SENSELESS' is really what makes this a perfect song for getting all that built up rage out. In fact, this album might include Bush's best vocal performances with Anthrax. The pre-chorus scream of 'SUCK IT' in "Riding Shotgun" is one of the most badass sounding things out there.

Scott Ian and guest guitarist Paul Crook's riffs are crunching and crushing, while contrasting the meaty sound with screeching and face melting bends. "Drop the Ball" is a spiral of crazy soloing and a riff that pounds your face into the ground like a hammer on a nail. Dimebag guests on "King Size" and "Riding Shotgun" for a couple delicious solos. The latter also has Frank Bello's basslines getting some shine time. You know those 90's music videos where the camera is just spinning out of control, going all over the place? That's what can be imagined while listening to "In a Zone", and it's absolutely amazing.

Despite the majority of the album being an explosive groove-thrash fest of brutality, "Nothing" and "Bare" are a couple of the most melodic songs the band has done. While I would say that these are the weaker songs on the album, they're still great and give the album a good contrast of sounds. "Bare" in particular sounds like it came right out of one of Alice in Chains's mellow/acoustic EP's.

Stomp 442 was an album that went under-promoted and forgotten, when it should have become regarded as one of the best albums groove metal had to offer. Along with Vulgar Display of Power, this is one of the best albums for getting all that built up anger out and also when you just want to bang your head right off. Along with We've Come For You All, this is the best of the Bush albums, and one that no fan of groove or thrash metal should miss.

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ANTHRAX Movies Reviews

ANTHRAX Alive 2: The DVD

Movie · 2005 · Thrash Metal
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This DVD is an absolute must have for any fan of Thrash Metal. Anthrax put on one hell of a performance, playing music from their classic 85-91 period with Joey Belladonna back behind the mic and Dan Spitz on lead guitar for the first time in many years.

The performance is amazing, the music sounds fresh and very heavy; the crowd are enthusiastic and the audio and video quality are top notch.

This is one of the most enjoyable thrash DVDs on the market; the band are so energetic and really get into the spirit of things and give it everything they’ve got.

On top of the amazing dvd, this set also comes with a cd of the majority of the concert so you can listen to it in the car.

Songs like ‘Time,’ ‘Medusa,’ and ‘Lone Justice,’ are great to hear live, and on top of that all the fan favorites you’d expect from ‘Madhouse,’ to ‘Caught in a Mosh,’ are present and accounted for, with extra little breakdowns and flourishes added to spice things up. The band even throw in a furious performance of ‘Death Rider,’ which Joey makes his own.

If you like Anthrax you really ought to get this, and if you’re new to the band this is a fantastic place to start; a great set list, a tonne of energy and great production… what more could you want ?

ANTHRAX Live Noize

Movie · 1991 · Thrash Metal
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abdulbashur
There are not so many live videos of the first Belladonna era, and this one is OK as a testimony of the POT tour, but does not work as a good introduction to the incredible live power of Anthrax for several reasons: 1) The sound quality is awful. Does not include a 5.1 mixing, and the actual mixing presented, hence appear as carried out by Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero.... Is not good... 2) The video edition seems OK. It is clear that the filmation was executed with more than 5 cameras, and was supported by Island records, but for unknown reasons, the final product was not sold. I suppose because the poor production. 3) The running time is less that 60 minutes, that is too short for a real Anthrax average performance. 4) There are several suspicious situations during the video that makes me doubt about the crowd interest in the concert: there are 1000s of chicks in the middle of the people, something that is not normal for a thrash metal concert. There is also a camera between the mosh pit, and the worst.... There is a group similar to the 90210 look alike cast, headbanging, without anyone around.... Weird or what?? What it is good?? The Anthrax performance, the Public Enemy & Ice T participation. I enjoyed very much the jam session. I always wanted to see bring the noise live with Public Enemy, and this is the only video where you can see it.

Conclusion: Only for fans and collectors. as a live introduction I prefer Oidivnikufesin or Music of Mass Destruction....

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