ANTHRAX Fistful Of Metal/ Armed And Dangerous
From page 77 of Classic Rock Magazine May 2005
Early Anthrax – back when they really were metal- thrashing madmen.
At a time when Anthrax themselves have chosen to re-record some of their early classics on their album The Greater Of Two Evils, now’s the chance to hear some of those songs in their natural habitat – and they’re all the better for it.
Anthrax’s 1984 debut, Fistful Of Metal features vocalist Neil Turbin, and is raw, rowdy and raucous. Perhaps it’s a touch ill-defined, but Metal Thrashing Mad and Death Rider are manic masterpieces nonetheless.
By the time of ’85’s Armed And Dangerous Turbin had been replaced on vocals by Joey Belladonna. His more refined style slowly enabled the band to evolve, with the title track and a version of the Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen proving that Anthrax could prosper in a world increasingly besotted by Metallica.
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