Continuing on their very strong trek forward following a mountain of success with their latest album “For All Kings,” Anthrax is making their name known, and are developing some great things for fans to enjoy. The band is currently in Europe, performing for the masses in Russia as we speak. In addition to performing a stellar live show tonight, the band is also going to be recording the performance for an upcoming live concert DVD that they will be releasing.
With the success of “For All Kings,” the band is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their third album “Among The Living,” which the band will be performing the album in its entirety. “Among The Living” is one of Anthrax’s most successful albums, following the likes of “Fistful Of Metal,” and “Spreading The Disease.” With the raw power produced on the album, it was an unstoppable success that put Anthrax on the map, making them a household name in the thrash metal community.
Guitarist Scott Ian reflected back on the days that followed “Among The Living’s” release, stating, “We were under no pressure at all. We had no time limit for writing or recording. The way we worked back then, when there were enough songs for an album, then we’d go in and do it. We never wrote more than was necessary. In a way, I now regret that situation. We were on such a roll that perhaps someone should have persuaded us to carry on writing. Who knows what else may have come out? When you’re in that zone, there’s a lot to be said for staying in. I’m not criticizing what’s on ‘Among The Living’, but we may have benefited from being a little less hasty in finishing up the writing side.”
“We had just come off the Metallica tour in the fall of ’86 when [Metallica bassist] Cliff Burton was killed, and we had come off that tour obviously early because of the tragedy. And that’s when we started recording that record, pretty much right after that. I feel like the energy just really jumps off that record; you fucking hear how pissed off we are playing our instruments on that record. There’s a brutality on that album that you don’t hear on the two records before ‘Among The Living’. It was just the record of its time; it really was.”
“A long time ago in a galaxy far far away (1986, New York City) we wrote a record that at the time, we had no idea would become our ‘signature’ record. We had a song about the plight of the American Indian, we had songs about Stephen King characters (Randall Flagg from ‘The Stand’ and Todd Bowden from ‘Apt Pupil’), we had a song dedicated to Cliff Burton and another about John Belushi’s clichéd death. We had a song about Judge fucking Dredd and we had a song called ‘Caught In A Mosh’. We had songs.’
“When ‘Among The Living‘ punched the world in the face in 1987, it launched Anthrax into a high-speed trajectory that we could barely keep up with, Ian added. “Like going from 0-200 kph in 5 seconds flat. Our heads were spinning as fast as they were banging, and [nearly 30] years later, nothing has changed.”
What a better way to honor the album than to film the concert that allows the world to remember the very album that put Anthrax on a the map, allowing many of the fans that grew up with Anthrax from the early days in the 80’s. It’ll be a blast from the past, as the band is ready to light Glasgow on fire at tonight’s show (February 15th). Anthrax is continued their reign on the road, with plans to head back to the states in March, after a long tour of Europe that is sure to be all the rage.
JT “Doc” Berry \m/