Anthrax - Persistence of Time

Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Anthrax is back for another try, and this time they are supposed to be angry, not the happy bunch of guys who did “I’m the Man.” Yeah. Joey’s vocals are a problem and always have been. He tries to sing too slow for the song or he simply can not sound convincing. Only rarely do his vocals work for the song. I think Joey wants Anthrax to turn into Whitesnake or something like that, I think he would be more comfortable singing that shit. Perhaps it’s time to look for a different vocalist. Having said that, let me attack the actual songs. They, for the most part, just don’t grab me. I only found “Discharge” and “Got the Time” to be real moshers, although I also liked the instrumental “Intro to Reality.” Of these three songs one is a cover and one has no lyrics. Maybe this album would have been better off as a 12-inch single. I don’t know what happened to Anthrax over the years, but I guess they never did have an album in which all the tracks were good. This album is nowhere near as powerful as was needed at this point, but the potential remains.

{I was happy for this band when I heard that they finally wised up and got rid of Joey Belladonna, replacing him with former Armored Saint frontman John Bush, on their impressive Sound of White Noise album. However, their flirt with greatness wouldn’t last, as they recruited former-and-still-at-heart Glam Rocker “Douchbag” Darrell from Pantrea to “help” with their very next release, and so made me give up on them (again). Some bands are just destined to fester, I guess.}

[Notes in {curly brackets} are from the Metal Curse 1 - 4 Collected Edition (1999)]

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