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Release date: 30 October 1985
Style: Thrash metal

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01. A.I.R.
02. Lone Justice
03. Madhouse
04. S.S.C./Stand Or Fall
05. The Enemy
06. Aftershock
07. Armed And Dangerous
08. Medusa
09. Gung-Ho

Top 20 albums of 1985: 10

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Additional info
Produced by Carl Canedy and Anthrax
Engineered by Alex Perialas, Norman Dunn and Carl Canedy
Recorded at Pyramid Sound, New York
Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk
Album cover concept by Charlie Benante
Art direction by Peter Corriston
Illustration by David Heffernan
Anthrax logo by Kent Josephe
Photography by Frank White, Gary Gershoff and Neil Stopol

Track 8 lyrics by Jon Zazula (executive producer, Megaforce Records co-founder and their former producer)
Tracks 7 & 9 co-written by Neil Turbin (the band's previous singer) and music co-written by former bassist Dan Lilker

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale

Rating:
7.0
44 minutes of a bunch of killerspeed classic american thrash metal awaits the listener with Anhtrax second album 'Spreading The Disease'. When I say killer I mean killer, most of the songs are played at amazing speed, skilled and tranined metal superathletes the five guys must be able to play this material alone on a concert. I know since I play in a band currently as a drummer I tend to be exhausted after playing for ten minutes at less speed than these guys.

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published 17.04.2004 | Comments (6)

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eyeofthebeholder - 24.07.2011 at 18:35  
Rating: 10 Brilliant album.love every single song on it.
Angelic Storm - 24.07.2011 at 19:42  
Rating: 10
Written by eyeofthebeholder on 24.07.2011 at 18:35

Brilliant album.love every single song on it.


Agreed! There's not one moment of filler on the entire album. It's a great classic heavy metal album as well as a classic thrash album. Even better than Among The Living, in my humble opinion! <3
Ozman - 24.07.2011 at 20:28  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 24.07.2011 at 19:42

Written by eyeofthebeholder on 24.07.2011 at 18:35

Brilliant album.love every single song on it.


Agreed! There's not one moment of filler on the entire album. It's a great classic heavy metal album as well as a classic thrash album. Even better than Among The Living, in my humble opinion! <3


It is by far Anthrax's best by quite a huge margin
Angelic Storm - 24.07.2011 at 22:31  
Rating: 10
Written by Ozman on 24.07.2011 at 20:28
It is by far Anthrax's best by quite a huge margin


I wouldn't say by a huge margin, but I think why this album works so well, is because the sound is absolutely perfect for Joey's vocals.

There is some thrash on the album, like A.I.R., Gung Ho, and Aftershock, but there is also some more standard metal songs like Lone Justice, Medusa, Madhouse and Armed And Dangerous. And Joey's voice was so perfect for that material! I think Persistence Of Time is the pinnacle of their thrash sound, at least for me. But Spreading as an overall metal album is one of the best of all time, in my opinion. It was a perfect blend of old school heavy metal and thrash, and is a very unique album in the thrash scene because of that. xD
Ozman - 24.07.2011 at 22:35  
Rating: 9 Among The Living is vastly superior to Persistence Of Time which is an average album at best and.
Even though Spreading has its slower moments it's all thrash even the semi-ballad Armed & Dangerous.
Angelic Storm - 25.07.2011 at 00:40  
Rating: 10
Written by Ozman on 24.07.2011 at 22:35

Among The Living is vastly superior to Persistence Of Time which is an average album at best and.
Even though Spreading has its slower moments it's all thrash even the semi-ballad Armed & Dangerous.


I wouldn't say it was all thrash... Certainly when you compare it to the 3 albums that came afterwards, there's much more of a classic metal vibe going on with Spreading. Which is undeniable in the songs I highlighted above. It's vibe is definitely overall, less thrashy and more melodic than the 3 albums that followed it. ATL, SOE, and POT were all albums that had the same style, sound wise. Spreading's sound is markedly different, which makes it stand out in their discography. At least this is they way it sounds to me.. lol

POT "average"? Im sorry, I have to strongly disagree with you there! xD
masterofpeace95 - 03.11.2011 at 03:26  
Rating: 8 Love this album. Best song is A.I.R.
JÄY - 10.12.2011 at 04:16  
Rating: 8 Really like it when it is thrash.
musicalkaratekid - 27.02.2012 at 14:56  
Rating: 8 Its interesting how quickly anthrax's sound had matured between this and their debut album released a year before. Not that their debut album is that bad, but 'Spreading...' is focussed more on well-written songs than it is an homage to primary influences. Although this album is seemingly less heavier than 'Among the living' (though that may be due to the production), there are still a fair few enjoyable moments to be found here. True Thrash:)
Boxcar Willy - 29.02.2012 at 22:26  
  I find this fairly mediocre.
megadeath13 - 09.11.2012 at 23:01  
  Great album with Madhouse and my personal favourite "Aftershock".
Illog1cal - 23.12.2012 at 01:07  
  That riff in 'Medusa' gets stuck in my head for days every time I hear it.
Maco - 27.12.2012 at 05:37  
Rating: 7 I really fucking hate the sound of the drums, if it wasn't for that, it would have a 9
Egigantea - 16.02.2013 at 11:38  
Rating: 9 The more I listen to this, the more I love it.
This is a pretty damn solid thrash album, and perhaps one of Anthrax's best.
Demonmayonnaise - 17.05.2013 at 19:40  
Rating: 10 My favorite from Anthrax for sure.
Lit. - 16.07.2013 at 08:13  
  It's a great album, but anyone who thinks this is better than Among The Living is nuts.
Ozman - 16.07.2013 at 12:24  
Rating: 9
Written by Lit. on 16.07.2013 at 08:13

It's a great album, but anyone who thinks this is better than Among The Living is nuts.



nope, those people are actually totally sound of mind. tIt's the people who think that Among The Living is better that are nuts Main problem with Among The Living is that its production is too slick. But AtL is still a very good album and the last totally good one (okay, The SOund Of White Noise is also great), because after it tANthrax really went downhill.
Angelic Storm - 16.07.2013 at 17:41  
Rating: 10 My main problem with ATL, at least in regards to it being a weaker album than STD, is that whilst it mostly contains great songs, there's no variety as far as the sound and style goes. Spreading is a far more dynamic album, making it a more engaging listening experience.
Nick K. - 22.08.2013 at 13:57  
  Classic album! Madhouse is still my favourite Anthrax song.
kallis222 - 22.08.2013 at 17:09  
  Brilliant album that is i really all the album its fantastic and superb job done..Mad house is my hot favorite because my friends also like the Mad house...

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Lião - 15.10.2013 at 17:29  
  Their best.
Paw!! - 06.04.2014 at 06:28  
Rating: 9
pipis - 23.04.2014 at 19:10  
Rating: 9 NICE ALBUM :banger:

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