Rating:
9.5
Anthrax - We've Come For You All
2003


01. Intro
02. What Doesn't Die
03. Superhero
04. Refused To Be Denied
05. Safe Home
06. Anyplace But Here
07. Nobody Knows Anything
08. Strap It On
09. Black Dahlia
10. Cadillac Rock Box
11. Taking The Music Back
12. Crash
13. Think About An End
14. We've Come For You All
15. Safe Home [acoustic version] [bonus]
16. We're A Happy Family [Ramones cover] [bonus]


One of the few surviving bands of the late eighties thrash movement is Anthrax. After Joey Belladonna was dismissed following the 1991 dual tour with Public Enemy [in support of the ?Bring The Noise? single lifted from the Attack Of The Killer B's compilation album], many wrote the band off. However, the recruitment of ex-Armoured Saint vocalist John Bush raised the level of credibility for the band regardless of the metal worlds fascination of distortion and a new genre called grunge. 1993's Sound Of White Noise, 1995's Stomp 442 and 1998's Volume 8 ? The Threat Is Real were all solid releases, but failed to live up to expectations due to lack of promotion and a grand shift in musical climates. In the meantime, Anthrax has stuck to their guns [unlike some other bands from the same era], and it looks like years of perseverance might just pay off.

The slow building riff progression of ?Contact? makes way for the unleashed fury of classic old school Anthrax of old in ?What Doesn's Die?. Drummer Charlie Benante's playing is exceptionally prominent, while John Bush's vocals have rarely sounded better. ?Superhero? and ?Refuse To Be Denied? maintains the albums early promise with more killer choruses, thick sounding guitar riffs and powerhouse drumming, while ?Safe Home? has hit single written all over it! The unbridled newfound energy continues with ?Nobody Knows Anything?, ?W.H.C.F.Y.A.? and ?Think About An End?, but it's the mind blowing complex drum rhythms in ?Nobody Knows Anything? that marks the albums high point. There's more than a touch of Scott Ian's black metal love in ?Black Dahlia?, making for an interesting new colour to Anthrax's palette, while old friend Dimebag Darrell adds his distinctive guitar lead to ?Strap It On?. The added bonus tracks ?Safe House [acoustic]? and the cover of the Ramones ?We're A Happy Family? tie up the sixteen-track album of time honoured rock anthems that only come with years of experience.

Anthrax is back to claim back their place as metal's old guard [for those of you that thought they went away in the first place], and at the same time, and in the process, show the younger generation just how it's done.


Band profile: Anthrax
Album: We've Come For You All


 


written by Justin | 01.09.2003


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Boxcar Willy - 24.02.2010 at 17:53  
You never hear anything about anthrax... wonder why...
Angelic Storm - 24.02.2010 at 18:25  
I think 9.5 is being a bit generous really....

It's a decent album, with some awesome moments. But also some filler which should have been cut out. The one thing I totally agree with is Charlie Benante's mind blowing performance behind the kit on ''Nobody Knows Anything"! Ive always regarded Charlie as one of metal's most underrated drummers, and his jaw dropping performance on that song completely proves he is one of the best.

I do think the album is their best with John Bush aside from ''Sound Of White Noise", but it's too inconsistent to be called a classic. It is a really good album though!

My rating would be 7.5 for this album.
I_Die_Often - 24.02.2010 at 19:55  
I only like John Bush on vocals.
I prefer White Noise, Stomp and Greater of Two Evils.
This one is OK, I gave it a 7
Huntteri - 26.02.2010 at 11:23  
I have to give 8 to this album cause it's a mix between old and new Anthrax in my opinion. This and the sound of white noise are John Bush's best Anthrax albums. Stomp 442 just sucks and Volume 8 is ok but we've come for you all owns those

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