“Music Of Mass Destruction” by Anthrax

Artist: Anthrax
Title: “Music Of Mass Destruction”
Label: EMI Music
Release Date: 4/20/2004
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7.5/10

Continuing the trend of metal bands that are giving fans the most value for their money is Anthrax and their release of “Music Of Mass Destruction”. This Live DVD and CD piece is a good way to enjoy the music of Anthrax in your own “Safe Home” as there is no way to be “Caught In A Mosh” if you do that (of course that depends on who you invite over to watch and how much room you have where you entertain). The recording was filmed during the tour which supported the release of “We’ve Come For You All” and it is chock full of Anthrax standards and some of the newest material from this killer CD. A full 18 songs running about and hour and a half. You are bound to find some of your favorites on this one. I really liked the inclusion of “Got The Time” and “Antisocial” as for cover tunes, Anthrax certainly managed to leave their mark on them for the future. I also was a big fan of “Only” and wish more music from “Sound Of White Noise” was featured since that particular CD was a killer also.

Looking past the video, I think the aspect I liked most about this piece was the inclusion of the live CD. By doing this you have killed two birds with one stone as far as product goes. You can now grab the CD and go to the car or use your walkman and bring Anthrax out with you. I felt by that by doing this they allowed the band to generate more positive sales numbers. The increase in music video sales has been widely noted, so this gives fans of each medium the product they desire. No longer do they have to choose between one or the other when you package them together at an affordable price. Separating them might have caused a good amount of product to be sitting in discount bins for a long time. Metal sales are growing again, but we still have a lot to accomplish in the USA.

This DVD is the last live video piece to feature their bassist Frank Bello, who left the band shortly after this was filmed. John Bush still handles the vocal chores and is good in a live sense; however sometimes the older material where you are accustomed to something in the high register it is not present. He is a great front man and gets the audience going big time, but high notes are not his specialty. Charlie Benante is still amazing as always and his drumming is still consistent if not better after all these years of touring. Scott Ian stomps about like a madman and really shows that he still loves being in this band some 20 years after they first started it.

I felt that this will appeal to casual fans of the group as well as the die-hards. Check it out when you can.

Bonus Features: The features on this DVD are some bio material and an interesting interview with artist Alex Ross (who designed the album cover for them).

Song Listing (DVD):
1. What Doesn’t Die
2. Got The Time
3. Caught In A Mosh
4. Safe Home
5. Room For One More
6. Antisocial
7. Nobody Knows Anything
8. Belly Of The Beast
9. Inside Out
10. Refuse To Be Denied
11. 604
12. I Am The Law
13. Only
14. Be All End All
15. Indians
16. Bring The Noise
17. Fueled – bonus cut
18. Metal Thrashing Mad – bonus cut

Song Listing (CD):
1. What Doesn’t Die
2. Got The Time
3. Caught In A Mosh
4. Safe Home
5. Room For One More
6. Antisocial
7. Nobody Knows Anything
8. Fueled
9. Inside Out
10. Refuse To Be Denied
11. I Am The Law
12. Only

Official Website: www.Anthrax.com

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