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“Among The Living” (remaster) by Anthrax

Artist: Anthrax
Title: “Among The Living” (remaster)
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 11/10/2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 4/5

As I look upon the Deluxe Edition remaster of Anthrax’s “Among The Living” which was released in 1987, I can hardly believe that it has been that long since I first spun this recording on my record player in my parent’s basement. Yet here we are in 2009 and this is very much the case as the band’s most popular recording gets a long overdue upgrade treatment and finds itself bumped up in track number and offering a DVD to the fans as well – talk about cool. To be brutally honest, “ATL” was not my own first Anthrax foray as I had long been a Metal head by the time it had come out but with the “Armed And Dangerous” EP and the “Spreading The Disease” CD already in my hands and head the material being dished out on “Among The Living” was a welcome thing. The video age was upon us now and lucky for Anthrax their short films were beginning to get a little more rotation and songs like “Indians” were regularly seen on The Headbanger’s Ball on MTV. “Indians” was of course one of the albums biggest numbers as was “I Am The Law” which sung about the comic book Anti-hero Judge Dredd whom members of the band really enjoyed the exploits of and the bands anthem of sorts “Caught In A Mosh”. Whew, that alone makes for a solid album but when you factor in the power of “A Skeleton In The Closet” which always drew me in based on the furious double kick drums of Charlie Benante you have something that will last the tests of time. The vocals of Joey Belladonna are great and I think he was really hitting his stride with this one. Guitar wise it’s strong for what the band was intending to do.
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