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Anthrax – Music of Mass Destruction

Label: Sanctuary Records
Format: CD
Released: 2004
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Really I did not want to write a negative review about this release but point #1, I do have a MAJOR bone to pick with the tracklisting. How does a band that has a twenty year history release a Live DVD concert and not include at least one track from every album. There is nothing on here from, and if you ask anybody, one of the best thrash records ever “Spreading the Disease”? You got “Madhouse”, “A.I.R.”, Armed and Dangerous”. That’s just horrible. “Safe Home” is soo NuMetal, shame on you guys, I’m just not digging it, “What Doesn’t Die”…. much better.

Point #2, on top of that there are three covers which could have been other originals. Yeah I know those three covers have become classics for them, but missing Spreading is not cool. Also, I think if you ask most fans they have had it with hearing “Got the Time”, Antisocial”, and “Bring the Noise at almost every show. The whole RapRock merging was fine when Anthrax did it for “I Am the Man” which was fun, and working with Public Enemy on “Bring the Noise” was a stepping stone at the time as well. Now with a whole genre of shit RapRock, the last thing, at least I want to hear, is Anthrax beating a dead horse.

Ok, I’m done ranting. Aside from my pissing and moaning it is a tight performance with some classics like “Metal Thrashing Mad”, “I Am the Law”, “Indians”, and I was glad to see “Be All End All” in there. John Bush has made himself at home in Anthrax and its good to see that himself and the band still love to play this music.
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