Anthrax - Spreading The Disease


8.5 | 580 votes |
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: 13

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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24.07.2011 - 18:35
Rating: 10
eyeofthebeholder

Posts: 17
From: Romania

Brilliant album.love every single song on it.
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24.07.2011 - 19:42
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious

Posts: 6675
From: UK

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
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24.07.2011 - 20:28
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck

Posts: 39149
From: The Netherlands

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
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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24.07.2011 - 22:31
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious

Posts: 6675
From: UK

Written by Marcel Hubregtse 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
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24.07.2011 - 22:35
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck

Posts: 39149
From: The Netherlands

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.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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25.07.2011 - 00:40
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious

Posts: 6675
From: UK

Written by Marcel Hubregtse 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
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03.11.2011 - 03:26
Rating: 8
masterofpeace95

Posts: 22
From: Canada
Love this album. Best song is A.I.R.
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10.12.2011 - 04:16
Rating: 8
JÄY
Metal slave

Posts: 1463
From: USA

Really like it when it is thrash.
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27.02.2012 - 14:56
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid

Posts: 1424
From: UK
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:)
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29.02.2012 - 22:26
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook

Posts: 7347
From: Canada

I find this fairly mediocre.
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09.11.2012 - 23:01
megadeath13
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Great album with Madhouse and my personal favourite "Aftershock".
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23.12.2012 - 01:07
Illog1cal
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That riff in 'Medusa' gets stuck in my head for days every time I hear it.
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27.12.2012 - 05:37
Rating: 7
Maco

Posts: 1384
From: Peru

I really fucking hate the sound of the drums, if it wasn't for that, it would have a 9
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16.02.2013 - 11:38
Rating: 9
Egigantea

Posts: 79
From: USA

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.
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17.05.2013 - 19:40
Rating: 10
Demonmayonnaise

Posts: 362
From: USA

My favorite from Anthrax for sure.
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16.07.2013 - 08:13
Lit.
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It's a great album, but anyone who thinks this is better than Among The Living is nuts.
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16.07.2013 - 12:24
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck

Posts: 39149
From: The Netherlands

Written by Guest 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.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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16.07.2013 - 17:41
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious

Posts: 6675
From: UK

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.
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22.08.2013 - 17:09
kallis222

Posts: 6
From: Canada
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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15.10.2013 - 17:29
Lião
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Their best.
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06.04.2014 - 06:28
Rating: 7
Paw!!

Posts: 852
From: Indonesia

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23.04.2014 - 19:10
Rating: 9
pipis

Posts: 9
From: Greece
NICE ALBUM :banger:
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03.12.2015 - 13:13
Rating: 7
Growing

Posts: 52
From: Romania

Medusa is stunning, Madhouse and some other songs are very good as well, but overall this is not Anthrax at their true potential.
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08.02.2016 - 17:44
Rating: 8
TrueMetalJope

Posts: 1284
From: Finland

Pretty good album, but I cannot say, that all these songs are equally good or necessary to hear, at least after multiple listens it seems so. Songs like "Lone Justice", "Madhouse" and the next two become rather irrelevant after the initial listens. Good thing that there's some killer songs too like "Armed and Dangerous" and "Medusa" that offer some of the better Anthrax experiences.
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09.02.2016 - 02:40
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck

Posts: 39149
From: The Netherlands

Anthrax's best album by far. Gung Ho in itself is already worth it.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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