Anthrax - For All Kings



8.1 | 321 votes |
Release date: 26 February 2016
Style: Heavy metal, Thrash metal

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Disc I
01. You Gotta Believe
02. Monster At The End
03. For All Kings
04. Breathing Lightning
05. Suzerain
06. Evil Twin
07. Blood Eagle Wings
08. Defend/Avenge
09. All Of Them Thieves
10. This Battle Chose Us
11. Zero Tolerance

Disc II [boxset/Digipak bonus]
01. Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't [live]
02. A.I.R. [live]
03. Caught In A Mosh [live]
04. Madhouse [live]

The Best Heavy / Melodic Metal Album Of 2016

Line-up
Joey Belladonna - vocals
Jonathan Donais - guitars
Scott Ian Rosenfeld - guitars
Charlie Benante - drums
Frank Bello - bass

Staff review by
Dream Taster
Rating:
8.3
Among the giants of US Thrash metal, Anthrax has always been closest to my heart. Maybe it is an East Coast versus West Coast thing. In any case, we are lucky to have most of these bands still around. Much like Testament, Exodus and Death Angel, the New Yorkers are making a big statement with the release of For All Kings. Their previous album Worship Music saw the return of their talisman singer Joey Belladonna for what was a step in the right direction. Anticipation has had time to build seeing that this follow-up comes about 4 1/2 years later. Time seem to have no effect on the musicians of Anthrax. Their trademark sound has not changed one iota. Scott Ian is shredding like he alone knows how. Charlie Benante is pounding those drums in his very-recognizable beat. Frank Bello is grooving his usual sound. Joey Belladonna is singing his heart out. It feels like the band from 1987, just with a much cleaner production. The addition of Jonathan Donais of Shadows Fall-fame as second guitarist also has contributed to keeping the energy level up.

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published 18.03.2016 | Comments (19)

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29.12.2015 - 01:07
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Definitely more heavy than thrash here, sounds quite good, better than I expected
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29.12.2015 - 01:47
Rating: 10
timmyc
On my 2nd listen now. This record is way better than I expected.

Fucking killer. It could even top Worship Music.
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11.01.2016 - 14:54
Rating: 8
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by timmyc on 29.12.2015 at 01:47

Fucking killer. It could even top Worship Music.

Topping "Worship Music" is extremely easy, because that album sucks balls like there's no tomorrow.

After several listens (who'd belive I'd give an Anthrax album several listens these days?), I'm pretty sure it's Anthrax's best release since "Sound of White Noise", or even "Persistence of Time". They'll probably never reach the level of "Spreading the Disease" or "Among the Living" again, but "For All Kings" seems to be as good as the band can get nowadays.

Almost every song on the album is good, perhaps 2-3 aren't. (Which is a huge step up from "Worship Music" which had only 3 good songs.) Some of the tracks are excellent - the title track, "You Gotta Believe", "Zero Tolerance", to name just a few.

I'm an old fan. I got to know Anthrax back in the 80's, and I still think that "Spreading the Disease" and "Among the Living" are untouchable. I hated what happened with the band after "Sound of White Noise" (I thought it was a very decent album). I thought I'd never say what I have to say now - Anthrax are good again.
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23.01.2016 - 03:26
Rating: 10
timmyc
Yeah I have now listened to For All Kings a bunch of times, and I have to agree with Daniell above - this is definitely their best record since SOWN. And I loved Worship Music, but this is more consistent.

The lead work by Jon Donais is just awesome and Joe Belladonna seems to just get better with age unlike any of his peers. His performance is outstanding. The usual tight as fuck rhythm of Bello / Ian / Benante is great.

Beast songs for me are You Gotta Believe (best song they've written for 20 years), Monster at the End, Zero Tolerance, Evil Twin, Suzerain, and Defend / Avenge.
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25.02.2016 - 06:45
Rating: 9
Ocean Sage
Worship Music was a 10/10 for me. I cannot believe Anthrax topped that album. What is that, an 11/10?! Fucking fast, heavy, well written, well performed, heavy and balanced production, Joey's ridiculously powerful voice, riffage and solos out the wazoo, fast and complex drum patterns, and Frank's fucking monstrous rumbling bass tone. What an album. I highly recommend it. Metal album of the year thus far and I highly doubt anyone will top For All Kings for me. Anthrax just outclassed the rest of the Big 4 again in spades.
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27.02.2016 - 00:58
Rating: 8
MyNameJeff
This is really really really really really good.
They outdid themselves this time.
Fucking awesome album!
Suzerain is a shitty song though. Very shitty.
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27.02.2016 - 15:31
Rating: 9
Ralle
Best album with Joey Belladonna since "Among The Living" !!!
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28.02.2016 - 19:29
Rating: 8
barnesy
I've listened to this twice and it isn't doing anything for me. I'm an Anthrax fan from way back so it bums me out. Bums me out even more that there's so many good ratings. I must be missing something. I'll have to give it a few more spins.

[edit] When I'm wrong I'll be the first to say. I guess I wasn't ready for this the first few times through. I'm a dumbass sometimes...well quite often actually. Though it's not their best, this fucker's pretty tight. I had to up my rating here after listening to it for days and realizing I can't put it away.
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05.03.2016 - 08:37
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
I put this on a par with Worship Music. Really enjoy the lead guitar solos by Jon Donais. I thought he'd do well with them, as most of the stuff he did with Shadows Fall was thrash. Love Joey's voice. Anthrax still delivering the goods so many years after their heyday. Hope they tour Australia!
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06.03.2016 - 05:22
Rating: 9
The Galactician
Enjoying this more with each listen and little bit of added familiarity. Great to see an old favorite releasing such a solid record.
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07.03.2016 - 01:00
Rating: 10
timmyc
Written by barnesy on 28.02.2016 at 19:29

I've listened to this twice and it isn't doing anything for me. I'm an Anthrax fan from way back so it bums me out. Bums me out even more that there's so many good ratings. I must be missing something. I'll have to give it a few more spins.

[edit] When I'm wrong I'll be the first to say. I guess I wasn't ready for this the first few times through. I'm a dumbass sometimes...well quite often actually. Though it's not their best, this fucker's pretty tight. I had to up my rating here after listening to it for days and realizing I can't put it away.



Yeah it's interesting - I was the same. First few listens I didn't know what to think of the record and I was thinking it was a 7/10 record. After listening to it a bunch of times now I love the record and put it right up there with Anthrax's best. Awesome stuff.
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07.03.2016 - 07:57
Rating: 10
uusy007
Fucking killer record. And Jon Donais is awesome on here.

Anthrax are by far the best of the Big 4 in 2016.
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10.03.2016 - 19:36
Rating: 8
musclassia
When I saw all the glowing reviews of this album, I really just assumed it was because it's a big name with high metal street cred and no-one wanted to be mean. I didn't anticipate the album actually being rather good, fair play Anthrax.
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02.04.2016 - 14:08
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Having only listened to Among The Living, which I really disliked, I was shocked when this actually appealed to me. Such an improvement, especially in the vocal department - surprising given it's been nearly three decades. The chorus of "Monster At The End" is so damn gooooooood.

Guess I'll be checking the last album as well.
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03.12.2017 - 12:44
Rating: 8
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
I loved to hate this band. And Bay metal in general. One day (I dont remeber even why) I said i should give this album a try. And I fucking love it.. It has so much energy in it, and they are grandpa-aged. Well done! This battle chose us is the best song of the album.
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Υou've sold your human essence to the cold world of dead and empty things... You're SOLD!
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05.08.2018 - 22:41
bloodwrage
Pagan Angel
Written by Deadmeat on 03.12.2017 at 12:44

I loved to hate this band. And Bay metal in general. One day (I dont remeber even why) I said i should give this album a try. And I fucking love it.. It has so much energy in it, and they are grandpa-aged. Well done! This battle chose us is the best song of the album.


They're not Bay metal. They're from New York.
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13.08.2018 - 11:59
Rating: 8
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
Written by bloodwrage on 05.08.2018 at 22:41

Written by Deadmeat on 03.12.2017 at 12:44

I loved to hate this band. And Bay metal in general. One day (I dont remeber even why) I said i should give this album a try. And I fucking love it.. It has so much energy in it, and they are grandpa-aged. Well done! This battle chose us is the best song of the album.


They're not Bay metal. They're from New York.


I guess you are right. But they sounded more "Bay" in general.. I am talking about their first albums mostly...
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Υou've sold your human essence to the cold world of dead and empty things... You're SOLD!
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