Rating:
7.0
Anthrax - Spreading The Disease
30 October 1985


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


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.
Adding the amazing voice of Joe Belladonna, who is able to burst your eardrum with high-pitched screams you got what it takes to go into a mid-eighties-metal-battle and get out with a wild bunch of fans that is glad to mosh hard…

'Mosh hard… always!' That is the statement that closes the text part of the booklet to this album and that is what you can do from the first to the last second of this album. The opener 'A.I.R.' gives you a good preview of what is to come and the final song 'Gung-Ho' somehow kicks you out that same way, only faster. Fierce drumming, lightspeed guitar riffs and solos and screams like thunder manage to keep up the pace, even if there might be a slower part, the next ssecond is about to kick your ass. 'Madhouse' is one of the tracks that falls behind in terms of speed, but made it into my favorites of all time by the first listen. I got to know that song through a video game, Grand Theft Auto - Vice City to be exact, that gave a chain reaction in my brain and I wanted more. For me 'Madhouse' can't be beaten by any of the other songs on 'Spreading The Diesease', but all those speed-freaks out there may tend to find the opposite. For all of you this album has much to offer. For example 'S.S.C/Stand Or Fall' which begins with an oriental type of intro which is quickly relieved by a lightspeed solo and turns to a fast song. 'The Enemy' does the same thing, only it begins with a nice drumpart and then turns to staccoto riffing played in no time…
The bouncer 'Gung-Ho' is played at approximate 240 bpm. A short excursion: Gung-Ho is a chinese/mandarin term used to express an attituded of can do and working cooperation, the military character of this song may have come out, because the term was borrowed by american marines in the 1930's.

Though I'm not the type of mosh til your head falls of albums this still makes a solid appeal to me and it's played and sung significantly skilled by a bunch of fierce-hearted men, untamed, raw and powerful. Not to forget that it has one of my favourite songs. It's worth a 7.0


Band profile: Anthrax
Album: Spreading The Disease


 


written by Pierre Tombale | 17.04.2004



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Dangerboner - 29.04.2007 at 06:02  
This is one of the best thrash albums of all time....and you know what's funny? It's not even the best Anthrax album!

9.76/10

Edit: Probably my favorite
Syk - 01.07.2007 at 07:42  
This is the only 80s Anthrax I've heard and I consider it a masterpiece. I can't get enough of tracks 4 & 7, and just about all the others have something between great and fucking awesome about them.
Doc Godin - 06.09.2007 at 05:44  
This is my favorite anthrax album, its been on heavy rotation for me lately, I wouldve rated it higher, but oh well they cant all be 9s, good review nonetheless.
Yossarian - 29.07.2008 at 13:52  
This album is or, better, was perfect for the quality of the songs, their originality consecrated in Among the living. It contains thrash classics and many bands were seduced by it.
Uirapuru - 26.05.2010 at 15:07  
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'Madhouse' is one of the tracks that falls behind in terms of speed, but made it into my favorites of all time by the first listen. I got to know that song through a video game, Grand Theft Auto - Vice City to be exact, that gave a chain reaction in my brain and I wanted more.


Me too, but at first I did not care much.. It was when I played Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s that this ''Madhouse'' really stick in my head and focused my interest in Anthrax.

I did not listen to this album until few days ago and agree with the rate. No more than ''good'', since no other song was able to surpass Madhouse (Stand or fall get really close thou.).
Marcel Hubregtse - 26.05.2010 at 17:37  
Written by Uirapuru on 26.05.2010 at 15:07

Quote:
'Madhouse' is one of the tracks that falls behind in terms of speed, but made it into my favorites of all time by the first listen. I got to know that song through a video game, Grand Theft Auto - Vice City to be exact, that gave a chain reaction in my brain and I wanted more.


Me too, but at first I did not care much.. It was when I played Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s that this ''Madhouse'' really stick in my head and focused my interest in Anthrax.

I did not listen to this album until few days ago and agree with the rate. No more than ''good'', since no other song was able to surpass Madhouse (Stand or fall get really close thou.).



Armed And Dangerous, Gung Ho, A.I.R. are all better imo. And this is imo Anthrax's best album by far. Among The Livingg came close but its pristine production spoiled it.

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