What is now the iconic thrash metal band, Anthrax made their debut to the world in Janaury 1984 with Fistful of Metal. There's a couple interesting things about this album, starting with its the only one to ever feature the original vocalist, Neil Turbin. He wrote all of the songs on the album, and contributed to writing credits on one of their later EPs, but this was the only time we heard his vocals. He left for creative differences, from the sounds of it.
As someone who's only heard the other two singers Anthrax has had over the last 30+ years, I found this rather interesting to discover.
The only single for the album, "Soldiers of Metal" was released in November 1983, which in a way sounds a bit like a war song, but also seems to be empowering metal music. Which is cool, but honestly I wasn't that impressed with the way it was stylized or anything.
Though they did a good job on their cover with "I'm Eighteen", which was originally by Alice Cooper. That's honestly probably the best sounding track on this album.
All I have to say is they definitely have improved over the years. Apparently around the time of Neil's departure, some critics stated that they actually didn't like Anthrax because of Neil Turbin's vocals. I don't mean to put anyone down....but I think they made a good choice splitting away from him. Not that there's anything wrong with him, just the path Anthrax is on today is much better than what I'm hearing on this album. Its far too shrill in the vocal style, and for the most part, all I am hearing is the drums, and the occasion guitar drowning out everything.
Either the 80's were not kind to Anthrax, or they've grown immensely over the decades. Probably both actually. They sound like a completely different band!
Clearly others did feel differently though, considering how popular they are now. What did you think of the album? Please let me know!
If you want to see what Anthrax is up to these days, head on over to their official website to see all of their tour dates. They very soon will be performing at many festivals such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, and the Rock N' Derby.They also have released eleven studio albums, five of which we have reviewed! The rest are coming soon, but feel free to check out the ones we have already done.
So far we have done; Stomp 442, Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, We've Come For You All, Worship Music and For All Kings. The other five that remain will be coming soon so stay tuned!
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.