Released just over 30 years ago was Anthrax's second album, Spreading The Disease. The album was originally released on October 30, 1985 and was the first album to feature current vocalist, Joey Belladonna.
The first single, "Madhouse" was released nearly a whole year later. It was announced on October 7, 1986, and something tells me most people would find this song to be quite badass. As the title suggests, it is about going insane, or feeling like you're doing so. Its an interesting track really, so I can see why they chose it as a single.
There actually seems to be a bit of an insanity theme to the album, as we heard clips of it in not only "Madhouse", but also "Armed And Dangerous", and "A.I.R." Other tracks don't exactly speak of that, but things that could lead to insanity, like genocide, fighting for yourself, ect.
Each song tells its own story, so its hard to pick one that stands out more than another. If pressed to choose, I think I would have to say "S.S.C./ Stand Or Fall", which is just about standing up for yourself and fighting for the life you want. "Looking deep inside myself to change my world around. Never find an answer, but I will stand my ground." Its very well written, and empowering. You have to love that!
Its a wonderful debut for Joey, and a refreshing twist compared to their actual debut album! Anthrax has remained extremely active to this day, and aren't slowing down. They actually just released a brand new album called For All Kings earlier this year and will be performing at many festivals coming up very soon! Those festivals include Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, and the Rock N' Derby.
Also, while you're looking up all Anthrax is up to, be sure to check out the reviews for Anthrax here on Immortal Music! I'm hoping to complete reviews for every single one of Anthrax's albums before Fort Rock. Its coming up quickly but progress is still being made! Stay tuned to see what all is going on, and to find out if we do manage to catch and cover their performance at Fort Rock!
Reviews so far: Fistful Of Metal, Stomp 442, Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, We've Come For You All, Worship Music and For All Kings.
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.