On September 19, 1988, Anthrax released their fourth studio album, State of Euphoria through Megaforce / Island Records. The album has a Gold certification and once hit number 30 in the Billboard 200.
There were three singles, the first was "Make Me Laugh", which is an awesome track. Its full on calling out religion, and how backwards some of it is. "Tell me you're killin' joke, Evangelist. You're making me laugh. Jesus saves, but only after I've been paid." It then goes on to say "God says have a TV Show, God says baby do some blow. God says taxes are a sin. God says pour the money in. Rape the poor, faith no more. Faith for cash, make me laugh." This is a truly brilliant track.
The whole album is very hard hitting and dark, some songs, such as "Misery Loves Company", and "Now It's Dark" sound a bit like they came straight from a nightmare. Which makes sense, since supposedly "Misery Loves Company" is inspired by Stephen Kings' Misery novel, and "Now It's Dark" was inspired by the film Blue Velvet from David Lynch. Fun fact too, that song can be heard in The Sims computer game, in the Sim language.
Hands down though, our favorite track is "Make Me Laugh." There's just something humorous and badass about the call out and the way they did that.
Since then, Anthrax has just continued to be wonderful, and have released eight more albums, and an EP. One of those albums is a compilation of B-sides as well! A good majority of those albums have been reviewed here on Immortal Music. Those reviews include Spreading The Disease, Fistful Of Metal, Stomp 442, Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, We've Come For You All, Worship Music and For All Kings.! More are still coming so stay tuned!
Also be sure to check out Anthrax's website to take a look at all of their upcoming adventures. They very shortly will be performing at many festivals around the US! Those festivals include Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, and the Rock N' Derby.
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.