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Fistful of Metal

AnthraxAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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"Unmistakable riffs, mindf**k drumming and classic songs--they've opened too many doors to mention. Badasses."

--Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

"In the pantheon of modern metal, Anthrax are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up-and-coming bands of the new generation."

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  • Audio CD (August 1, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Megaforce
  • ASIN: B000003T8M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Anthrax..... February 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Before Joey, there was Neil Turbin (lead singer). A lot of people talked about this, why? because some people said that Neil Turbin was a Judas Priset rip-off singer. But, despite what those people said, they were wrong. You really can't compare anyone to Neil. On the other hand, Anthrax the band had a style that no other metal band had at that time, speed, a double bass drum and some fast guitars that kicked. Before they were polished and went hardcore. They sounded like something straight out of a heavy metal club with much heavy metal spirit. Favorite songs off this album are "Deathrider" and "Metal Thrashing Mad". This is a heavy metal classic for all headbangers that are true to metal. Remember your roots of metal.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other (forgotten) Anthrax July 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The only way to put it is there were three Anthrax bands: 1) Fistful of Metal here with Neil Turbin 2) The Belladonna years 1985-1991 3) John Bush Years 1991-current. The point is that all three of these Anthrax's sound different from the others.
The first here is actually better than you might think. Don't expect to pick this up as a regular Anthrax album of the era. The drumming (Benante) is overall a little slower than in later albums and the constant double-bass speed sounds like something off a Motorhead album. The vocals (Turbin) are the most striking feature -VERY HIGH PITCHED. The guy has one of the highest screams that I've ever heard. (Just listen to the 10 second scream on "Metal Thrashing Mad" where he goes from high to higher.) The guitars are rather generic for the time (Exodus like) and the bass (Lilker) sometimes kicks up some cool lines but is otherwise just as ordinary.
This album also contains a classic song that Anthrax still plays at all their shows "Metal Thrashing Mad". This song is definitely of the top five.
In short, what this album sounds like is a mix between 70s style Judas Priest, Motorhead, Exodus (Bonded by Blood), and something else. The album is original nonetheless and if you like Anthrax then you will like this album. Even if you're not a fan of Anthrax but you like stuff such as Slayer's "Show no Mercy", Megadeth's first album, Metallica's first, and other albums of the 1982-1984 period, this is a must have.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Screamin' Classic November 6, 2000
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to Anthrax for years, but it was only recently that I heard FISTFUL OF METAL for the first time. I wasn't expecting much. I had assumed that since the first singer, Neil Turbin, was let go, that he was probably nothing to write home about. How wrong I was. That guy was amazing. His vocals were very Priest-esque, but unique at the same time. I wonder why he didn't go on to become one of the greats. Anyway, this album is full of excitement and power. Anthrax, the band, were already very tight and professional sounding, which is amazing since they were probably just barely out of their teens. Great debut. I love 'Metal Thrashing Mad' the best. Order this today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their 1st and their best... April 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Pioneering early 80's thrash metal from Anthrax that, while lacking in the production department, exudes energy, excitement and power. Original singer Neil Tubin's only disc (before being replaced by Joey Belladonna), his vocal performance ranks up their with the genre's best. Also in the band was bassist Dan Lilker, who went on to to form S.O.D. Nuclear Assault and Brutal Truth. The disc is a thrash metal classic with balls to the wall tracks "Deathrider", "Metal Thrashing Mad" and "Anthrax". Maximum damage done despite the terrible, hide-the-guitar production from Carl Cannedy (who at the time was fronting his own band called The Rods). Without question, this was Anthrax's finest hour ("Among The Living" running 2nd) and an essential disc to have in your thrash metal collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the more you listen too it, the more you'l love it October 26, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
this is the most over looked thrash album in my opinion, every one has listened to "kill em all" "killing is my buisness" and even some have listend to "show no mercy", fistful of metal seemed to get overlooked in favor of those aformentioned titles.

this is simply pure thrash, plain and simple, it's one of the most brutal thrash assaults too, anthrax would never sound like this w/ later albums, this hardly sounds like anthrax at all, it sounds more like nuclear assault in my opinion. songs like "deathrider" "metal thrashing mad" "the subjugator" and "soilders of metal" will just kick your @$$. neil turbin is like an american rob halford, he definatly has the highest flassetto voice of any thrash vocalist. like the title sujests, the more you become familiar w/this album the more you will enjoy it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid Remaster June 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The reviewer James Prosser stated that it sounds like mp3's were used when doing this reissue. I have been thinking the same thing the past year or so that I've owned this.

It makes me think that we are truly living in a sad age when music is done on the cheap, and that fans seem to be just as apathetic as the musicians themselves.

Not all is terrible, at least metal is on the upswing again, but its releases like this that are truly showing its a scary time in music.

The album? Its classic early thrash seasoned with some incredible hooks and vocals.

This "remaster"? It seems like they took the original songs, compressed them into mp3 format (or similar) and smooshed them onto the cd.

I am 100 % serious with this assumption. As someone who has downloaded thousands of mp3s, but also owns thousands of cds, tapes and records, I know the difference between the two.

Too bad the people behind this rerelease pulled a fast one with this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Killer old Anthrax.
Published 13 days ago by Thomas Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of Anthrax
The 1984 debut from Anthrax showcases a young band that was still in the midst of developing its vision, but already formidable enough to get signed and release an album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Hill
2.0 out of 5 stars Common Rookie Mistakes
A lot of metal fans mistakenly think that "Spreading the Disease" was Anthrax's first album. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Scattershot
4.0 out of 5 stars O
The case was cracked upon arrival. But the disk was perfect, as was the album all together! I loved it.
Published 13 months ago by Oshae Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars holy crap!!
this anthrax is one of the best i ever heard i mean from start to finish it hits you in the face with metal best money i ever spend of you love real hardcore metal please buy this... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ron sneed
5.0 out of 5 stars Good or bad remaster?
I found a used copy of this cd at a local store. I had this on vinyl years ago and have been slowly finding my fave stuff on cd. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steel Prostate
5.0 out of 5 stars Fisfult of Thrash
My favorite Anthrax album is among the living, but fistful of metal is my second favorite of their collection(excluding bush, never got into him). Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. Meza
5.0 out of 5 stars FAST RAW DEBUT FROM ANTHRAX!!!!!
man, this album is something unique on the great catalogue of albums from ANTHRAX....the band were really young and create some raw fast THRASH riffs.... Read more
Published 17 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed Metal Rules !!
I like this product because the band members play fast riffs and drumming. The lead vocalist lyrics has harmonic and melodic headbanging catchy tunes.
Published 17 months ago by 808TREX50
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great service, lightning fast speed. Great product from a really great Band. Thanks so much for every thing. I really appreciate it.
Published 18 months ago by Keith Reynolds
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