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  • Audio CD (July 21, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tommy Boy Records/Ada
  • ASIN: B000009CEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Crush
2. Catharsis
3. Inside Out
4. P & V
5. 604
6. Toast To The Extras
7. Born Again Idiot
8. Killing Box
9. Harms Way
10. Hog Tied
11. Big Fat
12. Cupajoe
13. Alpha Male
14. Stealing From A Thief

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After thrash-metal pioneers Anthrax signed a $10-million, five- album deal with Elektra in 1992, they lost the hunger that propelled them early on. Their 1993 album, Sound of White Noise, was aimless and lackluster, and while its follow-up, Stomp 442, restored some of the band's former glory, it took Elektra's severing the band's contract (after just two records) to light a real fire under Anthrax's collective ass. Volume 8: The Threat Is Real! seethes with betrayal and animosity, lashing out like a lean, rabid Doberman. This isn't just the raging Anthrax of days past. It's a revamped, reinvigorated beast with a modern, pugilistic sound. Songs like "Inside Out" and "Killing Box" combine the full-fisted groove of Pantera with the melodic roar of Aerosmith, while "Crush" and "Catharsis" deliver a power-metal assault that recalls vocalist John Bush's last band, Armored Saint. The last couple of Anthrax efforts may have been false alarms, but this time the threat is definitely real. --Jon Wiederhorn

Customer Reviews

Decent song, good, but nothing special.
Richard
If I may offend Joey Belladonna fans, the best thing that Anthrax could have done is hired John Bush as their singer.
kyle blanchard
Favorite song off the album and one of favorite Anthrax songs ever.
Dad of 4

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brad on August 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In Anthrax's 1998 release "Volume 8: the threat is real", Anthrax went back to their basics to create a new style of metal that suits them perfect. This was after Anthrax walked away from Electra records after making what is their best work with "Sound of White Noise" and "Stomp 442" and almost going unknown. They signed on a little label called Ignition records and after they went through all the controversey and [...] with Electra they had to get somethings off their chests which makes for great music. This album holds great Anthrax songs including "Crush", "Born Again Idiot", and a true heavy metal anthem "Inside Out" (this is also Anthrax's best music video and one of the best ever). Get to the end of this album after the last track and skip the blank space to hear the hidden song "Pieces" which was written and played by Frank and Charlie. This song is about Frank and Charlie's late relative Anthony. With all these great songs don't look past Anthrax's greatest and best song "Catharsis". Ignition records did go out of business which leaves "Volume 8" the hardest Anthrax cd to find. Go out and search my fellow metalheads, trust me, it is well worth it!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By feh on April 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If it hadn't been for poor marketing, this probably would have been one of the biggest hits of 98. After Stomp 442, which suffered from many songs that pretty much sounded alike, Anthrax increased their range for Volume 8 and came up with a collection of songs that are heavy, funny, and dynamic.

The only thing that stops it from being a 5-star winner is the fact that it's not all that groundbreaking. Still, it's far better than anything from the Belladonna years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tgfabthunderbird on November 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Another reviewer noted that Dimebag Darrel played on this recording, and he did indeed assist on an album that saw a few different things going.

Anthrax still delivered heavyweight riffs, powerful vocals from Jon Bush and some incisive, biting tracks. "Born Again Idiot," that title pretty much says it all, and other killers were "Catharsis" and "Hog Tied."

There were a number of tracks were you heard some very different sounds from the band, with members taking up some different instruments and trying out some new stuff. Hardly filler.

The comedic side of the guys is still there. "Cupajoe" is hilarious (and is on my answering machine--keeps the telemarketers away!).

Doesn't matter what purists think--this album rocked, and I enjoyed it highly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1998, Volume 8: the Threat Is Real was the third album of "the Bush era". I was always aware of Anthrax growing up, but aside from their goofball "I'm the Man" single, the band never really made much of an impact on me until they replaced vocalist Joey Belladonna with Armored Saint's John Bush. Bush's energetic and intense yet still melodic vocal style just seemed like such a better fit for Anthrax's brand of thrash, and I still view that lineup's debut - 1993's Sound of White Noise - as the best Anthrax album ever.

Volume 8 is the band's first album since being unceremoniously dumped by their record company. Some have argued that the previous two Anthrax albums (1993's Sound of White Noise and 1995's Stomp 442) were mediocre efforts, causing the label to kick the band loose. Anyone can listen to either of those albums and come away unimpressed needs to have their heads examined! Volume 8 is another high-octane performance by the new and improved Anthrax, and picks up right where Stomp 442 left off. It is undeniably a metal album, albeit a more diverse one than previous efforts. You certainly wouldn't have found a country-esque song like "Toast to the Extras" on Among the Living! Guest appearances by Pantera's Phil Anselmo and Dimebag Darrell reinforce Volume 8's metal credentials

Anthrax is a band that gets smarter and more creative with each release, yet still manages to maintain their "metal thrashing mad" aggression.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kyle blanchard on December 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If I may offend Joey Belladonna fans, the best thing that Anthrax could have done is hired John Bush as their singer. Anthrax does their own thing and they do it well. John Bush is easily one of the best vocalists in all of rock. Don't forget that in the early 80's every single metal band was courting this guy to be thier singer including Metallica. He adds a fresh and melodious element to Anthrax's music that is uncontrolably infectious. Vol.8 and Stomp442 are my 2 favorite albums of all time. Since John joined the band in '92 Anthrax's music has been really hard to define. Prior to '92 they were strictly lumped into the thrash category but after John joined you can't label them as that. The music is still really heavy and uptempo but the vocals have a melodious twist that makes it very non-linear un-like old thrash. These guys are paving the way for 21st century thrash like they did for 80's thrash. If you're afraid to buy this album because you think Anthrax is a washed up 80's band; you're sorely mistaken. Vol.8 as was Stomp 442 is a very innovative album that shows that Anthrax is clearly ahead of their time.
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