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The Threat Is Real, Vol. 8

AnthraxAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 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

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  • Audio CD (July 21, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • ASIN: B000009CEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,866 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

Editorial Reviews

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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great metal for every man, woman, and child! August 3, 2002
By Brad
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anthrax's *real* best album April 14, 2006
By feh
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Anthrax continue to stretch out November 9, 2005
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Monster Anthrax Album April 13, 2007
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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. The songs on this album, for all of their melody, remain completely heavy and undeniably "metal".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally December 10, 2003
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Ever since Anthrax re-released "Sound of White Noise" and "Stomp 442", I'd been anxiously awaiting the re-issue of "Volume 8: The Threat is Real" that we all knew would eventually come. And here it is, and just like the previous two re-issued albums, this edition includes some bonus tracks and extras. Standout tracks include the excellent roaring opener "Crush", along with the classic "Inside Out", "P & V", "604", "Born Again Idiot", "Killing Box", and "Stealing From a Thief"; all of which display Charlie Benante's thumping drums and Scott Ian's ripping guitars. "Volume 8" is easily the best Anthrax album of the John Bush era, and the best Anthrax album since the classic "Among the Living".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anthrax Rides Again! June 2, 2002
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
After the somewhat disappointing and forgettable Stomp 442, it is a breath of fresh A.I.R (haha) to hear this album! Everythng about this album is great, from the thunder of Charlie's drums on the first song to the last heartfelt lyric of Frank on the last song. Simply put, one of the greatest Thrax albums of all time!
1:Crush-This song opens with the gatling gun drums of Charlie Benante and the agressive, dark vocals of John Bush. As an opener and song it rivals even the might "Potters Field!" The melodies are sharp and cutting and go perfectly with the drums and vocals. Great song, just goddamn great!
2:Catharsus-Another good song! Intelligent lyrics, and innovative guitars. A good seperater between Crush and the next song.
3:Inside Out-Heavy like nothing else! This song tears through speakers! Fast drums and a solo that's god like. It is, in my opinion, the best song on the album. Dimebag Darrel (PanterA) plays guitars on this one, only adding to the heaviness. The lyrics are powerful and angry, Bush has never sounded better!
4:Piss & Vineger (P&V)-This song is fast and heavy, and though its predesscor towers over it, its filled with good riffs and provocative lyrics.
5:604-Ah, the humor of Anthrax. Comic genius, enough said.
6:Toast to the Extras-This song is another funny one. It's done in an almost country style. Funny, but true lyrics. Good song.
7:Born Again Idiot-Angry, very angry, I love it. Makes you glad your not whoever John is singing about in this song.
8:Killing Box-Another angry one, made doubly so by the addition of Phil Anselmo (PanterA) on backing vocals. This song screams with ferocity and interesting guitar work.
9:Harms Way-One of my favorites. This song starts slow and builds to a creshendo.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to thrash
I have owned this album twice now, I slammed the original ignition records copy in my truck door accidentally one night, made me almost cry, this album however does not make me... Read more
Published 13 days ago by jared paulhamus
4.0 out of 5 stars Like most
It grows on me the more I listen to it and I like Jon Bush SO much more than the original singer.
Published 3 months ago by MJRydsFast
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price Great Album
This is a hard to find album since so many record stores are closing down I am glad there are still ways to buy the actual albums so the artists don't get pissed off about all the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by AaronMiller
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT ONE OF THEIR BEST STUFF.....
I really like ANTHRAX, got most ALL their albums and most ALL their songs are great.....Until SOUND OF WHITE NOISE, ANTHRAX is truly one of the best METAL ever!!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by FLUMINENSE
1.0 out of 5 stars STINKS: Nothing Memorable, Nothing Worth Listening To A Second Time
I grew up listening to Anthrax and I loved them. But when Joey Belladonna left, that was it for me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BigFatBlackLady
4.0 out of 5 stars A great effort by Anthrax!
I know alot of people love the 80s Joey era of anthrax. But they made some great albums in the 90s and early 2000s with John Bush. And this is one of them. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Josh Bosely
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this album!!!!
You would have to hear this album to anyone that is An Anthrax fan and i loved the opening tracked to the Album "crushed".
Published 15 months ago by Tyler Frazier
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd, just not the one I thought it was
thought I was getting the cd with bonus tracks, but it was just the regular cd in a broken case
Published 16 months ago by Conan Stevens
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT ONE OF THE BEST....
THE THREAT IS REAL got some good songs like INSIDE OUT and CRUSH...but it's BY FAR the less inspired ANTHRAX album... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rio Fluzão
5.0 out of 5 stars Catharsis alone is worth it.
I first heard about and found this CD back in 2003. I had saw it in 98 but wasn't able to pick it up and holy crap did it pretty much disappear off of the face of the earth with... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dad of 4
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