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This review is from: We've Come for You All (Audio CD)
I've always liked Anthrax, all of their work, but this album really slapped me in the face. "We've come for you all" is unbelievable. I have the Euro import, which is essentially useless in terms of the extra songs. The two extra tracks are "safe home (acoustic)" which you don't need and "we're a happy family" which you also don't need. They have collector's value I supposed and the version I got was a digipak with an interesting way of having the cover fold out but all these things are not necessary considering the price it will cost you. The domestic version makes more sense.
Other than the bonus tracks, there is absolutely no filler. Every song rocks and hard. Charlie Benante has busted out the double kick drums again and it's not just for show. The drumming, for the most part, is back on par with what Anthrax fans know it is capable of being. The drumming is one area that has been noticeably improved since precious efforts.
With the addition of Rob Caggiano on lead guitar the guitar work is once again a featured part of the songs. Rob is by far the best lead player that Anthrax has had. Scott Ian and Rob did a good job at combining a heavy music with enough groove, precision, and timing to bust a Swiss made watch. Rob is also said to be the one who inspired Charlie (Anthrax's pricinple song writer) to put the horns back on his head and write some serious metal. Well Rob, mission accomplished.
John Bush has also stepped up his efforts in the vocal department as well. The melodies on this album are the best Anthrax has had and they suit the songs perfectly. John exudes confidence, conviction and emotion like Anthrax has never been able to do before.
The song writing has also been raised to a whole other level. The melodies and guitars are meaner yet more apatising to the ear than ever. The improved song writing, greater attention to detail, superior musicianship, and added effort and emotion have made this a classic album of 2003. There is an obvious increased focus to the production as well. It seems that they were just more focussed in all aspects of this recording.
Regardless of how many copies this album sells, it is a classic in my mind. It ranks up there with Among the Living and Persistence of Time and this album is so far my favorite album this year. It has been on repeat since I bought it and it just keeps getting better. Don't expect Joe Belladonna vocals from John Bush but expect some classic metal from a classic yet refreshingly aggressive metal band.
Stand outs - "What doesn't die", "Superhero", "Safe Home", "Refuse to be denied"
I recommend you buy it as soon as possible but maybe wait for the domestic version. May 6, 2003.