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Dedicated to the memory of the (at the time) tragically recently deceased metallica bassist cliff burton, anthrax's 1987 third album 'among the living' sees deluxe edition reissue treatment 4th december, 2009. It was a nine track thrash onslaught and is now widely considered anthrax's greatest achievement. Added for the new among the living (deluxe edition) version are previously unreleased studio outtakes of 'indians', 'one world' and 'imitation of life', an instrumental of 'i'm the man', a live-in-dallas 1987 version of 'i am the law', and 'bud e luv bomb and satan's lounge band', originally released as the 'i am the law' b-side. The bonus dvd is the live-in-london concert film oidivnikufesin (n.f.v.), which went gold when issued on video in 1987.
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"This record was done at a time when life was moving so fast for us, and I think the music reflects that pace. I really enjoyed going back into 1986/87 and found some great stuff in my vault I had forgot about. I think Anthrax fans will enjoy this remastered collection; the high end and low end is back as how it was intended to sound. Thrash metal is alive and well in 'Among The Living,'" says drummer Charlie Benante.
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So, if you are a new fan and are not a collector or completest like msyself. I'd just get the regular version and enjoy the album for which is it amazing! If you are a collector. I'd suggest getting this reissue. Maybe you can ask for it for a gift for your birthday or Christmas. So, you don't have to spend the money again. Or use a gift card etc... You'll enjoy it. I did and I felt it was worth the money I paid for it.
Great album and I'm glad they reissued it. The remastering definately helped. I enjoy the new mix!
Anthrax also ensured that their music was still fairly original. Joey Belladonna actually sings well on this album whereas so many thrash metal singers just shout. His voice helped Antrax create an original sound. The album also has a hardcore punk influence, noticably in the shout-along choruses, which helps mark it out from many other thrash records. It is also refreshing that the band weren't taking things too seriously here. While it is a heavy album with all those crunching riffs and the typical thrash metal speed, the album never sounds particularly dark and is never falls short of just being extremely enjoyable. The lyrics also help give the band a fairly original sound. A skeleton in the closet (one of my faves) and the title track are both based on Stephen King books, I am the law is a tribute to Judge Dredd and Efilnikufesin (N.F.L) is about the comedian John Belushi and his death. There are also some more political lyrics in One world and Indians, while Imitation of Life is an attack on all the glam metal bands of the 80's.(nothing wrong with glam matal though,some people don't like, i happen to like it. really like all types of music)
So there you have it, a classic thrash record. It really packs a punch with its ferocious brand of thrash metal, that has Antrax's original style written all over it. It is the most consistent thing they ever realeased too. My favourite songs are I am the law, A skeleton in the closet, Indians and the mosh pit classic Caught in a mosh. The album never gets repetitive and each song has a slightly different feel or structure to it. You really ought to buy this album.