- Audio CD (July 21, 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Tommy Boy
- ASIN: B000009CEO
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,625 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Threat Is Real, Vol. 8
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The Threat Is Real, Vol. 8
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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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.
Then I stopped listening to Anthrax for nearly 20 years.
TIRED of most of the music I was hearing today, I decided to go back and check out a couple of Anthrax albums I ignored when they came out. What a mistake...
Stomp 442 was downright BORING and UNEVENTFUL. Heard it once, threw it in the garbage.
THEN, I was dumb enough to order this piece of garbage, and it was just as BORING and UNEVENTFUL as Stomp 442. I threw the CD in the garbage can and deleted it from my PC.
Folks, listen to me. Don't make the same mistake I did. If you happen to miss out on a CD, and then not hear it for 20 some years, there's a reason for that...it wasn't good enough to listen to back then, either. THAT's why you "missed out" on it.
DO NOT BUY THIS CD!
HOWEVEVER, if you want to buy a new Anthrax cd, one with Joey Belladonna singing on it, then I highly recommend "Worship Music", which came out in 2011. THAT cd actually sounds like the Anthrax od "old". Volume 8 doesn't even SOUND like Anthrax.
You've been warned!