Anthrax: A deep dive into their 1987 album
Anthrax: A deep dive into their 1987 album

Thrashcast Episode 11: Anthrax's "Among the Living" from 1987

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Show Notes:

Episode Eleven: Anthrax's Among the Living (1987). This Is the third studio release from American thrash act Anthrax. The band, hailing from Queens, NY released the album on Megaforce Records March 16, 1987 and was met with critical acclaim. The music is full of raw intensity, powerful riffs, and exhibits a crossover feel into hardcore and punk. The album did show the band's continual growth in songwriting and propelled them into the big 4; joining Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.

The album helped Anthrax move from playing small clubs and going into Arenas and big stadiums. Among the Living also earned the band their second gold record and was certified gold on July 31, 1990. The album produced successful singles with Indians and I Am The Law, in addition to propelling the band into the mainstream.

Many of the songs sported engaging horrific and funny lyrics about comic books, horror movies and pop culture and this is arguably considered a thrash classic because of it.

Fun Fact: To celebrate the band's 40th anniversary, they released a comic book to celebrate Among the Living in 2021. The collection of stories feature contributions from an all-star lineup of writers and artists: including; Corey Taylor, Grant Morrison, Rob Zombie, Brian Azzarello and Rick Remender.

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About the artist(s):

Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group is considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene from the 1980s and is part of the "Big Four" of the genre, along with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. – Wikipedia

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Among The Living

Anthrax: Among The Living

About the author(s):

Kenneth Gallant is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of horrormetalsounds.com. Ken originated the webzine as a column (on another Heavy Metal webzine) that paid homage to horror films incorporating the theme, or a soundtrack, of heavy metal music. Horrormetalsounds.com embodies his passion for horror films, comics and heavy metal music.

Billy K and Jim Harrison are co-creators of the Thrashcast and active music journalists.