Name: AMONG THE LIVING
Review: With Belladonna firmly settled into the fold, the group released what would go on to be known as <> album of their career in early 1987. Taking their hardcore-thrash formula to new and impressive levels, Among The Living single-handedly defined the band’s entire legacy, spawning many of their finest and best loved moments in just fifty salivating minutes.
Name: SPREADING THE DISEASE
Review: The first to feature new boys Joey Belladonna and Frank Bello following the departure of original front man Neil Turbin and bassist/co-founder Dan Lilker, Spreading The Disease lit the fuse on what would be the band’s most successful period yet. Featuring the likes of Madhouse and largely underappreciated gem Aftershock, this was the sound of a sleeping giant stirring from its slumber.
Name: FISTFUL OF METAL
Review: The most out-and-out thrash album of their career, this gut-busting effort was also the first to inflict its evil on the world. Though it pales in comparison to the rest of their 1980’s catalogue, Fistful Of Metal put anthrax firmly on the heavy metal map, displaying an energy that was both vibrant and suitably infectious by its very nature.
Name: WE'VE COME FOR YOU ALL
Review: Arguably one of their finest moments alongside former vocalist John Bush, this 2003 effort succeeded in dividing fans the world over. Leaning towards a groove-orientated hard rock sound, the album also featured several slower and according to some, ‘radio friendly’ efforts, including the somewhat cringe-worthy Safe Home. Put simply, this was metal’s answer to Marmite.
Name: STOMP 442
Review: Debuting at #47 on the American Billboard chart, the band’s seventh studio album seemed to be doomed from the start. Having lost long-term lead guitarist Dan Spitz shortly before recording, Stomp… was a largely lacklustre and tedious affair. That the album’s artwork is the only one not to feature their traditional logo stands as a symbol of its distinct lack of character.