Type: CD Company: Sanctuary Records Release: 2003 Genre: Thrash Reviewer: Eric Compton Published: 3/7/2003
Versatile, catchy, and downright entertaining
Anthrax - We've Come For You All - reviewed by: EC
Track Listing1. Intro 2. What Doesn't Die 3. Superhero 4. Refuse To Be Denied 5. Safe Home 6. Anyplace But Here 7. Nobody Knows Anything 8. Strap It On 9. Black Dahlia 10. Caddilac Rock Box 11. Taking The Music Back 12. Crash 13. Think About An End 14. We've Come For You All
Anthrax have come for us all.
The long wait is over, and Scott and the boys have returned with class and style. The new record, We've Come For You All, just soars above everything else right now. It's unlike any current metal album, really putting itself in a class all its own. Versatile, catchy, and downright entertaining, this album just blazes through 70s era metal right up to the present, incorporating all elements to become one unique prize and what a prize this is, considering the Japanese version was delayed, the European package was postponed twice and the US release is now seeing a May 6th street date on Sanctuary Records. This album really doesn't deserve that kind of abuse, instead it should be on the top of the charts and being requested by fans worldwide. That ain't happening, thus the band are probably selling some of those fancy cars that Island helped pay for in the 80s.
Business aside, Anthrax have created a winning formula with this new offering, they have taken the old and mixed it with just the right dose of new to make it "modern", yet classic. The first track, What Doesn't Die, belts you in the gut, with nu-metal elements reminding me of the last Slayer record. From there the album moves into an old school romp, delivering Superhero and Refuse To Be Denied in a Kiss meets Priest rampage. Safe Home follows with one of the more catchy songs on the disc, while Anyplace But Here follows that up with an Armored Saint vibe. Nobody Knows Anything, Strap It On, and the Morbid Angel like Black Dahlia prove to be the Anthrax of old, thrashy and punky in its own right.
My favorite tracks take over from there with the 70s rock feel of Caddilac Rock Box and the Motley Crue shouter Taking The Music Back. The album finishes with Sound Of White noise style Anthrax tracks Think About An End and the title track. All in all, this is another classic Anthrax album, and one that really needed to be put out at this time. Hopefully those nu-metalers out there will get into this one and bring the "old school" back to the mainstream. Its a real pity that this band has struggled to get this gem on the shelves, and an even worse tragedy that a record label wouldn't immediately pick this one up. Support Anthrax and BUY this record! Show them we are taking the music back!
About this Writer: Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.
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