Anthrax - We've Come For You All - 2003 - reviewed by: Nailer
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
Initially, I wasn't to fond of this CD relegating it to the half good/half-Ok set of CDs from the great Sound of White Noise on. The soft spot I have for Anthrax and the great new zombie video for What Doesn't Die encouraged me to get it down and give it a few more spins. Glad I did. It's a bit of a departure from the Anthrax sound on this one. Their mad thrashing had become too dry and void of the fun element that set them apart from the others in the late 80s.
WCFYA, with its fantastic Alex Ross cover and comic illustrated booklet, is more of a return to the daffy Anthrax I've liked from the start. Musically, it's stradling the hard rock line with gems like the soulmate sing-a-long Safe Home and the ultra-groovy, Dimebag Darell-visiting Cadillac Rock Box. What Doesn't Die blasts open the bangin' show and W.C.F.Y.A. slams it shut hard. In between, it's the mixed bag of nuts and shells you have to sift through. Charlie Benante is to be commended for his blast-beating skills on Black Dahlia and some of John Bush' lyrics are quite poetic--"A stream of consciousness flows into a river of blood"--WOW! Scotty, of couse, is holding the center tight.
Anthrax is one of the most known, yet most overlooked bands from the thrash era seeming to decline in sales with each CD. Who knows why? This one's the best for a while and the more you spin it, the more it grows on you.
Bottom Line: 'thrax is back!
Score: 8 of 10
About this Writer: Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.
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