Friday, November 21, 2008

60. Anthrax - Among the Living

I was 25 when this album came out and listening to it made me feel like I was 18 and invincible and could kick the ass of everyone in the world.

It had everything. References to Stephen King stories and Judge Dredd. It had anger and violence and death and the usual Anthrax sarcasm combined with an almost surreal speed.

This album is the equivalent of 10 cups of coffee. If you are ever in a situation where you need to jumpstart your day and you are totally out of caffeine and you need something to get you going, put on Among the Living. You heart rate will soar, your hair will stand on end, you'll find yourself jumping around the room shouting TALKING TO YOU IS LIKE CLAPPING WITH ONE HAND and by the time you get around to crying for the indians you're on this natural, speed metal high that you don't want to come down from.

Listening to this now, at 5am, it still makes me feel like I'm 18 or even 25 and I'm ready to take on the world. Except at 18, I'd be just rolling in the house now, instead of waking up and getting ready for work. And at 25, I wouldn't believe you if you told me that Scott Ian would become the face of VH1.

I'm gonna go have a cup of Anthrax now.

Favorite song: Caught in a Mosh
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Cullen said...


This is one of my all-time favorite albums. I just love this thing. Beginning to end, it's one of those no-weak-point albums.

The VH1 thing is so dead on. I said this in one of my posts on the subject: In fact, I'd say that your musical respect/credibility is inversely proportionate to your appearance on any VH1 "Hey, Remember The ..." programming

craig said...

Last spring, I had to get my son up for school and he thought it was Saturday.

I said, "No, you have to go to school."

He said, "Oh! Caught in a mosh."

It was the most awesome thing I'd ever heard.

Thanks for the review!