August 07, 2017

Anthrax - The Greater of Two Evils (2004)

Country: U.S.A
Genre: Thrash Metal
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© 2004 Sanctuary Records
AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus
"These are your favorite Anthrax songs from the Turbin/Belladonna era Anthrax. You voted and we listened." So writes Scott Ian in the liners to The Greater of Two Evils, Anthrax's tribute to their past, their fans, and their present tense. Message board voters built the track list, and they did well, hitting on a mix of classics and fan favorites from the group's first five albums. But Two Evils also unites the band's early creative zenith with the resurgent promise of 2003's We've Come for You All. That album wasn't a comeback, since Anthrax had never really left. But it was definitely a return to form after a few years spent casting around for direction. Hearing the 2004 lineup of Ian, John Bush, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, and Rob Caggiano absolutely rip into cuts like "Metal Thrashing Mad" and "Caught in a Mosh" -- and have their passion matched by raw and thumping production -- combines the thrill of returning to a great old album with knowing that the band's loving it just as much as you. Bush is particularly engaged for "Indians," and Caggiano's frenetic soloing to open "A.I.R." is a perfect foil to the track's near-hardcore bottom end. The beginning of "Madhouse" sounds like magnets ripping away iron plating, and "I Am the Law" and "Gung-Ho" are still clinics on thrash. Anthrax fans are sure to love The Greater of Two Evils, especially since they picked the tracks. But what's even better about the set is how vital it makes the band itself sound.

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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. I know you guys don't take requests but this is more of a question, but is the Anthrax discography going to be finished off with Worship Music and For All Kings?

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    1. I'd have to ask Buck but I know that he is a big Anthrax fan so most likely, yes. He will continue with this as it's more than likely that he has the remaining albums on CD. Normally, if we own a certain band/artists studio discography, we post it but every now and then we pass on certain albums because we just don't enjoy them (Queen Latifah is an example) It's more than likely that Buck will finish it. We've been slow due to time constraints but that should change in the near future. The downside with using Mega is that if we upload to frequently, Mega becomes suspicious and they take down some of our files. Just ask Lass. They've taken down her Coldplay album 3 times in a row already.

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    2. I do have those 2 albums on CD. I was planning on uploading them tonight.

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