Anthrax - _The Greater of Two Evils_
(Nuclear Blast, 2004)
by: Jackie Smit (
This must have seemed like a winning idea in theory: book a few days in the studio and ride the wave of the current thrash metal renaissance by re-recording a glut of venerated classics, giving fans the opportunity to hear these songs in a modernised state, and maybe -- just maybe -- pocketing a few bucks in the process. Trouble is that a only a couple of months ago, Anthrax released a live album [_Music of Mass Destruction_] which for all intents and purposes fills the role of _The Greater of Two Evils_ in a far more energetic and convincing manner. It's not like the music on this record is under par by any means -- no matter how surprisingly gormless John Bush sounds on "Among the Living", you can't argue against the continued appeal and fervour of "Caught in a Mosh" and "Deathrider". But even though these songs prove that Anthrax can still kick ass and take names with the best of them, they make a piss-poor case for anyone other than the obsessive completist to go out and buy this record.
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