Eight years. It’s been eight years since Anthrax have released a studio album. Think about that for a second. The last time they released a studio album was in 2003. That was the year that Freddy Vs. Jason, Final Destination 2, Underworld, and The Texas Chainsaw remake came out. Now that the length of time has sunk in, you can understand why Worship Music holds such high expectations for fans. The question is, “Did this length of time work for or against Anthrax?” Well dear readers, check after the jump for your answer!
After lulling you into a sense of false security with Worship (Intro), the album dives into Earth On Hell. Immediately I was slammed with fast-paced guitar riffing, blasting drums and Joey Belladonna’s soaring vocals. It’s a great introduction of what you can expect from the rest of the album. Anthrax is back and they’re using every trick in the book to get you hooked.
The production of the album is so solid, it’s as though a wall of badass metal has pinned you down in your seat and pummels you endlessly. The guitars are sharp and in your face while the bass is seated neatly in the foundation popping out here and there to remind you of it’s ferocity, like a lion stalking its prey. Benante’s drumming is sneakily clever. He pulls off little things here and there to remind you just how interesting his skills are. Belladonna’s vocals are quite possibly the final masterful touch, the glue that binds everything together. With just the right amount of rasp added to his nearly operatic range, I couldn’t help but find myself wanting to sing and chant along, especially on In The End.
From the zombie inspired Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t to “call and response” fueled The Giant to the thrilling conclusion Revolution Screams, this album is well worth eight years of waiting.
The Final Word: Worship Music is 54 minutes of blistering old school thrash metal riffs. Raise your hands to the sky Anthrax fans, you’ve got one hell of an album here.