Best Anthrax Albums


The Top Ten

1 Among the Living

This IS Anthrax! It's all there: the chugging riffs, the grooves, Scott o co's backing vocals/shouting. A lot of people are concerened with the sound quality of this album. That's part of it. I guess you had to be there. This was my introduction to the genre back in 88. One of my favorite albums of all times.

Love the title track. I could listen to this album for an eternity and never get tired of it. Especially Caught in a Mosh, One World, and I am the Law. There really isn't much more to say tham this album is perfection. Each track is memorable and draws me back almost as soon as I take the earphones out. The bass also gets to shine, which I love.

this album has "Caught in a Mosh" and "Indians"! - rock2metal

Definitely the best

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2 Spreading the Disease

'Among the Living' is probably the most brutal speed metal album ever made, but for the purists, 'Spreading the Disease' is easily Anthrax's finest album. Its production is tremendous, there's barely a comedic line to be found, and Dan Spitz and Scott Ian kill it on this majestic speed metal beast. As a sophomore effort, it's right up there with 'Ride the Lightning' and 'Peace Sells...' The improvement over their debut is quite simply remarkable. In fact, it's so damn good that it's not only Anthrax's best, but should be included in the top ten metal albums of all time. Just check out 'Gung-Ho' and 'Madhouse' and see how immense this album sounds 3-decades on without a remaster.

You are not areally anthrax fun, if spreading is not your favorite album

Armed and Dangerous and Lone Justice are the highlights, definitely. Very solid album. It has all of the elements necessary to an Anthrax album. Chugging riffs, banging drums, insane solos, Joey's vocals. It's all there. It is worthy of second place.

Every single song on this album is at least great. Not even just good. My favorite album of all time

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3 Persistence of Time

By far the most mature Anthrax release lyrically and in musicianship. If you can get passed the toned back thrash sound, this album has it all. Everybody is on point on this record, and the songwriting is phenomenally austere to boot. This is what metal music needed at the time.

Masterpiece this is the classic Anthrax era ending off with a bang

Still awesome to this day!


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4 Worship Music

This album shows us that quality thrash songs are still being written and hopefully there will be more to come.

For me this is the true meaning of Anthrax. Such as In The End, that was really Metal man. WORSHIP MUSIC!

Song quality and speed match Among the Living, but the production is better! Amazing Album!

This is Anthrax at they're best! For me it's Worship Music, Spreading The Disease, then Among The Living. m/

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5 State of Euphoria

Stripped down production values and the removal of Anthrax's hardcore punk edge allow melodic textures and technical flourishes increased breathing room, giving this record stronger hard rock vibes. It's still metal, though -- don't you worry!

But, at this point in their career, it's their most experimental album. An immediately respectable quality is their refusal to try and follow up Among the Living, and instead they focus on doing what they do best by making a ballsy rocking' record. As well, State of Euphoria laid the foundation for their next two albums. It's a darker, harsher record albeit sprinkled with Anthrax's trademark humor and fun. Whereas SOE is a solid step forward, their desire to be taken more seriously and make even heavier music birthed the sonic leaps forward with the albums Persistence of Time and Sound of White Noise. Without SOE, anything and everything Anthrax went on to do couldn't have happened.

Oh, yeah, and the songs kick ass. They just do. ...more

Most underrated album of all time, by any one period. On any Anthrax album there are 1 or 2 songs that are so damn goo that they will be stuck in your head for the rest of your life- But what makes State of Euphoria so good is that you never get sick of the songs no matter how many times you hear them. I loved Among when I first heard it, but 25 years later, I pretty much only listen to the title track and A Skeleton in the Closet. With SOE I still listen to almost everything: Make Me Laugh, Out of Sight Out of Mind, Misery Loves Company, Schism, Finale and especially Now It's Dark. I still listen to more tracks than any other album except Worship Music, which is too new to have goton old.

Scott, Charlie, and Frank.. Sharp as nails.. Joey should've stuck to 70s covers. Danny.. Over chorused leads barely audible..

What can I say? Be All, End All.

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6 For All Kings

Out of all the big 4 (and thrash bands in general), Anthrax is putting out stuff that the others can only dream of making. Seriously, this and Worship are arguably better than the records Anthrax put out back in their prime!

In my opinion this is the best Anthrax album. And after 35 years that is amazing. Where did this come from?

You Gotta Believe, Breathing Lightning, Evil Twin, Blood Eagle Wings, For All Kings, Monster At The End... This album should be in the Top 4, instant classic, awesome album...

It's my 2nd favorite from all their albums, it's way to good (after among the living)

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7 Fistful of Metal

Best ever Anthrax album. Real thrashing madness!

Better than worship music.

Great record

Sure, AtL and StD are the masterpieces, but this is pure, raw, thrash. It makes you Metal Thrashing Mad!

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8 Sound Of White Noise

There is no doubt that this album should be #1 on this list I simply don't understand why it's not this ranking is whacked, not only is it the best Anthrax album but one of my favorite albums of all time. #2 on the list is correct, and #3 should be We've Come For You All. Just listen to Sound of White Noise, songs like Only Room For One More, Packedged Rebellion, and Black Lodge enough said.

I've been listening to Anthrax for a long time and I have everyone of their albums and believe me when I say this but Among the Living IS NOT the best Anthrax album Sound of White Noise is. People help me make this album #1 on this list so the list can at least be somewhat relevant.

This album is underrated its more of a grunge album and this is the first appearance of John Bush who sounds like Layne Staley from Alice in Chains overall this album has no bad songs at all and is very enjoyable especially if you are a fan of Alice in Chains - christangrant

This is their most in depth and best quality album they ever made. It is not thrashy, but it is still phenomenal.

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9 We've Come for You All

One of Anthrax's most sonically diverse efforts to date, We've Come For You All features the experimentation of Vol. 8, but with direction; the incessant hard-rock of Stomp 442, but with more memorability and accomplishment; the atmosphere and relentlessness of Sound of White Noise, but with a certain confidence and improved production. Basically, it's the best Bush album, and I would dare call it the best Anthrax album. - JR302

Song writing is unmatched on this. This album contains the most memorable Scott Ian riffs in my opinion, not one weak tune in the bunch!

Not a bad album quite decent acctually!

10 The Greater of Two Evils

John Bush + Belladonna-era music = Perfection.

This album is great. I love Bush albums and Belladonna albums alike (I prefer Bush, though), but this is an awesome mashup.

The Contenders

11 Stomp 442

Not my favorite, but a worthy contender.

The album can be a bit inconsistent at times, but overall it's not to bad. It also opens with one of Anthrax best songs and the next 2-3 songs after that are very strong.

Underrated album - hence it gets my vote...

Better Album then it gets credit for!

12 Attack of the Killer B's
13 Volume 8 - The Threat Is Real

Better than Stomp 442 this album has these songs Crush and Inside Out two of Anthrax's best songs and there's a song called Pieces which is a hidden track and it's one of the saddest songs I have ever heard - christangrant

An excellent album with lots of consistently good songs. Really diverse. Probably the best Bush era album.

Good album inside out and crush are awesome songs bush's voice was great underatted album better than stomp 442

14 Anthems
15 Summer 2003

This is a EP - christangrant

16 Armed and Dangerous

This is a EP - christangrant

17 Penikufesin
18 I'm the Man
19 Music Mass of Destruction
20 Live: The Island Years
21 Inside Out

This is a EP - christangrant

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