Top 10 Anthrax albums ranked

Top 10 Anthrax albums ranked

Ok so starting off this is just my personal preferences, I’m sure you’ll have a different Top 10.

10. We’ve Come for You All (2003)

You cannot kill
What doesn’t die
Live up to my promise
My full potential realized
Death lives right inside your pocket
Take him out and have a laugh
Go and piss your life away
Another ugly waste of clay

This was the first Anthrax record to feature Rob Caggiano on lead guitar and their last studio album with John Bush on vocals.

The Who vocalist Roger Daltrey and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell made guest appearances on the album.

Favourites include What Doesn’t Die and Refuse to Be Denied.

9. Stomp 442 (1995)

Shut up, don’t pass the blame
The same god-damn thing just the name’s have changed
On the day you were busted your forgot the line
Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time

An animal’s acting instinctively
Glorified murderer, insanity
Do you think I’d kill you just count to one
You’re the coward, with the gun

Stomp 442 is also Anthrax’s first album without Dan Spitz on lead guitar. Though not credited as a member of the band, Paul Crook took over lead guitar duties.

Favourites include Fueled and Random Acts of Senseless Violence.

8. Worship Music (2011)

The kids have gone wild in the streets
I’m backing the havoc they wreak
Time for the fall, so say we all
Starter of it, the ender of everything
Coming to kick you to sleep
The damage inflicted is gonna be deep
Cheering for your own demise
Starting tonight, people will die
People will die!

The record debuted at number 12 in the United States, their highest chart position since 1993’s Sound of White Noise.

The album was delayed due to issues with the departure of vocalist Dan Nelson. The band eventually reunited with Joey Belladonna to finish the album.

Favourites include Earth on Hell and The Devil You Know.

7. Persistence of Time (1990)

Blood on your hands turns into blood in my eyes
And with the blood I can’t keep our lives, blood circumscribes
Blood on your hands turns into blood in my eyes
And with the blood I can’t keep our lives, blood circumscribes

The album was nominated in 1991 for a Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category.

Favourites include Belly of the Beast and Got the Time.

6. For All Kings (2016)

You always have the chance to do the right thing
Until the right thing comes undone
And with a thunderclap I’m breathing lightning
And this world has moved on

I look inside myself, is this the right thing?
Is this the right thing?
I don’t know

The album at number 9 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the first time the band has had an album enter at the chart’s top 10 since Sound of White Noise.

It is the band’s first studio album to feature Jon Donais on lead guitar, replacing Rob Caggiano.

Favourites include Evil Twin and Breathing Lightning.

5. Sound of White Noise (1983)

Revolve around yourself
It’s you and no one else
Hard for me to stay
Swinging moods that change
From calmness to deranged
Unpredictable, unpredictable

You would see if
You hadn’t taken things out of my hands
You never wanted to understand

It is the band’s first album to feature vocalist John Bush, who replaced longtime Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna in 1992. It is also Anthrax’s last studio album with longtime lead guitarist Dan Spitz.

Favourites include Only and Black Lodge.

4. State of Euphoria (1988)

Can ya tell me how it feels to be hated?
Can ya tell me how it feels to be loved?
Can you show me what it means to be respected?
Or is the answer none of the above?

The album peaked at number 30 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Favourites include Antisocial and Be All, End All.

3. Fistful of Metal (1984)

Racing down the road
In a street machine of steel
Gears are jammed in full
I’m the madman at the wheel

Got my foot pinned to the floor
You can feel the engine roar
I got thunder in my hands
I’m metal thrashing mad, yeah
Metal thrashing mad, yeah

The album includes a cover of Alice Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen”. This is the band’s only album to feature original frontman Neil Turbin and original bassist Dan Lilker.

Favourites include Soldiers of Metal and Metal Thrashing Mad.

2. Spreading the Disease (1985)

Trapped in this nightmare
I wish I’d wake
As my whole life begins to shake
Four walls surround me
An empty gaze
I can’t find my way out of this maze

And I don’t care
Fall in, fall out
Gone without a doubt (help me!)
I can’t take the blame
They don’t feel the shame

It’s a madhouse
Or so they claim
It’s a madhouse
Oh, am I insane?

It was the band’s first album to feature vocalist Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello.

Favourites include Madhouse and Aftershock.

1. Among the Living (1987)

And you won’t fuck around no more – I AM THE LAW
I judge the rich, I judge the poor – I AM THE LAW
Commit a crime I’ll lock the door – I AM THE LAW
Because in Mega-City… I AM THE LAW

The album is dedicated to Cliff Burton of Metallica.

Favourites include Indians and I Am the Law.


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