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Anthrax: For All Kings

There's little doubt that Anthrax's Worship Music was one of the best comeback albums in recent memory. It had been some time, well actually it was quite some time prior to its release that Anthrax had totally fallen of my radar, after being a band that I had spent a lot of time listening to back in the eighties. The band changed and despite the rare highlight my enthusiasm for the group rapidly deflated. Finally they reunited with lead vocalist Joey Belladonna which was the reunion that so many had wanted, and with the classic line-up almost complete Anthrax then gave us what so many referred to as their finest album in years. It wasn't to be a total return to the classic thrash metal of albums like Among The Living as style wise the band has of course changed over time. On Worship Music the band incorporated everything so well both past and present, and in doing so greatly rekindled both mine and no doubt countless others interest one again in one of metal's most significant groups.

Its hard to believe that Worship Music was released in 2011 it just doesn't seem that long ago, and now some five years later the band have followed it up with For All Kings. My expectations for Worship Music really weren't that high, sure Belladonna was back where he belongs but the album truly surpassed my expectations. So it was quite the opposite in regard to For The Kings, and I'm happy to say that For All Kings is another very impressive album. Though after hearing the highly addictive "Breathing Lightning" before the album was released I was confident that they wouldn't disappoint.

Belladonna sounds fantastic, new lead guitarist Jon Donais makes for a lethal addition alongside Scott Ian delivering so many killer riffs and shredding solos, and the rhythm section of drummer Charlie Benante and bass player Frank Bello are kicking it up big time like their potent performances on the very heavy and enthralling "Suzerain". This long running act are in great shape, there is so much to like about For All Kings, and as good as Dystopia is I really do feel that overall For The Kings clearly surpasses the latest from Megadeth. It's heavy, melodic and so very catchy as Anthrax does a top job catering for fans of their classic era while also putting that modern metal spin in the mixture, there's actually a surprising amount of variety on the album. It's also full of surprises, For The Kings is not what you would call predictable album, you soon discover that with opener "You Gotta Belive" as the band shifts tempo and style, the ligther section is so effective before that thrash metal returns. Speaking of which For All Kings may not be on thrash metal overloaded but there is a component.

So get yourself a copy For All Kings and crank it up, as the Anthrax of old is back and I'm loving it.

Track Listing
1. You Gotta Believe
2. Monster At The End
3. For All Kings
4. Breathing Lightning
5. Suzerain
6. Evil Twin
7. Blood Eagle Wings
8. Defend/Avenge
9. All Of Them Thieves
10. This Battle Chose Us
11. Zero Tolerance

Added: February 27th 2016
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1811
Language: english

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