Rock Song of the Week

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19 Feb 2021

Anthrax - Random Acts of Senseless Violence

appears on Stomp 442 (1995)

It dawned on me the other day that in the short history of this site, we've featured only 3 of the big 4 of thrash. So it seems about time to do an Anthrax track.

Not to be confused with the bacteria of the same name (as if I actually needed to add that), Anthrax rose to fame in the 1980's and alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, are considered to be pioneers of the thrash metal genre. During their 40 year career, the band has seen a few line up changes, most prominently defined by the the flip flopping between vocalists Joey Belladonna and John Bush who have both left and later rejoined at some point and at least at their first changeover, marked a shift in the band's musical style.

Arguably the peak of Anthrax's sound is the first Belladonna era from '84 - '92 during which they cranked out their 5 most well known albums. So the obvious choice would be to pick a track from this era, right? But no, screw that white noise! Whilst I'm not downplaying how downright ball wrenchingly awesome those albums were, I definitely feel some of their later works don't get the love they deserve.

So here's Random Acts of Senseless Violence, the opening track from their 1995 album Stomp 442. Rock on!

Posted by Cooper "This Isn't Over" Crawley

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