4 – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Anthrax[/lastfm]’s Among the Living, 1987
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Anthrax[/lastfm]’s breakthrough Among the Living propelled the band to heights that they never could have imagined as a small thrash band from New York. The album is dedicated to fallen [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Metallica[/lastfm] bassist Cliff Burton, who died months before the albums release; it is certainly a record that would have made Cliff proud too as it helped shape what metal would become in the coming years while staying true to the raw thrash sound. On top of all that, it still hits you just as hard in the face as Master of Puppets, Rust in Peace and Reign in Blood, which made it a treat for metal-heads around the globe.
Among the Living made the thrash scene come together full circle upon its release and is highlighted by unforgettable moments in songs like “I Am The Law” & “Indians.” In an interview with Charlie Benante, the longtime [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Anthrax[/lastfm] drummer talked about how it was working with his idol, Eddie Kramer – “I remember wanting Eddie Kramer to do that record because of, me personally, my love of the LED ZEPPELIN stuff and the KISS stuff that he did. He just created this sound, and it’s exactly what we wanted. But the record that we wanted to make and the record that he wanted to make were two different records. He was trying to do a ’90s version of a record, where it had a lot of polish on it, you know. We wanted the opposite. We wanted it as dry as possible. There was a vibe that we were trying to create, and, you know, I guess he had a different take on the whole thing where he was adding a lot of reverb to things. We didn’t want that; we wanted that totally pulled back. And then we settled on what we thought was the right mix… But there were moments where it just kind of got a little weird because for me especially I was like, Well, this is Eddie Kramer. How could I tell Eddie Kramer “no,” because I have so much respect for him? He’s a legend. And at the end of the day, it came out good. I have nothing bad to say.”
Check out an interview with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Anthrax[/lastfm] from 1987 below:
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