Episode 232: Anthrax, Omnium Gatherum, Omnihility 2016 Album Reviews

Try Harder Next Time

Well, this time we recorded the show before hitting the slopes, but we didn’t get to edit and such until after.  So, late again (get used to it), here were are with brand new releases that we are actually interested in hearing what you think about.  I mean, yeah, the whole point of this is we share our thoughts and you use that knowledge at your discretion.  However, we feel like we are missing a little something at some points here, so we want to know what you think!  Use that comments section and share you thoughts!  Be heard!

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Reviews:
Anthrax For All Kings (Megaforce)
Omnium Gatherum – Grey Heavens (Lifeforce)
Omnihility Dominion of Misery (Unique Leader)


Anthrax – For All Kings


Omnium Gatherum – Grey Heavens


Omnihility – Dominion Of Misery

 

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2 thoughts on “Episode 232: Anthrax, Omnium Gatherum, Omnihility 2016 Album Reviews

  1. Lots of thoughts and things to comment on, but I only have time right now for the most immediate and relevant to this week’s episode, which would be about Anthrax.

    We certainly have different backgrounds with Anthrax. I was around during their hey day and can tell you that around here (call it the greater New York metropolitan area, of which I include southern Connecticut), Anthrax was a pretty big deal in the late 1980s. Among the “Big 4” bands, certainly more kids in my circle of friends were listening to Anthrax than Slayer. At the time, Slayer was a fringe band that crossed the line into being a bit too evil for our innocent young teenage minds. Anthrax was a bit jokey and corny and even funny, which appealed much better to 13 year boys. Then Anthrax released “I’m The Man” which was a game changer. It was just an EP, but it was notable for 2 songs. The obvious being the title track, which was a rap. It came out right after Run DMC and the Beastie Boys became staples on MTV and teenage boys such as myself were becoming quite comfortable listening to both metal and rap. Here was a single band that was doing both. It seemed like Anthrax was both revolutionary and that it was perfectly normal for them to release a rap song. The I’m The Man EP also had a cover of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” by Black Sabbath. The EP went directly from a jokey rap song into the epitome of what a heavy metal song was at that time. Listening to the “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” cover by Anthrax sparked me and my friends to seek out some other Black Sabbath, which went towards solidifying a lifelong love of metal.

    Then when lead singer Joey Belladonna left Anthrax, I promptly forgot about them for the next 20 years. Worship Music came out in 2011 and proceeded to get some good critical acclaim, so I gave it a shot. I loved it. It was certainly a top 5 album for me in 2011, and there were some great albums in 2011. Is For All Kings as good as Worship Music? I’d have to say that I think Worship Music is a hair better. I agree with the label that you’ve given the current sound of Anthrax as pop-rock thrash. I think it works great for them and what their audience wants from them at this time. I’m no longer that 13 year boy that might be amused by songs like “I’m The Man” and “Efilnikcufesin (NFL)” even if they still have a favorable nostalgic place for me. Some radio-friendly rock/metal performed by veterans who I have a previous appreciation and respect for is right up my alley. I’ve been listening to a lot of black metal and tech death so far this year, but sometimes I just want to rock out with some good clean old fashioned metal with a capital M. For All Kings fits that bill perfectly for me.

    1. Very well said! I also really appreciate your perspective on their legacy as I came onto the scene a few years later than you, and in a region where they didn’t have quite that same impact. They were a band I knew the name of, but other than “Bring The Noise” I had no real knowledge of their sound pre-Worship Music.

      -N

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