Sound — 9
This is the album in which Anthrax became a heavy hitter in thrash metal. The razor-like sound of Ian and Spitz's guitars sound menacing and Bello's finger plucking bass (on his first album with the band) just brings speedy reminiscance of Steve Harris and beneath all that is Charlie's hard pounding drums. Just listen to the intensity of songs like A.I.R, or Madhouse. It's enough to make you wanna punch someone!
Lyrics — 9
Joey Belladonna's first album with the band. To Me he is one of the most underated or unknown singers in history. His voice is comparable to the likes of Tate, Dickenson, and Halford, which it's rare to hear a singer like that in thrash metal. The lyrics are pretty good with comic book heroism (Lone Justice), to being locked away (Madhouse) or being seduced (Medusa).
Overall Impression — 9
If you are a fan of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Iron Maiden, or Priest, than you will probably maybe definatley love this intense album. My favorite songs are Lone Justice, Medusa, Madhouse, AIR, and Armed and Dangerous. If it was stolen I would definatley download it to my mp3 player. I mean this is a very underated album. My only complaint is that sometimes the drumming in the songs get repetetive.