Sound — 7
While I like thrash metal, Anthrax comes in third behind Megadeth and then old Metallica. I wasn't expecting too much from "Worship Music" and so I was pleasantly surprised. "Worship Music" will never be my favorite thrash album but it is a very respectable album, especially after 8 years of nothing from Anthrax. There are 13 tracks on the album, and the album has a respectable length. "Worship Music" does seem like at times it isn't quite fast enough to be considered thrash metal, but only at certain points in the album.
The guitar sounds are okay, but to me it seems like the tone doesn't meet the standards that Anthrax has set with some of their previous releases. Possibly my feelings about the guitar tone are more my feelings about the overall mixing of the album. The drums leave me unimpressed while the drum parts are competent and fit the songs they aren't really inspiring. While I wasn't really impressed with the guitar tone on the album, the actual guitar work was competent and at points really impressive. I think this would definitely be close to my favorite Anthrax album.
Lyrics — 7
The vocal delivery fits really well with the music. Joey Belladonna has returned since 2010 to provide vocals for Anthrax, and I couldn't be happier about that he is without a doubt my favorite Anthrax vocalist. According to interviews I read with Joey Belladonna, he had no creative input on this album and that is a shame. From what I read he came into the studio alone and tracked his vocals and e-mailed them to the rest of the band to approve. I've read conflicting accounts some say Belladonna had to come in and just record pre-written lyrics and other accounts say that he did rewrite some of the lyrics. Either way, I was impressed with Joey's vocal delivery.
As a rule, I'm not usually impressed with the lyrics in thrash metal with just a few exceptions. While none of the lyrics from "Worship Music" are mind blowing, they are all pretty solid. They do avoid the pitfall common to a lot of thrash metal lyrics as none of the lyrics seemed to be overly dramatic and stupid. All the lyrics felt right in the context of the music. I'm glad to see Joey Belladonna back with Anthrax and hopefully we won't have to wait 8 years for their next release.
Overall Impression — 6
The first track on the album, "Worship" is a complete waste of space on the album of 1 minute and 40 seconds. There are no lyrics, no real instrumentation just some very light ambient noise. My favorite song off of Worship Music" is "In The End". "In The End" is actually really impressive to me and I am going to be trying to tab it out. It really manages to have a creepy epic feel to it. My second favorite song is "I'm Alive". I really enjoyed the main riff from "The Constant" as well.
I'm really conflicted on how I feel about "Worship Music". On the one hand, most of the songs are really solid and a few I really like. On the other hand, there is some serious trash and waste of space on this album. "Hymn 1" and "Hymn 2" are as worthless as "Worship" and it kind of leaves a sour taste in my mouth for so much filler in an album. I would much rather have received an Anthrax album with 9 solid songs on it instead of a 13 track album with a quarter of the album being filler trash. I'm an album type of person vs. a single song type of person and sometimes a few bad songs will ruin an album for me.