When Anthrax was formed in 1981, no one could have predicted that status that the band was to achieve. With thrash metal rising in popularity in the 1980’s, Anthrax quickly became one of the most popular thrash metal bands and was considered to be one of the “Big Four” bands in the genre along with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. The band now has over 30 years under its belt and is still going strong. Anthrax still performs at a breakneck pace that has been a hallmark of the band since the beginning and still plays the fast and loud music that it has created since its inception (although the band has mixed in elements from other genres at times). The band is known not just for its thrash sound but also for dark lyrics that can also be surprisingly poignant. Among all of the songs that have received acclaim over the years, there still remain some hidden gems in the band’s extensive catalogue. Here are the 5 most underrated songs by Anthrax.
5. “Burst” (2001): A song about opinions by a band that is known for being outspoken in its lyrics seems like a perfect fit and this song proves that it is. This is the song that announced to the world that Anthrax was still a force even in a new millennia.
4. “In the End” (2011): This song was dedicated to two of the band’s friends and fellow musicians that passed away too soon, Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell, and that makes this song and these lyrics all the more powerful when taken in the light of losing someone you care about.
3. “Crush” (1998): This song is pure adrenaline and aggression as the band unleashes its fury on its instruments and violent vocals. The song was released as a single but is relatively unknown outside of the band’s diehard fans.
2. “Medusa” (1985): This song is about Medusa from Greek mythology who was turned into a monster for the simple fact that her beauty was equal to, or possibly greater than, the goddess Aphrodite. While the song describes the curse laid upon Medusa and the way in which she would trap and destroy men, it is vague enough that it can be seen as a warning about wicked women in general.
1. “Catharsis” (1998): It is not surprising that a song from what is considered by many fans to be the band’s worst album, “Volume 8: The Threat is Real,” but this song is a hard rocker of a song in the band’s unmistakable style and the lyrics are very strong to match up with the pounding music.