Anthrax is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's fourth album, State of Euphoria, with a deluxe remastered reissue that includes bonus tracks, a 20-page booklet and studio outtakes. The reissue—which is due out Oct. 5 on Island Records/Universal Music Enterprises—will be released on CD and on vinyl, with the vinyl albums available in traditional black or limited-edition red and yellow.
Originally released in 1988, State of Euphoria is best known for Anthrax's "Antisocial" anthem. The bonus tracks on the reissue include French and live versions of "Antisocial," in addition to other Anthrax B-sides that were originally released for the album's singles. The reissue's second disc consists of outtakes and conversations from the State of Euphoria recording sessions.
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, who is the band's archivist, helmed the reissue and commented in a statement: "State of Euphoria’ is the album that we always felt we never got to finish properly. We wished we had had a little more time to spend on it. But, having revisited it while putting together this package, I really got to enjoy it again, it took me back to that time when everything was a whirlwind.”
In addition to the original album’s artwork, the anniversary package includes never-before-seen personal snapshots of the band members, tour admats/posters, plus two Anthrax magazine covers, from 1988-1989. The booklet includes liner notes written by Alexander Milas, former editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer, as well as personal fan quotes that Benante solicited on social media. The Anthrax drummer added, “I think fans will be really excited when they see their own quotes in the package."
As previously reported, Anthrax has had a busy 2018, with headlining shows, a co-headlining tour with Killswitch Engage, as well as a tour with Slayer. Anthrax's live DVD/Blu-ray Kings Among Scotland was released in April. Anthrax's fall 2018 European tour with Slayer, Lamb of God and Obituary kicks off Nov. 1 in Dublin and ends Dec. 8 in Helsinki, Finland.
Here is the complete track list of the 30th-anniversary reissue of Anthrax's State of Euphoria:
* Bonus tracks
Disc Two - Statements of Euphoria (Charlie’s Archives)