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ANTHRAX – “State Of Euphoria” 30th Anniversary Reissue

According to this Amazon listing, ANTHRAX’s 30th anniversary edition of their 1988 album “State Of Euphoria” will be released on October 05th via Island Records. The band’s drummer Charlie Benante oversaw the new mastering job for the release, which will arrive in digital, 2-CD and vinyl formats. A bonus disc featuring the band’s takes on Sex Pistols‘ “Friggin’ In The Riggin’“, Kiss‘ “Parasite” and more, as well as previously unreleased outtakes of some of the album’s tracks will be included. Expect more details soon.

Nearly as much as Metallica or Megadeth, Anthrax were responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal. Combining the speed and fury of hardcore punk with the prominent guitars and vocals of heavy metal, they helped create a new subgenre of heavy metal on their early albums. Original guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz were a formidable pair, spitting out lightning-fast riffs and solos that never seemed masturbatory. Unlike Metallica or Megadeth, they had the good sense to temper their often serious music with a healthy dose of humor and realism. After their first album, Fistful of Metal, singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello joined the lineup. Belladonna helped take the band farther away from conventional metal clichés, and over the next five albums (with the exception of 1988’s State of Euphoria, where the band sounded like it was in a creative straitjacket), Anthrax arguably became the leaders of speed metal. As the ’80s became the ’90s, they also began to increase their experiments with hip-hop, culminating in a tour with Public Enemy in 1991 and a joint re-recording of PE’s classic “Bring the Noise.”

The remainder of the decade saw the band continuing to both flex and expand its sonic muscle, but lineup changes and label woes remained a constant stress throughout, and by 2003 they were only playing sporadically. In 2010, after a seven-year hiatus, Anthrax reconvened for Worship Music, a return to form that many called their most potent offering since 1990’s Persistence of Time.

Source: The PRP