Think of it as Anthrax's And Justice For All. The result is an album which is very far removed from the light of heart sound featured previously featured.
The production, unlike the aforementioned Metallica album, is a very full and heavy sound, with an extremely prominent bass. This in fact, one of the heaviest albums I have ever heard outside of doom metal or derived genres. The low end of the album is even more pronounced than before, which makes the thrashers on this album some of the most powerful Anthrax will ever write. The longer tracks, such as the first 4 tracks, become some of the most epic pure thrash songs of all time, giving them an extreme presence.
Try leaving this album on in the background- you will stop what you are doing after 2 minutes and listen. And what you will find is 5 musicians in top form. Scott Ian writes some incredible riffs for this album, meaning the long mid-tempo songs never get boring looking at you, Time Does Not Heal!
These are helped by a properly meaty and loud guitar tone, which gives these riffs an incredible amount of force behind them. Dan Spitz has always played a secondary role in Anthrax, as solos were never the thing anyone cared about when listening to Anthrax. However, he is very talented, and delivers yet more melodic genius. The finest examples would be the solos found during 'In My World' and 'Time'.
Meanwhile, I don't know what was biting Charlie at the time, but he seems quite incredibly pissed off here.
He delivers a very, very forceful performance, throwing in many, many technically accomplished fills and tasteful use of extended double bass on this album. Frank Bello continues to provide a strong low end, but mostly follows the guitars, save for the Joe Jackson cover, where he throws in a nice little bass solo. Joey sounds rather annoyed here too, probably not helped by the rising tensions between him and the rest of the band.
His voice is just as melodic and powerful as usual, but at the same he time sticks to a lower register and doesn't pull off any extended wails. His voice is also dirtier and rougher than usual, though not enough to be unrecognisable. He doesn't quite fit in with the more serious and heavier, less melodic sound, but he still does a good job.
And the result of their efforts is a usual blend of longer, drawn out, heavier and more epic songs and shorter thrashers. Most of the faster songs are still notably long and slow, save for the Joe Jackson cover. Possibly the only exception is 'H8 Red'.
While far from terrible, it is a bit too slow and dull, and never really progresses. One thing to note, and the main reason several Anthrax fans reject this record, is the marked aesthetic shift on this album.
In addition to heavier, slower and more crushing songs, the lyrics have changed drastically. Serious topics have been dealt with by Anthrax in the past 'The Enemy', 'One World', and 'Who Cares Wins' but they never presented themselves like this.
One of the most biting examples is the opening lyrics to 'In My World: 'I'll bite the hand that feeds me And I could give a damn if that hand needs me Why can't you leave me alone? A lie may fool someone else But it tells you the truth You're weak, just another clone' Never has Anthrax penned such powerful and violent lyrics.
They aren't violent in the way Slayer's lyrics were at the time, but they are shouted forth with such conviction that you have to take them seriously.
You don't sing along, you listen and think. This can prove to be off putting for some, including me. I used to hate this album for being 'dull and overlong'. It is a bit of a slow grower, but eventually a prospective listener starts to realise the true nature of this album.
It is intense, ferocious, nihilistic and cathartic. One look at that excellent cover art pretty much sums it up. This is the absolute peak of Anthrax, and one of the greatest thrash metal albums of all time. Nothing at the time was so crushing, so aggressive, so incredibly powerful and intense as this album. Even the unholy trinity of could never leave such a lasting impression as this album did, and continues to do for just shy of 25 years now.
The only thing a listener could miss is the sing-along factor that Anthrax albums generally have, but there is even a bit of that with the Joe Jackson cover of 'Got the Time'. Sure, 'H8 Red' is a bit weak, but it is still excellent, and the other near perfect 10 tracks surrounding it make up for it.
I absolutely recommend this to fans of Anthrax, especially their 80's material. However, I also recommend this to those that hate the upbeat side of this band, for there is little of that here. Intro To Reality - Anthrax - Persistence Of Time (Cassette is probably the strongest classic Anthrax release. It is also likely their strangest. This is a fairly consistent album with very little that I would dump. This is also pretty different from their previous albums.
The artwork is my favorite of their catalog. On the consistency, most of these songs are pretty good. Got the Time had to grow on me, but the first three in a row is one of the better starts to an album any thrash band has had.
The songs do drop a smidgen, but H8 Red is the only real stinker. It seems too slow, and the feel of the song is just very meh. This is one song though, so all is still well, and a full entire listen is still enjoyable.
This is a rare statement for Anthrax. Euphoria was a weak and odd album, and most of the first two were mediocre USPM. This and Among are the only reasonably consistent albums out of their classic period.
This is different from their previous works in two ways. The first are the lyrics. The previous albums may have been cynical, but not in a dark way. They gave a feel of "street-wise" more than anything else.
This has much more of a condemnation of society feel than the previous ones did. Among and State had toyed with this idea, but it actually comes across well here. The odd swearing is rather needless, but at least their not obsessed with it. The other is the atmosphere to the album. This is several times heavier than anything on State and most of Among. This is a mixture of the new production and their new ability to actually write a good, serious song.
I do miss songs like I Am the Law, but these are about as good, and more consistent. The drumming on this album is pretty good, Benante didn't disappoint.
His double-bass is quite strong, and after Lombardo, he was probably the strongest drummer of the big four. For that matter, he is probably the strongest member of this band instrumentally. I've heard that Benante wrote much of Anthrax's music, which wouldn't surprise me. Anthrax always struck me as very rhythmic-centered album. Bello on bass is loud, but he isn't very interesting. I would liken hearing him to hearing Araya on the second half of Hell Awaits.
Is he audible, yes, but is he doing anything worth hearing, not really. He isn't poor, but I expect something more when the bass is this audible. The vocals are as good as to be expected. Joey has a good deal of range, but he also has a certain grit that I think draws many in.
On this album, the focus is more on the grit. His shrieks are still there, but they are not as prominent. This was his last album with Anthrax, until recently, and I believe it a testament to him how much better this and Worship Music is to anything they've done in the meantime. The guitar playing on this album is very rhythmic. These are some Album) the best riffs Ian and Spitz played, but their not awesome. To be honest, Anthrax's riffing was what turned me off of them for a while.
Most metal bands, I go straight for the riffs. With Anthrax, the riffs are more of the fast or big than anything else. There isn't a ton of variety or technicality, and focusing on them is not the way to go. These are better, but many albums of lower quality had better riffs than this. Since I've also heard that Ian wrote most of the lyrics, he does deserve some congrats, these are the best he's ever done there as well.
As for Spitz, I'm honestly not sure what real purpose he serves. His solos are just weird and don't fit the songs. He does thicken the sound during the rhythms, but I feel like you could just double Ian in the studio for that.
Some of this probably comes off as complaining, but I do enjoy this record. Joey and Charlie were amongst the best in thrash at what they did. I have no idea what the politics were that got Joey kicked out, but their follow-ups were the poorer for it. I docked points for the aforementioned weak song and for the relatively weak guitar playing. If you enjoy thrash and don't hate Anthrax, then I'd say that you need this album. This is the album that people know as the last with singer Joey Belladonna until 's Worship Music.
Belladonna stuck around for another year or two after, but didn't seem to have as much input on the band's later releases, particularly Attack of the Killer Bs, where he is absent on a fair few tracks, suggesting that there was tension in the band.
Inhe was fired and in came John Bush. So, how does the final full length album with Joey Belladonna in his initial run measure up to everything that came before? Well the short answer is: it's fantastic, and it's the best Anthrax album to date. However, I must give a longer answer for the sake of this review.
The most important factor about this particular album is that although it still has an unmistakably thrash metal sound, it has a much more angry feel than any of the band's previous albums, and also abandons the use of humour that was a large part of the previous two albums specifically, Among the Living and State of Euphoria.
Therefore, the subject matter is much darker and more serious, covering themes such as paranoia "Time"isolation "In My World"and intolerance "Keep it in the Family". Joey's vocal delivery is often quite vicious, often using his low register, such as in the beginning of "In My World" in which he sings "I'll bite the hand that feeds me, and I could give a damn if that hand needs me", which is particularly effective in setting the album's overall atmosphere.
The band had lost a lot of their gear in a fire whilst the album was in its early stages, and it certainly seems to have influenced the band member's moods and attitudes, and as a result, greatly influenced the album. Many of the songs last at least 5 minutes, with the first four all lasting minutes each. There are plenty of instrumental elements with solos galore, characteristic of the thrash genre to be heard and enjoyed, in which Scott Ian and co. The passion and overall emotion is to be admired.
The songs get shorter further on in the album but there are still plenty of excellent twists and turns crammed into the songs. The intro is worth praising, however, as it utilises a harmony guitar, played by Charlie Benante, which gives him a good opportunity to show that he is not just musically talented in the drumming department.
It is worth mentioning that Benante has always played a large role in the composition of the band's music, and he certainly excels on this release. These are songs that either contain lyrics that still have a small level of humour in them, or just sound similar musically to a typical track from those albums. What life? What's the difference between you and death? Another example is the cover of Joe Jackson's "Got the Time" which the band speeds through in under 3 minutes.
Quite an appropriate choice of song to cover, too, as it is in keeping with the album's loose concept of time. The album cover itself features a clock with skulls in place of numbers, and skeleton arms in place of the regular "hands" on a clock.
The artwork, as well as some of the lyrics, seem to carry the message that we need to stop hating one another and learn tolerance before, basically, it is too late and we all die or rather, run out of time. We must act now or else we will just watch that time ticking away. This is by far one of the band's most serious efforts, but it's also their best.
Although songs like "Caught in a Mosh" and "Madhouse" are classics that helped Anthrax rise to fame, they are little more than headbanging anthems, which is fine, but Persistence of Time shows that they can go beyond that and tackle more serious subject matter, and put together a damn solid release based around it.
Album number four for New York metal thrashing extraordinaire's Anthrax. Persistence of Time used to be my favorite Anthrax album, and even though I give the edge to Spreading the Disease I still rate this one highly, and I prefer it to the likes of Among the Living. Persistence of Time has the distinction of being Anthrax's most accomplished release, well, as far as musicianship and performances go. The band decided to take themselves seriously here and this album feels right at home amongst the Victims of DeceptionYears of DecayTwisted Into Form crowd.
A lot of the bands slight crossover element is largely missing, with the exception of the "Got The Time" cover, which serves as highly beneficial to the release. The tracks are quite a bit longer than usual here, with the opening four numbers swimming a see of six - seven minute tracks. Anthrax really deliver over the longer time periods and the songs are given a lot more room to grow. When concerning production I feel that by todays standards Persistence of Time happens to stand up the best amongst the bands work with Joey Belladonna.
The mix is fantastic, and the bass has a great prominent sound which as a result leaves this album sounding the heaviest of the Anthrax backlog. From the darker edged riffs, to the build up and dynamics this is all good. Not to blow their wad in the first half of the album we have the awesome "Gridlock" which houses some of Anthrax's most menacing work, and the bad-ass "Belly of the Beast". Proabably the catchiest track on the album not including the coverthis was actually the first Anthrax song I ever heard, and has some fond memories attached to it.
Persistence of Time is a really cool release, and is reflective of its given genre at the time. Thrash was pushing forward in quite an exciting way, yet somehow it all went wrong. Even now when we have a fuck load of caricature thrash bands, none of them try to progress like Anthrax did here. Despite the niggling "Got The Time" the rest of the album is awesome and is of interest of any thrash fan, especially those with interest in the later releases around the late 80's early 90's.
Pulling themselves up off the ground after the critics slated 'State of Euphoria' although their fanbase pushed sales to gold! As much as I like 'State But thankfully that wasn't the case. After being pushed to the sidelines on the last album, Scotty and Dan emerge to drive this album with a tone that is literally one of the heaviest I've heard in all my metal listening years.
It's an insane crunch, which provides a thick layer of groove on lower strings but sounds straight up evil on higher strings. But tone means nothing without riffs, and considering the band didn't give us any particularly special ones on the last album Finale excludedis there any hope for 'Persistence What can I say?
This is a collection of some of thrash metal's meanest riffs! You know that cool circular dance Scott Ian does onstage, where he spins around and stomps whilst still managing to keep hold of his guitar?
It really has to be heard to be believed. Seven of these 11 tracks are amongst thrash's most glorious moments, and the biggest surprise is how stylistically dissimilar some of these songs are. I usually dislike long songs, but the song is driven by such a dark intensity, it's impossible to turn it off, Intro To Reality - Anthrax - Persistence Of Time (Cassette.
It effortlessly combines about 8 different riffs, each one so wonderfully catchy, so impressively heavy, so goddamn engaging I might just declare it Anthrax's best song! The subsequent riff is amongst my favourite, to listen to and to play. It has an Irish Jig-like quality, only played by Dan Spitz backed by a chugging rhythm guitar making sure it doesn't sound as corny as you might think. The motiff originally ascending and descending on the G string with B-C-Db-D then gets used as the middle-eight, adequately transposed for the E string using the chromatic run of Ab-A-Bb-B.
This is just about the most melodic Anthrax has ever gotten, and I sort of wish they'd released more stuff like this, because I really enjoy it. They use this riff alone to introduce 'Belly It's basically a metal companion to the Ramones' anti-Reagan anthem 'Bonzo Goes to Bitburg', also despairing over the rising number of apologetics that pollute our air even to this day search Nizkor Project for the ultimate rebuttal if you ever encounter such vermin.
Joey Belladonna delivers a fiery and diverse vocal performance on 'Persistence You'll find him rapping on 'Discharge' and 'Blood', sounding like a young punk on the Joe Jackson cover 'Got The Time' my friends didn't believe it was the same singer or supplying some of his more familiar melodic harmonies on songs like 'One Man Stands' a tribute to 'Tank Man', the man standing in front of the tanks in that famous picture from the Tiananmen Square protests and 'Keep It In The Family' apparently based on the racial tension in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, which escalated after the tragic murders of three black teenagers during the 80's.
He makes the best of some quite terrible lyrics too: 'Raging like a bull inside a cage, Just give me a stage, Where this bull can rage! I particularly like the way Joey's accent is allowed to bleed through his vocals, resulting in an almost urban-like fury, which I feel strengthens the lyrics and themes we're presented with. Unfortunately, the growing tension inside the band gives the bitter but seemingly harmless songs 'H8 Red' and 'Gridlock' a depressing hidden meaning.
The second verse of 'Gridlock' is most telling: 'I like to keep my friends around me close, But my enemies closer, Friends accept me for just who I am, Not someone I'm supposed to be, Or something they expect for free. Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention. This is Joey Belladonna's last Anthrax album. Fans saw it as the ultimate betrayal, removing one of the most recognisable singers in thrash metal all for the sake of popularity.
Others saw it as necessary, a step into the right direction. It's still a major talking point when debating the decline of thrash metal in the early 90's. Ironically for the band, they've never been as popular since Joey left, almost sinking in to total obscurity at the turn of the millenium. Putting these things aside, the only other criticism I have relates purely to a recording error. The first time I heard 'Time' with headphones on, I heard a strange whistling in one of the verses, which was so unexpected and freaky, I looked around the empty room for the trespassing culprit.
At first I assumed it was Charlie accidentally whistling the vocal line when recording the drum track, but I'm told it's a fairly common mistake and a result of the vocal reverb. Hopefully if they ever decide to remaster 'P. So that's 'Persistence of Time'. A shining example of how serious Anthrax could be, without sacrificing interesting melodies the biggest fault of 'State of Euphoria'. Dan Spitz's solos are better than ever see 'Time', 'Keep It In The Family', Frankie's bass is much missed check out his solo in 'Got The Time'Scott's riffs are without fault, Charlie's drumming is impressive yet again and Joey's vocals fits so well amongst all this, which makes it all the worse that it's his last appearance.
The amount of riffs, song lengths and variety encorporated on this album seem to have earned it acceptance by fans of progressive metal, who hail it as Anthrax's Intro To Reality - Anthrax - Persistence Of Time (Cassette technically satisfying album to date. They believed the only way was up.
Then Joey got kicked. Persistence of Time mixes the old Anthrax trademark of a very punk influenced thrash metal style with a more mid tempo Progressive style. The songs themselves can be divided into three categories mid-tempo progressive thrash, epic mid-tempo progressive thrash, and the more strait forward thrashers. Persistence of Time is much longer than other Anthrax albums clocking in at just under and hour and fortunately it works well anthrax was always good at writing longer songs.
Persistence of Time is also far more melodic than on any Anthrax release before or after. Joey as usual pulls of his high pitch classic metal styled vocals but this time around he uses more mid-range and thrash shouts than on any Anthrax release before. Dan Spitz and Scott Ian trade off some of their best lead and riff work throughout Persistence of Time. Charlie Benante pulls off his tightest performance of his career filling Persistence with great double kick bass, fills, and hand drumming.
Joey Belladonna does utilize some rap type gang vocals on Time and Blood fortunately they are used rarely. Too many songs also clutter Persistence of Time Anthrax should have shaved the album down a couple of songs for momentums sake.
If Anthrax worked on Persistence of Time a bit more it could have easily been their magnum opus. I highly recommend this album to any fans of Anthrax and Progressive thrash.
Are you still with me? This song is also a fan favorite and the way the intro processes into the song in simple but effective and very memorable. Both these songs are never really fast raging thrash metal but they are incredibly catchy and feature some great riffs and a superb vocal performance. The production was close to flawless and sounds pretty heavy and tight. And that is saying a lot of coure.
Anthrax have made a bunch of excellent thrash metal albums over their exsistence. Some have been more succeeded and some less. Anthrax most famous albums were done in the second half of the 80's and early 90's with singer Joey Belladonna but still it was "Spreading The Disease" and "Among The Living" that got really big.
They should've been that! Well, that what I'm gonna explain right here, right now Anthrax always had great subjects with their albums that featured Joey Belladonna, and so has this album. Time is something that's involving everyone in the whole world and time can be really interesting depending on what the subject is about. I like their direction of making an album about time.
It's interesting. This album's filled with a lot of lengthy songs without getting dry and the whole album is kinda dark and epic sometimes. The opening track is called "Time" and it's a really heavy track that immediately show you that Anthrax still got it and it's also a little reminding of the whole "State Of Euphoria" thing. It's so heavy that you just bang your head while it feels like you get your ass kicked by a giant boot.
It's just so perfect with some perfect riffs to a great and catchy chorus while Dan's solo is awesome. The fastest song is "Gridlock", not the best one but still a killer. The cover of Joe Jackson's "Got The Time" is really catchy while "H8 Red" is probably the most booring song here even though it's still good.
The production is really nice. Like the other Anthrax albums this one has a different sound but it still sounds like good ole Anthrax. The whole thing is as I mentioned before, darker and a little epic. The drums is just breaking. They just blasts out some thrashin' madness which is followed by crushing guitars and a crushing bass. Joey Belladonna's vocals sounds as usual awesome.
A lot of the perfection on Anthrax's albums are the vocals. The cast is doing great. These five guys are some of the best musicians in the metal business. Joey Belladonna has one of the absolutely greatest voices in metal history while Scott Ian is a fantastic rhythm guitarist. Dan Spitz's doing a whole bunch of insane solos here while Frank Bello and Charlie Benante are two of the most insane musicians ever.
Everyone's great and the only time it's been better in my opinion is on "Spreading The Disease". So finally to my last comments on "Persistence Of Time" Every track is awesome. This album's almost perfect, the only thing is that not all tracks are 11 out of 10 but just 10 out of All tracks are awesome though. I really recommend this album, it's great in any way. You can bang your head, swing along or just relax to it.
There's eleven of the finest thrash pieces you can find on one CD and Anthrax is the author of them. If you find this album then I strongly sugest that you check it out 'cause it's worth it.
Believe me! This was the very last masterpiece they did. They will probably never come up to this quality again so let's keep the memory of the classics alive by listening to them. Anthrax forever! This is no doubt at least in my mind one of Anthrax's best album. It takes the more serious approach of their prevous album, State of Euphoria, and raises the bar several notches in terms of heaviness and overall songwrting.
Pre-orders can be placed here. Simultaneously, I was at the height of my Salvador Dali phase, I was just absorbed Album) his art, and I wanted to tie the two together — Salvador Dali and time.
Everything came together nicely. We all became good friends. And it was great to work in Manhattan again, especially at Electric Lady Studios.
It was a really cool experience. Today, something like that would be motorized, but back init had to be done manually using a hand crank on the back of the clock. My bass tech from that time, Troyit was his job to keep those hands turning during those two songs, throughout the entire songs.
I mean, what a workout that guy got from turning that crank.
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