Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, it’s Anthrax’s We’ve Come For You All, which was released on February 27, 2003.
I need to point out first that drummer Charlie Benante is an absolutely amazing drummer. Even though I’m not a huge Anthrax fan, I love his sound and style. “Nobody Knows Anything” is a great example. Another note, even though this is sacrilege to say, is that I do greatly prefer John Bush, the vocalist on this album, over Joey Belladonna. His voice just has more aggression and power to it, in my opinion. The album is aggressive, and very heavy. The fury and energy is all there. It also has quite a bit more tracks than most thrash albums I listen to, so it will definitely give you your Anthrax fill. A last cool side note is that Dimebag plays for one of the last times (the album was released about a year before his death) on the tracks “Strap it On” and “Cadillac Rock Box.”
The lyrics on the album are a bit lacking. They’re a bit obvious, and watered down for my taste. In general, I just feel the album has a more dated sound to it. It has riffs and parts that sound like they were catering to the more nu-metal/alternative metal sound that was rising at the time. Whether you like those genres or not is a different story, but I feel some parts of this album are deliberately just trying to ride the wave of the times, and makes it a bit dated now. Specifically, tracks like “Superhero” makes me feel this way.
Favorite Tracks: “What Doesn’t Die,” “Any Place But Here,” “Nobody Knows Anything.”
I’m not exactly sure if I should recommend this one or not. It’s a pretty decent release for what it is, but what it is seems to be dated, and swept away in the tides of time. I don’t really think it’s satisfying for most Anthrax fans, and I think most thrash fans in general will find it to be very commercial. If you liked the sounds of early/mid 2000’s “mainstream” metal, I think there’s a lot for you here, but if you were happy when those trends (mostly) ended, you’ll be happy to avoid this album.