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Anthrax

Fistful of Metal

Megaforce Records

CD*MRI*469

February 14th, 1984

KICK*ASS*METAL rating

100 out of 100 blood dripping skulls with grey matter oozing from the eye sockets

PERFECT METAL

TIMELESS MASTERPIECE

TOP 100 Traditional heavy metal album of all-time.

TOP 100 Extreme metal albums of all-time.

This is going to be more of a editorial than a record review. When collecting 1980’s metal one has to go back from the underground year zero, in 1983 for the kind of music that is covered here. That album was Exciter “Heavy Metal Maniac” for me, others it would of been Metallica “Kill ’em All”

As a fan of heavier heavy metal since the Summer of 1980, I started with Tygers of Pan Tang “Wild Cat”. And when looking for heavier heavy metal with RIFFS there was only one source of inspiration for metal fans back in August 1981  to around Sept 1986, that publication was called KICK*ASS monthly.

Once can collect 1990’s metal by reading everything on the internet, because the information is pretty much, as it was in real time.

But for 1980’s metal fans, you really have to obtain ever magazine by Bob Muldowney’s KICK*ASS monthly, and a successor publication Laurent Ramadier’s “Snakepit” Magazine France. And from there find your guilty pleasure ones rather it be Wild Rags, Metal Rendezvous, Metal Forces or whatever….

Laurent Ramadier is a better journalist that Bob Muldowney in the metallic art of knowing what is a molten metal riff.

When you become a fan of the 1990’s avant garde movement, and the 1990’s gothic metal movement and especially,when the death metal age dominated the world since 1991. Your going to be at a complete disadvantage. If you do not know the small increments in metal’s evolution. Metal’s first avant garde metal album was in 1987 Celtic Frost “Into the Pandemonium”

For all music before the year 2000, hunt down the main publications that existed back in metallic history, for collecting 1980’s metal, (KICK*ASS monthly, Sounds of Death..etc.)because the information is correct, and not butchered to death, like it is on most heavy metal webzines, and for reading metal encyclopedia’s on-line forget it. No moderators with any taste or any class as to what there doing. Knowing the history of the genre, not important to them at all.

It is hilarious how many top 100 albums of all-time have a strange and bizarre record ratings, in the internet era. For this album there is only one historically correct, rating score for this album 100 out of 100.

Our hall of fame list is heavily based on what KICK*ASS monthly did, mostly on the Motorhead side of the heavy metal spectrum, so it is not perfect, Motorhead was one of my favorite bands back in 1980, and still today.

Because the band keeps its core/ original sound even after losing its over the top savage factor.

Since there is 99,015 bands for a metal collector to consider for a record collection.

If anyone says there 24,750 bands with albums better than this album Anthrax “Fistful of Metal”, they are just wrong, and totally off target taste for this publication, and they just do not understand the major concepts of heavy metal.

Anthrax “Fistful of Metal” is a cassette, record or CD that every metallic fan of heavy metal must own 30 copies of in the record collection @ all-times.

Anthrax “Fistful of Metal” is a title i re-add to my CD collection every year.

The KICK*ASS*METAL molten metal with riffs hall of fame list is just a cheat sheet everyone has in the back of there minds, in the event any of these titles get re-issued or end up at the second hand record store buy mistake. (aka a wild f!@# up when cleaning out your collection).

If you have been a heavy metal fan since 1978 like i have, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN when I SAY THIS IS A TOP 100 album of all-time. And if your a death metal fan since the death metal age happened in 1991, read the previous sentence over 500 times, and then run to the record store and grab this one, when getting the newest death metal sensation.

“The Farther back you can look. the farther forward you are likely to see” quote by Winston Churchill.

The first thrash metal album was released in December 1983 which was Slayer’s “Show No Mercy”. Metallica & Anthrax played POWERFUL speedy heavy metal with POWER.

Between Black Sabbath’s debut album on Friday the 13th, Feb 13, 1970 and when NWOBHM became out-dated by the Power Metal movement, this album is total metallic evocation for those, in the know and up on power metal and thrash metal.  Anthrax “Fistful of Metal” is totally jaw-dropping masterpiece.

KICK*ASS METAL WITH MOLTEN METAL RIFFS.

Abattoir- Vicious Attack
Accept- Restless and Wild
Acid- Acid
ACID * MANIAC
ACID LIVE IN BELGIUM ’84
Agent Steel- Skeptics Apocalypse
Agent Steel * Mad Locust Rising
Anacrusis- Screams and Whispers.
ANGEL DUST- INTO THE DARK PAST
Angel Witch * Angel Witch
ANNIHILATOR * ALICE IN HELL
Annihilator * Never, Neverland
ANTHRAX- FISTFUL OF METAL * MEGAFORCE RECORDS
Anthrax * ARMED AND DANGEROUS * MEGAFORCE RECRODS
Anthrax * Spreading the Disease … features songs written by Neil Turbin…
Anvil- Metal on Metal
ANVIL- FORGED IN FIRE
Anvil- Live in concert
Anvil-Worth the weight
ANVIL CHORUS * THOUGHT CRIMES
Anvil Chorus * The Killing Sun
Artillery * Fear Of Tomorrow
ARTILLERY * TERROR SQUAD
ARTILLERY * By Inheritance
ATHEIST- PIECE OF TIME
ATHEIST- UNQUESTIONABLE PRESENCE
Attacker-Battle at Helms Deep
Attacker-Second Coming

BATHROY * BATHORY
Bathory * The Return…
Bitch * Damnation Alley
Bitch- Be My Slave
Black Death * Black Death * Auburn Records
Black Sabbath- Mob Rules
BLIND ILLUSION- THE SANE ASYLUM
Bloodlust – Guilty As Sin
BLESSED DEATH * KILL OR BE KILLED * MEGAFORCE RECORDS
BLITZKRIEG * A TIME OF CHANGES
Bulldozer * The Day of Wrath
Bulldozer * the Final Seperation
Bulldozer * IX

CACOPHONY- SPEED METAL SYMPHONY
Cage- Astromy
Candlemass-Nightfall
Carnivore * Carnivore
Cathedral- Supernatural Birth Machine
CELTIC FROST- MORBID TALES
Celtic Frost- Emperors Return
Celtic Frost- To Mega therion
CELTIC FROST- INTO THE PANDEMONIUM
Chastain * Mystery of Illusion
Chastain * Ruler of the Wasteland
Chastain * The 7th of Never
Chastain * The Voice of Cult
Chastain- For those who Dare
CHASTAIN- IN A OUTRAGE
COVEN * WITCHCRAFT REAPS MINDS AND DESTROYS SOULS…direct influence on MERCYFUL FATE
COVEN * Worship New Gods…Coven …aka Coven13
COVEN13 DESTINY OF THE GODS
CIRITH UNGOL * FROST AND FIRE
CIRITH UNGOL * KING OF THE DEAD
Crimson Glory- Crimson Glory
CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER * CONVICTED
Culprit- Guilty As Charged
CYNIC * FOCUS

Dark Age- Dark Age 1984 Gnarly Records/ Greenworld
Dark Angel * We Have Arrived
DARK ANGEL * DARKNESS DESCENDS
DARK ANGEL * LEAVE SCARS
DEF DEALER * KEEPER OF THE FLAME
DEF DEALER * JOURNEY INTO FEAR
DEATH- SCREAM BLOODY GORE
DEATH * LEPORSY
DEATH- SPIRITUAL HEALING
DEATH- HUMAN
DEATH-INDIVIDUAL THOUGH PATTERNS
DEATH * Symbolic
Death Angel- The Ultra-Violence
DEATH ANGEL- ACT III
Death Strike-Fuckin’ Death
Ded Engine * Ded Engine … aka ” Hot Shot ” in Europe
Ded Engine * Hot Shot
Ded Engine * Hold A Grudge
Deep Switch- Nine inches of God
DESTRUCTION- INFERNAL OVERKILL
Diamond Head * Diamond Head…1980 …aka Lightning to the Nations
Diamond Head- Lightning to the Nations
Diamond Head- Behold the Beginning
Discharge * Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing
Dream Death- Journey Into Mystery
DOCTOR BUTCHER- DOCTOR BUTCHER

EXCITER- HEAVY METAL MANIAC
Exciter- VIOLENCE AND FORCE * ON MEGAFORCE RECORDS
ECXICER HEAVY METAL MANIAC/ VIOLENCE AND FORCE …1989 CD …ON MEGAFORCE RECORDS
Exhorder- Slaughter in the Vatican
EXODUS- A LESSON IN VIOLENCE- 1984 ADVANCE CASSETTE
EXODUS- BONDED BY BLOOD
EXODUS- PLEASURES OF THE FLESH
EXODUS- A LESSON IN VIOLENCE (LIVE @ STUDIO 54 + 1986 demo with Paul Baloff)
EXODUS-ANOTHER LESSON IN VIOLENCE (LIVE)
EXODUS- BONDED BY BALOFF (A.L.I.V::REMASTERED)
Exorcist * Nightmare Theatre
EXUMER * POSSESSED BY FIRE

FATES WARNING * NIGHT ON BROKEN
Fear of God * Within The Veil
FORBIDDEN- FORBIDDEN EVIL
FORBIDDEDN * TWISTED INTO FORM

Girlschool * Hit and Run
GRAVE DIGGER * HEAVY METAL BREAKDOWN * ON MEGAFORCE RECORDS
GRAVE DIGGER * WITCH KILLER * MEGAFORCE RECORDS
THE GREAT KAT- WORSHIP ME OR DIE!
THE GREAT KAT- BEETHOVEN ON SPEED
THE GREAT KAT- BEETHOVEN SHREDS
Griffin- Flight of the Griffin

Hawaii- One Nation Underground
HALLOWEEN * DON’T METAL WITH EVIL * 1984 ADVANCE ALBUM ON CASSETTE WITH ORIGINAL ARTWORK
HALLOWEEN- DON’T METAL WITH EVIL
Hell- Hell (1982)…Demos come with 2 disc version of 2011 CD
H-Bomb- Attaque
HEATHEN- BREAKING THE SILENCE
HEATHEN- VICTIMS OF DECEPTION
HEATHEN-RECOVERED
HIRAX- RAGING VIOLENCE
HIRAX * NOT DEAD YET … RAGING VIOLENCE ON CD
HOLOCAUST- THE NIGHTCOMERS
Holy Moses * The New Machine of Lichtenstien
Holy Moses * Strength, Will, Power, Passion
Holy Moses * In the Power of Now

Imagika * Imagika
Imagika * Worship
IMAGIKA * And So it Burns
Infernal Majesty * None Shall Defy
Insanity- Death after Death
IRON MAIDEN- IRON MAIDEN
IRON MAIDEN- KILLERS
Iron Maiden- The Number of the Beast

Jaguar- Power Games
JAG PANZER- AMPLE DESTRUCTION
Judas Priest * Killing Machine
Judas Priest * Hellbent for Leather * aka Killing Machine
JUDAS PREIST * UNLEASHED IN THE EAST
Judas Priest- British Steel
Judas Priest- Painkiller

Killer * Wall of Sound
Killer- Shock Waves
King Diamond-Fatal Portrait
King Diamond- Abigail
King Diamond- Them
Kreator- Endless Pain
Kreator – Pleasure to Kill

Liege Lord- Master Control

Macbre- Gloom
Malediction- Condamnes
Manowar * Battle Hymns
MANOWAR- INTO GLORY RIDE * MEGAFORCE RECORDS
MANOWAR * HAIL TO ENGLAND
Massacre- From Beyond
MASTER- MASTER
MASTER- 1985 ALBUM UNRELEASED
MEDIEVAL- MEDIEVAL …aka 1983 Medieval Cassette album
Medieval- ALL KNOBS TO THE RIGHT
MEDIEVAL * MEDIEVAL …aka Reign of Terror 1986 EP
MEDIEVAL- MEDIEVAL KILLS
MEGADETH- RUST IN PEACE
MERCYFUL FATE- 1982 EP
MERCYFUL FATE- MELISSA
MERCYFUL FATE- DON’T BREAK THE OATH
MERCYFUL FATE- CURSE OF THE PHARAOHS
MERCYFUL FATE- THE BEGINNING
MERCYFUL FATE- RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE
MERCYFUL FATE- INTO THE SHADOWS
METAL CHURCH * METAL CHURCH * 1984 Ground Zero with extra track BIG GUNS
METAL CHRCH * METAL CHURCH * 1986 CD of the 1984 LP
METALLICA- NO LIFE TIL LEATHER
METALLICA- NO LIFE TIL LEATHER version w/ 16 minute Ron McGovney interview
METALLICA- NIGHT OF THE RIVETTHEADS …aka No life til leather wit Power metal bonus tracks tacked on the end
METALLICA* LIVE * METAL UP YOUR ASS..1983 DEMO CASSETTE
METALLICA- KILL EM ALL * MEGAFORCE RECORDS
Metallica- RIDE THE LIGHTNING * MEGAFORCE RECORDS
Metallica- Creeping Death/ Jump in the Fire CD
Metallica- Master of Puppets
Morbid Angel- ABOMINATIONS OF DESOLATION
MORBID ANGEL- ALTARS OF MADNESS
MORBID ANGEL BLESSED ARE THE SICK
MORBID ANGEL * COVENANT
MORDBID ANGEL * DOMINATION
MORBID ANGEL* ENTANGLED IN CHAOS
Motorhead- Ace of Spades
MOTORHEAD- NO SLEEP TIL HAMMERSMITH
Motorhead * Iron Fist
Motorhead * Another Perfect Day
Motorhead * No Remorse
Motorhead * Orgasmatron

Nasty Savage- Nasty Savage
NASTY SAVAGE- INDULGENCE
NERVOSA (thrash Brazil* * TIME OF DEATH
NERVOSA (thrash brazil) *VICTIM OF YOURSELF
Nightmare * Astral Deliverance
NME * UNHOLY DEATH

OBITUARY * SLOWLY WE ROT
OBITUARY * Cause of Death
Obilevon * From this Day Forward
Obliveon * Nemesis
ONSLAUGHT- THE FORCE
Onslaught * Power From Hell * 1987 Combat Records Version
Original Sin * Sin Will Find You Out
OVERKILL- FEEL THE FIRE * MEGAFORCE RECORDS
OZ- Fire in the Brain
OZ – III Warning
Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard of Ozz
Ozzy Osbourne-Diary of a Madman
Ozzy Osbourne * Tribute

Pagan Altar * 1982 Demo Cassette
Pagan Altar- Pagan Altar Volume 1
PAGAN ALTAR * Judgment of the Dead …* aka Voulume 1
PILE DRIVER- METAL INQUISITION
PILE DRIVER * STAY UGLY
Pentagram- Pentagram
Pentagram- Day of Reckoning
Pentagram * Relentless 1985 debut Retitled
Pentagram- Be forewarned
POSSESSED- SEVEN CHURCHES

Raven * Rock Until You Drop
RAVEN * Wiped Out
RAVEN- ALL FOR ONE * MEFGAFORCE RECORDS
RAVEN * LIVE AT THE INFERNO * MEGAFORCE RECORDS
RAZOR- EXECUTIONERS SONG
RAZOR- EVIL INVADERS
REPULSION * SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENT
REPULSION – HORRIFIED
Riot- Fire Down Under
Riot- Thunder Steel
Riot- Privilege of Power
RUSH * A FARWELL TO KINGS
RUSH * PEMANENT WAVES
RUSH- MOVING PICTURES
RUSH * EXIT…STAGE LEFT
RUSH- SIGNALS
RUSH- GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
RUSH- POWER WINDOWS
RUSH * HOLD YOUR FIRE
RUSH * A SHOW OF HANDS
RUSH * PRESTO
RUSH * CHRONICLES
RUSH * TEST FOR ECHO
RUSH * DIFFERENT STAGES–LIVE

SABBAT- HISTORY OF A TIME TO COME
SABBAT ( NIPPON) * ENVENOM
SABBAT ( NIPPON) * EVOKE
SABBAT ( NIPPON) * DISEMBODY
Sadus * Illusions
Sadus * Chemical Exposure…aka Illusions
Sadus * Swalled in Black
SADUS * A VISION OF MISERY
SATAN * INTO THE FIRE * 1982 CASSETTE DEMO
SATAN- COURT IN THE ACT
SAVATAGE * Sirens
SAVATAGE * The Dungeons are Calling
Saxon * Denim and Leather
Scorpions- Taken By Force
SACRIFICE- Torment in Fire
SACRIFICE * FORWARD TO TERMINATION
SACRIFICE * SOLIDERS OF MISFORTUNE
SACRIFICE * APOCALYPSE INSIDE
SEPULTURA- BENEATH THE REMAINS
Skullview- Kings of the Universe
Sindrome- Sindrome (2 demos on CD)
SLAUGHTER- STRAPPADO
SLAUTER XSTROYES * WINTERKILL
SLAUTER XSTROYES * FREE THE BEAST
SLAYER- SHOW NO MERCY
SLAYER- HAUNTING THE CHAPEL
SLAYER- LIVE UNDEAD
SLAYER- HELL AWAITS
Slayer- Reign in Blood
SODOM * IN THE SIGN OF EVIL
SODOM * OBSESSED BY CRUELTY
STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH * SPEAK ENGLISH OR DIE * MEGAFORCE RECORDS
SUICDIAL TENDENCIES * SUICIDAL TENDENCES
SYRIS * Unseen Forces

Tank- Filth Hounds of Hades
Tank- Power of the Hunter
TANK- THIS MEANS WAR
TERRORIZER-WORLD DOWNFALL
Testament- The Legacy
THE GATHERING * MANDYLION
THE GATHERING * NIGHTTIME BIRDS
THE MENTORS * Live at the Whiskey
THE MENTORS * YOU AXED FOR IT
THE MENTORS * Up the Dose
The Rods* Wild Dogs
THRUST * Fist Held High
TROUBLE * LIVE…. 1983 CASSETTE
TROUBLE- PSALMS 9
TROUBLE * THE SKULL
TYGERS OF PAN TANG- WILD CAT
Tygers of Pan Tang- Spell Bound
TWISTED SISTER–UNDER THE BLADE.

UFO- The Wild, The Willing, The Innocent
Unseen Terror- Human Error

Vainglory * Vainglory
Venom- Welcome to Hell
Venom- Black Metal
Venom * At War with Satan
Vermefug * Wet Nightmare
VICIOUS RUMORS * Soldiers of the Night
VICIOUS RUMORS * Digital Dictator
VIO-LENCE * ETERNAL NIGHTMARE
Voi Vod- War and Pain
Voi Vod- RRRROOOOAAAARRR

Wargasm- Why Play Around ?
Warfare * Pure Filth
WARFARE-METAL ANARCHY
Warfare * Mayhem Fucking Mayhem
Warlock * Burning The Witches
Warlock * Hellbound
Warlock * True As Steel
Warlord-Deliver Us
Warlord * And The Cannons Of Desturuction Have Begun
Warlord * Thy Kingdom Come * 1st EP and LP on CD
Warhead * Speedy Way
WARHEAD- THE DAY AFTER
Warning- Aftermath
WATCHTOWER- ENERGETIC DISASSEMBLY
Watchtower * Control and Resistance
Whiplash * Power & Pain
Whiplash * Ticket to Mayhem *
Wildestarr * Arrival
WITCHCROSS- FIT FOR FIGHT
WITCHFINDER GENERAL- DEATH PENALTY
WITCHFINDER GENERAL- FRIENDS OF HELL
Witchkiller- Day of the Saxon

Zoser Mez- Vizer of Wasteland

Sure like most heavy metal fans from 1978/1979/1980/1981/…when 1991 rolled around and thrash metal collapsed because of the slow down sindrome, (thrash metal bands playing thrash like heavy metal). I folded into the death metal movement in 1991 and the gothic metal and avant garde movements later on.

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