Friday, August 9, 2013

Anthrax “Anthems”

(MegaforceUsually a covers EP is just filler, or even a tired band’s surrender, but considering how awesome their last record was, Anthrax not only gets a pass but a pat on the back for so superbly compiling and packaging (recreations of classic covers by Boston, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, etc.) this tribute to their influences. I also like that this isn’t about obscurities, it’s about playing the HITS, and since it’s one of the best hard rock bands ever playing them, its like experiencing your fantasy cover band. I love the fact that they are unashamed to love Journey’s “Keep On Running,” that they glorify “Anthem” by Rush (why is that not on the Loop’s playlist?), and that they make Chaep Trick’s “Big Eyes” bigger! . Like the Boston track they cover, this is “Smokin’!”

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