Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Anthrax - Attack of the Killer B's (1991)

Released in the summer of 1991, Attack of the Killer B's is the last collection of Anthrax tunes to feature Joey Belladonna and sort of marks the end of an era. It is quite sad that things ended on such a sour note, as Persistence of Time showed the sort of seriousness that this band had lacked for many years. Whatever respect that they may have earned with that effort was lost with this abomination.

Attack of the Killer B's is not a completely worthless E.P. (perhaps the longest E.P. ever). The S.O.D. cover songs are quite heavy and aggressive. Benante's drumming is quite impressive, considering how much he has had to dumb himself down over the years. Of course, Joey is a much better vocalist than Billy Milano could ever hope to be. The cover of the Discharge track, "Protest and Survive", is also one of the better songs on here. This one was recorded during the Persistence of Time sessions and would have fit on that album much better than "Got the Time". "Parasite" and "Sects" aren't horrible, but they do not add very much.

The two live tracks, "Keep it in the Family" and "Belly of the Beast" would have been better left unheard. The band is not necessarily at their very best on these songs, so these recordings really just give off the impression that attending an Anthrax concert would be a waste of time. Sadly, these are not the worst tracks on this E.P.

"Startin' Up a Posse" and "N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin)" just drag the listener back into the pointless realm of humour, which I have never been a fan of. It is perplexing how this band went from songs like "Deathrider", "Subjugator" and "Death from Above" to making pointless comedy tracks like this. The first is a mixture of country music and metal/punk, intended as some sort of commentary against censorship, but ending up as a mess of useless profanity and poor execution. The latter is supposed to be a mock ballad, and it simply isn't funny, nor would it be appreciated even if it was. Things like this are why many people never took Anthrax as seriously as their contemporaries.

The worst offenders on this collection of songs are the the horrendous "Bring the Noise" and "I'm the Man '91". While it is doubtful that Anthrax's forays into mixing rap and Metal directly led to the atrocities of Nu-Metal, this certainly did not help. I blame the Jew Rosenfeld for poisoning Metal with these jungle sounds and introducing unsuspecting white/European youths to this apish anti-culture that has since dominated the globe.

In the end, Attack of the Killer B's features a handful of worthwhile songs that are better off dubbed from someone else's copy or downloaded, rather than contributing money toward this pile of rubbish and multicultural propaganda. This release ended Anthrax's classic era with a whimper and ushered an age of total irrelevance for the band.