Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Among The Living established Anthrax as one of The Big 4 of thrash metal in 1987. Where Slayer were fast and scary, Anthrax were fast and fun…2 different approaches that both rocked in a huge way. Of the Big 4, Anthrax were the only band from the East Coast, and they openly incorporated their love of movies, comics, and Stephen King novels into their songs. Among The Living’s title song was inspired by King’s The Stand, where I Am The Law drew its inspiration from the Judge Dredd comic book. Caught In A Mosh and Indians became thrash anthems and have remained in the band’s live sets throughout most of their career. Slayer and Anthrax, despite their musical differences, have toured together many times and are currently embarking on Slayer’s farewell tour. I think they compliment each other perfectly and I look forward to seeing them next week. Time to get Caught In A Mosh!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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