And we're back with Part 3 of our Anthrax Top 40 countdown, chugging away toward the best of the best. Here are #20-11....
After a hugely successful album cycle with Persistence of Time and Attack of the Killer B's followed by three big 1990-91 tours, Anthrax decided they needed a new frontman. Joey Belladonna's vocal style simply wasn't compatible with the direction the band needed to go - darker, grittier, uglier. Enter Armored Saint's John Bush. In 1993 the band released their sixth album Sound of White Noise, heralding a fairly radical change in direction. They were still unmistakably a metal band, but with a raw, raunchy, midrange-heavy guitar sound and a gravely-voiced new singer to match. The first single unapologetically dropped in everyone's lap was the grunge-tinged "Only," featuring rumbling drums and open, strummed power chord riffs, over which Bush's Steven Tyler-esque rasp intoned about a dysfunctional relationship - "Revolve around yourself, it's you and no one else/Hard for me to stay." "Only" became a huge radio hit, proving it was possible for a band like Anthrax to reinvent themselves for a new era.
19. Caught in a Mosh
Back to classic Anthrax, one of the most beloved songs from one of their most beloved albums, "Caught in a Mosh" was partly inspired by a guitar tech getting injured in a mosh pit. He literally coined the title of the song, and the band merged it with lyrics about suffering a disagreeable person, creating an all-time metal anthem. From the blazing speed metal gallop of the verses to the pounding choruses, this song provided audiences ample opportunity to engage in heavy-duty moshing.