Metal Thrashing Madness!

Anthrax at the O2 Academy Oxford, 14th March 2012

OK, so it was alright, not amazing, just alright. Before our heroes took the stage it seemed like there was a lot of excitement and anticipation in the room. Don’t get me wrong, there were some great moments in what seemed like a bit of a rusty performance from Anthrax. Seeing a big band like this in a fairly small and intimate venue (a few hundred capacity) is pretty cool and we were lucky to have the chance. By now this band are considered thrash metal royalty, what with the big four events having taken place just last year. But some of Joey Belladonna’s banter and moves on stage did not really ring true for me. This band were so much better when they were fronted by John Bush. Rumour has it Bush is now the voice of Burger King commercials in the US and so no longer feels the need to gig with Anthrax.
Scott Ian on the other hand is still every bit the metal icon and seemed enjoy himself for the most part. Their encore was solid gold, five absolute belters picked from the golden era of thrash metal. I also really like the new album ‘Worship Music’ and think it is a real return to form. The choice of songs put together for this set is perfect, striking a balance between the new stuff and all the tunes people want and expect to hear live. But I have to be honest, when I saw Anthrax in the summer at Sonisphere and tonight, they didn’t quite pull it off. I left feeling like I had been entertained, but ultimately a little disappointed.

Setlist: #
Worship
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Earth on Hell
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Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t
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Caught in a Mosh
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Antisocial
(Trust cover)
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The Devil You Know
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Indians
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Hymn 1
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In the End
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Got the Time
(Joe Jackson cover)
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Deathrider
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Medusa
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Among the Living
# Encore:
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Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
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Madhouse
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Metal Thrashing Mad
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I’m the Man
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I Am the Law @

OK, so it was alright, not amazing, just alright. Before our heroes took the stage it seemed like there was a lot of excitement and anticipation in the room. Don’t get me wrong, there were some great moments in what seemed like a bit of a rusty performance from Anthrax. Seeing a big band like this in a fairly small and intimate venue (a few hundred capacity) is pretty cool and we were lucky to have the chance. By now this band are considered thrash metal royalty, what with the big four events having taken place just last year. But some of Joey Belladonna’s banter and moves on stage did not really ring true for me. This band were so much better when they were fronted by John Bush. Rumour has it Bush is now the voice of Burger King commercials in the US and so no longer feels the need to gig with Anthrax.
Scott Ian on the other hand is still every bit the metal icon and seemed enjoy himself for the most part. Their encore was solid gold, five absolute belters picked from the golden era of thrash metal. I also really like the new album ‘Worship Music’ and think it is a real return to form. The choice of songs put together for this set is perfect, striking a balance between the new stuff and all the tunes people want and expect to hear live. But I have to be honest, when I saw Anthrax in the summer at Sonisphere and tonight, they didn’t quite pull it off. I left feeling like I had been entertained, but ultimately a little disappointed.

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