Video Feature
Anthrax Audiobiography
Formed in '81 on the streets of New York, Anthrax, along with thrash icons Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, married punk speed with metal precision and forged a new subgenre. Fast-forward ten albums, multiple lineup changes and 30 years later, and the band are not only touring on a successful return-to-form (both sonically and as a squad) on 2011's Worship Music with famed frontman Joey Belladonna back at the helm, but they've also managed to headline the Jagermeister Stage at this summer's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. That's where Google Play caught up with Belladonna and iconic axeman and lyricist Scott Ian to talk about where it really took off for them as a band: on 1987's Among the Living.

"It was a really exciting time," explains Ian. "[Among the Living] was our third album...and obviously I felt like we made a great record, but [that] we really found ourselves as Anthrax." With Ian injecting his colorful take on pop culture lyrically, whether it be references to Judge Dredd or Stephen King, or more serious observations about the life of John Belushi ("Efilnikufesin") or dedicating the whole album to sadly departed Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, the band found their niche and the world took notice.

Watch as Belladonna and Ian pridefully look back on the making of their definitive album, telling stories of working with legendary producer Eddie Kramer while "living in some crazy big Scarface cocaine house straight out of Miami Vice," explaining the inside joke that is "Caught in a Mosh," the live show-defining moment of "Indians" and much more.

To celebrate the band's career, check out our selection below of Anthrax's greatest songs and albums.

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Songs Album
Artist
1
Caught In A Mosh Among The Living
5:00
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2
Indians Among The Living
5:41
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3
Madhouse Spreading The Disease
4:19
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4
Got The Time Persistence Of Time
2:44
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5
Antisocial State Of Euphoria
4:24
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6
A.I.R. Spreading The Disease
5:45
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7
Bring The Noise Attack Of The Killer B's
3:31
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8
I'm The Man (Def Uncensored Version) I'm The Man
3:04
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9
I Am The Law Among The Living
5:54
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10
Metal Thrashing Mad Fistful of Metal
2:42
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