Anthrax has been one of my favorite bands since I was a kid in the 80's, listening to Fistful of Metal, State and Euphoria, and of course, Among the Living. ATL was the album that really launched Anthrax into the music world and solidified their position as one of the Big 4 (the others being Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, of course). Google Play has a cool AudioBiography with Anthrax talking about Among the Living, check it out here.

Find out a little about how "Caught In A Mosh", "A Skeleton in the Closet", "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)" came to be and more about the band not only creating the album, but what happened to them afterward.

For me, there are four must-have albums from Anthrax:

While the others have some great stuff on them (Persistence of Time is incredibly underrated IMHO), these four will cover a great deal of what this fantastic band can do. From serious commentary, to fiction from novels and movies, to funny songs, even their cover of "Antisocial" is classic!

And who could forget their ground-breaking tracks "I'm the Man" and "Bring The Noise" (with Public Enemy) that successfully combined metal and rap in a way that yet to be outdone? No one has topped these two track in the twenty-five years since they came out, and they represent not only the beginnings of the style, but the bar that others still strive to hit.