Belladonna stretches his legs on Breathing Lightning, with his vocal delivery set wonderfully against the songs bounding rhythm, and Suzerain which, with its brutal pounding, will be eagerly anticipated by moshpits the world over. Lead single Evil Twin, inspired by events such as the Charlie Hebdo attacks, stands as
the album’s standard bearer with music and lyrics combining to display the band’s disgust at the rampant violence of “ideology used as a weapon”. Terrorist and government alike are taken to task with lyrics like “fighting a war with both feet in”, “you represent your discontent/slaughtering the innocent”, and the repeated refrain of “you’re no martyrs”. Album closer, Zero Tolerance, underscores Anthrax’s position, rattling off a list of undesirable –isms that the band has no time for.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 26th February 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.