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104. Anthrax

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In a previous entry we mentioned that Metallica’s entry to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame we questioned whether this could be the catalyst to induct Slayer as the second member of the “Big Four of Thrash Metal”. We still think they have the best shot of the remaining four, but if they look towards innovation than Anthrax may be the one they turn to.


As much as the other bands in the “Big Four”; Anthrax helped usher in the new genre of Thrash Metal. Where they differed form their peers was that Anthrax was far more experimental and they appeared to take themselves a little less seriously both in terms of looks and lyrics. Anthrax receives a lot of credit for fusing Rap and Metal, something that was not common of at the time. The biggest obstacle for induction for Anthrax is whether the Hall feels that but inducting Metallica they have served their debt to the “Big Four”.



The Bullet Points:


Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (New York City)


Why They Will Get In:

Metallica’s induction only helps.


Why They Won’t Get In:

Should a second band of the “Big Four” get in, there is no certainty that it will be Anthrax.


Nominated In:



Essential Albums:

Spreading the Disease (1985)

Among the Living (1987)

Sound of White Noise (1993)

Stomp 442 (1995)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

Madhouse (From Spreading the Disease, 1985)

Armed and Dangerous (From Spreading the Disease, 1985)

Caught in a Mosh (From Among the Living, 1987)

Bring the Noise (w/Public Enemy, 1991)

Only (From Sound of White Noise, 1993)



Should Anthrax be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 42.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 14.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 42.9%
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No way! - 0%
Last modified on Saturday, 01 February 2014 21:29


-1 #1 P Smith 2013-01-29 13:10
As mentioned above, Anthrax changed heavy metal enormously with their sense of humour. There was very little macho posturing, unlike most HM bands of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s (something else that rap and metal have a lot in common). Anthrax were lighthearted, but not light in songwriting or performance, very much like Suicidal Tendencies among punk bands.

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