Title: Caught In A Mosh

Artist: Anthrax

Album: Among The Living

Year Released: 1987

What It Is: An introduction to speed metal-101. It’s not as heavy or frightening as some of the pioneers, and it does have a poppy sheen to it at times (and it does SWING a bit, too, which hardcore speeders would just go thumpa-thumpa-thumpa). But it’s loud, fast, and riff-tastic.

Riffage / Hookage: Because it’s classic speed metal, there are riffs and tempo changes everywhere. One of my complaints is that this genre of metal slips away from really classic riffs to show off on how fast they can play or allow the guitarists to go “wheedly-wheedly-wheee!” I mean, let the good riffs set in your brain and show off on another cut!

Cowbell? : Solid drumming. Fast drumming. What else do you want? I doubt if there’s really time to go cowbelling when you’re going 150 BPM.

Words Of Wisdom: “Don’t tell me how to do my job
There’s the door, your names on the knob
You’re always in the way, like a beast on my back
Were you dropped as a baby, cause brains you lack”

BTW, I think this is the first time the word ‘mosh’ was used in the public square.Well, at least I never heard it in BFE Indiana in the 80’s until then.

Mixology Report: Some squeamish folk’ll may blanche at this. However, in 2009, this isn’t really way out there. So tell the squeamish to bang their heads, dadgummit!

For The Good Of The Order: Scott Ian has made a second career out of being a VH-1 talking head. It’s sad, really, since Anthrax were way out of the VH-1 arena when this was released. However, you know, VH-1 doesn’t play music anymore. (And VH-1 Classic doesn’t play as many videos as it used to. Hey, why not have a channel that plays music 24/7/365. I hear that could be successful!)

Ah, “imbedding disabled by request”. Well, OK then. Here’ a link! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nYejkFKb9A