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We Have Come For You All
Released: 2003, Sanctuary
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
Editors Note. Metal-Rules.com was founded in 1995 as a forward thinking site. Our goal is, and always has been, to support Real Metal. The decision was made that very rarely do we ever go back and review an album from before 1995. Does the world really need another CD review of Master Of Puppets, Number Of The Beast or Screaming For Vengeance? We don’t think so. We have always supported what is happening now.
Starting in January, 2014, as we head towards our 10,000th review and the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any website were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
Anthrax’s WE’VE COME FOR YOU ALL is their ninth studio album and it is considered to be a “comeback album” after two fuzzy albums (STOMP 442 and VOLUME 8: THE THREAT IS REAL) with powdery commercial and musical success.
It’s the first Anthrax album with Rob Caggiano on lead guitar and the last one with John Bush on vocal spot. The album’s cover is similar to AMONG THE LIVING’s one in some way but musically is too far from it. Musically, the album moves to modern heavy, groove, modern extreme metal and hardcore, nu-metal and rap-metal (in parts) forms which the band on its own has helped to be raised. Nevertheless, some churning groove slides right into some parts of the songs, but this doesn’t mean that the songs are well-structured and focused.
Anthrax tries to combine their old-rooted thrash metal with modern patterns and trends with melodic refrains and catchy tunes. After listening to WE’VE COME FOR YOU ALL its apparent that perhaps this newe technique for the band’s songwriting was a one tricky pony. I do like The introspective acoustic guitar duet of "Anyplace But Here" gives way to a muscular Ian riff that gives way to an effective nod to East Coast hardcore during the chorus with James Hetfield on vocals, oh no, it’s John Bush, I am sorry!
I don’t like the Metallica’s LOAD and RELOAD influence on this Anthrax album (I’ve never believed that those albums could possibly inspire or affect). The band is sure to win over, and alienate individual parts of its audience with WE’VE COME FOR YOU ALL. Several fans hated and several fans loved it. It’s an absolutely musically disoriented album with a big band not knowing how to proceed. Although I can’t blame John Bush for this album as many people tend to. I think his vocal performance is quite good but he is not Joey Belladona. The album quickly falls prey to the quicksand effect and with each track struggles to pull itself out of the doldrums it only creates a worsening lackluster situation.
“Strap It On” and “Cadillac Rock Box” both feature guitar solos by “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and if I haven’t seen that written on the album tracklist I would’t have noticed. Anthrax established themselves in the 80’s, they tried to reestablished themselves in a rap-metal way in the mid-90’s and now, they tried to reestablish themselves for one more unsuccessful time. I cannot understand why Scott Ian’s fellowship adheres to “a modern but old-school mood with new elements-I-have-forgotten-what-I-try-to-do” attitude. This is only for the fans, not for the others.
2. What Doesn't Die
4. Refuse to Be Denied
5. Safe Home
6. Any Place But Here
7. Nobody Knows Anything
8. Strap It On
9. Black Dahlia
10. Cadillac Rock Box
11. Taking the Music Back
13. Think About an End
John Bush – lead vocals
Rob Caggiano – lead guitar
Scott Ian – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Frank Bello – bass guitar, backing vocals
Charlie Benante – drums
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