Anthrax – Worship Music (2011)

Yes, ‘you gotta go with the devil you know’, that’s why today we will be discussing Worship Music, the tenth studio album by New York thrash metal veterans Anthrax. The album was released on September 12, 2011, after having been in the making since 2008 and going through issues with lead singers, but finally finding its ‘enfant perdu’ with Joey Belladonna coming back and sing.

This is the thing, I got into Anthrax two decades ago when they released Sound of White Noise with John Bush, and I learned to love their Belladonna records afterwards. Also, when We’ve Come For You All came out in 2003, still with John Bush, my love for Anthrax grew exponentially. I thought it was potentially the greatest metal album in recent rock history. And their live album Music of Mass Destruction supported that feeling with fabulous live-versions of We’ve Come For You All songs.

Scott Ian, Anthrax live in Porrentruy, Switzerland, 9 August 2013
Scott Ian, Anthrax live in Porrentruy, Switzerland, 9 August 2013 | Photo by Sebastiano Mereu

And then, 8 years later, after break-ups, confusion and what-not, my favourite New York metal band released what for me became the best metal album of the 21st century. Worship Music gave me everything I look for in a heavy metal album: Energy, mean riffs, groove, speed, raw growl, creative lyrics, and melodies I can shout out loud and bang my head to.

I can try and give you my favourite songs on the album, but it’s basically all of them. Eddie Trunk said in a That Metal Show episode that In The End might be one of their greatest songs and I have to admit that that could truly be the case. But that can also be true for I’m Alive and the song The Devil You Know.

In addition, I must say that those two hymns/intros to In The End, and Judas Priest respectively are just fantastic.

For a long time Among The Living was my favourite classic Anthrax album, but since Worship Music came out, it has been the 2011 release, no doubt about it. So, go out and get it if you haven’t yet, and make sure to get the deluxe version with the Anthems EP. It includes cover songs of Journey, AC/DC, Rush and so on.

I listen to Worship Music very often in its entirety, and I’m sure if you’re a metalhead like me, you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Album grade:
Lyrics 9/10
Musicianship 10/10
Production 10/10
Concept 9/10
Total grade: 9.5/10

Which is your favorite song on Anthrax‘s Worship Music? Leave your answer in the comments section below or tweet me at @sebisays.

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer