Original Italian 1st press (Island) from 1985. Vinyl is near mint, sleeve shows some signs of aging after prolonged storeage (VG+). Back in the golden days of NYC's Metal and HC explosion, Anthrax were an inexorably solid thrash/speed metal band with some power metal influence. This fact is presented crystal clearly on the group's second full-length effort, 1985's "Spreading The Disease," a very appropriate title for this record in that it is a highly contagious and infectious one. It is rooted in no-holds-barred thrash picking and pounding back beats, but iced off with oddly tuneful and harmonic clean singing. The end result plays like a non-stop, forty-four-minute long ball of white hot rage and hyper-kinesis.
Indeed, from the very second the exhilarating opener, "A.I.R.," begins until the last second of the uncompromisingly off-the-rails and double-bass-driven closing blast, "Gung-Ho," the intensity and frenetic energy levels are never compromised in favor of obligatory balladry or uninspired (or even half-hearted) riffing. A definite Metallica-esque vibe is present on the aforementioned opening "A.I.R.," a track that hits the ground running with pounding thrash grooves, violently thrashing guitar leads, lots of double bass drumming, and ripping, piercing shred soloing. The vocals are also of note, as they are of the Iron Maiden-ish variety, and are sure to include plenty of anthemic choruses, as well. A Thrash Metal masterpiece.