Growing up a “Thrash Kid”, I had two goals to see the Big Four live and to see Avenged Sevenfold be exposed as posers and the terrible songwriters that they are. Luckily in 2012, I achieved both when I saw Anthrax dominate the Academy in Dublin (and I caught Frank Bello’s plec). It was one of the best shows of my life.
Anthrax are a band that are overlooked simply for being in the same tier as Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer. But they are in the same tier as those bands and their live shows highlight exactly why.
If you’ve never seen Anthrax play live; do so at your earliest opportunity. They actually are better live than Slayer, but that is just my opinion. While Anthrax are good live and present a great live show and wide range of material, a Slayer gig sounds like someone hit a Slayer CD while it was playing. Although, their set during the “Unholy Alliance” run was unreal.
There is nothing to say about “Chile On Hell” other than it is great and very fun. It is everything you want from a live recording. Solid performance and great songs. Classics like “Caught in a Mosh”, “N.F.L.” and “Madhouse” are all here. It’s a greatest hits package from one of the best live bands from the first wave of Thrash.
Sweet Mother of God, if you haven’t heard “Indians” buy this album now! It’s even better than on the “Among the Living” album. When the bridge kicks in the song becomes even harder and heavier. This is worth the price of the album alone.
The lads keep it current with something from “Worship Music”, and it’s awesome. “Fight’ Em ‘Til You Can’t” is a killer live and fits so well in with the classics on their set. The crowd interaction on tracks like “Antisocial”, “In My World” and “Among the Living” are passionate and help the listener feel like they’re there. Man, this sounds like it was some gig. The production is there but not by much and it has a throwback feel to the bootlegs of times gone by.
If you listen to one live album make it this one or Pantera’s “Official Live: 101 Proof”.
Anthrax “Chile On Hell” is a limited Blu Ray and 2CD set and was released on September 16, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
NOTE: I have reviewed the CD side of this release not the DVD element.
3- In My World
4- Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
5- I’m The Man
Scott Ian – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Charlie Benante – drums, percussion
Frank Bello – bass guitar, backing vocals
Joey Belladonna – lead vocals
Jonathan Donais – lead guitar