With "Among The Living“ ANTHRAX released their third album in 1997 and right away were in everybody’s mouth. Latest with this album the New Yorkers had consolidated their reputation and had risen among the biggest Thrash acts. Standard Thrash never had been ANTHRAX’ thing, but with “Among…” they really crowned their creation.
This time they added some Hardcore Punk into their already own style, which is most obvious in the shout choruses. And the songs still slide into your ear with frightening ease, shoot into the brain and then make your neck musculature bang on its own. Fast like a wild boar, but always controlled, with may breaks and tempo changes, songs such as “Indians”, the ANTHRAX counterpart of IRON MAIDEN’s "Run To The Hills", “One World”, which sets out fast, then gears down a bit just to shoot off again, the title track, which builds up from dark guitar sounds and a sluggish beginning to complete furiosity or “Caught In A Mosh” that blasts out a pumping bass part, which the guitars are added to, keeping the speed, until a short break stops it all and then completely lets loose.
Speaking of "Caught In A Mosh": How many bangers got nick names such as Mosher, Mosh-Fred etc. after the release of this song? The number of these maniacs is legion! And without the melodic vocals of Joey Belladonna I could not imagine this album. And how many points do you give such a killer output? Surely 10 points. (Online January 10, 2006)