Today we take a trip back to 1985 to the first EP by Anthrax, Armed and Dangerous and the first release to feature singer Joey Belladonna.
The last two songs on the EP, “Soldiers of Metal” and “Howling Furies” were recorded with the lineup of Neil Turbin – vocals, Scott Ian and Dan Spitz – guitars, Greg D’Angelo – drums and Dan Lilker – bass. Charlie Benate who joined Anthrax in 1983 re-recorded many of the drum tracks for the EP and Dan Lilker went on to join Nuclear Assault and was replaced by Charlie’s nephew, Frank Bello.
The song “Armed and Dangerous” which also appears on Spreading The Disease is similar to the EP version, however it was remixed to include a fade-in intro leading into the acoustic guitar melody. The song “Raise Hell” was an original recording for the EP, and the band also covered the Sex Pistols song “God Save the Queen” as well.
Defintely a classic!