Thursday, November 08, 2018

REISSUE: Anthrax – State Of Euphoria (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

In the metal world and beyond, it is well known that Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are “The Big Four” of thrash metal.  Each band had an enormous influence in the 80’s and 90’s on the heavy metal music scene.  It is my opinion that the fourth album, State of Euphoria by Anthrax is what solidified their spot on the Mt Rushmore of Metal.       
The album was released in September of 1988 by the New York City band featuring, guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz, drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and vocalist Joey Belladonna.  Though initial critical reception of the album was not as hot as for their previous releases, the album became a cult classic and produced three of their most well-loved hits; the anthemic “Be All, End All”, the fan-favorite “Finale” and their cover of the French rock band Trust’s “Antisocial”.  Another album standout is “Who Cares Wins”, a politically-charged discussion about homelessness that is just as true today as it was then.           
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Island Records/UMe recently released an expanded 2CD or 2LP edition of State Of Euphoria.  Disc one features the original album fully remastered as well as five bonus tracks including, a French version of “Antisocial” and a live version that was recorded at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon.  The second disc of rarities traces the evolution – from rehearsal to recording - of most of the songs on the album and was provided by Charlie Benante from his personal vaults.
Additionally, the booklet features tons of great photos from the era and liner notes penned by British journalist Alexander Milas, former editor-in-chief of 80’s metal mag Metal Hammer.  As a special added bonus for fans, also included in the booklet are several responses from fans from when Benante invited Anthrax fans on social media to tell him what State of Euphoria had meant to them.  The album is available digitally, on 2CD and as a 2-LP set on standard black vinyl and limited edition red and yellow vinyl.
Watch the video for “Who Cares Wins” here: 


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