846 480-2 Persistence of Time
Produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson
Released on August 21, 1990
US CHART POSITION #24 . . . GOLD RECORD (1/17/91) . . . UK CHART POSITION #13
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I picked this disc up at a used record store in New York after a client meeting for some piddly little project Iím sure. Mustíve needed a spine-stiffening injection of testosterone that day, and I got it. Persistence of Time is one of the bandís best. Now, youíre thinking, isnít metal kind of like jazz in that it all sort of really if you were backed into a corner about it sound the same? And Iíd tell you that what makes great metal isnít inspiration so much as fearlessness. And Anthrax ainít afraid of nuthiní here. Like the landmark Among The Living and (to a lesser extent) Iím The Man experiment, the band has left most metal acts behind to follow their own muse. Persistence mixes rap, industrial and all sorts of metal into the final mix without a trace of self-consciousness. The rap and industrial components arenít as obvious as, say, ďBring The Noise,Ē but listen closely and youíll hear them at work in the arrangements. So why wasnít State of Euphoria this good? I dunno. Some bands inch into the wilderness; Anthrax just seems to wake up there one day. At least that would explain the stylistic leaps that occur between otherwise average albums. I donít believe the failed State was a few tweaks removed from the albums before (Among The Living) and after (Persistence of Time). But no matter, since Persistence returns Anthrax to the top of the metal pile. They have one of the ďfreshestĒ (a word I hope to be able to use again one day without shame) sounds in metal, which would explain how an album from 1990 could torch most metal made in 2006. However, Persistence didnít pay off for Joey Belladonna, who found himself stranded after the band left Island.

846 480-1 back sleeve
846 480-1 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. TIME    6:54
  2. BLOOD    7:06
  3. KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY    7:07
  4. IN MY WORLD    6:23
  5. GRIDLOCK    5:08
  6. INTRO TO REALITY    3:24
  7. BELLY OF THE BEAST    4:46
  8. GOT THE TIME    (Joe Jackson)    2:44
  9. H8 RED    6:02
  10. ONE MAN STANDS    5:39
  11. DISCHARGE    5:11
  12. (JPN CD bonus track:) PROTEST AND SURVIVE

    All songs written by Anthrax unless noted

CREDITS

JOE BELLADONNA --
FRANK BELLO --
CHARLIE BENANTE -- cover concept
SCOTT IAN --
DAN SPITZ --
Mark Dodson -- engineer
Mike Barbiero -- mixing, mix engineer
Steve Thompson -- mixing
Jon & Marsha Zazula -- executive producers
Don Brautigam -- album cover art
Waring Abbott -- photos

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US August 21, 1990 Island CD/CS 846 480 lyric sleeve
UK August 1990 Island LP/CS ILPS/ICT 9967 lyric sleeve
UK 1990 Island CD IMCD 178 lyric sleeve
GER 1990 Island LP 210 929 lyric sleeve
UK 1991 Island LPPIC ILPSP 9967 picture disc
JPN   Polystar CDX PSCD 1032 w. bonus track

 

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