1987. Amoung The Living
is the third album by band Anthrax, The album was released in March 22.
The BBC has described the album as “arguably their big breakthrough”, and “often cited by fans as their favourite Anthrax album”.
The cover of Among the Living is often believed to depict the character Randall Flagg, the subject of the album’s title track, the antagonist from the Stephen King novel The Stand. However, drummer Charlie Benante says that it is not Randall Flagg: “I wasn’t thinking about [The Stand] when I had the idea” for the cover.
The song “I Am the Law” is based on the comic book character Judge Dredd. Numerous characters, settings, and story elements from Dredd’s fictional universe are referenced in the song’s lyrics, and “A Skeleton In The Closet” is inspired by a Stephen King novella, “Apt Pupil”.
This was the final Anthrax album to feature songwriting contributions from original bassist Danny Lilker, who, despite having left the band after 1984’s Fistful of Metal, was credited as the co-writer of several Anthrax songs for the next two albums. On Among the Living, he is credited as the co-writer of the songs “I Am the Law” and “Imitation of Life”.
The album was dedicated to the memory of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, a highly regarded figure in the thrash community who died six months prior to the album’s release.
As you all know, Anthrax is in the big 4, so Among the Living is one of the easiest metal albums to get ahold of, and it’s a true classic.
Joey Belladonna Dan Spitz Scott Ian Frank Bello Charlie Benante