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1988. State of Euphoria

is the fourth studio album by band Anthrax. It was released on September 19.

The song “Misery Loves Company” was based on the Stephen King novel Misery, while “Now It’s Dark” was inspired by the David Lynch film Blue Velvet, specifically the behavior of the sexually depraved, self-asphyxiating, murderous sociopath Frank Booth, as played by Dennis Hopper. The song was years later made into simlish for the radio on the The Sims PC game. The song “Make Me Laugh” is critical of Televangelism, a popular target of thrash metal bands of that period. The majority of the album’s music was composed by drummer Charlie Benante while lyrics were composed by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian.

Although the album contains some of what would become Anthrax’s best known songs such as “Antisocial” and “Be All, End All”, critical reception was lukewarm. The album failed to live up to the expectations, commercial and otherwise, set by the band’s previous releases, Spreading the Disease, Among the Living.

State Of Euphoria is unfairly forgotten among these guys rich discography, even though it has some of their most fresh exciting tunes. Maybe it doesn’t have the brilliance and power of its predecessor, yet it is still plenty of fine riffs and delightful melody. By 1988, they already found their distinctive identity and sound, but they had to improve it even more, making it complex and intricate in their own way, something they’d do on album Persistence Of Time.

  Joey Belladonna      Dan Spitz    Scott Ian   Frank Bello   Charlie Benante