YMMV / Anthrax

  • Broken Base: Hoo boy. You've got your Joey Belladonna fans, your John Bush fans, the occasional lonely Neil Turbin fan...Dan Nelson is by and large left out of the discussion, however, as he never released any recorded material with the band and thus hardly anyone actually heard him.
    • A subset of fans in the early 80s metal/thrash scene hated the "maturing" of the their sound after Fistful of Metal, which along with replacing Turbin, added more melody and slowed down from the 200 bpm all the time style. Granted, nearly every band of this era moved on similarly (Metallica, Megadeth, and even Slayer to a degree) and received similar accusations of selling out at the time from the hardcore speed metal faithful.
    • Take a Third Option: Some people think their 80s material was better when John Bush did the vocals. These fans were lucky to receive not only the live album Music of Mass Destruction but the studio album The Greater of Two Evils, a re-recording of their biggest songs with their 2004 line-up.
  • Dork Age: Stomp 442 and Volume 8: The Threat is Real are considered this, due to having a more reserved and lackluster alternative speed metal sound compared to their straightforward thrash albums released before and after. They were both commercial failures (the former to the point that it is now out of print) and contributed to the band losing not one, but TWO record labels.
    • The Dork Age got worse with the release of We've Come For You all. Around this time, Charlie Benante began complaining about album sales and the American public being stupid, which only resulted in a massive Internet Backdraft against both him and Anthrax. Sometime after, Anthrax attempted to host a reunion tour but the end result left nobody satisfied, with John Bush deciding he didn't want to be in the band anymore and Joey Belladonna also deciding he didn't want to commit after all. Scott Ian didn't do himself any favors around this time era by publicly bashing Joey and making himself look like a major Jerk Ass in the eyes of the fans. While Dan Nelson joining Anthrax appeared to signal the band getting their act together again, it only churned out more drama with Dan leaving the band on very bad terms. It wasn't until Joey rejoined the band in 2010 and Anthrax releasing the widely acclaimed Worship Music in 2011 that the band finally got their act together and fans really began to respect and love them once again.
  • Ear Worm: Practically every song on Worship Music.
  • Even Better Sequel: Spreading the Disease to Fistful of Metal, followed by Among the Living.
  • Face of the Band: Despite being the rhythm guitarist, Scott Ian is considered this due to his being the only member of the band who has been with them for their entire tenure and also largely due to his appearance in various VH-1 commentary shows.
    • Casual rock and metal fans can typically name Scott Ian first as a member of Anthrax. His Face of the Band status is probably reinforced by him singing lead vocals on the band's Breakaway Pop Hit, and biggest commercial hit to date, "Bring The Noise".
  • Heartwarming Moments: Scott Ian met his wife Pearl Aday when she was singing back-up on a failed tour with Motley Crue. Anthrax wasn't doing so hot at the time either, so they became drinking buddies. He grew to love her so much he didn't know how to tell her, and finally expressed everything in a long, heartfelt letter. Turns out she felt the same and they've been Happily Married ever since. What's more, they cut back on drinking after that too because they were suddenly so happy.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!/They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: They got this treatment and were accused of "selling out" when they chose John Bush as their new lead singer and with their more mainstream sounding album Sounds of White Noise. The band's rhythm guitarist, Scott Ian commented on this in an interview saying, "The bottom line is, everyone in this business is in it to make money. Myself included."
  • Nightmare Fuel: See here.
  • Sacred Cow: Among the Living is just as important of a metal album as Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Rust in Peace and Reign in Blood. Dismissing the album as a "comedy skit" will usually lead to negative responses. Especially considering that the album as a whole is a tribute to the late Cliff Burton. Spreading the Disease and Persistence of Time are not far behind.
  • Signature Song: "Caught in a Mosh" from Among the Living. It certainly helps that it was in Rock Band 3's setlist.
  • Tearjerker: "Pieces" from Vol. 8: The Threat is Real, written by Frank Bello as a tribute to his brother, Anthony, who was also Charlie Benante's nephew. Anthony was shot in killed in 1996 and to their grief, the murder was never solved.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Worship Music was this as it was the band's first album with Joey Belladonna since 1990's Persistence of Time. Reception to the album was very positive by fans and critics alike, it would eventually be placed on many critics' "Best Metal Albums of 2011" lists and is now considered to be one of the strongest albums in Anthrax's discography.