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 100 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.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: A lot of their material, but to start out, the entirety of the song I'm The Man
  • 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 and contributed to the band losing not one, but TWO record labels.
  • Ear Worm: Practically every song on Worship Music.
  • 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".
  • 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."
  • Mondegreen: It's possible for "I Am the Law" to be misheard as a Cluster F-Bomb.
    • Their cover of Got the Time gets the chorus often misheard as "Chick-chick-chicken in my head."
  • Nightmare Fuel: The intros to "Now It's Dark", "Packaged Rebellion", "Blood", "Potters Field" and "Fight 'Em Till You Can't".
    • "Intro to Reality", "Inside Out", "What Doesn't Die", "Black Dahlia", and "Crawl".
    • The video to "Evil Twin" is a hard and grim reminder of atrocities committed throughout the history of the world in the name of ideology.
    • The video to "Blood Eagle Wings". ABSOLUTELY NSFW. Brutal doesn't even begin to describe it!
    • Last Note Nightmare: "Be dangerous..... and unpredictable..... and make a lot of noise." (static) -Outro of "This is Not an Exit" from Sound of White Noise.
  • 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.
  • Vindicated by History: To recap, the early 2000s to 2010 was NOT a good time for Anthrax. "We've Come For You All" didn't do anywhere near as good as the band wanted, prompting Charlie to write several angry, unproductive rants decrying the state of heavy metal/the music industry and complaining about how he didn't get any respect. Then came the Reunion Tour, which strongly divided the fanbase into Joey fans and Bush fans at each others' throats. The Reunion itself ended badly with Bush and Rob Caggiano feeling strongly alienated and pushed aside. Not only that, but Anthrax didn't even get Joey back to do an album after the whole debacle and to pour salt on the wound, Bush himself declined to rejoin the band. Around this time, Scott Ian also didn't do himself any favors by giving several interviews trashing Joey and coming off as a sleazy Jerkass. They got a bit of a reprieve when they hired a new vocalist in Dan Nelson but that too fell apart with Dan finally being ousted from the band amidst a hailstorm of drama. Finally, just when it seemed fans had given up all hope on the band, Anthrax reunited with Joey Belladonna and released Worship Music, widely considered to be their strongest album to date. Whereas the early 2000s to 2010 had a lot of fans speaking about Anthrax as if they were a weak has-been act, now Anthrax has regained a lot of respect and credibility with Joey at the helm once more and Worship Music to show for their success. While even now there are still a few minor growing pains here and there like Scott Ian giving the occasional snotty interview that riles fans up or Joey once claiming he wasn't feeling that much friendship from his bandmates, Anthrax's legacy as one of the all-time greats in heavy metal is basically set in stone at this point.
  • X-Pac Heat: As the face of the band and the one guy in Anthrax who gives the most interviews, Scott Ian has received a lot of hate from fans in the past few years, mostly due to what's perceived as him having a rude, snobbish attitude towards fans and him allegedly being a Jerkass towards Joey, especially during Belladonna's first run with Anthrax and during the Reunion Tour. To this day, it's not uncommon to hear fans say that they love Anthrax as a band but can't stand Scott Ian as a person.
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