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
  • 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."
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: An almost literal example. After 2003's comeback album We've Come For You All flopped commercially, drummer Charlie Benante posted several angry articles on Blabbermouth.net about how metal was dead and Americans were stupid for not buying the album. This went over about as well as you'd expect with the fans.