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"Among the Living, follow me or die!"

Widely hailed as their finest work, Among the Living is the third studio album by American thrash metal band, Anthrax, released on March 22, 1987. With highlight tracks such as perennial mosh pit anthem "Caught in a Mosh", the Judge Dredd-inspired "I Am the Law", and "Indians", which is about the continued plight of Native Americans, many songs on this album are regularly performed at an Anthrax concert.




  1. "Among the Living" (5:16)
  2. "Caught in a Mosh" (5:00)
  3. "I Am the Law" (5:57)
  4. "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)" (4:54)
  5. "A Skeleton in the Closet" (5:32)
  6. "Indians" (5:40)
  7. "One World" (5:56)
  8. "A.D.I./Horror of It All" (7:49)
  9. "Imitation of Life" (4:22)

2009 Deluxe Edition bonus tracks:

  1. "Indians" (Alternate lead) (5:39)
  2. "One World" (Alternate take) (5:55)
  3. "Imitation of Life" (Alternate take) (4:26)
  4. "Bud E Luv Bomb and Satan's Lounge Band" (2:45)
  5. "I Am the Law" (Live in Dallas) (6:03)
  6. "I'm the Man" (Instrumental) (3:04)


Principal Members:

  • Joey Belladonna – lead vocals
  • Dan Spitz – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Scott Ian – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Frank Bello – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Charlie Benante – drums

Among the Troping:

  • Big "SHUT UP!": From "Caught in a Mosh":
    "Shut up shut up I don't want to hear your mouth."
  • Bo Diddley Beat: Used during the verses of "Indians".
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "I Am the Law" can be misheard as one.
  • Continuity Nod: The opening words of the Title Track are "Disease! Disease! Spreading the disease," which was the name of their previous album.
  • Epic Rocking: "A.D.I./Horror of it All", clocking in at 7:49.
  • Horns of Villainy: The album art features a man in the crowd removing his hat. If you look closely, you'll see horns, with the implication this man is Flagg from the title track.
  • "I Am" Song: "I Am the Law".
  • Noble Savage: "Indians" from Among the Living.
  • Protest Song: "Indians".
  • Rhyming with Itself: N.F.L. rhymes "life" with "life" in the chorus.
  • Self-Plagiarism: Scott Ian recycled the introduction and main riff to "Imitation of Life" for the reworking/cover of M.O.D.'s "Aren't You Hungry" for the Stormtroopers of Death album Bigger Than the Devil.
  • Title Track
  • Uniformity Exception: In the cover art, all but the man with the hat are indistinguishable.