Throwback: “Fueled” by Anthrax!

Being the only one of the “Big Four” of Thrash from the East Coast, Anthrax always seemed at odds with the composition of the quartet, especially given the strength of Exodus and Testament as pretenders to the thrown, not to mention Overkill. Back in 1995, after the success of the bands first album with Armored Saint vocalist John Bush which embraced some Grunge riffs and dark, moody intros, came the seemingly unappreciated seventh studio album “Stomp 442“. Long time lead guitarist Dan Spitz had exited stage left and his replacement Paul Crook only appears on four of the tracks, with the legend that was Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell appearing on two. Interestingly it’s the only album in the bands history not to feature their traditional logo and the band blamed it’s it’s of success on the lack of promotion from their record label, bailing on Elektra Records before their next release. The video for “Fueled” is what drew our attention to the record, a classic B-Movie horror theme from director Marcos Siega running through it as a black car driving down the street threatens a boy on a pogo stick and a woman crossing the street with words like “Gripping” and “Sinister” appearing on screen. It has a cool riff as well…

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