"Before Joey, there was Neil Turbin (lead singer). A lot of people talked about this, why? because some people said that Neil Turbin was a Judas Priset rip-off singer. But, despite what those people said, they were wrong. You really can't compare anyone to Neil. On the other hand, Anthrax the band had a style that no other metal band had at that time, speed, a double bass drum and some fast guitars that kicked. Before they were polished and went hardcore. They sounded like something straight out of a heavy metal club with much heavy metal spirit. Favorite songs off this album are "Deathrider" and "Metal Thrashing Mad". This is a heavy metal classic for all headbangers that are true to metal. Remember your roots of metal."
The Other (forgotten) Anthrax
Zander Haberstaft | Miami, Florida | 07/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The only way to put it is there were three Anthrax bands: 1) Fistful of Metal here with Neil Turbin 2) The Belladonna years 1985-1991 3) John Bush Years 1991-current. The point is that all three of these Anthrax's sound different from the others.The first here is actually better than you might think. Don't expect to pick this up as a regular Anthrax album of the era. The drumming (Benante) is overall a little slower than in later albums and the constant double-bass speed sounds like something off a Motorhead album. The vocals (Turbin) are the most striking feature -VERY HIGH PITCHED. The guy has one of the highest screams that I've ever heard. (Just listen to the 10 second scream on "Metal Thrashing Mad" where he goes from high to higher.) The guitars are rather generic for the time (Exodus like) and the bass (Lilker) sometimes kicks up some cool lines but is otherwise just as ordinary. This album also contains a classic song that Anthrax still plays at all their shows "Metal Thrashing Mad". This song is definitely of the top five.In short, what this album sounds like is a mix between 70s style Judas Priest, Motorhead, Exodus (Bonded by Blood), and something else. The album is original nonetheless and if you like Anthrax then you will like this album. Even if you're not a fan of Anthrax but you like stuff such as Slayer's "Show no Mercy", Megadeth's first album, Metallica's first, and other albums of the 1982-1984 period, this is a must have."
A Screamin' Classic
Peter | Glendale, N.Y. | 11/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've listened to Anthrax for years, but it was only recently that I heard FISTFUL OF METAL for the first time. I wasn't expecting much. I had assumed that since the first singer, Neil Turbin, was let go, that he was probably nothing to write home about. How wrong I was. That guy was amazing. His vocals were very Priest-esque, but unique at the same time. I wonder why he didn't go on to become one of the greats. Anyway, this album is full of excitement and power. Anthrax, the band, were already very tight and professional sounding, which is amazing since they were probably just barely out of their teens. Great debut. I love 'Metal Thrashing Mad' the best. Order this today."
Their 1st and their best...
Peter | 04/03/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Pioneering early 80's thrash metal from Anthrax that, while lacking in the production department, exudes energy, excitement and power. Original singer Neil Tubin's only disc (before being replaced by Joey Belladonna), his vocal performance ranks up their with the genre's best. Also in the band was bassist Dan Lilker, who went on to to form S.O.D. Nuclear Assault and Brutal Truth. The disc is a thrash metal classic with balls to the wall tracks "Deathrider", "Metal Thrashing Mad" and "Anthrax". Maximum damage done despite the terrible, hide-the-guitar production from Carl Cannedy (who at the time was fronting his own band called The Rods). Without question, this was Anthrax's finest hour ("Among The Living" running 2nd) and an essential disc to have in your thrash metal collection."
The more you listen too it, the more you'l love it
Peter | 10/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is the most over looked thrash album in my opinion, every one has listened to "kill em all" "killing is my buisness" and even some have listend to "show no mercy", fistful of metal seemed to get overlooked in favor of those aformentioned titles.
this is simply pure thrash, plain and simple, it's one of the most brutal thrash assaults too, anthrax would never sound like this w/ later albums, this hardly sounds like anthrax at all, it sounds more like nuclear assault in my opinion. songs like "deathrider" "metal thrashing mad" "the subjugator" and "soilders of metal" will just kick your @$$. neil turbin is like an american rob halford, he definatly has the highest flassetto voice of any thrash vocalist. like the title sujests, the more you become familiar w/this album the more you will enjoy it."