Anthems for the Damned

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Anthems for the Damned
Studio album by Filter
Released May 13, 2008 (2008-05-13)
Recorded 2007
Genre Alternative rock, industrial rock
Length 49:30
Label Pulse
Producer Josh Abraham
Filter chronology
The Amalgamut
(2002)
Anthems for the Damned
(2008)
The Trouble with Angels
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
ARTISTdirect 3/5 stars[3]
Blogcritics 4/5 stars[4]
Metal Storm (positive)[5]
Metromix 2.5/5 stars[6]
ReGen 3.5/5 stars[7]

Anthems for the Damned is the fourth studio album by American industrial rock band Filter. It was released to the public on May 13, 2008 through Pulse Records.[8] It sold 13,000 copies its first week and debuted at #60 on the Billboard 200.[9]

History[edit]

This album marks Filter's first studio project since The Amalgamut in 2002. Shortly after that release, the band abruptly stopped touring and lead singer Richard Patrick checked himself into rehab, putting the band on hiatus. Patrick then began to explore other creative endeavors like recording songs with The Damning Well in 2003. In 2005, he collaborated with former Stone Temple Pilots members Robert and Dean DeLeo to continue work on his new Filter album. While originally intended for said album, their first composition, "A Better Place," instead became the start of a new side project inspired by the three musicians' sound chemistry. Enlisting drummer Ray Luzier, the supergroup took the name Army of Anyone.[10] They released one record and toured into 2007 before quietly disbanding.

When that collaboration was completed, Patrick returned to work on the next Filter album. This would allow him to express some of his feelings about the current state of the world and the current state of his life. Anthems for the Damned, released through their new label, Pulse Recording,[11] was the result of those efforts.

The first single from the album, "Soldiers of Misfortune",[12] was released through the band's MySpace page and began receiving radio play around the same time. On May 30, 2008, the band released a "Soldiers of Misfortune" promo video clip through MTV.com, the license restricted MTV.com from playing the video outside the U.S., but the video quickly spread through the web and is now available worldwide on the band's official website and YouTube.

As of June, the second single "What's Next" began receiving radio play. The song would later be remixed into the Blood & Sand Mix and be featured on the soundtrack to the horror film Saw V.

Anthems for the Damned is a dose of heavy industrial, soaring anthems, and heavy soundscapes. The album features collaborators such as guitarist/songwriter John 5, Limp Bizkit/Black Light Burns guitarist Wes Borland, and Nine Inch Nails live drummer Josh Freese.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Richard Patrick, except where noted.[14]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Soldiers of Misfortune"     4:25
2. "What's Next"   Patrick, John 5 3:34
3. "The Wake"   Patrick, Luke Walker 3:56
4. "Cold (Anthem for the Damned)"     3:45
5. "Hatred Is Contagious"     4:25
6. "Lie After Lie"     3:45
7. "Kill the Day"     3:31
8. "The Take"   Patrick, John 5 3:16
9. "I Keep Flowers Around"     4:27
10. "In Dreams"   Patrick, Borland 3:51
11. "Only You"     4:40
12. "Can Stop This"   Patrick, Rae DiLeo 5:55
Total length:
49:30

Bonus tracks[edit]

The download version of the album included alternative mixes of tracks from the standard version as bonus tracks. Three additional tracks were included in the UK release of the album, which was retitled Soldiers of Misfortune, whereas only one extra track was included elsewhere.[15]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Soldiers of Misfortune" (Richard Patrick and Timmy the Terror Brade Runna mix)   5:30
14. "Kill the Day" (Ben Wise club mix) (UK release)   6:08
15. "The Take" (Stormin Norman mix J.O.B.) (UK release) Patrick, John 5 4:36
Total length:
65:44

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
position
Billboard Independent Albums[14] 5
Billboard 200[14] 60

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak
position
US
Main.

[16]
2008 "Soldiers of Misfortune" 27
"What's Next"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Filter Anthems for the Damned Review - Review of Filter Album Anthems for the Damned". Rock.about.com. 2008-05-13. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Anthems for the Damned". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  3. ^ "Anthems for the Damned by Filter @ ARTISTdirect.com - Shop, Listen, Download". Artistdirect.com. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Music Review: Filter - Anthems For The Damned - Blogcritics Music". Blogcritics.org. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  5. ^ "Filter - Anthems For The Damned review - Metal Storm". Metalstorm.ee. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  6. ^ Miller, Kirk (2008-05-12). "Filter, 'Anthems for the Damned'". Metromix. Archived from the original on 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "FILTER: "Anthems for the Damned" release date announced". Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  9. ^ "10 YEARS, FILTER, IRON MAIDEN, DEICIDE, EMMURE First-Week Sales Revealed". blabbermouth.net. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  10. ^ "FILTER: "Anthems for the Damned" Biography". Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  11. ^ "FILTER: "Anthems for the Damned" Discography". Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  12. ^ "FILTER: "Anthems for the Damned" Billboard Singles". Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  13. ^ "Filter returns with "Anthems for the Damned" Due Out This May"". Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  14. ^ a b c Anthems for the Damned > Overview. Allmusic. Retrieved on 17 April 2009.
  15. ^ Filter – Soldiers of Misfortune. UK iTunes Store. Retrieved on 17 April 2009.
  16. ^ Anthems for the Damned > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles. Allmusic. Retrieved on 17 April 2009.