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is the fourth studio album by the American State of Euphoria thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released on September 19, 1988 through Megaforce/ Island Records.
Album information [ edit ]
The album was
produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson, with Alex Perialas engineering. The album reached No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart in late 1988 and was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 8th, 1989. The songs "Who Cares Wins", dealing with the plight of [2 ] the homeless, and " Antisocial" were released as singles with accompanying music videos.
The song "Misery Loves Company" was based on the
Stephen King novel , while "Now It's Dark" was inspired by the Misery David Lynch film , specifically the behavior of the sexually depraved, self-asphyxiating, murderous sociopath Blue Velvet Frank Booth, as played by Dennis Hopper. The song was years later made into simlish for the radio on the PC game. The song "Make Me Laugh" is critical of The Sims Televangelism, a popular target of thrash metal bands of that period. The majority of the album's music was composed by drummer Charlie Benante while lyrics were composed by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian.
The back cover of the album contains a parody picture of the band drawn by
Mort Drucker, a caricaturist best known for his artwork in the magazine . Mad
As of 2006,
State of Euphoria had sold over 151,000 copies in the U.S since the beginning of the SoundScan era, bringing the total sales numbers to over 650,000 in the U.S. [3 ]
Reception [ edit ]
Although the album contains some of what would become Anthrax's best known songs such as "
Antisocial" and "Be All, End All", critical reception was lukewarm. The album failed to live up to the expectations, commercial and otherwise, set by the band's previous releases, , Spreading the Disease and the Among the Living I'm the Man EP.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and composed by
Anthrax except "Antisocial" by Bernie Bonvoisin and Norbert Krief (of the French band Trust ).
"Be All, End All"
"Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
"Make Me Laugh"
"Who Cares Wins"
"Now It's Dark"
"Misery Loves Company"
Personnel [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]