Volume 8: The Threat Is Real

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Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
Studio album by Anthrax
Released July 21, 1998
Recorded Krusty's Fun House, Yonkers, New York, 1998
Genre Speed metal,[1] alternative metal[2]
Length 63:42
70:34 (with bonus tracks)
Label Ignition
Producer Anthrax, Paul Crook
Anthrax chronology
Stomp 442
Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
We've Come for You All
Singles from Volume 8: The Threat is real
  1. "Inside Out"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Crush"
    Released: 1998
  3. "Piss N Vinigar"
    Released: 1998
  4. "Born Again Idiot"
    Released: 1998

Volume 8: The Threat Is Real is the eighth studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax. The album was released on July 28, 1998 by Ignition Records and debuted at number 118 on the Billboard 200 chart. The record was produced by the band and Paul Crook. It features the song "Crush", which appeared in the video game ATV Offroad Fury for PlayStation 2 and in the game's soundtrack. Other released singles from the album were "Inside Out", "Piss N Vinegar" and "Born Again Idiot".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club unfavorable[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[4]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine, in a mixed review for AllMusic, wrote that the album is a continuation of the band's "writing slump" which started with 1993's Sound of White Noise. He said that there aren't many "memorable songs" on the record, and went to call it "transitional album" leading the band to "new, uncharted territory".[1] Stephen Thompson of The A.V. Club found the album to be "aggressive to the point of being exhausting".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by John Bush and Scott Ian; all music by Charlie Benante, except where noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Crush"     4:21
2. "Catharsis"   Benante, Frank Bello 4:53
3. "Inside Out"     5:31
4. "P&V"     3:12
5. "604"   Benante, Ian 0:35
6. "Toast to the Extras"     4:24
7. "Born Again Idiot"     4:17
8. "Killing Box"     3:37
9. "Harms Way"   Benante, Ian 5:13
10. "Hog Tied"     4:36
11. "Big Fat"   Benante, Ian 6:01
12. "Cupajoe"   Benante, Ian 0:46
13. "Alpha Male"     3:05
14. "Stealing from a Thief / Pieces"   Benante / Bello 13:02
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
15. "Giving the Horns"     3:34
16. "The Bends" (Radiohead cover) Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway, Thom Yorke 3:52
17. "Snap/I'd Rather Be Sleeping" (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles cover) Kurt Brecht, Spike Cassidy, John Menor, Eric Brecht 5:31


Band members
Guest musicians
  • Paul Crook - co-producer, engineer
  • Chris Sheldon - mixing
  • Paul Shatraw - mixing assistant
  • George Marino - mastering


  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Anthrax — Volume 8: The Threat Is Real". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (September 14, 2011). "Anthrax and Joey Belladonna Keep It In the Family". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Stephen (April 19, 2002). "Anthrax — Volume 8: The Threat is Real". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 

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