We've Come for You All
|We've Come For You All|
|Studio album by Anthrax|
|Released||May 6, 2003|
|Recorded||2001–2002 at BearTracks Recording Studio in Suffern, New York|
|Singles from We've Come for You All|
We've Come for You All is the ninth studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released on May 6, 2003 through Nuclear Blast in Europe and Sanctuary in North America. This was the first Anthrax record to feature Rob Caggiano on lead guitar and their final studio album with John Bush on vocals. The album was recorded over one year span at the BearTracks Recording Studio in Suffern, New York. The cover art was painted by comic book artist Alex Ross, while the production was handed by Scrap 60 Productions team. The Who vocalist Roger Daltrey and Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott made guest appearances on the album.
The album received positive reviews by contemporary music critics, with About.com crediting it for "getting the band back on track". Despite this, the album only reached number 122 on the Billboard 200 charts with first week sales of 10,000 copies. Upon its release, We've Come For You All has sold over 60,000 copies in the US.
Background and recording
This album followed Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, which was released back in 1998. Anthrax decided to sign with record label Nuclear Blast for the release of their upcoming album. Asked if changing the record company will affect the songwriting, Scott Ian replied: "To be honest, I don't care about that at all. You know, business is business and the creative side is the creative side. Creatively, there was no big challenge. We just wanted to try to make the best record we can."
The band started writing new material during the months of May and June 2001, and entered the studio in November the same year. The recording process was shortly interrupted because the band went on a tour with Judas Priest early in 2002. They returned to the studio in March and in the next few months worked on the record and successfully finished it. According to guitarist Scott Ian, the whole process of making the album took the band a year. Ian also said that there is no leftover material out of the recording sessions, except for the song "Ghost", which was released as a B-side on the single "Taking the Music Back". Vocalist Roger Daltrey from The Who and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell made guest appearances on the album. Daltrey was featured in the song "Taking the Music Back", while Darrell contributed to the songs "Cadillac Rock Box" and "Strap It On". The band explained their appearances by saying: "We felt the need to invite some friends to make something special for the album and the result is simply fantastic."
The album was produced by Scrap 60 Productions team, consisted of Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano, Eddie Wohl, and Steve Regina. The front cover was painted by comic book artist Alex Ross. Vocalist John Bush stated that the band was "really honored" that Ross did their last couple of releases. He told Blistering: "We gave him free reign [sic] on the design. We gave him the title as an idea, and maybe a couple of suggestions here and there, but he’s obviously a man who has done a lot of drawing in his career, so he really didn’t need a lot of direction from us."
The release date of the album was delayed several times. The album was originally set for a release on February 4, 2003 in Europe and Japan, and on February 24 in the US and Canada. After the prolongation of the release date for territories outside Japan and Europe, Charlie Benante posted an explanation on the band's official website: "I hate to tell you this but... the record got pushed back to April 15. It's only been 73 years since Vol. 8 [was released], what's another week or two? The record company needed the extra time to put more time into the promotion. One day all this crap will be over, you'll be rocking out to some killer shit." It was later announced that the release date for Europe would be also pushed back to March 3, 2003, eventually setting it on May 6. The problems occurred after a breakdown in negotiations between Beyond Records and Sanctuary Records over a buy-out of the band's contract. According to Blabbermouth, Beyond Records was in the process of selling their entire catalog to Sanctuary, but the arrangement have fallen through. However, the problems were resolved and the record was successfully distributed through Sanctuary in North America and Nuclear Blast in Europe.
The album debuted at No. 122 on the Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of just under 10,000 units. Since its release in May 2003, We've Come For You All sold about 62,000 copies in the United States. Apart from entering the French Albums Chart at number 95, the record did not manage to chart in any other country. Referring to the low record sales, guitarist Scott Ian posted a message on the band's official web site saying: "That's more than I thought it would do after five years away. That's basically what [the group's last album] Volume 8 did in its first week and this one was based on mostly just Internet promo."
John Bush opined that this record wasn't very different from their previous releases. "It's still an Anthrax album with many different parts that can appeal to a wide audience. Our sound is recognizable each time you listen to one of our songs and that's something we really want for our music. You have the fastest rhythms, the more danceable ones, you have everything you can expect from an Anthrax record. Variety and fun! A simple formula!" Drummer Charlie Benante said that "elements from their earlier albums" are still present on the record, though it explores "other territories".
Johnny Loftus from AllMusic described the music as "volatile mix of thrash and conventional metal", accompanied by the "gruff" vocals of Bush. He noted the record for using modern production techniques, as well as displaying melodies and instrumentation that have always been Anthrax's "hallmarks". Magazine Rock Hard observed that the record was a combination of "tradition and modernity", with "strong vocals" and "thrashy" tunes. They pointed that the sound was "enormously complex" with "super fat" production, having nothing similar with the nu-metal sound of the early 2000s. Exclaim! wrote that the songs had "rock-based structures", unlike the band's earlier releases which featured "brutal beats and razor riffs". Gregory Bradley also noted that couple of songs have "distinct hard-rock vibe", while others demonstrated "very metal" sound. In their guide to Anthrax discography, Kerrang! wrote that We've Come for You All was "leaning towards a groove-orientated hard rock sound" with several slower and "radio friendly" efforts.
We've Come for You All received positive reviews upon release, with About.com crediting it for "getting the band back on track". Allmusic reviewer Johnny Loftus described the album as having "pile-driving thrash and carefree rock forays". Loftus went on to say that We've Come for You All is "a typical thrash metal album, in an age where such a thing no longer exists", and gave the album a four out of five star rating. In a review for Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Harry Guerin wrote that the band still has the "same sense of enthusiasm, melody and aggression" from their "heyday". He praised the "hyperactive blast beat drumming" on "Black Dahlia" and finished the review by saying that the album is "better than probably even their most loyal fans could have hoped for".
Writing for Metal Review, Gregory Bradley stopped short of calling the album a "return to form" but instead claimed that the album is "an acceptable release." Bradley did, however, credit the album for having some "very metal songs", mentioning "What Doesn't Die" and "Black Dahlia" in particular. Chris Ayers from Exclaim! named the record "their sturdiest album since 1993’s Sound Of White Noise and easily the best of the John Bush era". "Grittier and more confident, the self-produced We've Come for You All is a certified classic that proves the ageless Anthrax are still a viable metal option", wrote Ayers. Vik Bansal, of MusicOMH, summarized We've Come for You All as "a bold, sleek and raucous slab of modern metal that stomps all over a lot of what passes for heavy music these days." Bansal cited "What Doesn't Die" for particular praise, noting the "razor-sharp" riffs present. He further described "Cadillac Rock Box" as sounding like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Sabbath jamming together. Bansal summed up his review by stating that We've Come for You All is a "mighty album from a still mighty band."
|2.||"What Doesn't Die"||4:10|
|4.||"Refuse to Be Denied"||3:20|
|6.||"Any Place But Here"||5:49|
|7.||"Nobody Knows Anything"||2:57|
|8.||"Strap It On" (featuring Dimebag Darrell)||3:32|
|10.||"Cadillac Rock Box" (featuring Dimebag Darrell)||3:41|
|11.||"Taking the Music Back" (featuring Roger Daltrey)||3:11|
|13.||"Think About an End"||5:09|
|15.||"Safe Home" (acoustic)||5:55|
|16.||"We're a Happy Family" (Ramones cover)||Joey Ramone||5:17|
Credits and personnel
|French Albums Chart||95|
|US Billboard 200||122|
|North America||May 6, 2003||Sanctuary Records|
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