Attack of the Killer B's

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Attack of the Killer B's
Attack of the Killer B's (Anthrax album) coverart.jpg
Compilation album by Anthrax
Released June 25, 1991
Recorded 1989–1991
Genre Thrash metal, rap metal
Length 44:24
Label Megaforce, Island
Producer Anthrax, Mark Dodson, Charlie Benante
Anthrax chronology
Attack of the Killer B's
(1991)
Return of the Killer A's
(1999)Return of the Killer A's1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[4]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[5]

Attack of the Killer B's is a compilation album of B-sides, covers and rarities by the thrash metal band Anthrax and the band's last audio album released before vocalist John Bush replaced longtime Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna in 1992. The album was released in June 1991 by Megaforce Worldwide/Island Entertainment. The "B's" in the album's the title refers to b-sides previously unreleased and compiled for a single release. In 1992 the album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Metal Performance.

Album information[edit]

Though a collection of "B-sides", the album would ironically feature one of their biggest singles; a collaboration/cover of Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise". Attack of the Killer B's was certified gold by the RIAA. The two live tracks, "Keep It in the Family" and "Belly of the Beast", were recorded during the 1990–91 Persistence of Time tour. Also included is an updated version of their 1987 single, "I'm the Man", and three songs previously released only in Europe and Japan on the 1989 EP, Penikufesin ("Nise Fukin EP"), recorded during the State of Euphoria sessions.

Two versions of the album were released: the uncensored version contained full expletives and the song "Startin' Up a Posse", and the censored version which excluded the aforementioned track, and in place of the explicit words, a buzzing noise (like bees) is heard. The track "Startin' Up a Posse" is a tongue in cheek attack on the Parents Music Resource Center. The compilation also includes covers of songs by Discharge, Kiss, Trust, and the surf rock staple "Pipeline", originally recorded by The Chantays.

The song "N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin)" was intended to illustrate the band's disdain for power ballads, which were very fashionable in the commercial metal scene at the time, and rather hilariously parodies power ballads. The band also covers two songs ("Milk (Ode to Billy)" and "Chromatic Death") originally recorded by Stormtroopers of Death, a mid-80s side project by Anthrax members Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and then-bassist Dan Lilker. The "Billy" referenced in the title is S.O.D. vocalist Billy Milano.

"Bring the Noise" is a collaboration with rap group Public Enemy, making this song one of the first rap metal collaborations (albeit some years after the Aerosmith/Run DMC 1986 collaboration on "Walk This Way"), although Joey Belladonna and Dan Spitz had collaborated with Untouchable Force Organization on a song called "Lethal" in 1987 that was released as a single[citation needed]. "Bring the Noise" would later appear in the videogames Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Milk (Ode to Billy)" (S.O.D. cover) Billy Milano, Charlie Benante, Danny Lilker, Scott Ian Rosenfeld 3:44
2. "Bring the Noise" (Public Enemy cover) Carl Ridenhour, Hank Shocklee, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Anthrax 3:28
3. "Keep It in the Family" (Live, Birmingham, England) Anthrax 7:19
4. "Startin' Up a Posse" Anthrax 4:14
5. "Protest and Survive" (Discharge cover) Kevin "Cal" Morris, Roy "Rainy" Wainwright, Garry Maloney, Tony "Bones" Roberts 2:20
6. "Chromatic Death" (S.O.D. cover) Milano, Benante, Lilker, Rosenfeld 1:28
7. "I'm the Man '91" Anthrax, John Rooney 5:00
8. "Parasite" (Kiss cover) Ace Frehley 3:14
9. "Pipeline" (The Chantays cover) Bob Spickard, Brian Carman 2:00
10. "Sects" (Trust cover) Norbert Krief, Bernie Bonvoisin 3:06
11. "Belly of the Beast" (Live, Birmingham, England) Anthrax 6:01
12. "N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin)" Anthrax 2:16

Personnel[edit]

Anthrax
Additional musicians
  • Chuck D - lead vocals (first two verses) on "Bring the Noise"
  • Flavor Flav - backing vocals on "Bring the Noise"
  • Mark Dodson - backing vocals on "Startin' Up a Posse"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Anthrax: Attack of the Killer B's". AllMusic. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer's Guide: Anthrax". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.