Live: The Island Years

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Live: The Island Years
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Live album by
ReleasedApril 5, 1994
RecordedIrvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, California, October 19, 1991
Electric Lady Studios, New York City, January 28, 1992
GenreThrash metal
LabelMegaforce, Island
ProducerSteve Thompson, Michael Barbiero
Anthrax live chronology
Live: The Island Years
Music of Mass Destruction

Live: The Island Years is Anthrax's first full-length live album. The album was released in 1994 by Megaforce Worldwide/Island Entertainment. As it is a live album, there were no new singles. The album features vocalist Joey Belladonna, who had been replaced in the band two years earlier by John Bush.

Anthrax were not directly involved in the making of this album, whose release was due to remaining contractual obligations towards their previous record company, following the band's signing with Elektra. As such, the track list is cobbled from two disparate sources: the soundtrack to the band's earlier Live Noize home video, recorded at Irvine Meadows, California on October 19, 1991 (tracks one to eight), and tapes from a concert staged for college radio WSOU, recorded at the Electric Lady Studios, on January 28, 1992 (tracks nine to twelve).

The rendition of "Bring the Noise" on this album features both Anthrax and Public Enemy, and starts out with Flavor Flav doing most of his song "Too Much Posse", to a beat by Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Anthrax, except where noted.

  1. "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)" – 6:59
  2. "A.I.R." – 4:35
  3. "Parasite" (Ace Frehley) – 2:52
  4. "Keep It in the Family" – 7:05
  5. "Caught in a Mosh" – 5:26
  6. "Indians" – 6:59
  7. "Antisocial" (Bernie Bonvoisin, Norbert Krief) – 6:38
  8. "Bring the Noise (Feat. Public Enemy)" (Anthrax, Carl Ridenhour, Hank Shocklee, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler) – 7:38
  9. "I Am the Law" (Anthrax, Danny Lilker) – 6:04
  10. "Metal Thrashing Mad" (Neil Turbin, Scott Ian, Lilker) – 2:46
  11. "In My World" – 6:36
  12. "Now It's Dark" – 5:48




  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Anthrax Live: The Island Years". AllMusic. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.