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 1998
Studio Krusty's Fun House, Yonkers, New York
Length 63:33
Label Ignition
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 Vinegar"
    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".

"Pieces", the hidden track at the end of the album, was written by bassist Frank Bello as a tribute to his brother Anthony who was murdered outside his girlfriend's home in The Bronx on March 25th, 1996 by an assailant who has never been identified. The track features Bello on vocals.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club unfavorable[4]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[6]

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".[2] Stephen Thompson of The A.V. Club found the album to be "aggressive to the point of being exhausting".[4] Martin Popoff in his Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal remarks how the band put a bit of everything in the songs, including multiple speeds, "humor scattered here and there", "big grungy guitars", "meat and potatoes riffing and roaring vocals from Bush", while "experimenting with some different textures and dynamics". The result is not just "an accessible thrash metal record", as is typical with Anthrax.[5]

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. "Piss N Vinegar"   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. "Harm's 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" (ends at 5:33; hidden track "Pieces" begins at 8:03 after 2:30 of silence) "Pieces" written and composed by 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 2:17


  • Phil Anselmo - backing vocals on "Killing Box"
  • Dimebag Darrell - guitar solos on "Inside Out" and "Born Again Idiot"
  • Paul Crook - guitar solos on "Killing Box", "Hog Tied", "Big Fat", "Stealing From A Thief"
  • Produced by Anthrax[8]
  • Co-produced and engineered by Paul Crook[8]
  • Mixed by Chris Sheldon[8]


  1. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (September 14, 2011). "Anthrax and Joey Belladonna Keep It In the Family". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Anthrax — Volume 8: The Threat Is Real". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sputnik Music
  4. ^ a b Thompson, Stephen (April 19, 2002). "Anthrax — Volume 8: The Threat is Real". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b 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. 
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  7. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Anthrax-Volume-8-The-Threat-Is-Real/release/709463
  8. ^ a b c Volume 8: The Threat Is Real! back panel. Ignition Records. 1998. 

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