Return of the Killer A's

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Return of the Killer A's
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Compilation album by Anthrax
Released November 23, 1999
Genre Thrash metal, alternative metal
Length 74:50
Label Beyond Music
Producer Anthrax, The Butcher Brothers, Carl Canedy, Paul Crook, Mark Dodson, Dave Jerden, Eddie Kramer
Anthrax chronology
Attack of the Killer B's
Return of the Killer A's
Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[4]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]

Return of the Killer A's is a best of compilation album by the heavy metal band Anthrax, released in 1999.

The cover of "Ball of Confusion" features Anthrax's first new recording with former lead singer Joey Belladonna since 1991, and their first with former bassist Dan Lilker since 1984. Neither one would stay with the band past that song's recording, though a tour featuring both Belladonna and then-current Anthrax singer John Bush was in the works at one point. The song is also notable because it features both Belladonna and Bush on vocals.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album (date) Length
1. "Bring the Noise" (Public Enemy Feat. Anthrax) Carl Ridenhour, Hank Shocklee, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Anthrax Attack of the Killer B's (1991) 3:26
2. "Only" John Bush, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante Sound of White Noise (1993) 4:56
3. "Potter's Field" (Hypo Luxa Hermes Pan Remix) Bush, Ian, Bello, Benante Sound of White Noise 4:44
4. "Ball of Confusion" (The Temptations cover) Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong Previously unreleased 4:33
5. "Crush" Bush, Ian, Benante Volume 8: The Threat Is Real (1998) 4:20
6. "Room for One More" Bush, Ian, Bello, Benante Sound of White Noise 4:57
7. "Inside Out" Bush, Ian, Benante Inside Out (1999) 5:29
8. "Hy Pro Glo" (Hy Pro Luxa Mix) Bush, Ian, Bello, Benante Sound of White Noise 5:02
9. "Fueled" Bush, Ian, Benante Stomp 442 (1995) 4:02
10. "Among the Living" Anthrax Among the Living (1987) 5:16
11. "Got the Time" Joe Jackson Persistence of Time (1990) 2:44
12. "Indians" Anthrax Among the Living 5:40
13. "Antisocial" (Trust cover) Bernie Bonvoisin, Norbert Krief State of Euphoria (1988) 4:24
14. "I'm the Man" (Edited version) Joey Belladonna, Dan Spitz, Ian, Bello, Benante, John Rooney I'm the Man (1987) 3:02
15. "Madhouse" Anthrax Spreading the Disease (1985) 4:17
16. "I Am the Law" Anthrax Among the Living 5:54
17. "Metal Thrashing Mad" (Available in some editions only) Neil Turbin, Spitz, Ian, Danny Lilker, Benante Fistful of Metal (1984) 2:43

The album culled at least one song from all but one studio album up to the release. (No tracks from the debut album Fistful of Metal is included, although in some editions, the track "Metal Thrashing Mad" from the said album is included.) Also included is the track taken from two EPs and "Bring the Noise", collaboration between Anthrax and Public Enemy previously released on Attack of the Killer B's, the compilation of B-sides. Two singles were released off the album:

  • "Crush" was released as a single off the album, appearing only with the song itself, on which it says "From the Beyond Music release Return of the Killer A's - The Best of Anthrax.
  • "Ball of Confusion" was released as a single also, having the album version of the song, along with the edit.



  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Anthrax: Return of the Killer A's". AllMusic. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer's Guide: Anthrax". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 4, 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. pp. 27–28. 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.