Spreading the Disease
|Spreading the Disease|
|Studio album by Anthrax|
|Released||October 30, 1985|
|Recorded||Pyramid Sound Studios, Ithaca, New York, 1985|
|Producer||Carl Canedy, Anthrax, Jon Zazula|
|Singles from Spreading the Disease|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The New Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Spreading the Disease is the second studio album by the American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released on October 30, 1985 through Megaforce Records and Island Records. It was the band's first album to feature vocalist Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello.
The band produced the album with Carl Canedy, Jon Zazula serving as executive producer. The album includes the single "Madhouse". A music video was produced for "Madhouse" as well, but didn't receive much airplay because it was banned by MTV, who believed the content to be degrading to the mentally insane.
This was the last Anthrax album to feature songwriting from ex-vocalist Neil Turbin, who wrote the lyrics and titles to the songs "Armed and Dangerous" and "Gung-Ho". Songwriting credit was shared to the track "Medusa", the first and only songwriting contribution from former producer Jon Zazula. Originally he was credited as the sole writer of the song, but reissues credit it to the rest of the band as well.
After they completed the recording of the album, Scott Ian and Charlie Benante, founded the Stormtroopers of Death and recorded the album Speak English or Die, one of the masterpieces of crossover thrash.
All songs written and composed by Anthrax except where noted.
|4.||"S.S.C./Stand or Fall"||4:08|
|7.||"Armed and Dangerous"||Neil Turbin||Neil Turbin, Scott Ian, Danny Lilker||5:43|
|9.||"Gung-Ho"||Neil Turbin||Neil Turbin, Ian, Lilker||4:34|
- Band members
- Joey Belladonna – lead vocals
- Dan Spitz – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Scott Ian – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Frank Bello – bass, backing vocals
- Charlie Benante – drums
- Carl Canedy - producer, assistant engineer
- Alex Perialas - engineer
- Norman Dunn - assistant engineer
- Jon Zazula - executive producer
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