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is the fourth studio State of Euphoria album by the American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released on September 19, 1988 through Megaforce/ Island Records.
Album information [ edit ]
The album was
produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson, with Alex Perialas engineering. The album reached No. 30 on the chart in late 1988 and was certified Gold by the Billboard 200 RIAA on February 8, 1989. The songs "Who Cares Wins", dealing with the plight of  the homeless, and " Antisocial" were released as singles with accompanying music videos.
The song "Misery Loves Company" is based on the
Stephen King novel , while "Now It's Dark" was inspired by the Misery David Lynch film , specifically the behavior of the sexually depraved, self-asphyxiating, murderous sociopath Blue Velvet Frank Booth, as played by Dennis Hopper. The song was years later made into simlish for the radio on the PC game. The song "Make Me Laugh" is critical of The Sims Jim and Tammy Fae Bakker and Televangelism in general, a popular target of thrash metal bands of that period. The song specifically mentioned minutiae such as the air-conditioned doghouse and Christian amusement park. The majority of the album's music was composed by drummer Charlie Benante while lyrics were composed by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian.
The back cover of the album contains a parody picture of the band drawn by
Mort Drucker, a caricaturist best known for his artwork in the magazine . Mad
Reception [ edit ]
Although the album contains some of what would become Anthrax's best known songs such as "
Antisocial", "Finale", and "Be All, End All", critical reception was lukewarm. The album failed to live up to the expectations, commercial and otherwise, set by the band's previous releases, , Spreading the Disease and the Among the Living I'm the Man EP.
Touring and promotion [ edit ]
Anthrax spent nearly a year touring in support of
State of Euphoria. Prior to the album's release, the band supported Iron Maiden on their Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour in Europe, and opened for Ozzy Osbourne on his tour in the United States from November 1988 to January 1989. The band also opened for No Rest for the Wicked Metallica on their Damaged Justice tour. 
Anthrax continued touring in 1989, playing six shows in the UK with
Living Colour in March, and headlining the Headbangers Ball Tour (with support from Helloween and Exodus) in April–May. Following the Headbangers Ball tour, Anthrax toured Europe with Suicidal Tendencies, King's X and M.O.D., which took place in June–July 1989. 
Track listing [ edit ]
All tracks written by
Anthrax, except " Antisocial" by Bernie Bonvoisin and Norbert Krief.
"Be All, End All"
"Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
"Make Me Laugh"
Antisocial" ( Trust cover) 4:27
"Who Cares Wins"
"Now It's Dark"
"Misery Loves Company"
Personnel [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ "Canadian album certifications – Anthrax – State of Euphoria". Music Canada.
^ "British album certifications – Anthrax – State of Euphoria". British Phonographic Industry. Enter State of Euphoria in the field Keywords . Select Title in the field Search by . Select album in the field By Format . Select Silver in the field By Award . Click Search
^ "American album certifications – Anthrax – State of Euphoria". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH