The Greater of Two Evils

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The Greater of Two Evils
Remix album by Anthrax
Released November 23, 2004
Recorded Avatar Studios, New York, January 24–25, 2004
Genre Thrash metal
Length 73:04
Label Sanctuary, Nuclear Blast
Producer Anthrax
Anthrax chronology
Music of Mass Destruction
(2004)
The Greater of Two Evils
(2004)
Alive 2
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 3/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
musicOMH favorable[4]

The Greater of Two Evils is an album by Anthrax. The album was released in November 2004 (2004 in music) on the Sanctuary record label. The album is made up of fourteen Anthrax songs from the band's early (Neil Turbin & Joey Belladonna-era) albums, that were released between 1983 and 1990. These tracks have been re-recorded by Anthrax's then-current line-up, led by John Bush. The final track listing was decided by a vote on the band's website. The track list was then recorded by the band "live" in the studio over two days. The album was originally going to be named "Metallum Maximum Aeturnum", with possible plans to change it to "Old School, New School, Our School: Metallum Maximum Aeturnum" or "Metal Thrashing Mad: Metallum Maximum Aeturnum". The album sleeve features liner notes by Brian Posehn.

This is the last Anthrax release prior to the band's reunion with Joey Belladonna and Dan Spitz.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Deathrider"   (Neil Turbin, Scott Ian, Dan Lilker) Fistful of Metal 3:04
2. "Metal Thrashing Mad"   (Neil Turbin, Scott Ian, Lilker) Fistful of Metal 2:47
3. "Caught in a Mosh"   Anthrax Among the Living 5:27
4. "A.I.R."   Anthrax Spreading the Disease 6:21
5. "Among the Living"   Anthrax Among the Living 5:52
6. "Keep It in the Family"   Anthrax Persistence of Time 7:25
7. "Indians"   Anthrax Among the Living 6:38
8. "Madhouse"   Anthrax Spreading the Disease 4:26
9. "Panic"   (Neil Turbin, Scott Ian, Lilker) Fistful of Metal 3:35
10. "I Am the Law"   Anthrax, Lilker Among the Living 6:03
11. "Belly of the Beast"   Anthrax Persistence of Time 5:42
12. "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)"   Anthrax Among the Living 5:57
13. "Be All, End All"   Anthrax State of Euphoria 6:29
14. "Gung-Ho"
"Lone Justice" (hidden track)
(Neil Turbin, Scott Ian, Lilker)
Anthrax
Spreading the Disease
Spreading the Disease
8:48

Bonus disc (Japanese edition)[edit]

The following tracks are available on a 2-disc Japanese version sold in other countries as an import.

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Anthrax"   (Neil Turbin, Scott Ian, Lilker) Fistful of Metal 3:25
2. "Lone Justice"   Anthrax Spreading the Disease 4:34
3. "In My World"   Anthrax Persistence of Time 6:29

Trivia[edit]

  • The Japanese katakana writing on the front cover says: スラッシュ メタル, literally Surasshu Metaru (a transliteration of "thrash metal").
  • On the original version of the album, "Lone Justice" appears as a hidden track. It begins after "Gung-Ho" ends, and is followed by the sound of "Lone Justice" being rewound. The song was included due to what seemed to be a strong demand for the track to be recorded by the members of the band's official message board, although many on the board claimed that the high votes for the song were a result of internet sabotage of the voting process. This addition to the album was not included on the Japanese edition, which featured an additional disc, on which "Lone Justice" was featured as a separate track.
  • "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)" is listed as N.F.L. on the cover of the album.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Anthrax: The Greater of Two Evils". Allmusic. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ Dome, Malcolm (February 2005). "Resurrection Shuffle". Classic Rock (London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd) 76: 90. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  4. ^ Bansal, Vik (November 29, 2004). "Anthrax - The Greater Of Two Evils". musicOMH. Retrieved April 19, 2014.