The Island Years (Anthrax album)

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The Island Years
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Live album by Anthrax
Released April 5, 1994
Recorded October 19, 1991
January 28, 1992
Genre Thrash metal
Length 69:26
Label Island
Producer Anthrax, Michael Barbiero, Steve Thompson
Anthrax live chronology
The Island Years
Music of Mass Destruction

The Island Years is Anthrax's first full-length live album. The album was released in 1994 by Megaforce Worldwide/Island Entertainment. As it is a live album, there were no new singles. The album features vocalist Joey Belladonna, who had been replaced in the band two years earlier by John Bush.

Anthrax was not directly involved in the making of this album, whose release was due to remaining contractual obligations towards their previous record company, following the band's signing with Elektra. As such, the track list is cobbled from two disparate sources: the soundtrack to the band's earlier "Live Noize" home video, and tapes from a concert staged for college radio WSOU.

Tracks one to eight were recorded at Irvine Meadows, California on October 19, 1991. Tracks nine to twelve were recorded at the Electric Lady Studio, on January 28, 1992.

The rendition of "Bring the Noise" on this album features both Anthrax and Public Enemy, and starts out with Flavor Flav doing most of his song "Too Much Posse", to a beat by Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Anthrax, except where noted.

  1. "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)" – 6:59
  2. "A.I.R." – 4:35
  3. "Parasite" (Ace Frehley) – 2:52
  4. "Keep It in the Family" – 7:05
  5. "Caught in a Mosh" – 5:26
  6. "Indians" – 6:59
  7. "Antisocial" (Bernie Bonvoisin, Norbert Krief) – 6:38
  8. "Bring the Noise (Feat. Public Enemy)" (Anthrax, Carl Ridenhour, Hank Shocklee, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler) – 7:38
  9. "I Am the Law" (Anthrax, Danny Lilker) – 6:04
  10. "Metal Thrashing Mad" (Neil Turbin, Scott Ian, Lilker) – 2:46
  11. "In My World" – 6:36
  12. "Now It's Dark" – 5:48



  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Anthrax Live: The Island Years". AllMusic. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.