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Half the album is actually pretty sweet. - 65%

morbert, August 17th, 2009

Rebirth? Rebirth of what exactly? Compared to their previous two studio efforts, ‘We've Come for You All’ was indeed a rebirth of inspiration for Anthrax. It was, however, not the promised rebirth of their eighties sound. But did they actually promise that? I can hardly remember. It probably was their label and such who did that. ‘We've Come for You All’ just simply perfects and crystallises the path already set in by their earlier Volume8 album on which the band had regained their humour, dynamics and, most of all, willingness to just try some stuff.

The metal side of the album delivers most of the time in terms of quality groove metal material. The strong opener ‘What Doesn’t Die’ is heavy. Not as good as the openers on Sound Of White Noise nor Volume8, but very good indeed. Good drive, catchy enough chorus. ‘Superhero’ has that violent-video-game kind of catchy riffing with a stompin’ midpaced drive and the main riff from 'Any Place But Here' could have come straight from Metallica’s black album or even Load, thus being very catchy and nineties-proof. Nice waltzing on 'Refuse To Be Denied' by the way. It’s post-thrash or groove metal or whatever you want to call it, but these are some good songs simply because the band does deliver in the riff and performance departments. Best metal song here, performance wise, is 'Nobody Knows Anything', a showcase for Charlie Benante to just funk it out!

Just like 'Black Lodge' and 'Harms Way' on earlier Bush-era releases this album delivers another (semi) ballad, 'Safe Home'. Not as good as Black Lodge but much better than Harms Way and especially the guitars during the middle section are sheer beauty!

The rest of the album however truly fails to deliver. Even though 'Black Dahlia' is possibly the most aggressive song on the album, that black metal riff and blast speed drums make the song sound like a parody. I’m sure it wasn’t meant that way but it just feels like a collection of leftovers from SOD’s Bigger Than The Devil sessions. A failure, just like that other joke, 'Cadillac Rock Box', a very generic rock tune which goes in one ear and out the other. Other songs like 'Taking the Music Back', 'Thinking about an End' and the title track only have a few good ideas hidden within the composition but just don’t impress nor even convince as a whole. Worthless fillers.

Yes, indeed this was once again a small step forward for Anthrax. But because of the large amount of fillers, they still did not come close to their best effort with Bush, The Sound Of White Noise. However it does come in second place from the 1992-2003 era. But to those, craving something even remotely similar to the Belladonna days, stay clear.