Gig review: Anthrax – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London – 10/02/17

Last night’s Anthrax gig was a real treat for fans. They played two sets; the first one included new songs from their latest album as well as a selection of songs from various albums. The second was the entire Among The Living album!

Anthrax have been around for over 30 years and have a huge back-catalogue of awesome music. For this tour they’re inviting fans in the UK to vote for songs that they’d like to hear. You can vote here:

c4kfmjduoaaouxyLast night, as part of the first half of their show, they played “Madhouse”, “A.I.R”, “Be All, End All”, “Evil Twin”, “Breathing LIghtning”, “Blood Eagle Wings”, and “Fight ´Em ´Til You Can´t”.

I’ve been a fan of Anthrax since the late ’80s. I first saw them live at Hammersmith Odeon (as it was known back then! – now Hammersmith Apollo). They’ve always been one of the best live bands and even after almost 30 years, they still perform with passion and it’s clear that the love what they do. Many younger bands could learn a lot from going to an Anthrax show. These guys know how to entertain and how to make the crowd feel like they are as much a part of the show as the band. They make use of the whole stage throughout the performance; each member of the band playing their own unique part. Not only have they retained that love of performing over the years but they are still producing some of the best music out there. Their latest album, “For All Kings”, is awesome. Their rendition of “Blood Eagle Wings” was one of the highlights of last night’s gig.

81q07FsV34L._SL1200_ The Forum was full last night, it was a sold-out show. Fans were singing along to all the songs and there was a lively and fun atmosphere. Anthrax played the whole of the “Among The Living” album. Althought it was released in 1987, I couldn’t help thinking—as I was listening to the songs—how relevant the album is today. In fact, the title track “Among The Living” seems almost prophetic if you look at the direction the world is going in today.  Let’s hope Anthrax can’t really predict the future though because when Scott commented about how ridiculous it was that Donald Trump was President he also said, “When Piers Morgan becomes your PM, call me…” 😀

One of the things I have always loved about Anthrax’s songs is the social commentary element. It is perhaps sad that the world hasn’t changed much since “Among The Living” was written… perhaps if everyone was an Anthrax fan the world would be a better place!

71io0bnvtll-_sl1119_Anthrax last performed the whole of “Among The Living” in the UK at the Sonisphere festival in 2014. I was lucky enough to be there the last time and was looking forward to hearing it played in its entirety again. It is such a brilliant album. Last night we found out Scott Ian’s favourite track from the album: “A Skeleton In The Closet”. He said that the song was the best example of what they considered Anthrax’s sound to be back in 1986 when it was written.

Track listing:

  1. Among the Living
  2. Caught in a Mosh
  3. I am the Law
  4. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
  5. A Skeleton in the Closet
  6. Indians
  7. One World
  8. A.D.I./Horror of it All
  9. Imitation of Life

It was an amazing performance. Anthrax always make their live songs sound just like they do on the record, but they sound even more awesome because they are live. It was a high energy performance with a lot of crowd participation, singing along not only to the words but to the riffs and melodies.

Anthrax are a must-see band. They never disappoint. They are sounding just as great now as when I first saw them 28 years ago!

There are quite a few dates remaining on their UK tour and then they’re headed off to Europe for the rest of February and March. Catch them if you can.

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