Among The Living: Anthrax look back at their classic album 30 years on
As Anthrax prepare to celebrate 30 years of Among The Living, Scott Ian looks back at the album that changed it all – and reveals why the thrash veterans are as vital as ever
It’s December 1987. Anthrax are starting a major US headlining tour with a show at Chicago’s prestigious, 5,000-capacity Aragon Ballroom. Support act Celtic Frost are onstage and the venue is rammed already. Anthrax founder and guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante are standing at the side of the stage when the penny drops.
“I looked at Charlie and pointed at the crowd and said, ‘Where did all these people come from? How did this happen?’” Scott recalls. “Just a few months before, we were stoked to be playing to 500 people. It was like I’d blinked and suddenly there were 5,000 people coming to our shows.”
Nearly 30 years on, Anthrax have long since secured their reputation as one of the best-loved and respected metal bands of all time. One of thrash’s Big 4, the New Yorkers are simply part of the furniture at this point, but it was the extraordinary and life-changing success of their third album, Among The Living, that was the catalyst for the glories that followed. Stuffed to the gills with freshly minted anthems like Caught In A Mosh, Indians and I Am The Law, it remains one of the classic 80s metal records. As they prepare to hit the UK for their first headlining tour in several years, during which they will play that classic album in its entirety, Scott and Charlie have vivid memories of the moment their lives altered forever.