Volume 8: The Threat is Real Songs Ranked

Volume 8: The Threat Is Real is the eighth studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax. The album was released on July 28, 1998, by Ignition Records and debuted at number 118 on the Billboard 200 chart. The record was produced by the band and Paul Crook. It features the song “Crush”, which appeared in the video game ATV Offroad Fury for PlayStation 2 and in the game’s soundtrack. Other released singles from the album were “Inside Out”, “Piss N Vinegar” and “Born Again Idiot”. “Pieces”, the hidden track at the end of the album, was written by bassist Frank Bello as a tribute to his brother Anthony who was murdered outside his girlfriend’s home in the Bronx on March 25, 1996, by an unidentified assailant. The track features Bello on vocals. Here are all of Volume 8: The Threat is Real songs ranked.

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14. Hog Tied

“This song is a tad disturbing, but good. The riffs are heavy and the drums are great. Anthrax rock out and rock hard on this album.”

13. Harm’s Way

“One of my favorites. This song starts slow and builds to a creshendo. A very melodic song, with sorta cryptic lyrics. The chorus is something to really admire musically.”

12. Big Fat

“The only somewhat forgettable song on the album. Decent song, good, but nothing special. If people admire Metallica and Megadeth, then I hope they get into Anthrax’s music as well. “

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11. Killing Box

“Another angry one, made doubly so by the addition of Phil Anselmo (PanterA) on backing vocals. This song screams with ferocity and interesting guitar work.”

10. Alpha Male

“I know alot of people love the 80s Joey era of anthrax. But they made some great albums in the 90s and early 2000s with John Bush. And this is one of them. Havering Darrel Dimebag himself from pantera playing leads on some the tracks it sort of has a pantera feel to it.”

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9. Born Again Idiot

“Angry, very angry, I love it. Makes you glad your not whoever John is singing about in this song. With ‘Volume 8’ – Anthrax proved that if the threat isn’t immiment, it’s at least somewhat real.”

8. Toast to the Extras

“‘Toast to the Extras’ is an eye-opener – a mixing of heavy rock complete with an almost authentic ‘down home’ country twanging lick, surprisingly, the experiment works brilliantly.”

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7. 604

“All the protagonists are in fine form – Bush has a voice I’ve always admired and Scott Ian’s stamp permeates the record. This album has a serious feeling of defiance about it, steadfastly hodling onto the bands niche audience. Though it must be said that despite the admiragble aspects such as steadfastness and the refusal of the band to mellow, this is not a loveable record, or even a particularly likeable one.”

6. Cupajoe

“The comedic side of the guys is still there. “Cupajoe” is hilarious (and is on my answering machine–keeps the telemarketers away!). Right up there with “Big Balls!” This one is a laugh riot, absolutely wonderful!”

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5. Stealing from a Thief

“Heavy, real heavy, with great lyrics. This song makes Bush soud just plain evil! Lyrics that are thoughful and cryptic, a solo similar to “Random Acts of Senseless Violence.” This song has it all, it speeds up halfway through for some great drums.”

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4. Catharsis

“Another good song! Intelligent lyrics, and innovative guitars. A good seperater between Crush and the next song. “Catharsis” happens to be the only song bassist Frank Bello contributes on, which if nothing else indicates a squandered opportunity for further development.”

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3. P&V

“This song is fast and heavy, and though its predesscor towers over it, its filled with good riffs and provocative lyrics. Doesn’t matter what purists think–this album rocked, and I enjoyed it highly.”

2. Crush

“This album opnes up with the double bass drum driven Crush and from that moment on I knew Anthrax weren’t dead. This album gives you exactly what you want a great metal record with some memorable songs.”

1. Inside Out

“Heavy like nothing else! This song tears through speakers! Fast drums and a solo that’s god like. It is, in my opinion, the best song on the album. Dimebag Darrel (PanterA) plays guitars on this one, only adding to the heaviness. The lyrics are powerful and angry, Bush has never sounded better!”