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The album begins with the track You Gotta Believe, which is nearly 7.5 minutes long. After a lengthy introduction that parallels the sound of Steven King movie, there is a moment of high and low treble and distortion before the song breaks into a classic thrash riff. This song is perfect for openers as it meets the criteria for an Anthrax thrash ensemble. The song marks the first time hearing former Shadow's Fall, John Donais on lead guitar and he does not disappoint. Scott Ian trades guitar riffs with John in a seamless and diverse manner. Joey Belladonna once again shows his star vocal power as he pounds his voice through the opener.
Monster at the End follows with an attitude that puts it on the thrash map as well as a song that should have tremendous commercial success. There are a few hooks on the track before another stellar Donais solo that is off the charts. Belladonna is able to hit the extremely high ranges while sounding even better than he did on the previous album. The song will most likely be one of the big hits and could be one of those songs that are nominated for a Grammy at the end of the year. There is also a good chance that the song will be featured on a video. In other words,
Monster At the End is an instant classic.
The title track goes back to old school Anthrax as far as the musical style and energy after beginning with a Joey Belladonna introduction right off the bat. At this point, it is obvious that Donais' talent is going to play a major role in the success of this record, as he once again churns out a well balanced guitar show. As the album continues, the songs follow the thrash equation while also mixing in some new style creations. The song, Blood Eagle Wings, which clocks out at nearly eight minutes implores darkness while providing plenty of melodic substance. Belladonna once again makes this song epic as he models after the late Ronnie James Dio. John Donais shows off his amazing skills yet again and Charlie Benante shows why he is one of the best drummers in heavy metal history.
In retrospect, "For All Kings" puts Anthrax in rare company as it seems that they are getting better with age. So after all of the high expectations, the album exceeds these expectations and may possibly be even better than its predecessor. Defend Avenge, Suzerain, and Zero Tolerance all provide plenty of crunch and power as well as the familiar back ground vocals of Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello. I would have never thought it would be possible, but Anthrax has outdone themselves. The music and songwriting on this record are superb and the lyrics are also on point. It is early, but this album is already in the top list of best metal albums of 2016 and we are not even two months complete.
1) You Gotta Believe
2) Monster at the End
3) For All Kings
4) Breathing Lightning
6) Evil Twin
7) Blood Eagle Wings
8) Defend Avenge
9) All of Them Thieves
10) The Battle Chose Us
11) Zero Tolerance
********************* FOR ALL KINGS GETS 4 MASKS BY THE VOORHEES RATING SYSTEM**************************