Due to a back injury, I had to take a day off from this stuff while I writhed in pain every time I stood up. It’s a little better today and I’m able to leave my bed and be somewhat functional. Though I lost a day and half of work because of this shit. hopefully, I won’t lose any more work, I really can’t afford it.
Anyway, today I’m checking out Anthrax’s 1989 record ‘State of Euphoria’, though I like it, it’s one of the bands least popular records. A view shared by the band themselves.
So, the story goes, Anthrax’s previous record ‘Among the Living’ was a big success and sort of broke the band into the mainstream, at least within the metal community. Though they weren’t as big as Metallica, Anthrax’s popularity was arguably larger than the other two ‘Big Four’ thrash bands, Megadeth and Slayer, by the time 1988 rolled around. Thanks to Metallica, thrash metal was becoming more and more mainstream and major labels were looking to sign all sorts of thrash bands. Though Anthrax had already been signed to a major label for a few years at this point, they still felt the pressure to release a new record to cash in on Metallica’s success. The band claims that the record company applied tons of pressure on them, and sort of forced them to finish writing and recording ‘State of Euphoria’ to have a fall release. The result being a collection of songs the band wasn’t comfortable releasing. The record met lukewarm sales and reviews.
Now I’m not sure how true that is, but it sounds feasible. I first the record months after its release and wasn’t blown away by it. I had been listening to the band for about a year now, and really liked them. So, I was looking forward to hearing it when it came out. I don’t remember how long it took for me to finally hear it, but when I did I felt it didn’t measure up to ‘Among the Living’ or ‘Spreading the Disease’. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who felt this way.
That’s not to say I didn’t like it, it just wasn’t that memorable. I think I borrowed it from a friend and listened to it a few times, I might have even dubbed it, I honestly don’t remember. I seem to remember listening to it for a few months through my 8th-grade year and then never listened to it again until I bought this CD in 2010.
But a few songs did stick out for me. The opening track ‘Be All, End All’ I really liked, plus ‘Now it’s Dark’ and ‘Finale’. Those songs stuck out and I remember running around the hallways of Holland Middle school singing the chorus for ‘Now It’s Dark’. That very well could be because the word ‘fucking’ was in one of the lines. But like I said it didn’t leave enough of an impression on me as a kid. It would really be another 20 years before I developed more of an appreciation of this record. And though it’s not my favorite Anthrax record, it’s not my least favorite either.
But it was on the ‘State of Euphoria’ tour where I got to see Anthrax live for the first time, and I must be honest, they didn’t impress me that night. It was in the late fall of 1988, Tuesday, November 29th to be exact (yeah, I still have the ticket stub). They were opening for Ozzy Osbourne on the ‘No Rest for The Wicked’ tour. Our seats were way in the back of the Auditorium, and we could barely see the band. Though I don’t remember too much as far what songs they played, I don’t think I had heard ‘State of Euphoria’ yet, so I didn’t recognize a lot of the songs. They’re sound was terrible and they sounded sloppy and lifeless. At least that’s how I remembered it. I was 14 yrs old and it was my 3rd concert ever, so what the hell did I know? But I have read and seen documentaries where the band talked about how much of a nightmare that tour the was. According to the band, Anthrax usually never got a sound check and Ozzy’s crew was rather hostile to them. So, when I thought they sounded sloppy and lifeless, it might simply be that the sound sucked, both out front and on stage. They probably couldn’t give their best performance because they couldn’t hear themselves properly on stage, which could lead to them not being as tight as they’re normally. Without hearing a recording from that night or tour I can’t say for sure.
Whatever the case was, I was left with a negative impression of the band that night and sort of passed them off as being a shitty live band for a few years until I saw them on the Clash of the Titans tour and they slayed.
Conclusion, ‘State of Euphoria’ both the record and tour wasn’t the best time for the band. But according to many, they would make their triumphant return on the next record. I don’t necessarily agree with that assessment, but that is the general consensus among most Anthrax fans. We’ll tackle that subject tomorrow, or the next time I sit down and do this.
So, it’s been a crazy week for me and I haven’t been able to sit down bang out a review in a few days. Again, I’m just going to borrow from the original series and Wikipedia and see if I can have it all makes sense.
“Today we explore one of the earliest, if not the first rap/metal songs ever recorded with Anthrax’s ‘I’m The Man’ EP. The song is a bit of a joke now, but when I had this back in 7th grade I loved it. But listening to it 25 years later it really doesn’t stand up to the test of time. But then again it wasn’t really meant to be a serious song, to begin with. Just one listen and you can tell they were having fun with this one, but they weren’t actually mocking rap artist and rap music, but sort of paying tribute to it. Though that may be kind of hard to pick up on when you look at the cover and listen to the song. But it is what it is. Though there were few rap/rock songs written and recorded by the time this EP came out, this song may be the first rap/metal song to be released. It definitely predates Faith No More’s ‘Epic’ by a year at least.
After not hearing this record since I was in middle school, I have to say the best thing about it is the cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ and the live versions of ‘Caught In A Mosh’ and ‘I Am The Law’. The live version of ‘I’m The Man’ is slightly more amusing than the studio versions, but the joke has gotten old after all these years, and if you wanna hear a much better example of Anthrax exploring rap/metal I’d suggest checking out their cover of Public Enemy’s ‘Bring Da’ Noise’, it’s way better than this song.”
So, after looking at the Wikipedia page for this EP I learned that the song contains so many more samples than I originally thought. The Metallica and Sam Kinison samples are obvious, but there are quite a few more that I never noticed. Rather than try and rewrite the Wikipedia article I’m just going to quote it verbatim:
“The beginning of “I’m the Man” features an electric guitar sample of Jewish folk song “Hava Nagila”, which can also be heard in the chorus. The chorus’ lyrics are borrowed from one of Taylor Negron’s lines in the Rodney Dangerfield movie “Easy Money.” Rather than using a sample, the lines are performed by Frankie Bello. Anthrax even used one of Sam Kinison’s famous primal screams for the song.
In “I’m the Man”, right out of the gate after Sam’s iconic scream, opens with a sample of “In A Big Country” from Big Country, and at about 1:55 a sample of the Metallica song “Master of Puppets” from their 1986 album Master of Puppets can be heard. A few times after “I’m The Man” is said, you can hear “Shut Up” from Run–D.M.C.’s “You Talk Too Much” off their 1985 album King of Rock. Quite a few times throughout “I’m the Man” the “Yeah” that begins the song “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” by the Beastie Boys on their 1986 debut, Licensed to Ill is sampled. Also, the main drum rhythm through the song is very reminiscent to Billy Squier’s “The Big Beat”, from his debut album The Tale of the Tape.”
So anyway, after listening to this EP again this afternoon I must say I stand by my assessment that this song was fun back in 1987 when I was 13 yrs old but is really lame now. The only reason I bought this record a few years ago, was because I owned back in the day on vinyl and the collector in me wanted to pick up all the old records I grew up with. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have bothered with it. Because when you get right down to it the song ‘I’m The Man’ is just a novelty tune and only needs to be heard once.
(So, I covered this record last year, and due to my laziness, I’m just going to repost that review with a few edits. Funny thing is, even though the original post was written over a year ago, the first paragraph applies today. I am currently doing laundry and plan on going out later, so it’s almost as if I wrote it today.)
It is a dreary day out there, but I’ve got some laundry rocking and plans later today that resemble having a social life and Anthrax’s ‘Among the Living’ to crank out, so I’m good with today so far.
‘Among the Living’ and by extension Anthrax for all intents and purposes was my introduction to thrash metal. I was 13 yrs old and in 7th grade when my neighbor got a hold of this tape. I had heard of the band before, and I think I even had heard the song ‘Madhouse’ from ‘Spreading the Disease’ earlier that summer, but it was this tape that truly exposed me to the band and a new form of heavy metal. At the time, I had never heard the phrase thrash metal, and was vaguely familiar with the term speed metal, and was already listening to Helloween at this point, but for the most part, it was all new to me. I can’t say that I really notice a huge difference in Anthrax’s style of metal compared to the heavy metal I was already familiar with. Sure, it was heavier than AC/DC or W.A.S.P., but to my 13-yr. self, it was just new music for me to get into and absorb and enjoy, and I really liked it from the first listen.
I seriously remember the day I first heard this record as if it was yesterday. It was Friday night and as was my habit at the time, I headed over to my neighbor Chuck house down to hang out and do whatever a couple of country bumpkins might do on a Friday night. We were still just young enough, or I was at least, where we weren’t into all the bad things teenagers do just yet, (those days were numbered though ). Anyway, we’re hanging out in Chuck’s room and he pulls out this tape he borrowed from a friend at school and asked me if I wanted to listen to it. Of course, I said yes and he played it for me. I remember thinking “wow, this is cool”. It was really heavy, but the singer could sing, and they had really good and catchy vocal melodies and I totally ate it up. Plus, the music was so freakin’ cool. I remember reading along with the lyrics and really being caught in Joey Belladonna’s vocal melodies for the pre-choruses on ‘I Am the Law’ and ‘NFL’. Plus, it didn’t hurt they dropped the ‘F’ bomb left and right. That really wasn’t as common for me at the time, so it was crazy to hear it on a record.
Like I said I didn’t really process that this was a different sub-genre of heavy metal initially, I noticed it was different and heavier than what I was used to, I had just gotten out of my KISS obsession for christ sake, so yeah it was heavier than most of the music I was listening to at the time. But it took Chuck to say “I guess you call these guys speed metal” where it sort of clicked for me, this is something new, this is something different. Now, of course, this is 42 yr old me evaluating 13 yr me, and I assure you I did not have anywhere near as deep thoughts about the band at the time. But by being exposed to this record that night, a seed was planted in me that would dictate my taste in music in the months and years ahead. I never really thought about it until right now while I’m writing this, but you could argue that ‘Among the Living’ was possibly the most influential record for me when it comes to my musical taste of the last 27 years. Because after hearing that album, I started to dig into other speed and thrash metal bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond and so on and so forth. My love of thrash metal really did start that night with this record. We can’t know for sure, but if it wasn’t for this record being my first exposure to thrash metal, I may not have been as receptive to those other bands I discovered later that school year.
For the most part, pretty much every metal head knows Anthrax and this record. For many of the diehards, it’s considered to be the bands best record and is a favorite for many fans. I fall into that camp for all the reasons I just wrote about, but even if I had heard ‘Spreading the Disease’ or ‘State of Euphoria’ first, I’d probably still site this record as my favorite Anthrax record because there is so much good music on here. Four of the five songs on side one they still play at every show. The opening song on side two ‘Indians’ also still gets played at every show, and they have been known to throw any of the remaining songs into their sets throughout the years. If I were to go see them tomorrow, there is not a single song on this record that I would mad at if they played it. It’s such a strong record.
So yeah if you have not heard this record before, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s a great beginning to end. And in the end if you decide you don’t like it, Anthrax is not for you, which is ok, I guess. I mean you’re wrong, but whatever.
Even better go see them live, even if you don’t like metal, you can’t help but be impressed with the energy of this band. They’re one of the most entertaining bands I have ever seen live. They are the real deal.
Picking up where we left off, this morning I’m cranking Anthrax’s 2nd full-length record ‘Spreading the Disease’. If you read the ‘Fistful of metal’ write-up, you may remember me saying that with that record the band hadn’t quite developed their own sound yet, but you could hear the potential. The follow-up, the ‘Armed and Dangerous’ EP hinted at what their own style would sound like. But with ‘Spreading the Disease’ I’d say Anthrax found their groove solidified their sound. A sound they would stick with it for the next three records.
As I’ve mentioned in past reviews the first song I ever heard by Anthrax was the 3rd song from this record ‘Madhouse’. I’m thinking it was probably around 1986 when I saw the video for it. I grew up in a neighborhood that wasn’t populated enough to have cable run through it. So, if a family wanted to enjoy HBO, MTV, or the likes, they had to get a satellite dish, one of those big ten feet dishes that took forever to move across the horizon, to pick up various satellites. Eventually, my family would get one such dish, but before that, I had to wander over to my neighbors two houses over to watch satellite TV. There was one station that I wanted to watch. It was really only one hour, one day a week, I wanted to watch. That was 4 pm every Thursday when Canada’s version of MTV, Much Music, would air the Pepsi Power hour, their version of Headbangers Ball. The Power Hour predated Headbangers Ball by a few years, and in my opinion was 1,000 times better. If you stick with me throughout this series, you will see that this won’t be the last time I mention The Pepsi Power Hour.
Anyway, I’m thinking it was the summer of 1986 when I caught Anthrax’s appearance on the Power Hour. We all dabbled a little bit in skateboarding at the time (some more than others) and here was a metal band being interviewed in a parking lot riding skateboards, so that caught our attention. Though I was vaguely aware of the band, I knew nothing about them, what style of music they played, or what their personalities might be like. I seem to remember that I knew they were a bit heavier than bands like W.A.S.P., KISS and Motley Crue, which is what I was mainly listening to at the time, and my experience was that those heavier bands always seemed to act all serious trying to be “evil”. Yet here was this thrash band dressed like skaters, riding boards and being all goofy. That made them stand out a bit. Plus, when they got around to playing the ‘Madhouse’ video I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the vocalist, Joey Belladonna, sang as opposed to screamed and growled. I immediately liked the band and wanted to hear more.
It would be a few more months before I would hear more of Anthrax’s music, which would be in the form of their 3rd record, and best in my opinion, ‘Among the Living’, which we’ll talk about more in the next post. I think it might have been another year before I heard ‘Spreading the Disease all the way through. Right now I honestly don’t remember when or how I ended up with my cassette copy of it. If I were to guess, I’d say it was during the summer of 1987 and it was this guy Jeff who used to hang around our neighborhood that gave it to me. He, like everyone else I knew, was more of a classic rock fan and thought thrash metal was stupid, so he gave me the tape (which I think I still have). Though I didn’t like it as much as ‘Among the Living’ I still enjoyed it and listened to it quite a bit throughout my middle school and high school years. To this day, it is still my 2nd favorite Anthrax record.
For such a young band that was forging its way, pioneering a new sub-genre of heavy metal, with no major label support at the time, it’s rather impressive on how much their songwriting and performance improved with this record. As I mentioned in the ‘Fistful…’ post, between their first and second record, the band saw two major lineup changes. The first being founding member and bassist Dan Lilker was fired and replaced with Frankie Bello. Then vocalist Neil Turbin was replaced by Joey Belladonna. At the same time, Scott Ian and Charlie Benante began to take tighter control over the songwriting. With these changes, Anthrax would find their own unique sound and kick off what most people would consider being the classic era of the band, (1985-1991). The music they would produce during this time is the reason why Anthrax is considered one of the “Big Four” of thrash metal and why people (including myself) still talk about them today, nearly 35 years after ‘Spreading the Disease’ release.
As with every record, I write about, I recommend listening to the disc yourself and forming your own opinion about it. I find trying to describe music a painfully impossible act. If by chance you have never heard this band or record and are interested in checking it out, I’d say just start with the first song ‘A.I.R.’ and listen to it the whole way through. If that song doesn’t do it for you chances are, nothing they did in the 1980’s and early 90’s will. But if you like that song, you’ll probably like the whole record and possibly the next few.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to run to work a few hours earlier than expected this morning. Therefore, I didn’t get a chance to bang out a quick review before leaving the apartment like I wanted to. Now that I’m home and showered, I really don’t have the energy to or the mental capacity to try and write one now, so I’m just going to steal from the post I wrote last year. I admit the original post wasn’t my best effort and probably should be rewritten. But I just spent an afternoon gutting a piano and have no energy for anything. Plus, I have about 700 – 800 more records and CD’s to review in this series, so we got to keep this train rolling, for better or worse.
‘Armed and Dangerous’ came out in 1985 to introduce fans to vocalist Joey Belladonna, who just replaced original vocalist Neil Turbin. It’s a short five song EP that features new material, a cover song, and some live stuff. I first came across this record back in high school when it was reissued on CD with two bonus demo tracks. I believe I was in 10th grade at the time, which would mean I was 16 yrs old. I had been listening to Anthrax for years and was already familiar with what they had to offer. Now to be honest I’m not sure exactly where I put them on my top 20 list at the time. I really liked them obviously, but I think for the most part I sort of moved on from Anthrax, but still liked them enough to pick up random stuff when I came across it. Therefore, I picked this record up and from what I can remember, I liked this CD when I got it. I always liked the song ‘Armed and Dangerous’ and I seem to remember liking their cover of the Sex Pistols ‘God Save the Queen’, aside from that I don’t remember anything else from this EP or that time. I mean I know I liked it, but the rest of the CD didn’t leave much of an impression on me. But I do seem to remember not liking the two bonus tracks, which I believe are demo versions of songs with Neil Turbin singing. It’s those two songs which prevented me from checking out ‘Fistful of Metal’ until I was in my 30’s, but we’ll save that story for when we get to that record. (Actually, I explained that yesterday in the ‘Fistful of Metal’ review.)
I will say this, though; I really like every song on this collection now a lot. It seems to be the older I get the more I like early thrash metal, even more than when I was 15 yrs old. With it only being 5 songs long, it seems sort of pointless to pick two or three songs as highlights. But for the sake of consistency I’ll go with the title track, ‘God Save The Queen’ and ‘Metal Thrashing Mad’. But for real if you’re going to bother sampling this record, just listen to the whole thing, it’s not very long.
So, do yinz* like Anthrax? I hope so because apparently, I fucking love Anthrax, otherwise, why would I have 17 records and CDs from them? So yeah, we’re going to be hanging with this band for a minute here. Fair warning.
When I sat down and started listening to this record, I planned on covering the band’s first two releases, ‘Fistful of Metal’ and the ‘Armed and Dangerous’ EP. The two records have been packaged together for over a decade now and it seemed to make sense to review them together. But I quickly found the write up for the first title was already getting too long and I didn’t want to gloss over ‘Armed and Dangerous’. So, I split the two reviews up.
My story of discovering Anthrax is best told while talking about ‘Among the Living’, so I’m not going to go too far into that right now. The song ‘Madhouse’ from Spreading the disease’ was the first song I heard by them, and ‘Among the Living’ was the first full album I was exposed to. Those titles sort of set the bar for me as far what I expect from Anthrax. Because of that I never bothered with ‘Fistful of Metal’ until nearly two decades after first hearing the band.
Back when I was a little pre-teen country bumpkin, thinking he was a metal head, I had a prejudice when it came with bands that had different singers throughout their career. Usually, it went that if I discovered a band during one vocalist era, I would have no interest in exploring any of that band’s work with any other singer. I’m not sure why that was so, it just was. I discovered AC/DC with Brian Johnson singing, so I didn’t care about the Bon Scott era. Same with Iron Maidens Di’Anno era, or even Black Sabbath’s Dio and Ian Gillian records. For better or worse that’s just how I was. In many cases, I deprived myself of some great records throughout my childhood and teenage years. Oh well, what are gonna do?
So, like I said, because of that silly rule of mine, I would just pass over ‘Fistful of Metal’ anytime I saw it at the record stores. Joey Belladonna was my Anthrax vocalist, so I had no interest in Neil Turbin’s songs. Didn’t even want to hear them.
In fact, I didn’t hear Turbin’s voice until I bought the ‘Armed and Dangerous’ EP a few years later. The label had just re-issued that EP and included the ‘Soldiers of Metal/Howling Furies/’ demo’s the band recorded prior to ‘Fistful of Metal’. I must say I wasn’t impressed with what I heard.
It wasn’t until 2006 or 2007 that I finally heard ‘Fistful of Metal’ when I bought the most recent reissue that included the ‘Armed and Dangerous’ EP. It was around this time that I was buying up as much of the records I grew up with as I could. After seeing Anthrax live in 2003 and picking up the live record from that tour, my love of Anthrax was rekindled and I was snatching up everything from them I could find. It was during this time that the lion share of the 17 titles I own now was purchased. So, to be honest I think I bought the CD just because I wanted to complete the discography and get the Armed and Dangerous songs. More so than a genuine interest in finally listening to ‘Fistful of Metal’.
After finally hearing this record I can say I thought it was a decent record, but I wasn’t blown away by it. If I were to compare it to another debut release by another ‘Big Four Thrash Band’ I’d say it’s closest to Slayer’s ‘Show No Mercy’. A solid record by a young band exploring a new form of music, but not too incredibly original. At this point, Anthrax was still wearing their influences on their sleeves and hadn’t quite found their own sound yet. But you can hear that they had tons of potential, it would take a couple of lineup changes and a shift within the politics of the band before they realized that potential. The success and longevity of the band speak for itself.
So, what does any of this mean? I honestly don’t know. I’ll admit I sort of stumbled around this write-up and I’m not sure if it makes any sense at all. But to conclude this thing I’ll just say if you’re looking to check out some good ole fashion early 80’s thrash metal, ‘Fistful of Metal’ is a fun listen. Though the band went on to write and record much stronger records through the 80’s and 90’s, their debut record is still worth checking out.
(For those readers outside of Pittsburgh and have no idea what Yinz means, it’s Pittsburgh dialect for ‘you’. The equivalent of ‘Y’all’.)
Well since all I did was copy and paste an old review with a little bit of editing for ‘Alice in Hell’ I figured I may as well go ahead and knock off the one other Annihilator CD I own ‘Carnival Diablos’. Though I haven’t listened to this album nearly as much as ‘Alice in Hell’, it did get quite a few spins when I first bought it back in 2005 or 2006.
As I wrote in the last post I discovered this band back in 1989 with their first record ‘Alice in Hell’. Although that record got a ton of plays within my circle during my freshmen year in high school, I really didn’t pay that much attention to them beyond that record. When their second record ‘Never, Never Land’ dropped in 1990 I found my interest in them had already dwindled and I never owned or listened to that record. Even though my friend Rick had the tape and everything I heard on it I liked. For whatever reason, I just never bothered with it and sort of forgot about the band entirely by the time I graduated high school.
It wasn’t until 2005 when Annihilator came back on my radar in the oddest of ways. 2005 was 25th Anniversary of Road Runner Records and they put out this interesting compilation record of Road Runner artists, both past and present, collaborating on several original tunes. The CD came with a bonus DVD with a documentary on the making of the record. One segment shows Jeff Water’s laying down his solo for the opening track and I was completely blown away by his skills. I had totally forgot how amazing of a musician and song writer he was. I was sort going through a metal renaissance at the time trying to collect all my favorite record I grew up with, and seeing that doc and hearing Waters contributions to the record put Annihilator back on my radar.
Since this was back when the only way I got my hands on new music is when I went out and bought the CD, my options for exploring this bands catalog was limited to what I could find used. Money was tight back then, and I usually only bought CD’s used unless it was a band I really liked and ‘Alice in Hell’ was the only Annihilator album was willing pay full price for. But I did eventually come across this CD at a reasonable price so I went for it.
Now I wouldn’t say it was blown away by it by any means. But I find that is was pretty much what I remembered what I liked about Annihilators sound, even though it was an almost completely different line up from the ‘Alice in Hell’ line up. It sounded to me exactly what I would have expected them to sound like 11 years later. Tight thrashy guitar riffs, aggressive growly vocals but with catchy vocal melodies throughout, and killer solo’s that managed to shred yet be memorable. The album is primarily a thrash record, but there are a few straight forward metal songs and hard rock songs here and there. As I said before, though I wasn’t blown away by it, I was rather receptive to discovering new thrash metal at the time, so I dug it enough that it got many plays in my Discman as I was walking around take taking public transportation across Pittsburgh.
Fast forward a few years and I’ve moved back to my parent house in Colden, NY, where I grew up, and got my first computer and discovered the whole downloading thing. Annihilator was one of the first bands I whose discography I grabbed up. First thing that blew me away was how many albums they had put out in their 20 plus year history. Even though they’d fallen off my radar between 1991 and 2005, and despite endless lineup changes, Jeff Waters never gave up on this band and continued to release at least a dozen records throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Sadly, I found out quickly that not every record was as strong as their earlier albums, or this one for that matter. Apparently, Mr. Waters wasn’t afraid to explore his hard rock and early metal influences, or write a radio friendly song here or there. After checking bits and pieces of each record I found ‘Alice in Hell’ was the only record of theirs that held my attention and I lost interest in exploring Annihilators catalog any further. Eventually I deleted everything but the two albums I own physical copies of out of my iTunes library.
In preparation for writing this review I checked out the band’s Wikipedia page and read that they have a few records that are pure classic thrash metal albums that might be worth revisiting sometime down the road. But I find it unlikely that I will ever actually pay money for another Annihilator record anytime soon. So as far as this series is concern we’re going to have to leave this band here for now and move onto other bands. But it’s been fun listening to both ‘Alice in Hell’ and ‘Carnival Diablos’ over the last few days and look forward to continue listening to them in the days ahead.