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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Anthrax - State Of Euphoria

Released : September 19, 1988
Recorded : April-June 1988
Genre : Thrash metal
Length : 52:35
Label : Megaforce, Island
Producer : Mark Dodson, Anthrax

The album was produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson, with Alex Perialas engineering. The album reached #30 on the Billboard 200 chart in late 1988 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The songs "Who Cares Wins", dealing with the plight of the homeless, and "Antisocial" were released as singles with accompanying music videos.
The song "Misery Loves Company" was based on the Stephen King novel Misery, while "Now It's Dark" was inspired by the David Lynch film Blue Velvet, specifically the behavior of the sexually depraved, self-asphyxiating, murderous sociopath Frank Booth, as played by Dennis Hopper. The song was years later made into simlish for the radio on the The Sims PC game. The song "Make Me Laugh" is critical of Televangelism, a popular target of thrash metal bands of that period.
The back cover of the album contains a parody picture of the band drawn by Mort Drucker, a caricaturist best known for his artwork in Mad Magazine.


1. Be All, End All
2. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
3. Make Me Laugh
4. Antisocial
5. Who Cares Wins
6. Now It's Dark
7. Schism
8. Misery Loves Company
9. 13
10. Finale


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