We could have used a little more time with it. It was that need to improve upon what was hastily crafted and rushed into record shops in the fall of that served as the harbinger of the group's decision to kick off this long-overdue reissue campaign of their back catalog with Euphoria.
So believe me, man, it was a whirlwind trying to maintain a certain level of continuity between our first three records that we did and State of Euphoria. If you compare our arc to what Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth were doing as well back then, our records were all on the same wavelength.
The ones that came out after that weren't as strong, in my opinion. Considering Island Records, at the time, had such superstar acts as U2 amongst its ranks and bringing the label all the gold and platinum it could carry, you might think they could have given Anthrax a little more time to woodshed the follow-up to Among the Living , especially given the success of the group's I'm The Man EP, one of the pioneering works of the rap-metal genre that would define much of the '90s.
And of course, what does a record company want to do but reap the benefits. And with the unexpected success of I'm The Man , it was a matter of seeing if we were gonna continue with the whole rap-rock thing or not. There was a lot of pressure for us. Within the grip of that pressure, Anthrax entered Quadradial Studios in Miami with producer Mark Dodson who would also work on 's Persistence of Time and banged out ten songs in classic thrash metal fashion.
The quickness of delivery might have worn heavy on the heads of the band, but for fans—especially those who listened to music beyond metal— State of Euphoria was a delight for both the ears and the eyes. Former guitarist Dan Spitz had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles painted on his Jackson Rhoads model a hot moment before they became the obsession of schoolkids everywhere. Plus all the members -- rounded out by singer Joey Belladonna, guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Frank Bello -- looked more like skate kids than metalheads, unafraid to sport a Public Enemy, Living Colour or Spin magazine t-shirt in publicity photos.
Like the movie Blue Velvet; it was just so surreal. Everything about that movie I just love, so we wrote a song about it, because Frank Booth [Hopper's character] was so fucking crazy. And then there's the inside or back, depending on the format cover of Euphoria , which boasted a caricature of the band drawn by iconic MAD Magazine satirist Mort Drucker.
Then I was a big fan of Al Hirschfeld as well, and the way he would always figure out a way to put his daughter's name in his portraits. I always thought Aerosmith's Draw the Line was a great, great album cover, and it inspired me to reach out to Mort Drucker for that image. I grew up reading his parodies, like 'The Oddfather. In addition to the cornucopia of imagery, including the group's momentary mascot the NOT Man, the 30th anniversary edition of State of Euphoria will also include an expanded edition of the remastered LP that will feature covers of The Ventures' "Pipeline" and "Parasite" by Kiss, in addition to the live and French versions of their rendition of Parisian punk-metal act Trust's "Antisocial," which gave the album its biggest hit.
There is also a second disc containing nine demos from the Euphoria sessions culled from Benante's private stash, most notably a version of "Make Me Laugh" that rivals the original.
However, for the drummer, it's the revelation of just how much State of Euphoria means to Anthrax fans that makes him feel confident in revisiting this polarizing favorite in the group's discography. 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 the magazine Mad.
Although the album contains some of what would become Anthrax's best known songs such as " Antisocial ", "Finale", and "Be All, End All", critical reception was lukewarm.
The album failed to live up to the expectations, commercial and otherwise, set by the band's previous releases, Spreading the Disease , Among the Living and the I'm the Man EP. Aside from "Be All, End All" and "Antisocial", most of the songs on State of Euphoria have not appeared on the band's live setlists since the album's accompanying tour in — The only songs from this album that have never been played live at least once are "Schism", "Misery Loves Company" and "13".
The members of Anthrax have since spoken about their mixed opinions on State of Euphoria , and drummer Charlie Benante has been quoted as saying that the band feels the album was not finished properly. Anthrax spent nearly a year touring in support of State of Euphoria. The band also opened for Metallica on their Damaged Justice tour. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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