Fistful of Metal

Fistful of Metal
Studio album by Anthrax
Released January 1984
Recorded 1983 at Pyramid Sound Studios, Ithaca, New York
Genre Thrash metal
Length 35:33
Label Megaforce, Music for Nations
Producer Carl Canedy, Jon Zazula
Anthrax chronology
Fistful of Metal
Spreading the Disease
Singles from Fistful of Metal
  1. "Soldiers of Metal"
    Released: November 1983
Professional ratings
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Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]

Fistful of Metal is the debut studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax, released in January 1984 by Megaforce Records in the US and Music for Nations internationally. It includes a cover of Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" which to this day is the only Anthrax recording which does not feature guitarist Scott Ian, as he refused to play the song in protest to the management decision to have the song on the album. This is the band's only album that features original vocalist Neil Turbin and original bassist Dan Lilker.


Bassist Danny Lilker and guitarist Scott Ian were the original founders of the band, however Lilker was released by Anthrax shortly after the release of the album due to Lilker's unprofessional behavior. The band, at rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante's insistence, hired Charlie's nephew, Frank Bello, who has played on every Anthrax album since. Neil Turbin had contributed song ideas, lyrics, titles and arrangements to the majority of songs on the album, as well as three songs from the second album Spreading the Disease, but Ian and Benante, who played guitar in addition to drums, felt they needed tighter control on the songwriting.[5] Due to a songwriting partnership between Ian and Benante, with Ian writing all the lyrics and Benante writing the music, Turbin was released from the band.[5] Music journalist Eddie Trunk stated: "Early on, I told Jon Zazula that what I didn't like about Anthrax was singer Neil Turbin's vocals."[6] He admits in his writing to pressuring Zazula and Anthrax into firing Turbin from the band.[6] The band did not rehire Lilker when given the opportunity, but Lilker did rehearse with his new band at the time Nuclear Assault within a month of his release from the band at the same leased rehearsal room as Anthrax in Yonkers, New York.


Fistful of Metal was released as a double album by Music for Nations in the UK, featuring extra mixes of the tracks "Soldiers of Metal" and "Howling Furies", which were not included on the US edition.[7] In 2000, Megaforce repackaged and re-release a compilation of Fistful of Metal and the 1985 Anthrax EP Armed and Dangerous which featured some liner notes, but excluded any new mixes and bonus tracks and features a different artwork instead of the controversial "Metal-wrapped fist" artwork. The term "thrash metal" was used for the first time in the music press by UK's Kerrang! journalist Malcolm Dome, while making a reference to the song "Metal Thrashing Mad".[8]

Track listing

Side one
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Deathrider"  Neil Turbin, Dan Spitz, Scott Ian, Danny Lilker, Charlie Benante 3:10
2. "Metal Thrashing Mad"  Turbin, Spitz, Ian, Lilker, Benante 2:39
3. "I'm Eighteen" (Alice Cooper cover)Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith 4:02
4. "Panic"  Turbin, Ian, Lilker 3:58
5. "Subjugator"  Turbin, Spitz, Ian, Lilker, Benante 4:38
Side two
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
6. "Soldiers of Metal"  Turbin, Ian, Lilker 2:55
7. "Death from Above"  Turbin, Ian, Lilker 5:00
8. "Anthrax"  Turbin, Ian, Lilker 3:24
9. "Across the River" (Instrumental)Ian, Lilker 1:26
10. "Howling Furies"  Ian, Lilker 3:55





  1. Huey, Steve. "Anthrax: Fistful of Metal". AllMusic. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  2. Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. Russell, Xavier (February 23, 1984). "Anthrax: Fistful of Metal". Kerrang!. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. 62: 8.
  4. Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. 1 2 "Charlie Benante Discusses The Highs And Lows Of One Of Metal's Big Four; Once our original vocalist Neil Turbin was out of the band.". 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  6. 1 2 Trunk, Eddie (30 August 2011). "Anthrax". Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. New York, US: Abrams. p. 240.
  7. "Anthrax - Fistful of Metal". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  8. Dome, Malcolm (23 February 1984). "Anthrax 'Fistful Of Metal'". Kerrang!. 62. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. p. 8.
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