Attack of the Killer B's

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Attack of the Killer B's
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Compilation album by Anthrax
Released June 25, 1991
Recorded 1988–1991
Genre Thrash metal, rap metal
Length44:24
Label Megaforce, Island
Producer Anthrax, Mark Dodson, Charlie Benante
Anthrax chronology
Attack of the Killer B's
(1991)
Return of the Killer A's
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Robert Christgau Rating-Christgau-dud.svg [2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10 [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [5]

Attack of the Killer B's is a compilation album of B-sides, covers and rarities by the thrash metal band Anthrax and the band's last audio album released before vocalist John Bush replaced longtime Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna in 1992. The album was released in June 1991 by Megaforce Worldwide/Island Entertainment. The "B's" in the album's title refers to b-sides previously unreleased and compiled for a single release. In 1992 the album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Metal Performance.

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Cover version later version of a song already established with a different earlier performer

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Anthrax (American band) American heavy metal band

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Album information

Though a collection of "B-sides", the album featured one of their biggest singles; a collaboration/cover of Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise". Attack of the Killer B's was certified gold by the RIAA. The two live tracks, "Keep It in the Family" and "Belly of the Beast", were recorded during the 1990–91 Persistence of Time tour. Also included is an updated version of their 1987 single, "I'm the Man", and three songs previously released only in Europe and Japan on the 1989 EP, Penikufesin ("Nise Fukin EP"), recorded during the State of Euphoria sessions.

Public Enemy (band) American hip hop group

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Bring the Noise 1987 single by Public Enemy

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<i>Persistence of Time</i> 1990 studio album by Anthrax

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Two versions of the album were released: the uncensored version contained full expletives and the song "Startin' Up a Posse", and the censored version which excluded the aforementioned track, and in place of the explicit words, a buzzing noise (like bees) is heard. The track "Startin' Up a Posse" is a tongue in cheek attack on the Parents Music Resource Center. The compilation also includes covers of songs by Discharge, Kiss, Trust, and the surf rock staple "Pipeline", recorded by The Ventures.

Parents Music Resource Center

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Kiss (band) American band

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The song "N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin)" was intended to illustrate the band's disdain for power ballads, which were very fashionable in the commercial metal scene at the time, and parodies power ballads. The band also covers two songs ("Milk (Ode to Billy)" and "Chromatic Death") originally recorded by Stormtroopers of Death, a mid-80s side project by Anthrax members Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and then-bassist Dan Lilker. The "Billy" referenced in the title is S.O.D. vocalist Billy Milano.

Stormtroopers of Death were an American crossover thrash band formed in New York City in 1985. They are credited as being among the first bands to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal into a style sometimes referred to as crossover thrash. The band is also known for reuniting Anthrax members Scott Ian (guitars) and Charlie Benante (drums) with their former bassist Dan Lilker. The song "Milano Mosh" from their 1985 debut album, Speak English or Die, was the Headbanger's Ball intro anthem for many years.

Scott Ian American musician

Scott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only remaining founding member of the thrash metal band Anthrax. He also writes the lyrics on all their albums. Ian is the guitarist and a founding member of the crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death. He has hosted The Rock Show on VH1 and has appeared on VH1's I Love the... series, Heavy: The Story of Metal, and Supergroup. Ian is also the rhythm guitarist for the metal band The Damned Things.

Charlie Benante American musician

Charles Lee Benante is an American musician best known as the drummer for thrash metal band Anthrax, as well as crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death. Alongside rhythm guitarist and band leader Scott Ian he has composed the majority of the music throughout Anthrax's discography.

"Bring the Noise" is a collaboration with rap group Public Enemy, making this song one of the first rap metal collaborations (albeit some years after the Aerosmith/Run DMC 1986 collaboration on "Walk This Way"), although Joey Belladonna and Dan Spitz had collaborated with Untouchable Force Organization on a song called "Lethal" in 1987 that was released as a single[ citation needed ]. "Bring the Noise" has been a live staple since Anthrax first played it on the Headbangers Ball Tour with Helloween and Exodus in 1989, [6] and it later appeared in the videogames Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw .

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Aerosmith American rock band

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Joey Belladonna American musician

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Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Milk (Ode to Billy)" (S.O.D. cover) Billy Milano, Charlie Benante, Danny Lilker, Scott Ian Rosenfeld 3:44
2."Bring the Noise" (Public Enemy cover) Carl Ridenhour, Hank Shocklee, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Anthrax 3:28
3."Keep It in the Family" (Live, Birmingham, England)Anthrax7:19
4."Startin' Up a Posse"Anthrax4:14
5."Protest and Survive" (Discharge cover)Kevin "Cal" Morris, Roy "Rainy" Wainwright, Garry Maloney, Tony "Bones" Roberts2:20
6."Chromatic Death" (S.O.D. cover)Milano, Benante, Lilker, Rosenfeld1:28
7."I'm the Man '91"Anthrax, John Rooney5:00
8."Parasite" (Kiss cover) Ace Frehley 3:14
9."Pipeline" (The Chantays cover)Bob Spickard, Brian Carman2:00
10."Sects" (Trust cover) Norbert Krief, Bernie Bonvoisin 3:06
11."Belly of the Beast" (Live, Birmingham, England)Anthrax6:01
12."N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin)"Anthrax2:16

Personnel

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Dan Spitz American musician

Daniel Alan Spitz is an American musician and watchmaker best known for his work as the lead guitarist of the American heavy metal band Anthrax from 1983 to 1995 and from 2005 to 2008. With Anthrax, Spitz was nominated for three Grammy awards and earned several platinum albums. Spitz also founded the Christian music group Red Lamb, which was known for lyrics on autism awareness. Spitz has earned Swiss and American degrees in luxury mechanical watchmaking and micro-mechanical engineering, certified as watchmaker instructor for the North American operations of Swiss watch company Chopard.

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