"One of the things you can credit the early incarnation of Anthrax with is consistency. Every song on Fistful of Metal marches forward into battle. Deathrider, Metal Thrashing Mad, Panic and Subjugator each bring the same level of intensity to the listener. Appearing in the middle, to my surprise, is a cover of Alice Cooper’s I’m Eighteen that makes an 18-year-old with an identity crisis sound like the most dangerous thing in the world.
The second side doesn’t take any prisoners. It kicks off with Soldiers of Metal, which served as their first single. Death From Above moves the death rider from the saddle to the cockpit. And, yes, death and vengeance are common themes here, which reveals shared sympathies with the black/death metal movement. Anthrax may be my favorite track on the whole album, and succinctly encapsulates the band’s appeal in three-and-a-half minutes. "
- Dave Connolly, progrography.com
Metal Thrashing Mad
Soldiers Of Metal
Death From Above
Across The River