When Anthrax announced the band would re-record its classic thrash metal tunes live in the studio with current vocalist John Bush, the metal world began rejoicing. We would once again hear metal the way it was meant to be heard. And Satan looked up and saw that it was good.

This is also the last recording with bassist Frank Bello, so it’s a good one to arm your CD rack with. The early Neil Turbin stuff sounds awesome (“Deathrider,” “Panic,” “Metal Thrashing Mad”). Hearing this shit again is magnificent and makes you proud to be a rocker! The Joey Belladonna-era stuff sounds great too with only one tune representing State of Euphoria (“Be All End All”), possibly the choicest cut on the album. “A.I.R.,” “Madhouse,” “Among the Living,” “Gung Ho,” “Indians,” “N.F.L” and the hidden track “Lone Justice” are also brilliant.

What seems sorely missing are “Armed and Dangerous,” “Now It’s Dark,” “Blood,” “Misery Loves Company,” “Make Me Laugh” and “Finale,” but it’s impossible to please everyone at all times.

These tunes make up the metalmaticican’s bible. Tunes like “Caught in a Mosh,” “I Am the Law,” “Belly of the Beast” all sound great, but we hear them sung by Bush at every live show, so it’s more nostalgic to hear the other tunes. But the fans voted online for which tunes they wanted most. Greater of Two Evils is the result, and it is a must-have.

Grade: A+

The Greater of Two Evils is currently available.