Anthrax, ‘I’m Alive’ – Song Review
The new single from Anthrax's 'Worship Music' is the tribal 'I'm Alive,' which has a militaristic drumbeat opening, with Joey Belladonna singing "Whoa-oah."Close your eyes, suspend disbelief and those elements just might remind you of Marilyn Manson's 'The Beautiful People' for a fleeting moment. We know, it's not a common or expected association, but the similarity is there in the opening minute of the song.
However, from the first moment on, 'I'm Alive' then escalates into a strong, classic and dominantly percussive Anthrax cut, mixing thrashy riffs with Belladonna's soaring voice that never crosses into "I'm a show off, listen to me sing" territory. It's a chunky anthem, with a killer solo plunked down in the middle. It holds fast to Anthrax tenets, but maintains a thoroughly modern energy level and style.
The song also benefits from crisp production. Every note is clear as a bell and comes across loudly and proudly in the mix -- no muddled tones here. The song is bolstered by the battering ram drumming of Charlie Benante; the whole song is built upon his solid rhythmic foundation. Take a listen and tell us if your toes aren't tapping by the end of the song because we can't stop tapping ours! 'I'm Alive' is more evidence that Anthrax are the best at what they do.