Anthrax - Fistful of Metal - picture disc 12" Vinyl LP Album

Anthrax's "Fistful of Metal" gets a visual makeover with this picture disc 12" vinyl LP, released on the iconic MFN (Music For Nations) Records label. This collector's edition not only delivers the thrash metal intensity of Anthrax's debut album but adds a visual dimension, featuring unique artwork. A fusion of auditory brilliance and visual allure, it's a must-have for metal enthusiasts. This web-page has hi-res photos of the album covers, record label and a detailed description.


Large photo of picture disc fistful of Metal

Album Description:

Anthrax is a legendary American thrash metal band that has been active since 1981. They are one of the so-called "Big Four" of thrash metal, along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. The band's debut album, "Fistful of Metal," was released in 1984 and is considered a classic of the genre. The album has been reissued several times, including a special limited edition picture disc 12" vinyl LP album.

The picture disc 12" vinyl LP album of "Fistful of Metal" features the iconic cover art of the album, which depicts a hand holding a chain wrapped around a fist, with the Anthrax logo in the background. The picture disc is a special type of vinyl record that has a picture or design printed on one or both sides of the disc, instead of the traditional black vinyl. This type of record has become popular among collectors and fans of vinyl, as it adds a visual element to the listening experience.

The album "Fistful of Metal" is a thrash metal masterpiece that showcases the band's raw energy, speed, and aggression. The album features fast and furious tracks like "Deathrider," "Metal Thrashing Mad," and "Panic," as well as slower, more melodic songs like "Soldiers of Metal" and "Howling Furies." The album also features a cover of the Alice Cooper classic "I'm Eighteen," which showcases the band's ability to put their own spin on a classic song.

The lyrics on "Fistful of Metal" are typical of the thrash metal genre, with themes of violence, rebellion, and anti-establishment sentiment. The song "Metal Thrashing Mad" is a classic example of this, with lyrics like "The power chords ring out loud and clear/It's gonna bend, distort, and make it sheer." The album also features songs about heavy metal culture, such as "Soldiers of Metal," which proclaims "We are soldiers of metal/And we rule the night."

Music Genre:

 Heavy Thrash Metal Music

 Production Information:

Producers: Jon Zazula, Carl Canedy.
Sound/recording engineers. Chris Bubacz, Alex Perialas, Jack Skinner.
Recorded at: Pyramid Sound, N,Y,
Illustration and logo by: Kent Josphe

Carl Canedy a highly respected figure in the world of heavy metal music. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the American heavy metal band, The Rods. Canedy has been an influential figure in the genre for several decades, and his contribution to the heavy metal music scene has been widely recognized by fans and musicians alike.


Canedy was born on 25 August 1955, in Syracuse, New York, and grew up in a musical family. His father was a saxophonist and his mother played the piano, so it's no surprise that Canedy developed a passion for music at a young age. He started playing the drums when he was just ten years old and soon realized that he had a talent for it. By the time he was a teenager, he was already playing in local bands and quickly made a name for himself in the music scene.

In 1979, Canedy co-founded The Rods, along with guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein and bassist Garry Bordonaro. The band was known for its energetic live performances and its blend of classic rock and heavy metal elements. They quickly gained a loyal following and released their first album, "Rock Hard," in 1981. The album was well-received by fans and critics and was considered a classic in the heavy metal genre.

Throughout his career, Canedy has been known for his powerful drumming style, which has been described as aggressive, hard-hitting, and energetic. He has been a driving force behind The Rods’ sound, and his drumming has been an integral part of the band's success. He has also been praised for his musical versatility, as he is able to play a wide range of musical styles, from hard rock to heavy metal.

In addition to his work with The Rods, Canedy has also collaborated with a number of other artists and bands, including the legendary guitarist Ronnie James Dio. He has also been involved in several musical projects outside of The Rods, including recording sessions, live performances, and drum clinics.

Chris "Dr Metal" Bubacz, born on 12 April 1955, is a renowned sound engineer who made a significant impact on the Heavy Metal scene of the 1980s. With his exceptional talent and dedication to achieving the perfect sound, he became a driving force behind the success of several influential bands, including Metallica, Anthrax, and Znöwhite.

Born and raised in a small town in the United States, Bubacz developed a deep passion for music at an early age. Fascinated by the technical aspects of sound and recording, he spent countless hours experimenting with audio equipment, building his own amplifiers, and dissecting albums to understand their production techniques.

Bubacz's journey into the world of Heavy Metal began in the late 1970s when he moved to a bigger city to pursue a career in sound engineering. He started working at a local recording studio, learning the ropes of the profession and honing his skills. His dedication and keen ear for detail quickly earned him a reputation as a rising talent.


In the early 1980s, Bubacz's path crossed with Metallica, an emerging force in the world of Heavy Metal. Impressed by his technical expertise and passion for the genre, the band invited him to work on their second studio album, "Ride the Lightning." Bubacz's contribution to the album's sound proved to be transformative, capturing the raw energy and aggression that became synonymous with Metallica's early years.

Following the success of "Ride the Lightning," Bubacz's reputation soared, and his services were in high demand within the Heavy Metal community. Bands like Anthrax and Znöwhite sought out his expertise to achieve the perfect sonic landscape for their albums.

With his meticulous attention to detail and innovative recording techniques, Bubacz played a crucial role in shaping the sound of each band he worked with. He had a remarkable ability to capture the intensity of live performances while maintaining clarity and balance within the recordings.

During his tenure as a sound engineer, Bubacz worked on numerous groundbreaking albums, including Metallica's "Master of Puppets," Anthrax's "Among the Living," and Znöwhite's "Act of God." These albums not only became influential within the Heavy Metal genre but also helped solidify Bubacz's status as one of the most sought-after sound engineers of the era.

Bubacz's work extended beyond the recording studio. He often accompanied bands on tour, ensuring their live performances matched the sonic excellence of their studio albums. His commitment to quality and his ability to adapt to different venues and equipment made him an invaluable asset on the road.

Despite his tremendous success, Bubacz remained humble and focused on his craft. He continued to explore new recording techniques, pushing the boundaries of what was possible within the Heavy Metal genre. His innovative approach to sound engineering left an indelible mark on the music industry, inspiring countless aspiring sound engineers and musicians.

After the 1980s, Bubacz continued to work on various projects, collaborating with a wide range of artists across different genres. While his contributions to the Heavy Metal scene remain legendary, he proved his versatility by adapting his skills to diverse musical styles.

Chris "Dr Metal" Bubacz's pioneering work as a sound engineer in the 1980s cemented his place in Heavy Metal history. His dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to capturing the essence of the genre through sound made him a highly respected figure in the industry. Today, his legacy lives on, influencing generations of musicians and sound engineers who strive to replicate his unparalleled contributions to the world of Heavy Metal.

  Jack Skinner is a well-known mastering engineer, working at "Sterling Sound, New York City". During the 1980's he has mastered many albums for Heavy Metal bands, some of them include: Metallica , Exciter , Savatage , Anthrax and many others.

Record Label Information:

 Music For Nations MFN 14 P
Precious Metal Music, Bizarre Music.

Media Format:

 12" Picture Disc

Year and Country:

 Made in UK
Band Members and Musicians on: Anthrax Fistful of Metal
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Neil Turbin Vocals

    Neil Turbin ( Lead Vocals ) is the first lead singer ( 1982 ) in the American ( East-Coast ) band: Anthrax. Turbin has been with Anthrax from 1982 until 1984. Other bands Turbin has been with include: AMRA, Bad Applz, Bleed the Hunger, Claude Schnell, DeathRiders, Great Gildersleeves, Immortal Soul, Kurt James Band, Neil Turbin, New Race, School Of Hard Knocks, Turbin, Wrecking Crew.

  • Dan Spitz Lead Guitar

    Dan Spitz ( full-name: Daniel Alan Spitz ) is an American musician and Heavy Metal watch-maker. Spitz started his musical career in 1981 as guitarist in the American Thrash Metal band Overkill. He left Overkill in 1983 to join Anthrax as lead guitarist. Spitz performed in Anthrax mainly from 1983 until 1995. After 1995 he started to developed himself into mechanical watchmaker and has won several awards for this.

  • Scott Ian Rhythm Guitar

    Scott Ian ( full-name Scott Ian Rosenfeld ) is an American guitarist and founding member of "Anthrax" and "Stormtroopers of Death". His wife "Pearl Aday" is daughter of the singer "Meat Loaf". In his musical career he has performed with the bands: Anthrax (USA) , Damnocracy, Doom Squad, Four-X, Motor Sister, Pearl, Posehn, S.O.D. STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH (USA) , Slam Jam, The Damned Things.

  • Dan Lilker Bass

    Dan Lilker (full-name: Daniel A. Lilker) - a highly influential figure in the heavy metal and underground music scenes, known primarily for his work as a bassist and founding member of several prominent bands. Born in 1964 in New York, Lilker began playing music as a teenager and formed his first band, Overkill , in 1980.

    In the years that followed, Lilker played with a number of other bands, including Anthrax , Stormtroopers of Death , and Brutal Truth, and became known for his aggressive and innovative bass playing style. He also became a prominent figure in the underground metal community, both as a musician and as a producer and engineer.

    Throughout his career, Lilker has pushed the boundaries of what is considered heavy metal, incorporating elements of punk, hardcore, and experimental music into his work. He has been praised for his technical ability as well as his willingness to experiment and take risks with his music.

    In addition to his work in music, Lilker is also a vocal advocate for animal rights and has been involved in various animal welfare organizations. He is known for his outspoken and sometimes controversial views on a range of issues, including politics and the music industry.

    Overall, Dan Lilker is a highly respected and influential musician who has had a significant impact on the heavy metal and underground music scenes. His innovative approach to bass playing and his willingness to experiment and push boundaries have made him a revered figure among fans and fellow musicians alike.

  • Charlie Benante Drums

    Charlie Benante ( Drums ) long-time drummer with the American Thrash Metal band Anthrax, since 1983 and also performed in S.O.D. Stormtroopers Of Death.

Track Listing of: Anthrax Fistful of Metal
  • Deathrider (Charlie Benante, Dan Lilker, Scott Ian Rosenfeld, Dan Spitz, Neil Turbin) 3:30
  • Metal Thrashing Mad (Benante, Lilker, Rosenfeld, Spitz, Turbin) 2:39
  • I'm Eighteen (Bruce, Buxton, Cooper, Dunaway, Smith) 4:02
  • Panic (Lilker, Rosenfeld, Turbin) 3:58
  • Subjugator (Benante, Lilker, Rosenfeld, Spitz, Turbin) 4:38
  • Soldiers of Metal (Lilker, Rosenfeld, Turbin) 2:55
  • Death from Above (Rosenfeld, Spitz, Turbin) 5:00
  • Anthrax (Lilker, Rosenfeld, Turbin) 3:24
  • Across the River (Lilker, Rosenfeld) 1:26
  • Howling Furies (Lilker, Rosenfeld) 3:55
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