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2nd hand, used. Has hairline scratch on side A, but playback revealed that the record plays fine regardless (both sides, side A and side B).

Check the exclusive video, showing the vinyl for sale!

Check the exclusive video, showing the vinyl for sale!

Penikufesin is the third EP by the American / USA thrash metal band Anthrax. Culled from the State of Euphoria sessions, it was released in August 1989 on Megaforce Records / Island Records.

The EP includes the songs “Now It’s Dark” (from State of Euphoria), a “French version” of the Trust cover “Antisocial” (the English version also appeared on State of Euphoria), the classic tune “Friggin’ in the Riggin'” (made famous by the Sex Pistols), “Parasite” (a Kiss cover), “Le Sects” (another Trust cover) and “Pipeline” (a surf rock instrumental recorded by the Chantays). The last three songs later appeared on Attack of the Killer B’s (“Le Sects” was renamed “Sects”). “Friggin’ in the Riggin'” was previously released as the B-side of the 1988 single “Make Me Laugh”, while the French version of “Antisocial” had appeared on the Australian edition of State of Euphoria; this track was later released on the compilation album Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985–1991).

Penikufesin means “nise [nice] fukin [fucking]” EP” spelled backwards. It refers to a song entitled “Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)” (“ni[c]e fu[c]kin’ life”) that appeared on Anthrax’s 1987 album Among the Living, another song called “N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin)” (“ni[c]e fu[c]kin’ ballad”), which later appeared on the band’s 1991 compilation album Attack of the Killer B’s, also refers to that song.

The album was released in August 1989 by Megaforce Records / Island Records in Europe, Japan and Australia.

Penikufesin has never been officially released in the U.S. or Canada, although Anthrax themselves have since acknowledged it as a canon release, and for a while, the EP had been listed on the discography page from their official website.

Track listing:
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Now It’s Dark” Anthrax 5:34
2. “Antisocial” (French Version) Norbert Krief, Bernie Bonvoisin 4:26 Trust cover
3. “Friggin’ in the Riggin'” Traditional, Arranged by Steve Jones/Additional lyrics by Anthrax 5:18
4. “Parasite” Ace Frehley 3:14 Kiss cover
5. “Sects” Krief, Bonvoisin 3:06 [The song Les sectes was written by Bernie Bonvoisin and Norbert Krief and was first released by Trust in 1980]. Trust cover
6. “Pipeline” Bob Spickard, Brian Carman 3:00 [The song Pipeline was written by Brian Carman and Bob Spickard and was first released by Chantays in 1962]
Total length: 24:38

Personnel Anthrax:
Joey Belladonna – Lead vocals
Dan Spitz – Lead guitar
Scott Ian – Rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
Frank Bello – Bass, Backing vocals
Charlie Benante – Drums

Anthrax – Producer
Mark Dodson – Producer
Jon Zazula – Executive producer
Marsha Zazula – Executive producer
Alex Perialas – Associate producer, Engineer
Neil Zlozower – Front cover photo
Gene Ambo – Back cover photos

Chart (1989) Peak position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) 51
Finnish Albums (The Official Finnish Charts) 11

Anthrax – Penikufesin
Label: Island Records – 71500
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, EP
Country: Greece
Released: 1989
Style: Thrash, Speed Metal 5:34
A1 Now It’s Dark
Written-By – Anthrax
A2 Antisocial (French Version) 4:26
Written-By – Bernie Bonvoisin, Norbert Krief
A3 Friggin In The Riggin 5:18
Arranged By [New Arrangement], Lyrics By – Anthrax
Arranged By [Original Arrangement] – Jones*

B1 Parasite 3:14
Written-By – Ace Frehley
B2 Sects 3:06
Written-By – Bonvoisin*, Krief*
B3 Pipeline 2:00
Written-by – The Chantays

Distributed By – Μίνως Μάτσας & Υιός Α.Ε.
Engineer [Engineered By] – Alex Perialis*
Executive-producer – Jon Zazula, Marsha Zazula
Performer – Charlie Benante, Danny Spitz*, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna*, Scott Ian
Photography By [Back Cover Photos By] – Gene Ambo
Photography By [Front Cover Photo By] – Neil Zlozower
Producer – Anthrax, Mark Dodson
Producer [Associate Producer] – Alex PerialAs*
Tracks A2 & B2 are covers of Trust.
Track B1 is a cover of Kiss.
Track B3 is a cover of The Chantays.

Track A3 title is printed as “Friggin’ In The Riggin'”.

That’s Metal: Anthrax Fan Once Got Their Ear Bitten Off in the Pit… and Went Right Back in


Any thrash metal fan in the ‘80s knew that they were going to have to enter the mosh pit at their own risk.

It might be a blast to throw down in the pit when you wanted to, but when it comes to metal bands like Anthrax, you weren’t going to come out of that mosh pit without either a huge bruise or a bloody nose by the end of things.

And from the band’s perspective, that’s just scratching the surface of how wild it could get at the best of times.

When talking about some of the most legendary stage experiences that he ever had, former guitarist Paul Crook talked about seeing one of the fans walking out of the pit with something missing saying:

“This kid got his ear bitten off in the pit…loses his ear, comes back an hour later and he’s in the pit again…best thing I ever saw.”

If you ask Charlie Benante though, that’s just a fraction of what Anthrax was like in the early days saying: “when the youth caught on to that, it just went. They wanted to thrash and the kids would go absolutely nuts.

The first mosh pits that they had were a little too much for Joey Belladonna to take in at first, with Frank Bello later saying that “When Joey saw that first crowd, he was almost {frozen}, like ‘Oh My God’.”

That wasn’t too far from the truth either, with Joey saying “I wasn’t sure if it was something that was going to erupt into a fight or if that was just the way it was. It was a little scary at first.”

Compared to what metal was becoming in the ‘80s though, this wasn’t just lashing out for the hell of it anymore. This was the kind of anger that needed to be let out, and if you end up losing body parts in the process, it’s almost like wearing war wounds.

Watch Paul Crook and gang talk about the incident below: