We’ve Come for You All is the 9th studio album by North American heavy metal band Anthrax. It included the singles “What Doesn’t Die,” “Safe Home,” & “Takin’ the Music Back.” It is considered a comeback album for the band. It is the first Anthrax record featuring Rob Caggiano on lead guitar & the last to feature original material with John Bush on vocals. “Strap It On” & “Cadillac Rock Box” both feature guitar solos by “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. A hidden track is also featured on the album; one minute after the last song ends, one can hear a percussion outtake which was not used because Charlie Benante was unaware he was humming. The albums cover art was painted by famed comic book artist Alex Ross. The song “We’re a Happy Family” was originally recorded by the Ramones on Rocket to Russia.
The single “Safe Home” features a ballad-like chorus and strong melody. Its music video features film actor Keanu Reeves. The video aired heavily on Uranium upon its release. In contrast, “What Doesn’t Die” features a much darker musical tone & lyrics with a notably heavier style.
All songs written and composed by John Bush, Rob Caggiano, Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante, except where noted.
1. “Contact” 1:15
2.”What Doesn’t Die” 4:10
3. “Superhero” 4:03
4. “Refuse to Be Denied” 3:20
5. “Safe Home” 5:10
6. “Any Place But Here” 5:49
7. “Nobody Knows Anything” 2:57
8. “Strap It On” Dimebag Darrell 3:32
9. “Black Dahlia” 2:37
10. “Cadillac Rock Box” Dimebag Darrell 3:41
11. “Taking the Music Back” Roger Daltrey (The Who) 3:11
12. “Crash” 0:57
13. “Think About an End” 5:09
14. “W.C.F.Y.A.” 4:12
15. “Safe Home” (Acoustic) 5:55
16. “We’re a Happy Family” (Ramones Cover) Joey Ramone 5:17
John Bush Lead vocals
Rob Caggiano Lead guitar
Scott Ian Rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
Frank Bello Bass, Backing vocals
Charlie Benante Drums, Additional guitars
Dimebag Darrell – Lead guitar on Track 8 “Strap it on” and Track 10 “Cadillac Rock Box” (Intro and guitar solo)
Roger Daltrey – Additional vocals on track 11 “Taking the Music Back”
Anthrax seems to have designed the pile-driving thrash and carefree rock forays of We’ve Come for You All to say one thing: We never left. While Anthrax famously kick-started the rap-metal genre with its Public Enemy collaboration on “Bring the Noise,” it largely sidesteps the sound on We’ve Come for You All, opting instead for a volatile mix of thrash and conventional metal, anchored by the gruff vocals of Bush. After a brief intro, “What Doesn’t Die” drops, with Bush sounding positively furious as he screams “You cannot kill what doesn’t die.” As the band cranks out a vintage thrash rhythm, Caggiano introduces himself with the first of many blistering solos. And if you’re a fan of the double bass drum pedals, Benantes double-time outro is like a clinic for metal drumming. E-Town Concretes Anthony Martinis animalistic roar begins the seething “Refuse to be Denied,” which continues the albums theme of resolve. While the record does nod to modern production techniques (courtesy of Caggianos Scrap 60 collective) and expands melodically, the instrumentation and rage that have always been Anthraxs hallmarks are for the most part present and accounted for, undiluted by forays into marginalized, corporatized active rock that might have sold some records, but wouldn’t have won over any real fans.
Thankfully, the band chose “Safe at Home” — one of the albums strongest tracks — as We’ve Come for You Alls single. This aside, We’ve Come for You All is a typical thrash metal album, in an age where such a thing no longer exists. The introspective acoustic guitar duet of “Anyplace But Here” gives way to a muscular Scott Ian riff that gives way to an effective nod to East Coast hardcore during the chorus. Though a bombastic overture slows things down (“There’s ways to kill a giant”? Come on…), the song recovers with another screed from Caggiano. Though Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell stops by for the strutting ’70s rock groove of “Cadillac Rock Box,” the album features a more unlikely guest star on “Taking the Music Back.” As Bush gives the lyrical finger to the record industry, Roger Daltrey appears to duet with him on the chorus and add a few trademark growls of his own. After another brief interlude, We’ve Come for You All makes its final descent with “Think About an End” and the closing title track. Once again, Bushs vocals present the band as a survivor, a unit that has always been supported by itself and its fans. At the same time, “Think” seems to lash out at Christianity. But its strange. The song name-checks Rage Against the Machine in its chorus, uses the phrase “killing in the name” in its lyrics, and even bears a resemblance to the hard-hitting grooves of Rages early material. Its unclear whether this reflects a positive or negative relationship between the two groups. Nevertheless, the songs meaty, churning groove slides right into the final title track. “W.C.F.Y.A.”s lyrics revel in heavy metal cliché (“The wrecking ball is here/Your chest contains no treasure”; “Patience starts to bleed/Increasing enmity/Its time to let the bullets fly”). But what is this band but a heavy metal survivor? If anyone can rely on the genres boilerplate, its Anthrax. A particularly nice touch is the fadeout on the songs final, titular words, as if they’re still coming, for you, out there somewhere in the night. The band is sure to win back, win over, and alienate individual parts of its audience with We’ve Come for You All. But its effectively reestablished itself not by embracing the recent homogenization of heavy music, but by grafting its more marketable elements onto its tried and true thrash.