ANTHRAX’S Frank Bello…MEGADETH’S David Ellefson. Two men who have been the cornerstones of some of THE best Thrash Metal albums ever released. And here they are together on their full-length debut album Get It Out (January 18, Megaforce Records), an album roughly four years in the making. But this is nothing like what you’d expect from these men, which is a good thing. It’s nice to see musicians spread their wings and do something completely outside of the genre they’re known for. Producer extraordinaire Jay Ruston helped guide this ship, while drummer Jeff Friedl (if I have to tell you who he is, just go away!) lays down the beats, and there are guest stars like Gus G, Ace Frehley, and more.
For me the biggest takeaway from this record is the sheer amount of melody and hooks displayed on each and every track. But at the same time, there’s a lot of heaviness to be found. There’s also a certain amount of rawness that I wasn’t expecting. Bello’s vocals are very much salt of the earth, and you can hear the cohesion of this unit working together. Right away the ones that jumped out at me were “Out Here” and “Late” which feature guitar work from ANTHRAX’S Jon Donais and Frehley respectively. Miki Black also contributes guitars to “Late.” The subject matter of both these tracks is very personal, and you can feel the emotion in the singing and playing.
Opener and title track “Get It Out” is all business and I daresay there’s a pretty big punk rock vibe to it. That vibe makes itself known subtlety throughout the album, but it’s more prevalent on this one. “Slip” was another favorite, and tells the story of Bello’s friendly neighbor who fell victim to drug and alcohol abuse. Like I said, these songs come from a very personal place, something I always admire. An artist and/or band putting themselves out there is never an easy thing, but on this record the results are pure gold. “Talk to Me,” believe it or not, reminded me of mid-90’s GOO GOO DOLLS, which is fine because they have long been one of my favorite bands. I can’t stress enough how cool it is to see a different side of the guys in this band.
Ellefson’s instrumental “Leviathian” features Satchel from STEEL PANTHER on both the acoustic and electric guitars, while Six-String Goddess Nita Strauss lends her considerable talents to “Part of Me,” burning up the goddamn fretboard. Gus G kills it on guitar during “Here Again”, but the real stars are Bello and Ellefson doing what they do best: playing bass leads like men possessed. All told this debut from ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE is one for the fucking ages, and will no doubt be on my Top Albums list for 2019. I really love Get It Out, and I think a lot of you will too. You can pick up your copy on January 18, so I suggest you go ahead and do that, Jackson!!
STANDOUT TRACKS: ALL OF THEM