Considered one of the "big four" of the thrash metal era, Anthrax (see our preview here)
put New York on the map with its inventive take on infusing metal with a punk rock spirit. When singer Joey Belladonna
joined in time to record 1985's Spreading the Disease
, that band had its classic, and arguably most fruitful, line-up.
Over the course of the next seven years, Anthrax pioneered a true fusion of rap and metal as well as expanded the idea of what metal could be by injecting a healthy dose of silly, and sometimes biting, humor along with warping the sometimes rigid lines of heavy metal's aesthetics.