1988. State of Euphoria
is the fourth studio album by band Anthrax. It was released on September 19, 1988. The album was produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson, with Alex Perialas engineering. The album reached No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart in late 1988 and was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 8th, 1989.
The song “Misery Loves Company” was based on the Stephen King novel Misery, while “Now It’s Dark” was inspired by the David Lynch film Blue Velvet, specifically the behavior of the sexually depraved, self-asphyxiating, murderous sociopath Frank Booth, as played by Dennis Hopper. The song was years later made into simlish for the radio on the The Sims PC game. The song “Make Me Laugh” is critical of Televangelism, a popular target of thrash metal bands of that period. The majority of the album’s music was composed by drummer Charlie Benante while lyrics were composed by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian.
As of 2006, State of Euphoria had sold over 151,000 copies in the U.S since the beginning of the SoundScan era, bringing the total sales numbers to over 650,000 in the U.S.
Although the album contains some of what would become Anthrax’s best known songs such as “Antisocial” and “Be All, End All”, critical reception was lukewarm. The album failed to live up to the expectations, commercial and otherwise, set by the band’s previous releases, Spreading the Disease, Among the Living.
Joey Belladonna Dan Spitz Scott Ian Frank Bello Charlie Benante
80s thrash - Onslaught’s “Power from Hell”, 1985