New York Times (Publisher) - 11/18/90
"..the music carries the exhilaration of a desperate struggle."
Anthrax: Joe Belladonna (vocals); Charlie Benante (guitar, drums); Dan Spitz, Scott Ian (guitar); Frank Bello (bass).
Personnel: Joey Belladonna (vocals); Frank Bello (guitar, bass guitar); Charlie Benante (guitar, drums, cymbals); Dan Spitz, Jim Dunlop, Paul Crook , Scott Ian (guitar); Troy Boyer (bass guitar); Walter Gemenhardt (drums).
Audio Mixers: Michael Barbiero; Steve Thompson .
Liner Note Author: Anthrax.
Recording information: A & M Studios.Conway Studios, Hollywood, CA; A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Waring Abbott.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Bill Pulaski; Joey Belladonna.
Although 1988's STATE OF EUPHORIA proved to be Anthrax's commercial breakthrough, the material didn't measure up to the band's crushing previous work. To correct this, these New York City metalists returned to their harder direction, and were rewarded with another gold-certified release. While the album wasn't a strict concept album, it did contain a common thematic thread--time waits for no one.
A metallic cover of Joe Jackson's jazz/new wave composition "Got the Time" was an album highlight (for which a popular MTV video was filmed), as were the grim tales of "In My World" and "Belly of the Beast." The album-opening "Time" remains one of Anthrax's most unashamedly pummeling tracks, while tracks like "Blood," "Keep It in the Family," "One Man Stands," and "H8 Red" are just as intense. Several months after the album's release, Anthrax embarked on one of metal's first "package" tours, Clash of the Titans, which the band headlined with Slayer and Megadeth (while an up-and-coming band called Alice In Chains opened the shows). PERSISTENCE OF TIME would prove to be singer Joey Belladonna's last studio album with Anthrax.