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This past Saturday, Anthrax closed a show at the sold-out Los Angeles "KillThrax" tour stop and those in attendance witnessed an exclusive treat: the band's first-ever live performance of Kansas cover "Carry On Wayward Son."
With shout-outs from fans for the band to play the song at the "KillThrax" shows, airplay on Active Rock stations across the country, more than 300,000 YouTube views, and even a "thumbs-up" for the cover from Kansas founding member Phil Ehart, the band decided it was time to play the tune live.
Anthrax fans are well aware that there is no keyboardist in the band and keyboards are prominent on this song, so the group enlisted the help of Fred Mandel to come onstage at the Wiltern Theatre for the performance. Mandel recorded the keyboards for the "Carry On" cover track and has played with icons from Alice Cooper to Elton John to Queen. More...
Rochester, New York-based technical grindcore act Blurring premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming five-song EP "Cloud Burner", which will be released on April 28th via Bandcamp. Blurring features legendary bassist Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, Anthrax, etc.) and Erik Burke (Sulaco, ex-Kalibas) on drums.
Check out now "Cloud Burner" in its entirety below.
ASK4 Entertainment - the creator and producer of ShipRocked - announces the first annual Metal Maya, a 4-day all-inclusive heavy metal destination festival vacation from October 29th - November 2nd at the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, just south of Cancun in the paradise of Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Metal Maya is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (also known as Day Of The Dead and “Hanal Pixán” to the Mayans of Yucatan Peninsula) and will feature performances from a dozen bands in a tropical paradise.
The initial music lineup includes Anthrax, Overkill, Superjoint, heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Death Angel, Otep, and Tim “Ripper” Owens, with more bands to be announced. The Metal Allegiance band will include Phil Demmel (Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Mark Menghi, Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, The Neal Morse Band), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste), and more special guests.
Anthrax's "'For All Kings" limited edition 7-inch box set hits stores this Friday 3/24 via Megaforce, and the band has just made a new track from the set available. Check out "Vice of the People" via Soundcloud here, which was previously released as a bonus track only in Japan.
The week before "KillThrax" - the Anthrax/Killswitch Engage co-headline tour - kicks off in Montclair, NJ, Anthrax's Charlie Benante will be the special guest drummer sitting in with The 8G Band ("Late Night with Seth Meyers" house band) starting Monday, March 20th through Thursday, March 23rd.
Then, the day before the "KillThrax" launch, members of Anthrax will celebrate the release of the band's very own craft beer, Wardance, with a five-bar New York City beer crawl that will begin at 6PM at Daddy-O on Bedford Street in the West Village. Fans are invited to any and all of the five destinations to enjoy a few pints of the Wardance pale ale with band members. More...
Sin City’s new two-day music festival, Las Rageous, is coming to the heart of downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd. Featuring some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal, the festival has launched a national flyaway sweepstakes for the inaugural event.
One lucky winner will receive two VIP Gold tickets to Las Rageous, roundtrip airfare, and three-night stay at The D Hotel. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 20th at Noon PT. Participants must be 21 or older and live within the Continental U.S. to enter. More...
New York thrash group Anthrax will celebrate the release of the band's very own craft beer, "Wardance," this coming Tuesday, March 28th with a NYC beer crawl that will begin at 6:00PM at Daddy-O on Bedford Street in the West Village.
Band members, along with Chuck Williamson (owner and head brewer of Butternuts Beer & Ale Brewery), will be on hand over the course of the evening at five different bars to drink a few pints of the pale ale and celebrate with all in attendance.
Entry into all five locations is free and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with a no-host bar. Those interested should RSVP here. The complete schedule for Anthrax's "Wardance" NYC beer crawl is as follows:
6:00 - 7:00PM - Daddy-O - 44 Bedford Street
7:30 - 8:30 PM - Half Pint - 76 W. 3rd Street
9:10 - 10:10PM - One Mile House - 10 Delancey Street
10:30 - 11:30PM - Top Hops - 94 Orchard Street (Will have 6-packs of cans to go)
11:45 - ?? - RMP Bar After Party - 266 Broome Street More...
Round seven of the world's biggest heavy metal cruise featured 61 acts and set sail back in February, leaving from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL and sailing to Labadee, Haiti and back.
Prior to sailing there was a lot of online discussion amongst sailors about what they could do to provide aid to those in need in Haiti, which inspired the crew at 70,0000 Tons Of Metal to make a unique contribution, auctioning off a Michael Schenker 2004 model Dean Guitar.
The guitar was signed by the world class artists who participated in the jam: Elize Ryd, Esa Holopainen, Jeff Waters, Fabio Alessandrini, Rich Hinks, Aaron Homma, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Ben Ash, Mark Osegueda, Will Carroll, Lisa Cuthbert, Jon Gallagher, Van Williams, Axel Ritt, Bobby Blitz, Per Nilsson, Fabio D'Amore, Rich Ward, Alex Skolnick, Steve DiGiorgio, Gene Hoglan, Thomas Vikström, Linnéa Vikström, Russ Bergquist, Steven Wussow, and Philip Restemeier.
Metalunderground.com writer and photographer Georg Wilfinger boarded The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, 70.000 Tons of Metal, taking place February 2 through 6.
The largest and longest-running sea travel of its kind this year headed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti and back, featuring 61 bands playing 123 live shows on 4 stages to fans from 74 different countries. For most fans on board it’s "the" annual metal highlight. Below you can see George's personal extensive photo-recap of the events, scenery, and shows of his favourite bands taking place on "The Independence Of The Seas" metal-battleship:
Day 1: Cattle Decapitation - Death Angel - Testament
Day 2: Suffocation - Revocation - Dying Fetus - Anthrax
The thrash pioneers from Anthrax, armed with an initial six dynamic SRO dates on the "Among The Kings" UK/European headline tour, will chronicle the frenzy with a live DVD expected to be released later this year via Megaforce.
Anthrax's show was filmed last night at Glasgow's historic venue Barrowland. Seventeen cameras, including five Go-Pros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of Anthrax favorites that were voted onto the evening's set list by fans and included "Madhouse," "Be All, End All," "Breathing Lightning," and "A.I.R.," followed by Anthrax's classic 1987 album "Among The Living" performed start to finish.
In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include "fly-on-the-wall" interviews and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, UK-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for Opeth, The Damned, Gary Numan, The Levellers, and many others. More...
Available exclusively in North America and released in conjunction with the band's upcoming spring co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage, the limited edition Anthrax "For All Kings" 7-inch box set is coming via Megaforce Records on March 24th.
The set includes a removable lenticular cover and contains 10 7-inch vinyl discs featuring 20 songs - the 11 finished album tracks, two brand new covers (The White Stripes' "Black Math" and the classic Kansas song "Carry On"), six demos from the FAK track listing, and "Vice of the People," a bonus track previously released only in Japan and now making its North American vinyl debut.
The original album cover art sketch by Alex Ross is also part of this package, as well as a download card enabling the holder to access the box set's tracklisting for free.
Each 7-inch disc features double-sided four-color artwork designed by Douglas Heusser with additional art by Stephen Thompson, as well as band photos by Jimmy Hubbard. The tracks are pressed onto different-colored vinyl discs - red, green, blue, maroon, orange, most with a two-color swirl design.
"Doing a box set edition of 'For All Kings' was something that we've always wanted to do," said Charlie Benante, who worked closely with Heusser and Thompson on the box set's artwork. "We wanted to do something special, something that was so much more than the original release, and have it be fun for our audience when they open it up, just be floored by the different colored vinyl, the artwork, everything that's inside. And we think we've done that." More...
This year marks the debut of Las Rageous, a two day music festival taking over two square blocks in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd.
Created by Live Nation, Las Rageous will feature performances from Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Anthrax, Coheed and Cambria, Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin, and more with two stages in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas.
Charlie Benante of Anthrax stated, “We are looking forward to playing the Las Rageous festival, planning on making this first-time festival memorable.”
Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin said, “We’re really excited to be a part of Las Rageous in April. We love playing Vegas and are looking forward to being a part of this new festival.”
Amanda Moore of Live Nation explained, “Bringing an annual rock festival to this city has been a dream ever since we opened the Live Nation Las Vegas office. Rock and metal music have a rich history here in Sin City; from the bands it has fostered, to its wild and loyal fans, to KOMP - one of the oldest and most respected rock stations in the country.” More...
Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage and thrash legends Anthrax announced in December that they will hit the road this spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands' itinerary will also include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin, as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill.
With Anthrax and KsE rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29th in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7th. It was previously announced that The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates, and now more openers are being revealed.
Multi-tasking Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta will perform solo as Jasta and open the first 10 shows of the tour - including the two Killswitch Engage headline shows that do not feature Anthrax. Pittsburgh's Code Orange, having just released "Forever," will open all of the dates thereafter. Code Orange jumps on the tour on April 11th.
"Anthrax and Killswitch will be a really good blend for fans," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "We both play metal, but we play two different forms of the genre. I think fans of both bands are in for a 'Total Explosion of the Senses.'" Added the band's Frank Bello, "This Anthrax/KSE tour is a powerful ball of energy ready to unleash the metal in the U.S." More...
It's funny how an offhanded comment can make a dream come true, but that's exactly what happened with thrash icons Anthrax.
Last year, the members of the band were hanging out at New York's West Village bar Daddy-O and mentioned to owner Phil Casacelli how they'd love to have their own brand of beer. Casacelli, a long-time fan of upstate New York's Butternuts Beer & Ale Brewery, made a call to Chuck Williamson, owner of Butternuts, a metalhead and a long-time Anthrax fan, and everything started to fall into place for what would become Anthrax's own craft beer, Wardance.
Wardance will be available in stores, bars, and restaurants where craft beer is sold in New York State beginning March 27th. Plans are in the works to expand the distribution to other states around the country.
Said Anthrax's Scott Ian, "I've wanted to do our own beer for a long time, it was just finding the right guy to make that a reality. I am a fan of Butternuts, especially their Porkslap Pale Ale, and when I found out that Chuck was interested in doing a beer with us I immediately said yes." More...
The Devil Wears Prada will hit the road early in the New Year for a 27-date North American tour as special support to co-headliners Anthrax and Killswitch Engage. The trek, presented by SiriusXM, kicks off at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on March 29 and will zig-zag the continent, culminating in Boston on May 7.
This tour won't be the first time that TDWP - Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, vocals), Andy Trick (bass), and Kyle Sipress (lead guitar) - has crossed paths with either band.
Prada toured the U.S. with KsE in 2010, and played with Anthrax on the 2012 Mayhem tour. Additionally, Adam D., KsE's lead guitarist, produced two of Prada's albums - "Dead Throne" (2011) and "8:18" (2013).
"This tour will be a real treat," said Prada's Hranica. "We have an awesome relationship with Adam, he's one of the craziest, most fun dudes we know, and when it comes to thrash and metal, you don't get much bigger names than Anthrax and Killswitch."
The Devil Wears Prada will be putting together a special set for this tour. "I love the idea of going to a show and seeing bands whose music is in the same ballpark, but still different from each others'," Hranica added. "We have our own personal style on the side of metal, so we'll do some of our dark, heavy, noisey songs, but probably stay away from interludes inbetween. We'll have our own footprint on stage each night."
These dates will be in support of Prada's new and sixth full-lenth album, the 11-track "Transit Blues" (Rise Records). More...
"Suzerain," an intense and politically-charged track from Anthrax's "For All Kings" album, consists of lyricist Scott Ian's musings about a leader who would be so powerful that all nations, all people, would come under his benevolent authority, and in return, he would bring peace, happiness and prosperity to all of Earth.
"Mankind keep making the same mistakes over and over," said Ian. "You'd think that after thousands of years of religious, economic and ideologic wars, we'd have figured out how to live with each other, but we haven't. That's what drew me to the idea for 'Suzerain.'"
The "Suzerain" video incorporates the game of chess along with images of battles fought by ancient empires to illustrate imperial power. You can check out the new lyric clip below.
Anthrax will hit the road in 2017 first with an appearance at the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, and then will launch the "Among The Kings" tour, starting with a 26-date UK/European trek seguing into the band's North American co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage, dubbed "Killthrax." More...
Anthrax has issued an open letter to Irving Azoff, who apparently has begun legal proceedings against the Radio Music License Committee over radio rates for song writers. The band comments:
"Dear Mr. Azoff, as artists and songwriters, we certainly appreciate anyone's efforts to see that we are paid a fair wage for the use of our music, 'fair pay for fair play,' as your lawsuit against the Radio Music License Committee states. As a result of your suit, our understanding is that as of January 1, 2017, more than 10,000 U.S.-based radio stations could be fined if they program songs written by a songwriter represented by your company, Global Music Rights, without first obtaining the proper license. We certainly understand and respect that.
"However, you've included Anthrax on your 'What Songs are in the Global Music Rights repertoire' and that mere inclusion presents a skewed and unjust misrepresentation of the complete facts. This could be very damaging to us and to our fellow performers who may find themselves in a similar situation. More...
Thrash legends Anthrax and metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage announce today that they will hit the road this spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM.
The itinerary will also include an April 15th appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill. With KSE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29th in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7th. The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.
"Anthrax and Killswitch will be a really good blend for fans," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "We both play metal, but we play two different forms of the genre. I think fans of both bands are in for a 'Total Explosion of the Senses.'"
Added the band's Frank Bello, "This Anthrax/KsE tour is a powerful ball of energy ready to unleash the metal in the U.S." More...
February/March 2017 will see legendary New York thrash outfit Anthrax back on European soil for the band's first full European headline tour in more than a decade. British metallers The Raven Age will support on all dates.
Dubbed the "Among The Kings" tour, dates will kick off on the 9th of February in Birmingham, UK and wrap on up in Paris, France on the 16th of March; the full itinerary is below. On all of these dates and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release, Anthrax will perform 1987 album "Among The Living" from start to finish, alongside fan favorites from throughout the band's 35-year career.
Said the band's Scott Ian about the tour, "Finally! We've been looking forward to headlining in Europe for so long. We have a killer set planned, new stuff, old faves, deep tracks and »Among« front to back. You'd better start getting in shape now for the epic wardance. See you soon my friends - cheers!" More...
2016 may have been bad for Harambe and arguably for America, but its been a banner year for thrash masters Anthrax.
This year saw the February release of 11th studio album "For All Kings" (Megaforce), two collaborations with director Jack Bennett for the grizzly music videos "Blood Eagle Wings" and "Monster At The End," a Late Night with Seth Meyers appearance that paired the band with the iconic Robert De Niro, and sharing stages with bands like Slayer, Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Lamb of God, and Avenged Sevenfold.
But the celebrations are not done yet. More...
He joined Anthrax on stage last night at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, jamming on guitar during the band's classic "Indians." Anthrax's Frank Bello and Scott Ian are both huge fans of the show - in fact in 2015, Ian appeared in an episode playing one of the zombies, and unfortunately met a horrible demise with a metal pole through his head.
Before last night's show, Bello and Ian dropped by "The Walking Dead" set, hanging out with Reedus and the show's director/special effects artist Greg Nicotero. Anthrax is current on tour with Slayer and Death Angel, upcoming dates are below. More...