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Lamb Of God Reveals Support Acts For U.S. Tour

After dropping off an ongoing European tour with Children of Bodom due to concerns over terrorist attacks (and subsequently releasing a lengthy statement defending the decision), Lamb Of God now reveals more details on upcoming U.S. shows.

Lamb Of God recently announced an upcoming January/February 2016 U.S. headline tour featuring direct support from very special guests Anthrax. Today, the band is officially announcing the two opening guests on the tour, Deafheaven and Power Trip. The two bands, along with Anthrax, will support during the entire run beginning January 15 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Lamb Of God just added two new dates on this run: January 20 in Nashville, TN and January 26 in Sayreville, NJ.

1/15 Pittsburgh, PA@ Stage AE (Indoor)
1/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
1/17 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
1/19 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
1/20 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
1/22 Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
1/23 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
1/24 Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
1/26 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
1/28 Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
1/29 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
1/30 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
1/31 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
2/2 Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
2/4 Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
2/5 Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
2/6 Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Pavilion
2/8 Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
2/9 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
2/11 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
2/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
5/13 Council Bluffs, IA @ Westfair Amphitheater - OFF DATE - 89.7 The River's Rockfest (KIWR) More...

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Anthrax Reveals New Album Artwork

Anthrax has revealed the cover art of the band's upcoming release, "For All Kings," due out February 26, 2016 via Megaforce. The band's drummer, Charlie Benante, who designed the artwork and worked closely with artist Alex Ross, talks about the concept in a short video below.

Benante promises that the eleven-song "For All Kings" will be "aggressive and super-thrashy." The album was written by Benante, bassist Frank Bello, and rhythm guitarist Scott Ian.

Anthrax is currently on tour with Slayer in Europe and will join up with Lamb of God in the U.S. starting in January. On these dates, fans will be treated to songs from throughout Anthrax's career, including the classics as well as the brand new "Evil Twin," a song that Bello says "is a song that begs to be played live."

1/15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
1/16 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
1/17 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
1/19 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
1/22 Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA
1/23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
1/24 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
1/28 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
1/29 Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN
1/30 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
1/31 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
2/2 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO
2/4 Revention Music Center, Houston, TX
2/5 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
2/6 Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX
2/8 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
2/9 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
2/11 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
2/12 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA More...

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Metal Bands React To Paris Terrorist Attacks

Members of Metallica, Pantera, In Flames, Testament, AC/DC, Kiss, Slipknot, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Warbringer, Aborted, Periphery, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Raising The Veil, Born Of Osiris, All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Textures and Anthrax etc. are among the musicians who have (so far) reacted with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night. Some of their views can be seen below.


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"Hair I Go Again" Documentary Coming In March

"Hair I Go Again," a documentary about the determination and failures of a former hair band chasing after dreams, will officially be released worldwide on March 10th, 2016. In anticipation of the event, the producers have unveiled its newest trailer below.

The year was 1985. Thousands of miles away from the sonic debauchery of the Sunset Strip, two teenage friends shared aspirations of glam rock grandeur. Freshly permed and taking a page straight out of Hit Parader, a hungry, determined band was born. Fame and fortune, however, remained out of reach and the group unceremoniously imploded...probably over some chick.

Fast forward thirty years.

Facing a mid-life crossroads, Kyle Kruger and Steve McClure set out on an improbable journey in order to fulfill their dreams of achieving rock & roll stardom. With credit cards maxed out and the 401K cashed in, the pair risk everything in hopes of reclaiming the magic they had as a band over a quarter century ago.

It’s a story about a lifelong friendship, insurmountable odds and dealing with the always present thought of “what if?” It’s a tale of rediscovery, determination, triumphs and failures. Because first and last chances happen only once.

The flick features candid interviews with some of the most influential musicians and industry professionals in the business, including Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show), Jeff Keith and Frank Hannon (Tesla), Ron Keel, Steve Blaze (Lillian Axe), Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Les Warner (The Cult), as well as members of Kix, Stryper, Queensrÿche, Quiet Riot, Warrant, Motörhead, LA Guns and more. More...

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Lamb Of God Announces U.S. Tour With Anthrax

After Randy Blythe was assaulted by feral Irish children in Dublin, Lamb Of God is pleased to announce an upcoming January/February 2016 U.S. headline tour featuring direct support from very special guests and thrash metal legends Anthrax, with additional support from two more bands to be announced soon.

The tour will begin on Friday, January 15 in Pittsburgh, PA and visit several major U.S. markets before coming to a close in Los Angeles, CA on February 12. Please see below for all confirmed tour dates.

Lamb Of God is touring in support of new studio album "VII: Sturm Und Drang," which launched via Epic Records and debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 charts this past summer. More...

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Anthrax Announces New Album Title & Date

Legendary thrash act Anthrax released a short clip via Nuclear Blast Records revealing the upcoming new album title: "For All Kings." The album is set for release on February 26, 2016.

The first single "Evil Twin" was issued last week and can be heard at this location. The single is available on iTunes and Amazon as a digital download now.

More information on the album is expected soon. Check out the clip here:

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Charlie Benante Comments On Touring Situation

Anthrax is gearing up to release a new album in early 2016, with first single "Evil Twin" now online and available below. Charlie Benante has also released this open letter online to fans about his health and touring situation:

"I want to let all of our fans know what the situation is with my being or not being on the road with the band. Most of you know I had to have hand surgery a couple of years ago for the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that I developed. Since then, I've continued to have regular physical therapy and doctor's office visits, and while my hand has gotten a lot better, it just hasn't fully healed.

"My doctor says it could continue to get better, but that's going to take as much time as it takes. When we were recording our new album, I realized that after three or four weeks straight in the studio, playing every day, not only would my hand start hurting like hell, but I would lose all feeling in it for a couple of days. And the same with being on the road - I seem to be OK for a couple of weeks, but after that, the carpal tunnel flares up, the pain sets in, my hand goes numb, and I simply cannot play the drums, especially with the intensity that Anthrax's music requires.

"I love being on the road, playing our music live for you guys, and I'm very excited about playing our new songs for you in 2016, but, at least at this point, for those four, five, six or seven week tours, I just won't be able to be on all dates. Anthrax has just started a European tour with Slayer, and Jon Dette is sitting in for me for the first three weeks or so; I'm planning to join the band on November 21 in the UK and will be on the remainder of the tour. More...

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Anthrax Premieres New Song "Evil Twin"

Anthrax premieres its brand new song "Evil Twin", the first new song from the band's long-awaited album, set for a first quarter 2016 worldwide release via Megaforce in North America and via Nuclear Blast in Europe.

Check out now "Evil Twin" below.

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Anthrax Announces 30th Anniversary Release

On November 20, three decades after its October 30, 1985 debut, Universal will release a special 30th anniversary edition of Anthrax's classic "Spreading The Disease," the band's second studio album and the one that served as the then-budding thrash band's breakthrough.

"We wanted to do something special for our fans to celebrate the anniversary of 'Spreading the Disease,'" said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "We took the idea to Universal a couple of years ago and have been very hands-on with them, creating this special, deluxe edition that we think our fans will really like."

In addition to the original album's nine tracks, the two-disc anniversary edition features previously unreleased bonus material including Joey Belladonna's 1984 demo recording of the song "Medusa," nine rhythm tracks from Anthrax recordings also done in 1984 - no vocals, no overdubs or sweetening, just drums, some guitar, a bit of bass, showing the songs in their naked, most basic form - and eight live songs from Anthrax's 1987, first-ever concert in Japan, held at Tokyo's Sun Plaza.

"'STD' was our first real record on a major label," said Benante. "We were on a roll with that album, and we wanted to perform those songs as close to the album versions as possible. I think the performances show the excitement of a young band that was on its way, so we wanted to have them on this reissue." More...

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Anthrax Posts Live Footage Performing "A.I.R."

Anthrax is streaming video footage performing "A.I.R." on this year's edition of Motörhead's "Motörboat" cruise, filmed on September 30 (courtesy of VH1.com). The band is currently putting finishing touches on the upcoming new album for a tentative early 2016 release via Megaforce Records.

Check out now the thrash metal veterans of Anthrax open their headline set on Motörhead's "Motörboat" cruise below.

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Anthrax Posts New Album Studio Video

Anthrax is nearing the finishing line with the recording of the band's follow up to 2011's Grammy-nominated album "Worship Music." The new album is due out in early 2016 on Megaforce Records.

In this new in-studio clip below, Frank Bello talks about Anthrax's writing and recording process, Charlie Benante gets into the pressure that Anthrax has felt with this new project and gives his thoughts about why the new album is "the next level" for Anthrax, and Scott Ian explains why the band recorded the 18 new songs in batches.

Anthrax will be hitting the road late-summer-into-fall, playing major U.S. festivals, a series of North American dates with Motorhead, including "Motorhead's Motorboat" cruise, and then dates in Japan and Europe, many with Slayer. The full itinerary is below. More...

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Anthrax Announces New Tour Dates

In the final stages of recording the follow-up to 2011's "Worship Music," Anthrax will hit the road beginning August 28 for a 42-city global trek that will see the band playing three major festivals as well as sharing stages with the likes of Motorhead and fellow Big Four comrades, Slayer.

Anthrax's Bello, Benante and Ian started the new album writing process back in late 2013 when they began exchanging suggested riffs and other ideas for the new songs. With producer and "sixth member of the band" Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions started last fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.

According to Benante, "'Worship Music' started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. 'Worship' was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy."

Said Bello, "The thing about Anthrax...we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey's powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we've done a really good job of that on this new record."

Confirmed dates for Anthrax's upcoming tour schedule are as follows: More...

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Anthrax Streaming "A.I.R." Drum-Cam Footage

House Of Blues is streaming pro-shot drum-cam footage of Charlie Benante performing the song "A.I.R." with Anthrax this past Wednesday, July 29 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. Anthrax's show was the final metal show at the Sunset Strip House Of Blues by the way.

Says Frank Bello: "Every show we've done at the Sunset House of Blues has been a party. Everyone who we're friends with who's not on tour shows up, either to jam or drink or just hang out. And I'll really miss that. Sunset Boulevard has lost its last great place to play."

Charlie Benante: "The memories that have been created will always live on for anyone who went to the HOB. I feel honored and privileged to have this last chance to blow the roof off of the HOB. The Strip will soon end up looking like a corporate strip mall, no memories there."

Check out now the "A.I.R." live drum-cam playthrough below.

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Anthrax To Play Final House Of Blues Metal Show

The six-time Grammy nominated Anthrax will provide a head banging send-off for the iconic Sunset Strip House of Blues on Wednesday, July 29th.

The band will headline what will be the last metal show ever to play the HOB before it shuts down on August 7th to make way for a new hotel/housing/retail complex. Tickets go on sale today through Ticketmaster, the Live Nation app, and at the HOB Box Office. Log on to this location for more details.

"Every show we've done at the Sunset House of Blues has been a party," said Anthrax's Frank Bello. "Everyone who we're friends with who's not on tour shows up, either to jam or drink or just hang out. And I'll really miss that. Sunset Boulevard has lost its last great place to play." More...

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Scott Ian Talks Game Of Thrones

Music Choice Now asked Scott Ian of Anthrax which noble house he'd want to be a part of if he were in the deadly and soul crushing "Game of Thrones," in which anyone you remotely like is never safe, and anyone who is evil to the core will likely never get their just comeuppance. His answer may surprise you - check it out below.

Earlier this year Anthrax contributed the song "Soror Irrumator" to the second installment of "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape" in support of the HBO series adapting George R.R. Martin's fantasy novels.

In other news, Anthrax also recently released "The Devil You Know" bourbon, with full details available here. Anthrax is currently in the final stages of recording the follow up to Grammy-nominated 2011 hit, "Worship Music." The new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest band member Jon Donais. More...

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Anthrax Releasing "Devil You Know" Bourbon

In keeping with the goal of finding the "best of the best" for fans regardless of who manufactures it, the members of Anthrax have produced a new bourbon, "The Devil You Know," priced at $59 and available now at this location.

"If we find something we really like and that we actually drink ourselves, we think maybe our fans might like it too, so we want to make it available for them," said Anthrax's Scott Ian. "We really enjoyed 'Indians,' the bourbon we produced last year, and obviously our fans did as well as it sold out really quickly."

Consequently, Anthrax decided to do another round of "taste testing," this time working with Kentucky-based Knob Creek to produce two barrels of a high-end bourbon, "The Devil You Know," now part of the distillery's small batch bourbon collection. Both barrels were aged for nine years, a process that results in a much richer more distinctive taste, and every bottle purchased ships with a card personally autographed by the band.

Anthrax is currently in the final stages of recording the follow up to Grammy-nominated 2011 hit, "Worship Music." The new album is expected out early 2016. More...

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Rocklahoma Prices Going Up

Ticket prices will increase for Rocklahoma this Sunday at Noon CST. Weekend GA tickets will increase to $189*, Weekend GA 4-Pack to $599* and Single Days will increase to $85*. Buy your tickets now to save money. *plus fees

Online sales for camping will cease at 11:59am on Sunday – camping spots will be available to purchase onsite, upon arrival. Advance online ticket sales will end at 11:59pm on Thursday, May 22. Weekend and Single Day GA tickets will be available onsite starting Friday.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK at the “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds. The band performance times have also been announced for this year's Rocklahoma taking place May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Details are as follows: More...

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Baltimore's The Shindig Goes Metal In 2015

Baltimore's annual music festival, The Shindig, is shaping up to be more metal than in past years. The festival takes place on September 19, 2015 in Carroll Park, Baltimore, MD, and features Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Anthrax, Chevelle, and Helmet, among others. Check out the flier below:

Shindig flier

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Charlie Benante Releasing Coffee

It's been a long time coming, but unabashed coffee connoisseur Charlie Benante (Anthrax) has entered the world of entrepreneurship, announcing "Benante's Blend."

The coffee will come in two different varieties: the "Be All End All" blend, which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the "Forever Metal" blend, a milder coffee. You can pick yours up at this location.

"I grew up in a large Italian family and coffee was a daily staple in our home," said Benante. "As a kid, I loved coffee so much, my mother said that at one point, she put some coffee in my bottle. For me, the taste of coffee is one of the greatest tastes that there is on earth, so I decided to create what was for me, the perfect cup of coffee."

This is actually Benante's second foray into the world of coffee. Years ago, he joined up with Dave Mustaine for a line of coffee and coffee products. "I've learned so much since then," said Benante, "especially about selecting and blending the right beans, and how important roasting is."

Benante hooked up with a company that specializes in coffee roasting. "I was pretty specific about the tastes I was looking for," Benante explained. "I told them the type of coffee I wanted, what some of my favorite coffees were, and we built it from there. We combined beans from different regions, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sumatra and Africa, and tweaked the amount of time the beans were roasted to get just the right taste. It was a process, I tested a lot of different blends, but it was a lot of fun.

"I love coffee so much," Benante added, "if I could make it a cologne, I would wear it."

In between coffee tastings, Benate has been recording the next Anthrax album due out later this year. The band kicks off leg one of its 2015-2016 global tour on April 24th. More...

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Anthrax Announces Tour Dates, Comments On Album

Anthrax will begin the set-up of a brand new album when the band hits the road late next month. First up is a six-week-plus North American trek that will include 24-dates with Volbeat, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals - Northern Invasion (outside of Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH), Rocklahoma (Pryor, OK), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests. Dates start in Denver, CO on April 24 (the complete itinerary is below).

On this first leg, Anthrax will play a "fan favorites" set, comprised of band classics such as "Anti-Social," "Madhouse," "Caught In A Mosh," "I Am The Law" and "Indians." The set will also feature one brand new song, "Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock)," Anthrax's contribution to HBO's "Game of Thrones'" "Catch The Throne Mixtape, Vol II."

Anthrax's new album follows the band's 2011 Grammy-nominated "Worship Music." The new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest band member Jon Donais. "Jon's been great," said Scott Ian. "So far, he's played lead on at least seven or eight of the tracks, and they all sound amazing."

The writing process for the new album began as far back as late 2013 when Benante began exchanging suggested riffs and other musical ideas with Bello and Ian. With producer (and "sixth member of the band") Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions began last Fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.

Said Bello, "The thing about Anthrax...we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey's powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we've done a really good job of that, especially on this new record."

"The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry," Ian added. "Lots of people said that 'Worship Music' was a return to the roots of the band...well, this record is even more so. Unlike 'Worship Music,' we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world. Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit. Everything that was great about him on 'Worship' is there even more on this new record." More...

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