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Formed: 1983
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Below is our complete Anthrax news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal-Docu Out In January

An impressing list of musicians, record executives, journalists and more have taken part in the upcoming two-part ‘Inside Metal‘ documentary DVD, ‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal‘. Directed by Bob Nalbandian, the DVD will land on January 19th and showcases narration from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.

Below you can watch a clip from the DVD in which Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.) can be found discussing his first encounter with Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield back in 1981:

As the title suggests, the docu will focus on the early/mid-80s rise of thrash metal. Among those who were interviewed for the series are: More...

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Anthrax Set April Release For New Live DVD

Multi-Grammy nominated thrash icons Anthrax will see ‘Kings Among Scotland’ the band’s long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, arrive in stores and online on April 27th 2018. Captured last February 15th at the band's sold-out concert at Glasgow's historic venue the Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour ‘Kings Among Scotland’ incorporates the band’s entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD will also include a "gear rundown" from each of the band members.

‘Kings Among Scotland’ can be pre-ordered starting today; log on to www.anthrax.com for all purchasing information.

‘Kings Among Scotland’ was produced, directed, filmed and edited for Film24Productions by Paul M. Green, with the sound mixed by Anthrax studio producer Jay Ruston. For the filming, Green utilised 17 cameras, including a crane and several mobile and stationery Go-Pros.

Bonus interviews, gear rundowns and behind the scenes footage will also appear on the release, which you can pre-order now via Amazon. The setlist for the night can be found below: More...

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Anthrax To Release New DVD

Multi-Grammy-nominated thrash icons Anthrax will see "Kings Among Scotland," the band's long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, arrive in stores and online on April 27, 2018 (Megaforce). Captured last February 15 at the band's sold-out concert at Glasgow's historic venue Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour "Kings Among Scotland" incorporates the band's entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD will also include a "gear rundown" from each of the band members. "Kings Among Scotland" can be pre-ordered starting today; log on to Anthrax.com for all purchasing information.

"Playing for our friends at the Barrowlands has always been very special," said Anthrax's Frank Bello. "We all know we're going to get together and have an insanely great time, and we think that incredible interaction and energy really comes through on this video." More...

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Anthrax Announce Re-Issues For Release In December

NYC thrashers Anthrax have announced that they will be re-issuing albums ‘We've Come For You All’ and ‘The Greater Of Two Evils’, on 22nd December via Nuclear Blast. The two albums will be available for purchase via CD in one package, and also available via limited edition gatefold vinyl as separate pieces. More...

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Killswitch Engage, Anthrax Announce Killthrax II

Killswitch Engage and Anthrax have announced "KillThrax II," a 29-city tour of North America presented by SiriusXM that kicks off January 25 in Montreal, Canada and will zig-zag across the continent to wind up in Portland, Maine on March 4th. Confirmed tour dates are below. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 20t at 10AM local time - go to www.anthrax.com for all ticket purchasing and VIP packages info.

Havok will serve as the opening act for the entire tour.

Said Anthrax's Frank Bello, "After playing so many amazing shows last year with our friends Killswitch Engage, I'm psyched for round two of KillThrax, and we're adding Havoc to the heaviness!!" Added Charlie Benante, "The shows were great, the audiences were great and we all felt great about the whole thing, so why not do it again?"

"We are looking forward to the next leg of the 'KillThrax' tour," said KsE singer Jesse Leach. "We had a blast on the first one and we enjoyed sharing the stage with the humble legends Anthrax! There is such a synergy between the two bands and a certain unity that is infectious, so it was a no brainer to put this package back together and hit the road. It's an honor and we are excited for these shows, the fans, and the good times! KillThrax is gearing up for round two, so let's keep the party rolling!"

As with the inaugural KillThrax tour, Killswitch Engage and Anthrax will rotate the show's closing slot on "KillThrax II."

Confirmed dates for KillThrax II are below: More...

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Scott Ian Wants To Collaborate with Lady Gaga

Scott Ian says that Anthrax "would love" to collaborate on music with pop superstar Lady Gaga...

In an interview with Duke TV's Antoine De Montremy, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian states about Lady Gaga (see video below): "Yes, we would love to work with Lady Gaga. I think we put that out there a while ago. And then when we found out she was doing the Grammys with Metallica, I was, like, 'Wow! It makes sense. They're gonna be on a big TV show and do it together.' And I actually thought she was great on it.

"I've said since the beginning, since the first time I ever heard her voice, I always thought, 'Wow, I would really love to hear her sing on a rock record, metal record, whatever,'" he continues. "And then our drummer, Charlie Benante, ended up meeting her at a show and they became friends. And she knows all about Anthrax and Metallica and all these bands… whoever - name the band. She's a metalhead. So that made it even cooler. The fact that, all right, she knows that world, she understands that world, and she can sing the shit out of this kind of music." More...

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Anthrax Covers Kansas Live

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...

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Blurring Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

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.

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1st Annual Metal Maya Destination Fest Announced

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.

Metal Maya will be hosted by SiriusXM’s own Jose Mangin. Packages start at $1399 per person and go on sale Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00 PM ET at this location. More...

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Anthrax Posts "Vice Of The People"

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...

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Las Rageous Dates And Lineup Announced

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...

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Anthrax Announces NYC Beer Crawl

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...

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70K TOM Auctioning Guitar For Haiti Charity

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.

All proceeds from the auction, running through March 12th at 3:00 PM EST, will be donated to the people of Haiti via Direct Relief. Place your own bid right here. More...

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Photo Recap: 70.000 Tons Of Metal, Day 1 And 2

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

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Anthrax Films Show For New DVD

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...

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Anthrax Releasing "For All Kings" Box Set

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...

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Las Rageous Festival 2017 Announced

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...

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Jasta And Code Orange To Support "Killthrax" Tour

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...

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Anthrax Releasing "Wardance" Pale Ale

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...

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