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Thirty-five years ago today (July 18th, 1981), the then New York-based thrash metal band Anthrax was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music. Said co-founder Scott Ian:
"Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly. I am a husband, I am a father. I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band. The only thing that hasn't changed in 35 years, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It's what I GET to do. I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted."
Over that 35-year period, Anthrax has sold in excess of 10 million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry, and fans. Head here for a breakdown of 35 years of Anthrax history.
So, with all those years, all those experiences, all those memories, what's the one big takeaway experience that stands out for the guys? Was it when author Stephen King included the band in one of his" Dark Tower" series books? Or in 2012 when Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars, when NASA played "Got The Time" to wake up the Mars rover? Or how about in 1991 when receiving a first Grammy nomination? Or possibly it was when Anthrax made a cameo appearance on th 1992 TV series, "Married...with Children."
Charlie Benante recalls: "We had such a ball doing that show. We taped the episode twice, once in the afternoon then another one in the evening, which was done with rewrites. They changed some of our lines, but we got bigger laughs the second time so it was all worth it. After the show, we went to a sit-down dinner with the entire cast and crew at a restaurant in Hollywood. Here I am sitting next to Al Bundy [played by actor Ed O'Neill), and I look over at the booth across from us, and there are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman having dinner. Al said, 'hey, let's go talk to Clint and Morgan,' and I went 'whaaaaa???' He took us over there and introduced us to them - and I'm thinking 'where am I? Am I here right now? This is actually happening?' It was just surreal. That stands out as one of the highlights. It wasn't really a musical thing, but music got us to that. I'm just a guy in a band making music...what am I doing here with these stars?" More...
UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have unleashed the first barrage of bands that will appear on the 2017 edition of the annual cruise.
The first 16 of 60 bands announced are: Amaranthe, Amorphis, Annihilator, Anthrax, Cruachan, Death Angel, Equilibrium, Grave Digger, Haggard, Kalmah, Kamelot, Nile, Orphaned Land, Powerglove, Suffocation and Therion.
70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.
The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!
The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.
Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com. More...
Celebrating 35 years as a band, 2016 is proving to be a very good time for thrash metal icons Anthrax, and the festivities are intensifying. Today Anthrax is releasing the third lyric video from latest album "For All Kings," this time for the track "Zero Tolerance."
This song closes out the album and its message is very personal and particularly timely in today's society, with the horrific rise in mass shootings and other forms of terrorism. In the words of Anthrax lyricist Scott Ian, "'Zero Tolerance' sums it all up. It's about doing anything to protect your small circle of family and friends from the insanity of the world."
Anthrax's 35th anniversary year will also see the band spending the bulk of June, July and August playing major music festivals throughout Europe. These will include France's Hellfest and Download, SwedenRock, Graspop in Belgium, and the UK's Bloodstock, as well as playing select dates with Slayer, Iron Maiden, and a handful of headline shows.
Then, the 35th anniversary will culminate beginning September 9th in Cleveland when Anthrax will join forces with Big Four comrades Slayer for a seven-week North American tour of major and secondary markets. This trek will also include appearances at several major North American music festivals including Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on September 25 in San Bernardino, CA. More...
Following a 2015 sellout with 50,000 in attendance, Louder Than Life returns to Champions Park near downtown Louisville October 1st & 2nd, 2016 for the third annual destination festival celebrating the region’s culture and cuisine.
The festival features award-winning bourbons and spirits, Gourmet Man Food, craft beer and some of the biggest names in rock music. Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold top a music lineup of over 35 bands on three stages, with performances from Disturbed, Korn, Slayer, The Cult, Ghost, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and many more.
Louder Than Life founder and producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents declares: “Louisville: The home of bourbon. Great people. Great food. How can those ingredients not make a perfect place to have a festival? This is a place you have to visit if you’re a lover of bourbon, a lover of food…a lover of life. I asked my team how we could top last year’s Louder Than Life sellout. The easy answer? Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold." More...
Death Angel premieres a new music video for "Lost", taken from the upcoming new album "The Evil Divide", which will be out in stores tomorrow May 27 on Nuclear Blast.
Check out now "Lost" below.
The band will be on tour with Slayer and Anthrax starting in September. Check dates below: More...
Slayer, with special guests Anthrax and Death Angel, will join forces this fall for a seven week North American beat down.
The dates start in Cleveland on September 9th and will hit both major and secondary markets across the continent. Confirmed dates are below.
The Slayer Fan Club Presale starts at 10:00 AM local time on Tuesday, May 10th, and the general on-sale begins this Friday, May 1th at 10:00AM local time. For all ticket purchasing and VIP packages details, log onto this location.
Said Slayer's Kerry King had this to say: "It's always super fun for us to tour with Anthrax. Frank is one of my best friends in the biz!! Put that together with Death Angel, and fans will probably see the best package this year. See you there!" More...
The inaugural Rock 'N Derby - presented by SLP Concerts and GameLoud - will take over the 35+ acre Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke, NY (69 Stillwater Bridge Rd. just minutes outside Albany) on May 20 - 22, 2016.
This isn't just a festival, this is a three-day, 24 hour camping, demolition derby concert experience, and the bands keep on coming.
The lineup now includes Corrosion Of Conformity, Hollywood Undead, State Champs, Sebastian Bach, Enter Shikari, Born of Osiris, Avatar, For Today, Rings of Saturn, Cilver and Bad Case For Big Mouth.
They join previously announced bands Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, A Day To Remember, Halestorm, Megadeth, Coheed and Cambria, Sixx: A.M., Lamb Of God, Clutch, Parkway Drive, Anthrax, Ghost, Collective Soul, Extreme, Wolfmother, Sevendust, Dokken, Trivium, Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans, Scott Stapp, All That Remains, Stray From The Path, Pop Evil, Thy Art Is Murder, Red Sun Rising, Wild Throne, Like A Storm and Currents, plus Tool tribute band Schism and '70's dirt rock cover band Chevy Metal.
The full currently announced three day lineup is below, with more groups still to be added ahead of the festival dates. More...
The multi-Grammy nominees from Anthrax have blasted into Billboard's Top 10 with their 11th studio album, "For All Kings," bowing at #9 on the Top 200 Albums Chart and selling 34,000 units. This debut eclipses the #12 debut made by the band's 2011 album "Worship Music."
"For All Kings" also topped the Hard Rock Albums chart in both the U.S. and Canada with its #1 debuts, and landed at #5 and #7 respectively on the U.S. and Canada's Top Current Albums charts. Additionally, the album debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, #2 on the Independent Albums chart, #4 Physical Albums, and #5 Vinyl Albums chart.
"We share this Top 10 victory with all of our fans," said the band's Charlie Benante. "Heavy metal is alive and well." More...
Anthrax just released an official video for the song "Blood Eagle Wings," taken from the newly unleashed album "For All Kings." Check it out below. The "For All Kings" track listing is as follows:
2. You Gotta Believe
3. Monster at the End
4. For All Kings
5. Breathing Lightning
6. Breathing Out
8. Evil Twin
9. Blood Eagle Wings
10. Defend / Avenge
11. All of Them Thieves
12. This Battle Chose Us
13. Zero Tolerance
Anthrax premieres a new song entitled "Breathing Lightning", taken from the upcoming new album "For All Kings", which will be out in stores today, February 26 via Megaforce.
Check out now "Breathing Lightning" below.
Lead guitarist Jonathan Donais (Shadows Fall) joined the Anthrax touring line-up in 2013, replacing Rob Caggiano. New full-length "For All Kings" marks the first album he's recorded with the band.
"I think Jon has brought a great energy to the band," said Anthrax's bassist Frank Bello. "He stepped up and then some on this record."
Added the band's rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, "Jon's approach towards lead guitar playing, he's more of a guy who's looking to construct something that makes sense and helps a song rather than the 45-seconds for him to be showing off how many notes he can play in x-amount of measures."
In this new video clip below, members of Anthrax talk about working with Donais. "For All Kings" is coming on February 26th, 2016. More...
Richmond, Virginia’s Lamb of God is one of the hardest working, best bands in metal. When I first caught the group open for Gwar on the “New American Gospel” sixteen years ago, I knew this band was destined for greatness. They were like a combination of Meshuggah and Pantera. I saw them as the next Pantera. Today, they really are continuing the tradition set down by Pantera and their rough grooves. Randy Blythe has a monstrous voice that, after tonight’s show, doesn’t seem to be losing any power.
In 2009, Lamb of God once again toured with Gwar. Even though this was a co-headliner tour, Gwar played before Lamb of God. Also this is not their first rodeo with Anthrax. Anthrax brought LOG on the road with them in 2001 . The wheel went full circle with the current tour with Anthrax. LOG toured with Anthrax early in their career as a support act. Now Anthrax supports them.
LOG has always brought a great package with them. I caught them in ‘2004 when they toured with Children of Bodom and headliner, Fear Factor. The best package, though, was opening for Cannibal Corpse, Dimmu Borgir and The Haunted. Of course, tonight’s package was nothing to complain about, other than Deafheaven. This was one of the most thrashing tours LOG has partaken in. Warming up the band were Big 4 thrashers, Anthrax (should have headlined) with a great, young thrash band, Dallas thrashers Power Trip. More...
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has just posted a video profile of Anthrax. Check it out below.
The clip, titled "How New York of the '80s Helped Influence Anthrax to Create East Coast Thrash," is released as part of the Smithosonia's Places of Invention exhibit's interactive online map.
The new Anthrax full-length album "For All Kings" is due out February 26th (Megaforce/North America, Nuclear Blast/International).
When it came time for thrash outfit Anthrax to start the writing and recording process for the follow up to 2011's Grammy-nominated "Worship Music," there was no doubt that the entire band wanted producer Jay Ruston there from the start.
Ruston first worked with Anthrax during the final stages of "Worship Music," but for this new album, he's been in the room every step of the way.
"He's become an intregal part of our process, that's for sure," said Anthrax's Scott Ian. "It's cliche, but he really has become a sixth member."
In this video clip below, Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna and Jonathan Donais talk about Ruston's invaluable contribution to the making of "For All Kings," due out February 26th (Megaforce/North America, Nuclear Blast/International). More...
Anthrax today premieres a new song entitled "Breathing Lightning", taken from the upcoming new album "For All Kings", which will be out in stores February 26th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast in Europe and Megaforce in the U.S.
While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.
Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.
A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:
Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015
Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We're forever grateful for all of your inspiration. RIP pic.twitter.com/WC1csn5F5x— Metallica (@Metallica) December 29, 2015
YouTuber "Shocker 999" is streaming fan-filmed video footage of Anthrax's entire December 9 live performance at Stadium Live in Moscow, Russia. The band's setlist was as follows:
01. Caught In A Mosh
02. Got The Time (Joe Jackson cover)
04. Antisocial (Trust cover)
05. Evil Twin
06. Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't
08. March Of S.O.D. (Stormtroopers Of Death cover)
09. In The End
10. Among The Living
Check it out now below.
Pro shot video highlights - directed and produced by Robert John and Greg Olliver - of Motörhead frontman Lemmy's 70th birthday party can be seen below. The event was held on December 13 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA.
Among others following musicians performed at the event:
Slash (Guns N' Roses)
Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)
Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
Robert Trujillo (Metallica)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
Billy Duffy (The Cult)
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe)
Bob Kulick (Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper)
Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne)
Paul Inder (Lemmy's son)
Check out also a 360 Video of the event after the jump: More...
Anthrax will release "For All Kings" on February 26th, 2016. A new video clip has come online now with the members discussing writing this album - check it out below. The following press release was also issued:
"The unique chemistry shared by Anthrax's main songwriters Charlie Benante, Frank Bello and Scott Ian, is, in part, what sets the band's music apart from other bands' in the same genre. Drummer Benante comes up with copious amounts of foundation riffs and ideas for the music, bassist Bello writes the songs' melodies, tailoring them to Joey Belladonna's soaring vocals, and rhythm guitarist Scott Ian has a very particular way of incorporating his intense lyrical ideas into the band's music.
"The three together build the songs' arrangements during writing sessions, and eveyone contributes his own ideas and suggestions to pretty much every song. In the end, the trio brings it all together to create what can only be described as 'Anthrax music." More...
After three consecutive sellouts, Monster Energy Fort Rock is expanding to two days - Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016 - at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
South Florida’s "Biggest Rock Festival" will feature performances from rock icon/filmmaker Rob Zombie, the return of Disturbed (after a 4-year hiatus), Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Megadeth, 3 Doors Down, Sixx:A.M., Lamb Of God, and more.
Visit this location for the most current information on the festival and ticket pricing info.
Brent Smith of Shinedown says, "Fort Myers, Florida, are you ready? Because we are!!! We are so honored to be playing Fort Rock. We look forward to seeing everyone. Rock FOREVER!!!”
Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch adds, “We’re pumped to once again be part of the World’s Loudest Month and are ready to kick things off properly like we did two years ago at Fort Rock.”
"With three straight years of sellout shows, we are excited to expand Monster Energy Fort Rock to two days,” says Clay Busch, Head of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents. “We’ve doubled down with the biggest Fort Rock to date. Fort Myers’ hunger for rock continues to grow and our show has expanded to meet that demand. We look forward to bringing this amazing lineup to South Florida in 2016." More...