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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...
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...
The latest Rocksmith downloadable content consists of four hits by thrash metal titans Anthrax. Learn to play "Madhouse," "Caught In A Mosh," "Indians," and "Got The Time" on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, or Steam. The tunings and arrangements are as follows:
“Caught In A Mosh" – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Got The Time – E Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Madhouse” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Indians” – E Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
Anthrax is streaming a new song titled "Soror Irrumator" which is the band's contribution to the second installment of "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape" for HBO's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series "Game Of Thrones".
Check it out below.
Explains Scott Ian about the song: More...
Motörhead's Motörboat will embark on its second voyage September 28th through October 2nd, 2015 on Norwegian Sky, departing Port Miami with stops in Nassau and the private picturesque island of Great Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas.
The "Loudest Boat In The World" will feature performances from Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Crobot, Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band, Motor Sister, Kyng, Fireball Ministry, Huntress, and more.
Staterooms go on sale Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 PM ET at this location. Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister: "And so the Motörboat sets sail one more time - better get your tickets now, or be left sobbing on the dock! Oh - and we promise not to run out of beer this time!"
Slayer’s Kerry King adds, “Slayer is crashing the Motörboat party!! I, personally, will be keeping the bar in business. Hell will be coming with us. Light it up!!!” More...
A brand new - but unfortunately quite brief - video clip from Anthrax, shot during the recording of an upcoming album due out later this year, can be seen below.
Anthrax - Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass, Scott Ian/rhythm guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and guitarist Jon Donais - has been working in Los Angeles with producer Jay Ruston. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming release.
You can also see Anthrax live on these dates: More...
This week on the official MetalUnderground.com podcast, regular co-host Kevin Perez (aka N0thinghead) is joined once again by Ollie Hynes (aka Diamond Oz) to discuss what's been happening, with particular focus being on the recent Grammy Awards and the decision to give the Best Metal Performance Award to Tenacious D. Not only this, but Kevin has tickets to give away for August Burns Red's upcoming show in Florida, as well as for Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse's stop at the same venue.
We also have music from unsigned Canadian band, Ape War, with their songs, "Born of Sodom" and "Templar" being played at the beginning and end of the show respectively.
Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!
Nominated for the sixth time at this weekend's Grammy Awards, Anthrax also just released a new video clip from the band's recent recording sessions. Check out the studio update on rhythm tracks below.
Anthrax - Charlie Benante/drums, Scott Ian/guitar, Frank Bello/bass, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and guitarist Jon Donais - will continue to record over the next several weeks, working with producer Jay Ruston.
The new album, the follow up to 2011's "Worship Music," will be released later this Summer via Megaforce Records. More...
After a record-breaking 2014 with over 60,000 fans in attendance, Rocklahoma - presented by Bud Light - returns to “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK for its ninth year on May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th with a lineup featuring top current rock artists and classic bands.
The three-day camping festival features music on three stages each day. In addition, the campground stage hosts performances during the Thursday night campground party and in the afternoon and late night hours on Friday, Saturday. and Sunday. The current band lineup for Rocklahoma 2015 is as follows:
Linkin Park, Tesla, Godsmack, Slayer, Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, Live, Anthrax, Ministry, The Pretty Reckless, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Apocalyptica, The Winery Dogs (featuring Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy & Richie Kotzen), Motionless In White, In Flames, Aranda, Nonpoint, We Are Harlot, Young Guns, You Me At Six, Periphery, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Starset, Shaman’s Harvest, Upon A Burning Body, Sabaton, Like A Storm, Crobot, Islander, Sons of Texas, Wayland, Gypsy Pistoleros, Nasty Habit, Lynam, Bai Bang, Black Tora, ASKA, Kingdragon, BabyJane, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, Dead Metal Society, Ratchet Dolls, Diamond Lane, Mystery, Ragdoll, Mycah, Delta Rose, Loveblast, Ruff Justice, Warlock Texas, Mach22, Dellacoma, Station, Tempt, Project Terror, London's Dungeon, Ivy Stone, Lamp Shade Betty, We The Ghost, Well Hung Heart, NICNOS, Even the Dogs, SONS, A Course Of Action, DREK, and Lovebettie, and will be hosted by Eddie Trunk.
“We literally spend months and months piecing together the exact right mix of artists for Rocklahoma each year,” commented Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the festival for AEG Live. “Linkin Park and Slayer happen to be two of the most requested artists by the fans of Rocklahoma to play, so to get them both at the same time is a major coup. But surrounding them with the exact right element of bands that span the spectrum of classic to current and metal to lighter rock, that’s the key. This year’s lineup has that perfect balance with a little something for everyone.”
Just For Fun
Filthy Frackers created an 8-bit video game trailer for "The Big Four" featuring none other than Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in classic video game form.
The video takes classics such as Metallica’s "One", Slayer’s "Raining Blood", Megadeth's "Seating Bullets" and Anthrax's "Madhouse" and gives it a chiptune 8-bit twist, complete with video game visuals and cameos from the likes of Mario and Bowser in recreations of their songs.
Check out the full video below (courtesy of Loudwire).
The nominees for the 57th Grammy Awards have now been revealed, which includes a "best metal performance" category. The nominees in the category for the 2015 awards are:
"Neon Knights" by Anthrax (Ronnie James Dio cover)
"High Road" by Mastodon
"Heartbreaker" by Motörhead
"The Negative One" by Slipknot
"The Last In Line" by Tenacious D
Who do you think should win, and who should have been nominated instead?
In other metal-related nominations, Metallica's "Through The Never" movie is also nominated in the "Best Music Film" category. The Grammy Awards will take place on February 8th, 2015 and the full list of nominees can be seen at this location.
Anthrax - which is now in the studio recording a new album - has announced the band's own brand of bourbon, "Indians."
Anthrax has aligned with Jefferson's Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces limited edition small batch whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. Anthrax's "Indians," a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in.
"We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster," said the band's Frank Bello, "and 'Indians' was perfect."
The bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company at this location. "Indians" will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in.
Anthrax - Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, and Joey Belladonna - lifted "Indians"-filled shot glasses last Friday when the band found out that "Neon Knights," a cover of the Black Sabbath song (from Sabbath's 1980 release, "Heaven and Hell") recorded for the "Ronnie James Dio - This is Your Life" tribute album got the nod in the Grammy Awards Best Metal Performance category.
"It's been an honor everytime we've been nominated," said Anthrax's Benante, "but this one is particularly special. To have been asked to contribute 'Neon Knights' to Ronnie's tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best." More...
Anthrax, along with producer Jay Ruston, is currently in a Los Angeles studio recording the follow-up to the 2011 Grammy-nominated album "Worship Music."
The band - Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass, Joey Belladonna/vocals, Scott Ian/guitars and Jon Donais/guitars - has been writing and demoing new songs over the past few months and plans to record well into January.
The as-yet-untitled album, the band's eleventh full studio collection, is set for a 2015 release (Megaforce Records). This video clip below was filmed the first day of recording. Stay tuned for more details. More...
Northern Invasion - the newest addition to the World’s Loudest Month festival series - is set for Saturday, May 9th at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI, just outside the Twin Cities.
The new rock and camping festival will feature a first-year lineup headlined by global rock juggernauts Slipknot, with a roster of heavyweights including Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Three Days Grace, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, In This Moment, Anthrax, Live, Motionless In White, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Crutch, We Are Harlot, Starset and Crobot.
“We’ll be fresh out of the studio just in time to participate in the 1st annual Northern Invasion. It’s a huge festival and it will be amazing to get back on stage with peers in Slipknot, Volbeat, Halestorm and so many other kick ass bands,” says Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch.
Crobot will join Anthrax and Volbeat for a US/Canada Spring 2015 tour. The Spring trek will kick off April 24th in Denver, CO and wrap up June 2nd in New York City hitting arenas and major clubs throughout North America (all dates below).
Currently in the midst of a Fall U.S. tour, Crobot released new album "Something Supernatural" on October 27th via Nuclear Blast. The group will continue this current tour before joining Chevelle on December 6th in Columbia, SC for a Winter tour wrapping December 20th in Milwaukee.
Commented the band: “The time has come. It is here. It gives us great pleasure to lift the veil and officially cut the red tape for the release of »Something Supernatural«. The Mothership just received confirmation on landing our biggest tour to date. We will be honorably opening for the return of the legendary Anthrax and hard rock titans, Volbeat on their U.S./Canadian tour in spring 2015! From Seattle to NYC and everything in between, Beardos unite!” More...
Grammy-nominated thrash masters Anthrax will release "Chile On Hell," a Live-2CD+DVD/Blu-ray, on October 17th (EU) / October 20th (UK).
"Chile On Hell" was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10th, 2013 and features Anthrax performing an extended set that featured songs from the band's entire catalog.
A live video clip for the song "In The End" with an introduction by Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante can also now be seen below. The full set list is as follows:
01. Among The Living
02. Caught In A Mosh
03. I Am The Law
04. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
05. A Skeleton In The Closet
06. March Of The S.O.D. (STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH cover)
07. In The End
09. T.N.T. (AC/DC cover)
10. I'm Alive
13. In My World
14. Got The Time (Joe Jackson cover)
15. Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't
16. I'm The Man / Raining Blood (SLAYER cover)
18. Antisocial (TRUST cover) More...
Heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian recently announced a special one-off west coast “Speaking Words” performance, taking place at Los Angeles nightclub Largo next Friday, October 10th.
The event will also serve as Scott’s official “I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax” (Da Capo Press, October 2014) book release party and signing. Doors open at 7:00PM, the show begins at 8:00PM, and tickets are available at this location.
Scott comments: “This is my first west coast talking show and it's at the mecca for comedy in LA, Largo. I've been going to shows at Largo since the late 90's where I'd see people like Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, and Tenacious D before they were famous. They all still go back there to do shows and I am honored, excited and shitting myself to be doing my show on that stage."
This performance previews the upcoming release of "Swearing Words in Glasgow," Scott’s “Speaking Words” full performance DVD, filmed during the first leg of his tour in Glasgow, Scotland. To pre-order the DVD or for more information, visit the PledgeMusic campaign page right here. More...
Slipknot’s Knotfest has announced new details about the onsite attractions and activities for fans at the October 24th - 26th destination festival held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.
From the Slipknot-curated Slipknot Museum to an onsite tattoo parlor, flaming carnival games, and even the unforgettable Scent of Knotfest, the festival promises an epic experience for Maggots and metalheads even apart from the five stages of earsplitting music.
Knotfest’s massive lineup features Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and dozens more playing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday.
A Friday night VIP pre-party bash will feature exclusive performances from Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder and more, as well as other activities for those that have purchased VIP or camping packages.
As previously announced, Slipknot will close Stage 001 both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience.
In addition, all Knotfest online ticket purchasers (and those that purchase tickets before October 5th to Slipknot's headline tour with Korn and King 810) will receive a digital download of the new album ".5: The Gray Chapter" delivered 24 hours early.
The following attractions at the festival have now been revealed: More...
Grammy-nominated thrash act Anthrax is releasing "Chile On Hell," a live-in-concert DVD, this month via Nuclear Blast.
Filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile in 2013, the DVD features Anthrax performing an extended set that featured songs from the band's entire catalog. A short video clip of drummer Charlie Benante talking about the release can be seen below.
"Santiago was the perfect place to film the show for this," said Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. “When we'd played there in the past, we'd finish our set, play our encore and go back to the dressing room. But every time, the fans would continue to scream and cheer and clap. I mean, they went on and on, they wouldn't stop. One time Scott [Ian, guitar] and I walked out to the side of the stage just to watch what was going on in the audience, it was intense. Why wouldn't we want to film a DVD in front of an audience like that?”
"Plus," Benante continued, "the time was right to do this DVD… We wanted to finish on a high note. We didn't want to look back and regret that we didn't record the live show."
The Grammy-nominated thrash masters in Anthrax will release "Chile On Hell," a live-in-concert DVD, on October 17th (EU) / October 20th (UK) via Nuclear Blast.
"Chile On Hell" was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10th, 2013 and features Anthrax performing an extended set that includes songs from the band's entire catalog. A live video clip of Anthrax playing "A Skeleton in the Closet" can be seen below.