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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...
Anthrax will release long-awaited new album, "For All Kings," on February 26th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The band just uploaded a new trailer as well: watch Joey, Jonathan, Frank, Charlie and Scott discuss what fans can expect from Anthrax's upcoming album below.
"For All Kings" will be available as a box set, 2CD digi with a bonus live disc, and a black vinyl LP. The album's track listing is as follows:
01. You Gotta Believe
02. Monster At The End
03. For All Kings
04. Breathing Lightning
06. Evil Twin
07. Blood Eagle Wings
09. All Of Them Thieves
10. This Battle Chose Us
11. Zero Tolerance
CD2 (Bonus Live CD)
01. Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
03. Caught In A Mosh
04. Madhouse More...
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...
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...
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.
Our hearts are with Paris tonight. pic.twitter.com/ZRDD8BmhvM— Robert Trujillo (@RobertTrujillo) November 14, 2015
"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...
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...
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:
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...
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.
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...