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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.
The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:
METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, DEATH ANGEL, SHADOWS FALL, MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STONE SOUR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, LAMB OF GOD, VIO-LENCE, KREATOR, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, VOIVOD, CHIMAIRA, BIOHAZARD, FOZZY/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, THE HAUNTED, D.R.I., SOILWORK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HEATHEN, Brian Slagel, Jon & Marsha Zazula, authors Ian Christe (Sound of the Beast) and Steven Blush (American Hardcore), NY metal radio DJ Eddie Trunk, Rampage Radio's Ron Quintana and featuring the music of unsigned bands: EXIT TO ETERNITY, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, ULYSSES SIREN
The organizers of the Wacken Open Air festival and Armageddon Music have teamed up with Hardy TV to bring ALL 72 HOURS of this year's festivals into every discerning metalhead's home.
Starting from Thursday, August 5 at 3:00 PM CET you will be able to view the live shows from the True Metal, Black Metal, Party and Wet Stages, the Jim Beam Stage and the beer garden. Interviews, metal news and footage from the VIP and backstage areas will also be seen online. Viewers will also be offered a look at the festival grounds, the camping area, the meet & greets, and be able to accompany the bands to the stage. The latest video clips from the bands on this year's W:O:A bill will also be presented.
For more information, go here.
Be aware that costs DO apply and are broken down as follows:
24 hours – 5 Euros, $6.02 American, $8.02 Canadian (+ billing fees)
48 hours – 8 Euros, $9.64 American, $12.83 Canadian (+ billing fees)
72 hours – 10 Euros, $12.04 American, $16.03 Canadian (+ billing fees)
Anthrax singer John Bush has been in the studio finishing up the vocals for the group's upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup, dubbed "Metallum Maximum Aeturnum." According to guitarist Scott Ian, the band may change the title of the collection to "Old School, New School, Our School: Metallum Maximum Aeturnum" or "Metal Thrashing Mad: Metallum Maximum Aeturnum." "We'll mix it when we get home after Budapest and it's scheduled for release November 8 in Europe and November 23 in the States," he said. "Australia is in there as well. Both releases will have different extras. I think the Japanese release (a week before Europe) comes with a puppy."
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"As [the Anthrax webmaster] Brent says on the home page, 'Voting counts, opinions don't,' and I know my opinion means nothing to anyone except me. At least it shouldn't. Use your own brain. Use the Internet for something other than metal and porn for five minutes a day and find out for yourself what is going on. Make up your own opinion and then yell it at everyone as loud as you can like I do! There's an old saying, 'Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.' Well my saying is, 'Your opinion is an asshole.'
"Seriously, don't listen to me, or Bill O'Reilly (or anyone on Fox News), or Al Franken, or Bill Maher (although I usually agree with him on political issues, he does date whores), or CNN (remember BASKET FULL OF PUPPIES?), or Rush 'My Back Is Killing Me' Limbaugh, Janeane Garofalo (especially Janeane Garofalo OY!), or even Michael Moore, whom I love and adore. Listen to yourselves. Ask questions. Demand answers.
"Why were the Bin Ladens allowed to fly out of this country two days after 9/11?
Why are we paying over two dollars a gallon for gas?
Which Olsen twin needs a cheeseburger?
The 9/11 Commission report just came out (even after Bush and his lackeys tried their Texas best to suppress it, they threw 3 million dollars at it, compared to 50 million to investigate Clinton's Whitewater deals, priorities hello!) and it says there was no link between al Qaeda and Iraq. No link. So why did we go to war with them? WMD's? They must be with the real killers that OJ is looking for. More...
According to unconfirmed reports, yesterday's (July 5) first day of Athens Open Air festival in Athens, Greece was a near-disaster, as only four out of the six scheduled bands performed (there was no official word on what happened to DIMMU BORGIR, one of the two acts that failed to play at the event). In addition, there was a three-hour delay and tons of sand and remarkably "poor" stage lights and sound at the festival site (Aloimos beach). The second day of the festival, which was supposed to take place today (with scheduled performers including IN FLAMES, ANTHRAX, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PAIN OF SALVATION, KATATONIA and BATTLEROAR), is unofficially said to have been cancelled. No further information is currently available.
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site (as part of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail"):
"Comrades, I've been returning emails at a feverish pace the last few days and so many of them are from Perth and New Zealand. We're coming all the way to Australia and we're not coming to Perth and we're not gonna drop down and pay a visit to Middle Earth? Why?
"Ask your local promoters. We wanted to go to Perth and New Zealand. To come all the way down to Australia and not play Perth and New Zealand is stupid. We couldn't get one offer that would at least enable us to break even. We would've gone to Auckland and maybe even Wellington if we could have at least broken even. We couldn't even pay for flights from Australia with what we were being offered. The promoters don't seem to think we would’ve sold enough tickets to warrant paying us enough to get there. That sucks. Everyone loses. Even the promoters because our Australia shows are doing great. I'm sure a show in Perth would’ve sold out as well and NZ would’ve followed suit. It blows man, I know. All I can say is let the powers that be in your area know that you want ANTHRAX to come play. Maybe next time we’ll be able to. If you can, come see us in Sydney or Melbourne or Brisbane or Adelaide. The shows are going to be great.
"Next major topic of your emails is bass auditions. Thank you for all the offers. Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement and the goodwill. Seriously, from my heart it means so much to get so many letters from you, the people that matter, the people that buy the tickets and CDs and DVDs etc. etc, thank you. For now, we've got no plans to hold auditions. If we do, you'll be the first to know.More...
downset. is geared up to unleash their 4th album, "Universal", April 20 th on Seattle-based Hawino Records. The band just completed 11 blistering new songs, and has been performing sporadically as they return to the top of the amalgamated world they created over a decade ago. Tracks like "Forever", "All Crews", "Black Glock", and "Jumpin' Off", showcase the uncompromising anger and gritty reality downset. fans have learned to expect.
downset. will unleash at the Whisky-A-Go-Go Thursday, April 8th in a one-night-only limited edition show with Anthrax. The band is expected to preview their new album live at the show.
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and guitarist Scott Ian have issued separate statements confirming the departure of bassist Frank Bello.
Charlie Benante commented:
"Hey everyone in Anthraxland, I know things are getting out of control and I wanted to speak to our friends about this situation. The story is true — we have parted ways with Frankie. This was a difficult decision to make. We didn't want things to turn out this way, but they have. I can't get into "why" this happened, all I'll say is Anthrax were going one way and Frankie was going another.More...
ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and Australia." More information will be made available soon.
As previously reported, ANTHRAX will be joined by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and SOILWORK on their upcoming headlining tour of Japan and Australia. The dates are as follows: More...
Bassist Frank Bello has quit ANTHRAX and is relocating to Los Angeles to join the reformed HELMET, according to "informed sources". The surprising move reportedly came the day after ANTHRAX finished taping the additional video footage for their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", due on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Replacing Bello in ANTHRAX on a temporary basis is veteran bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING). An official announcement on the matter is expected soon.
CRADLE OF FILTH will enter the studio on Friday, February 13 to begin recording their Roadrunner Records debut, tentatively titled "Nymphetamine".
The follow-up to last year's "Damnation and a Day" will be produced by Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano, who has worked with the group during the mixing stage for their last lp.
"Nymphetamine" (roughly translated as the druggish beast-like addiction to beautiful, classical women) is tentatively set for an early June release and will feature the following tracks:
ANTHRAX have announced the list of winning tracks to be recorded for the group's collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs sung by current vocalist John Bush, dubbed "Metallum Maximum Aeturnum". The songs, which were selected by the fans via the band's official homepage as part of ANTHRAX's 20th Anniversary Celebration, are as follows: More...
QUEENSRŸCHE, GAMMA RAY, ANTHRAX, U.D.O. and PRETTY MAIDS have been officially added to this year's Metal Mania festival, a 3-day event set to take place June 25-27 in Villarobledo (Albacete), Spain. The event is being headlined by a reunited JUDAS PRIEST. More info at www.metalmaniafestival.com.
ANTHRAX are looking for all the Southern California metal maniacs to come be a part of the zombie-filled mayhem as the band shoots the video for the song "What Doesn't Die" (the first track off their latest CD, "We've Come For You All") this Monday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m.
The location of the shoot is the infamous Ambassador Hotel, which is located at 3400 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, CA 90010.
As reported earlier, the video was written and conceived by comic/writer Brian Posehn, know best for his work on "Mr. Show", "Just Shoot Me" and his own stand up routine. Posehn will co-direct the clip with Michael Sarna who has previously worked on videos for 50 CENT, SMASHMOUTH, and COUNTING CROWS.
A management spokesperson describes the concept of the video as "the most kick- ass, zombie-filled video of all time."
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Electricbasement.com, ex- ANTHRAX frontman JOEY BELLADONNA explained the the chances of a reunion with his former band, "I'll never say 'never' to anything, but I'm sure it would be hard rather than easy." As far as why the previous attempt a couple years back didn't produce results, "The negotiating process just never panned out." Meanwhile, he is hard at work promoting his new band BELLADONNA and their new album 03.
Read the full article at Electric Basement.
ANTHRAX have set "Metallum Maximus Aeternus" as the title for their upcoming collection of Belladonna/Turbin-era songs sung by current vocalist John Bush, according to the group's official German web site, www.anthraxband.de.
The album will be recorded early next year and the exact track listing for the effort will be voted on by the group's fans. A late spring release through Nuclear Blast is expected.
I'm less interested in hearing Bush sing these songs than in the prospect of getting altogether remade songs with modern production capabilities.