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Anthrax

Weathering multiple lineup changes—including several at the vital position of lead vocalist—and withstanding many seismic shifts in the musical climate, Anthrax has persevered through the decades like few others. In 2011, the band started to reclaim its position at the top of the global metal mountain with the superb Worship Music, its first recording with vocalist Joey Belladonna since 1990. Its 2016 release, the phenomenal For All Kings, has solidified that position, and is a surefire album-of-the-year contender. Anthrax has been on the road supporting it all year, first on a U.S. tour with Lamb of God and, most recently, on a South American run with Iron Maiden. Festivals in the United States and Europe are on the horizon next, with a U.S. headlining tour possible in the fall. Drummer Charlie Benante checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss the new album, his line of coffee (Benante’s Blend) and more. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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It’s not much of an exaggeration to say Anthrax shocked the metal world in 2011 with Worship Music, its first studio album in eight years and its first with vocalist Joey Belladonna since 1990.

A few years earlier, the band reunited its “classic” lineup (Belladonna, rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, lead guitarist Dan Spitz, bassist Frank Bello and drummer Charlie Benante). But after a few tours, that experiment fizzled out with only a live album to show for it. Metal fans know the story that followed–the unsuccessful enlistment of a new singer and the back-and-forth flirting with John Bush, who was sent to the sidelines during the reunion, before Belladonna came back full time.

Though the songs on Worship Music were written long before Joey’s return, he was the star of that album, seemingly giving the performance of his life. He clearly took care of himself during his time away from Anthrax, and his voice was stronger and more powerful than it ever was during the band’s 1980s heyday. Combine that with the ever-maturing songwriting of Ian, Benante and Bello, and Worship Music was an instant classic.

How then could Anthrax possibly hope to follow that? (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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For years, Black Label Society fans have wanted to hear guitarist Nick Catanese on a studio recording. But why would Zakk Wylde need another player’s fingerprints on his baby? So Nick patiently waited for his opportunity, then seized it, forming Speed X in 2007 with former Queensryche guitarist Mike Stone. Former doubleDrive members Josh Sattler (bass) and Mike Froedge (drums), and singer Jason Fowler, a newcomer out of Atlanta, complete the band’s lineup. (more…)

Nick Catanese of Black Label Society

Nick Catanese of Black Label Society

On its way to becoming one of the top touring metal bands in the United States, Black Label Society has sprouted its own branch of a family tree that begins with Black Sabbath. Zakk Wylde, of course, rose to fame as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist before creating what has become an unstoppable BLS machine. It’s no surprise that his bandmates are multitalented musicians, as well. Drummer Craig Nunenmacher is playing guitar and singing in a solo project called Mourning Doves. Bassist John “J.D.” DeServio has reunited with his old friends to form Cycle of Pain; their self-titled debut album is in stores now. And the Evil Twin, guitarist Nick Catanese, has teamed up with former Queensryche guitarist Mike Stone in the new band Speed X. When Black Label Society’s Black Label Bash tour recently rolled through Philadelphia, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with Nick backstage at the Electric Factory to discuss the tour, Speed X, Star Wars and more. (more…)

Nick Catanese of Black Label Society

Nick Catanese of Black Label Society

He has spent more than a decade playing alongside one of his generation’s guitar greats, but Nick Catanese is in no one’s shadow. His journey began with an email to Zakk Wylde in 1996, and he hasn’t looked back since. The man known to Black Label Society fans as the “Evil Twin” has carved out his own niche with a slew of endorsement deals, one of which—Monster Energy—brought him to a handful of Ozzfest 2007 stops to sign autographs. Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with Nick at the Tweeter Center in Camden, N.J., to discuss Ozzfest, his fan-friendly nature and what he’s been up to during the Black Label downtime. (more…)