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Anthrax, from left: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donais

Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage and thrash legends Anthrax have announced they will hit the road this sSpring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands’ itinerary will include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin, as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill.

With KsE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, New Jersey, and then crisscross the continent, wrapping up May 7 in Boston. The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Dec. 16. Log on to the KsE site, the Anthrax site or the TDWP site for all details regarding ticket purchasing and pre-sales. (more…)

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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…)

Jonathan Donais of Anthrax

Jonathan Donais of Anthrax

Lead guitarist Jonathan Donais (Shadows Fall) joined the Anthrax touring lineup in 2013, replacing Rob Caggiano. The band’s latest album, For All Kings, in stores Feb. 26, marks his recording debut with Anthrax.

“I think Jon has brought a great energy to the band,” said bassist Frank Bello. “He stepped up and then some on this record.”

“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,” said  rhythm guitarist Scott Ian.

Watch the video below to see more of what they had to say. (more…)

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The hottest ticket in metal this winter undoubtedly is Lamb of God’s first U.S. headlining tour in support of its latest album, VII: Sturm und Drang, released last summer. The Richmond, Virginia-based band has grown steadily through the years to a point where it could fill the venues it’s playing on this tour on its own. But on this run, it chose to repay an old debt, bringing out Anthrax, which, as vocalist Randy Blythe said onstage, took Lamb of God on tour 12 years ago, becoming the first of the “big four” to take a chance on them. It was a near perfect match, and on this frigid January night, fans of both bands packed the sold-out Fillmore to take in some of the very best in American metal today. (more…)

On Nov. 20, three decades after its Oct. 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, and still considered one of the best thrash metal records ever recorded.

“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.”

From the beginning, Benante has kept one of everything the band did—artwork, T-shirts, posters, and when the band was recording, he had the engineer run off a few tapes of the project’s basic tracks, alternate takes and alternate mixes, just to stockpile until the time came that they would be needed. Consequently, 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. (more…)

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Shindig Music Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Anthrax

Anthrax

Anthrax will begin the set-up of its new album when the band hits the road late next month. First up, 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 Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, Ohio), Rocklahoma (Pryor, Okla.), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests. Dates start April 24 in Denver, Colo. The complete itinerary is below. (more…)

Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

About a month ago, Volbeat lead guitarist Rob Caggiano told us, “Next year is gonna be very light, I think, for Volbeat, as far as touring. There’s gonna be some stuff here and there, but overall, it’s gonna be kind of some chill time, creative time.” (Read the interview here.) Apparently, “very light” includes more than a month of tour dates in the United States and Canada with Caggiano’s former band, Anthrax, in support, along with openers Crobot. There never appeared to be any bad blood between Caggiano and Anthrax, and if Anthrax members Scott Ian, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello joining Volbeat onstage earlier this year at Carolina Rebellion didn’t confirm that, this tour announcement certainly does. The full press release and the initial tour dates are below. (more…)