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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…)

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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…)

Review by Greg Maki

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…)

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

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Review by Greg Maki

The doors of The Fillmore Silver Spring might as well have been the entrance to a time machine when the Metal Alliance Tour rolled into town. Outside, the sun still shone on a beautiful spring day in 2013. Inside, it was 1987 all over again, with a predominantly male audience with lots of hair and denim, and plenty of sore necks the next day after a night of headbanging.

I’m not complaining or making fun. Born in 1979, I didn’’t really get to experience the heyday of thrash metal in the 1980s. So this, with headliners Anthrax performing its 1987 album Among the Living in its entirety, is probably the closest I will be able to get. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)