Bullet For My Valentine – Gravity

What a ride Bullet For My Valentine (BFMV) have been on thus far, having gone from being part of a newly anointed ‘New Big 4 of Thrash’, and heralded in the same breaths of Metal’s greatest bands upon the release of their debut album The Poison (Visible Noise) to the flip side of the real lows felt after the release of their fourth record Temper, Temper (RCA) which saw creative levels dip to point where many wrote the band off completely. They attempted a return with 2015’s Venom (RCA) and seemed to be slowly kicking in the Metal cogs into motion again and saw a kind of spluttering rebirth. Continue reading

Tankard – One Foot In The Grave

For decades, arguments have been ongoing among Metal fans as to the validity of the acts included in the so-called “Big Four” of Thrash. Even now, there are still regular (and all rather pointless) cries for the likes of Exodus, Testament or Overkill to have been included ahead of one or more of the established big boys. Continue reading

On The Road… with Anthrax

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Most bands don’t survive 35 years on luck, and if you know the history of Anthrax, you know that good fortune hasn’t always been on their side. But what they have always displayed is a ton of heart and soul, and of course the great anthems that made them one of the standard bearers of Thrash Metal. Having just celebrated the a fore mentioned anniversary date and being one of the oldest operating bands of the “The Big Four” of Thrash still making impactful new music, Anthrax has proved their staying power in their recent release For All Kings (Nuclear Blast/Megaforce). With their second new album since the return of front man Joey Belladonna’s golden voice and dynamic performance style, the band has ridden high this summer over a wave of European festivals and rare headlining shows across the continent. On this night in Madrid, Spain at the Sala Arena venue, the band stretched out in a longer show, more fitting of their own legendary high-energy gigs. Unconstrained by the shorter set time of a festival slot, the band played new songs off of For All Kings such as ‘You Gotta Believe’, ‘Monster In The End’, and ‘Evil Twin’ right along side fan favorites like ‘Caught In A Mosh’, Madhouse’, and modern classic ‘In The End’. The band showed why they are still in demand with their wild stage show, as seen in the photo set here captured by Lisa Schuchmann for Ghost Cult.

 

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

 

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

 

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

 

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

 

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

Anthrax, by Lisa Schuchmann

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PHOTOS BY LISA SCHUCHMANN

 

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