Jon And Marsha Zazula, Mike Portnoy, David Ellefson, Frank Bello, Testament Among Inductees For Hall of Heavy Metal History 2019

The Hall of Heavy Metal History Metal Hall of Fame Gala takes place every winter around The NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. Hosted by television, radio personality and heavy metal champion Eddie Trunk (Trunk Nation That Metal Show), and will feature appearances by heavy metal greats of today and years past. The event will feature performances by legendary drummers and Hall of Heavy Metal History inductees Carmine Appice and Vinny Appice, as well as a performance by hard rock/punk icon Jean Beauvoir. Los Angeles heavy rock/metal group Budderside will open the show. The full list of inductees is below This is fast becoming one of the biggest events in the yearly metal calendar.

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Watch Frank Bello Of Anthrax Jam In A Teaser For Their European Tour

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Anthrax is heading out soon on their first full headline tour of Europe in over a decade. Watch bassist Frank Bello walk fans through the upcoming tour in this video: Continue reading

Video: Anthrax Performs At Saint Vitus Bar In Brooklyn For Gilda’s Club

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Anthrax is currently out on the road with Slayer and Death Angel, but they took a quick break from playing huge stadiums for two benefit shows at Saint Vitus Bar over the weekend. Continue reading

Video: Anthrax Covers Comfortably Numb By Pink Floyd Live On Opie Radio

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Anthrax will be performing a special benefit show for cancer support group Gilda’s Club on Friday at Saint Vitus Bar (details). Today the thrash legends stayed in New York City, and stopped by the SiriusXM studios to perform a rare acoustic set for their friends at Opie Radio. Continue reading

Anthrax – For All Kings

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In 2016, for the first time since the eighties, New York thrashers Anthrax find themselves with a genuine burden of expectancy being placed upon their shoulders. Not since John Bush joined in 1992 have the eyes of so many been fixed on the band.

The reason for this is all thanks to 2011’s Worship Music (Megaforce, Nuclear Blast). After the rather colourless Stomp 442 (Elektra/Warner) and its largely forgettable follow-up Volume 8 – The Threat is Real (Ignition), the band released the perennially underrated We’ve Come for You All (Sanctuary/Nuclear Blast). Although clearly superior to their previous couple of outings, its reception was still mixed and far from anything they had enjoyed during the 80s and the turn of the 90s.

However, when Worship Music landed, all that changed. Although possibly helped by a combination of expectancy levels being at an all time low due to more publicized unrest and personnel changes within the camp, as well as there being a gap of eight years between records, the 2011 “comeback” album helped itself no end by simply being one of the strongest records the band had released to date. All of a sudden, the messy upheavals and well documented hirings and firings were forgotten as fans were treated to one of the best Metal albums of the year. Worship Music was a roaring success.

So, having firmly re-established themselves with a critically lauded new album and almost constant touring, the band’s next trick had to be how to maintain that momentum from inside the studio again. A pretty mammoth task they just about succeed in achieving with latest album For All Kings (Megaforce).

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Anthrax, photo credit Jimmy Hubbard

After a restrained drum and cello introduction, a typically Anthrax riff takes over and opener ‘You Gotta Believe’ begins properly, hammering away at you until you can catch your breath during its quiet middle section, before it builds back up to a suitably big finish. I’m afraid that by the time vocalist Joey Belladonna belts out “your golden halo is burned and melted” during ‘Monster at the End’ it’s already all over for you as the chorus digs its claws in, almost physically forcing you to sing along, regardless of where you are and how many strange looks you may attract.

Initially led by Belladonna, the title track is simply a monster, with drummer Charlie Benante quickly taking centre stage, owning the song completely with one of his most confident performances in recent years. ‘Breathing Lightning’ and ‘Suzerain’ are big songs with big choruses, and the thrashy as hell ‘Evil Twin’ is as close to old school Anthrax as you could possibly wish for. ‘Blood Eagle Wings’ is a lengthy, but worthwhile eight minutes, and ‘Defend Avenge’ has an opening riff reminiscent of ‘Among the Living’ but is also the album’s first throwaway track, although it does contain a quality guitar solo and improves as it goes along. ‘All Of Them Thieves’ is another (slight) disappointment, but again features another great solo from new boy Jon Donais (Shadows Fall) and gets better towards the end.

Bassist Frank Bello takes control of the intro to ‘This Battle Chose Us’, an improvement on the previous two tracks, and proceedings are brought to an impressive close with a short, sharp burst from the satisfyingly speedy ‘Zero Tolerance’.

A couple of wobbles during the second half aside, ‘For All Kings’ is every bit the worthy successor to Worship Music, although there could be a question as to how much material (if indeed any) was salvaged from the studio at the end of those previous sessions, such are the distinct similarities between the two records in places.

Mainman Scott Ian might come in for a lot of (mostly anonymous, and online) flak when it comes to decisions within the band (his band to be fair), but whatever missteps he may or may not have made in the past, he’s certainly helped make sure the band have a firm footing both for now and a few years to come.

8.0/10

GARY ALCOCK

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Video: Anthrax – Evil Twin, New Lyric Video

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Anthrax has released a new lyric video and single for a brand new song, ‘Evil Twin’. You can watch the lyric video at this link or below:

‘Evil Twin’ comes off of the long-awaited new Anthrax album, coming in early 2016 from Megaforce in North America and Nuclear Blast in the Europe/UK. The track is also available digitally, and can be purchased via Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon.

Charlie Benante comments on the thrashiness of ‘Evil Twin’:

“Yeah, that opening riff is really evil. We had done a lot of touring with Death Angel and Exodus, so I was in a really thrashy state of mind when I starting writing the riffs for that song. I think along with Scott’s lyrics and Frank’s melodies, we came up with a really great, old school thrash metal feel.”

The pointed lyrics of the track denounces the self-righteous religious extremists who spread their bloody terror under the guise of a Holy War.

You represent your discontent

Slaughtering the innocent

Insolence

You’re no martyrs

Scott Ian comments on the lyrics of the track:

“I was very affected by the Charlie Hebdo massacre as I have been with all of the shootings that have taken place at schools and movie theatres. I can’t figure out what would cause someone to think that was the right thing to do. ‘I’ll show the world, I’ll make my God happy.’ It’s just such bullshit. I’m not bagging on religion, that’s not my intent, but people who go to that extreme, who feel they have become judge, jury and executioner over their fellow man because you or I don’t believe the same thing they do, I think that’s the ‘Evil Twin’ of humanity. Writing words about that is my only catharsis.”

Anthrax, photo credit Ignacio Galvez

Anthrax, photo credit Ignacio Galvez

Anthrax remaining tour dates, with Slayer:

Oct 25: Theaters Tilburg- Tilburg, NL**

Oct 26: Zenith Paris, Paris- FR**

Oct 28: La Cooperative De Mai- Clermont-Ferrand, FR

Oct 30: Santana 27- Bilbao, ES**

Oct 31: Coliseum- La Coruna, ES**

Nov 01: La Riviera- Madrid, ES**

Nov 03: Razzmatazz- Barcelona, ES**

Nov 05: Alcatraz- Milano, IT**

Nov 07: Planet.tt Bank Austria Halle Gasometer B- Vienna, AT**

Nov 08: Haus Auersee- Leipzig, DE**

Nov 10: Zenith, die Kulturhalle- Munich, DE**

Nov 12: Columbiahalle- Berlin, DE**

Nov 13: RuhrCongress- Bochum, DE**

Nov 14: MHPArena- Ludwigsburg, DE

Nov 16: Jahrhunderthalle- Frankfurt, DE**

Nov 17: AB Main Hall- Brussels, BE**

Nov 19: Rockhal- Esch Sur Alzette, LU

Nov 21: Newport Centre- Newport, UK**

Nov 22: Plymouth Pavilions- Plymouth, UK**

Nov 24: O2 Apollo Manchester- Manchester, UK**

Nov 25: O2 Academy Glasgow- Glasgow, UK**

Nov 27: O2 Academy Birmingham- Birmingham, UK**

Nov 28: O2 Academy Leeds- Leeds, UK**

Nov 30: O2 Academy Brixton- Brixton, UK**

Dec 03: Kulturvaerflet – Helsinger, DK**

Dec 04:Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NO**

Dec 05: Lisebergshallen- Goteborg, SE**

Dec 09: Stadium Live – Moscow, RU**

** w/ Slayer

Video: Louder Noise Video Channel Launching In August

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Video interviews and news about bands just got a whole lot louder. Louder Noise, a brand new source for content about the bands you care about is launching August 7th. Check them out at http://www.loudernoisetv.com  Offering up stories on current events, lifestyle videos, rock and metal history and other types of programming coming from a who’s who of rock, punk, metal, indie rock, celebrities, MMA stars, WWE wrestling and more.

Some samples of great Louder Noise videos :

Kerry King explains his comments about Mayhem Festival:

Rockers On Movies: Craig Mabitt from Ecape The Fate Reviews Jurassic World

Rock History: Anthrax Discusses Fans Destroying Roseland In 1984

Anthrax To Headline The Last Metal Show At House of Blues Show On The Sunset Strip

Clockwise from Left/front:  Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donias

Clockwise from Left/front: Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donias

Anthrax has announced they will headlining the last ever metal show at Sunset Strip House of Blues on Wednesday July 29th. The venue is shutting its doors forever on August 7th to make room for a new.hotel/housing/retail complex. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster, the Live Nation app, and at the HOB Box Office. Log on to http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09004EE9D546EA1E for more details.

Anthax members commented on the show and the end of an era:

Frank Bello: “Every show we’ve done at the Sunset House of Blues has been a party. Everyone who we’re friends with who’s not on tour shows up, either to jam or drink or just hang out. And I’ll really miss that. Sunset Boulevard has lost its last great place to play.”

Charlie Benante: “The memories that have been created will always live on for anyone who went to the HOB. I feel honored and privileged to have this last chance to blow the roof off of the HOB. The Strip will soon end up looking like a corporate strip mall, no memories there.”

 

Anthrax is putting the finishing touches on their first album since 2011’s Worship Music (Megaforce). In the mean time the band is lining up many festival dates and tours such as with Motorhead for several dates on Lemmy and the boys’ 40th anniversary tour, including Motorhead’s Motorboat 2015. They will also play Loud Park 15 in Japan, and join Slayer for a six-week European tour.

Anthrax Launches Devil You Know Bourbon

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Anthrax today unveiled their new line of Burbon dubbed “The Devil You Know”, named for their song ‘The Devil You Know’ from 2011’s Worship Music (Megaforce) album. The limited-edition Bourbon retails for $59 and is available here. http://bit.ly/1egO347 “Hand selected” by the veteran thrash band and created in conjunction with Kentucky-based Knob Creek distillery, ever order comes with an autographed card from the band.

Scott Ian comments on the creation of Devil You Know Bourbon:

“If we find something we really like and that we actually drink ourselves, we think maybe our fans might like it too, so we want to make it available for them”. “We really enjoyed ‘Indians,’ the bourbon we produced last year, and obviously our fans did as well as it sold out really quickly.”

The band promised the drink will be truly unique due to the blend of specially selected aged bourbons and rye whiskeys, as well as the wood barrels they were aged in.

 

 

Frank Bello remarked about the process:

“We had a great time sampling the different bourbons to find the one we thought was the best… And we hope our fans have the same good time drinking it. Responsibly, of course.”

Anthrax is on tour all year as the progress towards the follow up to Worship Music, due out in early 2016.

Scott Ian of Anthrax, shot by Echoes In The Well

Scott Ian of Anthrax, photo by Echoes In The Well

 

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