After we shared the news that Megaforce Records – co-founder Marsha Zazula died yesterday, there has been an outpouring of support and love from the music community and those around it. Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Gary Holt of Exodus, Anthrax, Raven, Bif Naked, and many more. RIP.
Sad news to report as Marsha Zazula, the legendary co-founder of Megaforce Records which launched the careers of Metallica, Anthrax, King’s X and many others, has died. She was 68 years old. News of her passing was shared by her daughter Rikki, writing: “RIP Mom April 21, 1952 -January 10, 2021 Your love, Your strength, Your memory and Your music has changed lives and will continue to FOREVER.” Marsha formed Megaforce with her husband Jon “Jonny Z” Zazula in 1983, as metal music lovers and entrepreneurs with no prior industry experience, but founded a brand that will always hold an iconic place in the hearts of metal fans and band. In Jonny’s 2020 memoir, he largely credited a lot of the success of the label to Marsha. The label released Metallica’s first two albums, 1983’s “Kill ‘Em All” and 1984’s “Ride The Lightning”, before the band signed to Elektra. Other bands they fostered and worked with included Testament, Overkill, Ace Frehley, Ministry, Stormtroopers Of Death, Raven, and many more. The Zazula’s latest venture was Breaking Bands, a music management, and services company run with Chuck Billy of Testament and Maria Ferrero. RIP Marsha.
Anthrax has launched a new six-episode video series, to help celebrate with the release of the deluxe anniversary edition of their fifth studio album, the Gold-certified Persistence of Time on August 21, 2020, 30 years to the day after its initial release. The first video, “Dali”, is streaming now and can be seen below. The album was produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson (Megaforce). It will be available exclusively on disc and vinyl, the CD package will include two CDs and one DVD, the vinyl edition offers four LPs, as well as revised cover art that reflects what had been the album’s original visual concept The album is fully remastered with newly refashioned cover art. Pre-orders are live at the links below.
Anthrax will celebrate with the release of the deluxe anniversary edition of their fifth studio album, the Gold-certified Persistence of Time on August 21, 2020, 30 years to the day after its initial release. The album was produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson (Megaforce). It will be available exclusively on disc and vinyl, the CD package will include two CDs and one DVD, the vinyl edition offers four LPs, as well as revised cover art that reflects what had been the album’s original visual concept The album is fully remastered with newly refashioned cover art. Pre-orders are live at the links below.
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.
Live At The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
by Shawn Evans of Sonic Visions Photography
Anthrax will release their long in the works new concert DVD, Kings Among Scotland on April 27th via Nuclear Blast/Megaforce Records. Producer/director, Film24Productions’ Paul M. Green (Opeth, The Damned, the Levellers) discusses the project in this video. Continue reading
Anthrax has been spending their winter on the road with touring pals Killswitch Engage on round two of the “Killthrax Tour”, with openers Havoc. Anthrax are frequent visitors to New England but haven’t played The Palladium for a few a while. The band has been just killing it live and are getting ready to release new live album and DVD package, Kings of Scotland (Nuclear Blast/Megaforce). You can pre-order the collection here, or pick it up on April 27th. In the meantime check out this photo set of the performance at The Palladium from Evil Robb Photography. Continue reading
In a post the Facebook page of the Borgholm Brinner Festival, an announcement was posted that Anthrax has canceled their appearance at the fest because they have canceled their entire summer tour has canceled its plans to tour Europe this summer “due to scheduling conflicts.”. The band added that “they sincerely apologize to all of their fans and hope to see them very soon” in a statement. No further announcement has been made or announced Borgholm Brinner Festival is curated by In Flames and takes place on July 27-28 at Borgholm Castle in Borgholm, Sweden. Continue reading
The wait for new music from Brendon Small is officially over! The genius behind Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse will be releasing the highly anticipated follow-up to Galaktikon tomorrow(August 25th) via Megaforce Records/MRI, but thanks to AV Club, you can stream Galaktikon II: Become The Storm in its entirety today!Continue reading