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Anthrax Releases Politically Charged “Evil Twin” Single From Upcoming 2016 Album

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“Evil Twin,” the first new song from Anthrax’s long-awaited album set for a first quarter 2016 worldwide release (Megaforce/North America * Nuclear Blast/Europe, UK), debuts today. Also released today is the “Evil Twin” lyric video, a compelling barrage of places, victims, actions, and some of the infamous zealots and others who have perpetrated violent extremism on innocents around the world, aptly exemplifying the song’s powerful message. The video can be viewed below! “Evil Twin” is now available digitally, and can be purchased via Apple Music, iTunes (links below) and Amazon.

Musically, “Evil Twin” is a full-on thrash-metal tune that blasts off with a raging guitar riff, accelerates expeditiously and is completely uncontrollable.

Anthrax - 'Evil Twin'

Anthrax – ‘Evil Twin’

“Yeah, that opening riff is really evil,” laughed the band’s Charlie Benante. “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.”

As Anthrax bassist Frank Bello put it, “it’s a song that begs to be played live.”

Lyrically, the track unapologetically 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

“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,” said Anthrax’s lyricist Scott Ian. “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.”

Beginning in the Fall of 2014, Anthrax – Benante (drums), Ian (rhythm guitar), Bello (bass), Joey Belladonna (vocals), and lead guitarist Jon Donais – took their time in the studio recording the follow up to their Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed 2011 album, Worship Music. The band recorded some 20 original songs, almost twice as many as they had ever brought into the studio in the past. In terms of how the new music sounds, Bello said, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax. I think we’ve done a really good job of that on the new album.”

Anthrax is set to join their fellow Big Four comrades, Slayer, on a seven-week European tour that kicks off this Sunday, October 25. The complete itinerary is below.

OCTOBER
25 Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg, Netherlands**
26 Zenith Paris, Paris, France**
28 La Cooperative De Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
30 Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain**
31 Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain**

NOVEMBER
1 La Riviera, Madrid, Spain**
3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain**
5 Alcatraz, Milano, Italy**
7 Planet.tt Bank Austria Halle Gasometer B, Vienna, Austria**
8 Haus Auersee, Leipzig, Germany**
10 Zenith, die Kulturhalle, Munich, Germany**
12 Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany**
13 RuhrCongress, Bochum, Germany**
14 MHPArena, Ludwigsburg, Germany
16 Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany**
17 AB Main Hall, Brussels, Belgium**
19 Rockhal, Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg
21 Newport Centre, Newport, UK**
22 Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, UK**
24 O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, UK**
25 O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow, UK**
27 O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK**
28 O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK**
30 O2 Academy Brixton, Brixton, UK**

DECEMBER
3 Kulturvaerflet, Helsinger, Denmark**
4 Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway**
5 Lisebergshallen, Goteborg, Sweden**
9 Stadium Live, Moscow, Russia**

** w/ Slayer

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Lyrics for “Evil Twin” – written by Anthrax
Ideology used as a weapon
With lines that cut so deeply to the truth
Your head’s on the block and still you threaten
A wretched way of life for those that choose, and abuse

Believe, in nothing worth believing in
Believe, stand for nothing, care for nothing
Believe, empty words a false doctrine
Bloodied in your holy war’s goal

Look what you did, so fucking sick, it’s what you did
The evil twin of devotion and now you’re dead

You represent your discontent
Slaughtering the innocent
Insolence
You’re no martyrs

The arrogance to reinvent
The holy words their meanings rent
Evil twin
You’re no martyrs

Refuse and resist dictated terror
Fighting a war with both feet in
Savage that our planet is the venue
For a festival of massacres

Believe, in nothing worth believing in
Believe, stand for nothing, care for nothing
Believe, empty words a false doctrine
Bloodied in your holy war’s goal

Look what you did, so fucking sick, it’s what you did
The evil twin of devotion and now you’re dead

You represent your discontent
Slaughtering the innocent
Insolence
You’re no martyrs

The arrogance to reinvent
The holy words their meanings rent
Evil twin
You’re no martyrs

Broke and sickened by the senseless atrocity
And repulsion for this old world reality

Forcing fear to dominate
Hate, a loaded gun
When in doubt, have no doubt
Death has just begun

You represent your discontent
Slaughtering the innocent
Insolence
You’re no martyrs

The arrogance to reinvent
The holy words their meanings rent
Evil twin
You’re no martyrs

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