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Anthrax To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary of ‘State of Euphoria’ With Deluxe Reissue

Anthrax To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary of ‘State of Euphoria’ With Deluxe Reissue

On October 5, 2018, Island Records/UMe will release the 30th anniversary, 2-CD deluxe edition of Anthrax’s fourth studio album, State of Euphoria. The package will consist of two discs:  Disc One is the fully-remastered album, all of the B-sides originally released in conjunction with the album, and “Antisocial” recorded live in London at the Hammersmith Odeon in March, 1989; Disc Two, “Charlie’s Archives,” is a real treasure trove for Anthrax fans as it puts you right in the room with the band as the album’s songs evolved.  The package also includes a 20-page booklet that will take you right back to the time of the album’s release.

State of Euphoria will also be issued as a 2-LP set on standard black vinyl and limited edition red and yellow colored vinyl. Both versions are available for pre-order here.

The anniversary package was helmed by the band’s drummer and long-time archivist Charlie Benante, who dove into his Anthrax vault to come up with the tapes that show the evolution of the album’s songs. Disc Two takes you through the writing, development and recording process of the album’s songs. The listener is taken into the band’s writing and rehearsal sessions hearing the band members construct the song, deciding what stays and what doesn’t, and then into the studio for the recording of basic tracks. “We recorded everything back then,” said Benante.  “We would sit in the rehearsal room with a little two-track machine. record everything we did in rehearsal while we were putting the songs together.” Also pulled from his vault were tapes of the actual recording sessions, all the takes, that also appear on Disc Two.

In addition to the original album’s artwork that includes the Mort Drucker-drawn (Mad Magazine) back cover, the anniversary package includes never before seen personal snapshots of the band members, tour admats/posters, plus two Anthrax magazine covers, all culled from that 1988-1989 period.  For the booklet, the band enlisted British journalist Alexander Milas, former editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer, to write the sleeve notes, Shawn Franklin handled editing tracks and Paul Logus mastered the set.  Benante also took to social media, inviting fans to tell him what State of Euphoria had meant to them.  He was overwhelmed with responses, and many of them are included in the booklet. “I think fans will be really excited when they see their own quotes in the package,” Benante added.

State of Euphoria was produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson, includes fan-favorites “Antisocial” and “Be All, End All,” and was certified Gold a few months after release.

‘State of Euphoria’ is the album that we always felt we never got to finish properly” said Benante. “We wished we had had a little more time to spend on it.  But, having revisited it while putting together this package, I really got to enjoy it again, it took me back to that time when everything was a whirlwind.”

TRACK LISTING
DISC ONE – STATE OF EUPHORIA REMASTER WITH BONUS TRACKS

  1. Be All, End All
  2. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
  3. Make Me Laugh
  4. Antisocial
  5. Who Cares Wins
  6. Now It’s Dark
  7. Schism
  8. Misery Loves Company
  9. 13
  10. Finale
  11. Antisocial (French) *
  12. Friggin In The Riggin *
  13. Parasite *
  14. Le Sects *
  15. Pipeline *
  16. Antisocial (Live At Hammersmith Odeon) *

* BONUS TRACKS

DISC TWO – STATEMENTS OF EUPHORIA (Charlie’s Archives)

  1. Be All, End All
  2. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
  3. Make Me Laugh
  4. Antisocial
  5. Who Cares Wins
  6. Now It’s Dark
  7. Schism
  8. Misery Loves Company
  9. Finale

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KINGS AMONG SCOTLAND: Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Discusses The Filming of Upcoming DVD

KINGS AMONG SCOTLAND: Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Discusses The Filming of Upcoming DVD

Multi-Grammy nominated thrash icons Anthrax will see the band’s long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, “Kings Among Scotland,” released on April 27 (Megaforce). But before that, the band’s Charlie Benante has just posted a video clip where he talks about the filming of the live set, the decision to film in Scotland, and the challenge of playing some of the songs live for the first time ever. Check out the clip below!

“Kings Among Scotland” will be available in CD (audio only), DVD and digital formats (both video), and can be pre-ordered at www.anthrax.com. When ordered digitally, the purchaser will receive “Breathing Lightning (live)” instantly.

The two-hour “Kings of Scotland” was filmed February 15, 2017 at the band’s sold-out concert at Barrowland Ballroom, the historic venue in Glasgow. The disc incorporates the band’s entire live show, and includes gems like “Madhouse,” “I Am the Law,” “Breathing Lightning” and “Indians.” The disc also features interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band’s tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere, plus a “gear rundown” from each of the band members.

“Kings Among Scotland” was produced, directed, filmed and edited for Film24Productions by Paul M. Green (Opeth, The Damned, The Levellers), with the sound mixed by Anthrax studio producer Jay Ruston. “Kings Among Scotland” can be pre-ordered now by going to www.anthrax.com.

Anthrax is set to hit the road this summer with fellow Big Four cohort SLAYER who kick off their final world tour on May 10 in San Diego, CA On the Slayer Leg One “off days,” Anthrax will join up with Testament for a handful of shows. All dates are below.

LEG ONE
MAY
10 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA SOLD OUT
11 Five Point Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA SOLD OUT
12 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – Anthrax + Testament
13 Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA SOLD OUT
16 Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC SOLD OUT
17 South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
18 Western Finance Place, Cranbrook, BC – Anthrax + Testament
19 Big Four, Calgary, AB SOLD OUT
20 Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB SOLD OUT
22 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
23 Sanctuary Events Center, Fargo, ND – Anthrax + Testament
24 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN SOLD OUT
25 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
26 Clyde theatre, Ft. Wayne, IN – Anthrax + Testament
27 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI SOLD OUT
29 Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON SOLD OUT
30 Place Bell, Montreal, PQ SOLD OUT

JUNE
1 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT SOLD OUT
2 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
4 Santander Arena, Reading, PA SOLD OUT
6 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
8 International, Knoxville, TN- Anthrax + Testament
7 Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9 KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12 Veteran’s United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
13 The Stage on the Bay, Savannah, GA – Anthrax + Testament
14 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15 Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL
17 Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, Houston, TX SOLD OUT
18 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA – Anthrax + Testament
19 The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX SOLD OUT
20 Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX SOLD OUT

LEG TWO
JULY
26 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH
27 Impact Music Festival, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME
29 Northwell Health at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
31 The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA

AUGUST
1 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
3 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake, NY
4 Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY
6 Budweiser Gardens, London, ON
7 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
9 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO
10 Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
12 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
13 Walmart AMP, Rogers, AR
15 Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX
16 The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
18 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
19 USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
21 Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, Boise, ID
23 Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Portland, OR
26 SAP Center, San Jose, CA

ABOUT ANTHRAX:
As part of the band’s 35th anniversary year, Anthrax released one of 2016’s most-anticipated metal/thrash albums, For All Kings(February 26/Megaforce in North America/Nuclear Blast internationally), that debuted at #1 on Billboard’sHard Rock Chart, and #9 ontheTop 200, becoming Anthrax’s highest-charting album in more than two decades. Written by drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Scott Ian, the dynamic triumvirate whose unique composition chemistry is, in part, what sets Anthrax’s music apart from other bands’ in the same genre, combined with Joey Belladonna’s breathtaking vocals and the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, it’s no wonder the album and the band’s live shows have consistently received tremendous reviews.

Over its three-and-a-half-decade career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett put it, “one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands.” Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans, including 2016’s inagural “Innovatator Award” presented at the the Epiphone/Revolver Music Awards. From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise,” to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four – with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre, to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to break ground and innovate.

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ANTHRAX: Thrash Metal Legends Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary!

ANTHRAX: Thrash Metal Legends Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary!

Anthrax still going strong after 35 years!

Anthrax still going strong after 35 years!

Thirty-five years ago today (July 18, 1981), the then New York-based thrash/metal band Anthrax was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music.  Said co-founder Scott Ian, “Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly.  I am a husband, I am a father.  I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band.  The only thing that hasn’t changed in 35 years, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It’s what I GET to do.  I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted.”

Over that 35-year period, Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise.”  And, of course, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax helped pioneer the thrash/metal genre as a member of The Big Four.  Go here for a look at 35 years of Anthrax.

So, with all those years, all those experiences, all those memories, what’s the one big takeaway experience that stands out for the guys?  Was it when legendary author Stephen King included the band in one of his” Dark Tower” series books?  Or in 2012 when Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars, when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Curiosity?  Or how about in 1991 when they received their first Grammy nomination?  Maybe it was when the band was caught up in the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks and considered changing their name due to the PR nightmare that was caused.  Or possibly it was when Anthrax made a cameo appearance on the popular 1992 TV series, “Married…with Children.”

Remembers Charlie Benante, the band’s drummer since 1983, “We had such a ball doing that show.  We taped the episode twice, once in the afternoon then another one in the evening, which was done with rewrites.  They changed some of our lines, but we got bigger laughs the second time so it was all worth it.  After the show, we went to a sit-down dinner with the entire cast and crew at a restaurant in Hollywood.  Here I am sitting next to Al Bundy [played by actor Ed O’Neill), and I look over at the booth across from us, and there are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman having dinner.  Al said, ‘hey, let’s go talk to Clint and Morgan,’ and I went ‘whaaaaa???’  He took us over there and introduced us to them – and I’m thinking ‘where am I?  Am I here right now? This is actually happening?’  It was just surreal.  That stands out as one of the highlights.  It wasn’t really a musical thing, but music got us to that.  I’m just a guy in a band making music…what am I doing here with these stars?”

Then there is newest member, lead guitarist Jonathan Donais who has a completely different take on his “best Anthrax moment.”  “It was probably 1989 or ’90, whenever the ‘Antisocial’ video blew up at Dial MTV,” he remembers.  “It was the first time I’d ever heard Anthrax, and I immediately fell in love with the band.”  Donais’ “best Anthrax memory” now happens like Groundhog Day:  “I brought a tape of the Dial MTV performance to my guitar teacher and told him I wanted to learn how to play it.  Now I get to play every night with the band!”

The most memorable time as a member of Anthrax could have been on September 14, 2011 as it was named “Anthrax Day” in the Bronx.  Or June 22, 2010 when The Big Four played together on the same stage for the first time ever in Sofia, Bulgaria.

For Anthrax’s Ian, it was a different occasion   “My ONE thing of thousands of things I’ve done in Anthrax that stands out the most in the world would be playing Yankee Stadium,” he said, referencing The Big Four’s second of only two U.S. concerts, held on September 14, 2011. “For me that is the pinnacle.  My mecca.  The most NY thing a NY band could ever do. I got to play on stage on the field, in the building where so many of my heroes since I was a child played.  It was surreal and overwhelming and I was in tears almost the entire first song, I had so much emotion pouring out of me. Like the words to the song say, I was ‘King of the hill, top of the heap.’

“So, to quote the Scottish poet Robbie Burns,” Ian adds,”‘Here’s to us; who is as good as us?  Damn few, and they’re all dead.’  Thank you my friends…35 and counting.”

Anthrax – Ian, Benante, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donais – will celebrate their 35 years well into the fall playing major festivals, headline shows and as Special Guest with fellow Big Four comrades Slayer.  Dates and ticketing info are listed here..

David Taylor, a staunch Anthrax fan, compiled a variety of in-concert clips of the band performing the 1988 classic “Antisocial” over the past three-plus decades, to create a celebratory gift for the band and their 35th anniversary.  Check out that tribute video here.

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Anthrax Unveil Cover Art For Upcoming ‘For All Kings’ Album

Anthrax Unveil Cover Art For Upcoming ‘For All Kings’ Album

'For All Kings'

‘For All Kings’

Rock legends Anthrax has revealed the cover art for the band’s upcoming release, For All Kings, due out February 26, 2016 (Megaforce).  The band’s drummer, Charlie Benante, who designed the artwork and worked closely with artist Alex Ross, talks about the concept in this short video.

Benante promises that the eleven-song For All Kings will be “aggressive and super-thrashy.”  The album was written by Benante, bassist Frank Bello, and rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, the dynamic triumvirate whose unique composition chemistry is, in part, what sets Anthrax’s music apart from other bands’ in the same genre. Add to that Joey Belladonna’s breathtaking vocals and the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, and it’s no wonder the band is so excited for fans to hear what will be their 11th studio album.

Anthrax is currently on tour with Slayer in Europe and will join up with Lamb of God here in the U.S. starting in January.  On these dates, fans will be treated to songs from throughout Anthrax’s career, including the classics as well as the brand new “Evil Twin,” a song that Bello says “is a song that begs to be played live.” U.S. tour dates are below.

JANUARY
15   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16   Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
17   The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
19   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
22   Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA
23   Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
24   Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
28   Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
29   Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN
30   Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
31   Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
FEBRUARY
 2   Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO
 4   Revention Music Center, Houston, TX
 5   Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
 6   Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX
 8   ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
 9   Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
11  Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
12  Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA

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FOR ALL KINGS: Anthrax Reveal Title For Highly Anticipated 2016 Album Release

FOR ALL KINGS: Anthrax Reveal Title For Highly Anticipated 2016 Album Release

Anthrax - 2015

Rock legends ANTHRAX have released a new video teaser announcing their highly anticipated album for 2016. The album with be titled ‘For All Kings.’ Mark you calendar for February 16, 2016, when the album hits all outlets!

“Evil Twin,” the first new song from Anthrax’s long-awaited album debuted last month. The 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 and Amazon.

Anthrax is set to join their fellow Big Four comrades, Slayer, on a seven-week European tour that kicked 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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Anthrax Releases Politically Charged “Evil Twin” Single From Upcoming 2016 Album

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

Anthrax - 2015

“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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Anthrax To Celebrate 30 Years of ‘Spreading The Disease’ With Epic Reissue!

Anthrax To Celebrate 30 Years of ‘Spreading The Disease’ With Epic Reissue!

Anthrax 'Spreading The Disease'

Anthrax ‘Spreading The Disease’

On November 20, three decades after its October 30, 1985 debut, Universal will release a special 30th anniversary edition of Anthrax’s classic Spreading The Disease, the band’s second studio album and the one that served as the then-budding thrash band’s breakthrough, and still considered one of the best thrash-metal records ever recorded.

“We wanted to do something special for our fans to celebrate the anniversary of ‘Spreading the Disease,'” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante.  “We took the idea to Universal a couple of years ago and have been very hands-on with them, creating this special, deluxe edition that we think our fans will really like.”

From the beginning, Benante has kept one of everything the band did – artwork, t-shirts, posters, and when the band was recording, he had the engineer run off a few tapes of the project’s basic tracks, alternate takes and alternate mixes, just to stockpile until the time came that they would be needed.  Consequently, in addition to the original album’s nine tracks, the two-disc anniversary edition features previously unreleased bonus material including Joey Belladonna’s 1984 demo recording of the song “Medusa,” nine “rhythm tracks” from Anthrax recordings also done in 1984 – no vocals, no overdubs or “sweetening,” just drums, some guitar, a bit of bass, showing the songs in their naked, most basic form – and eight live songs from Anthrax’s 1987, first-ever concert in Japan, held at Tokyo’s Sun Plaza.  “‘STD’ was our first real record on a major label,” said Benante.  “We were on a roll with that album, and we wanted to perform those songs as close to the album versions as possible.  I think the performances show the excitement of a young band that was on its way, so we wanted to have them on this reissue.”

Produced by Anthrax with Carl Canedy, the 44-minute Spreading the Disease marked the first Anthrax album to feature singer Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello (joining drummer Benante and guitarists Dan Spitz & Scott Ian), and set into motion the core elements that would become the essence of Anthrax.  In addition, the album also introduced the Anthrax writing partnership of Benante and Ian (that eventually evolved into Benante, Ian and Bello).

For Bello, Spreading the Disease was his full-on album recording baptism.  Only 18 at the time, he hadn’t yet fully realized his own style of playing, but over the course of the sessions, he developed it.  “You can hear all of my influences on every song, Steve Harris, Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, all of them.”  Bello remembers that STD didn’t quite come of age until later on, but it was definitely “simmering.”  “What we were doing was so fresh, so different – we had heavy songs with these great, melodic vocals – and eventually, people caught on and loved what we were doing.  I think every song on ‘STD’ still stands up today.”

Spreading the Disease represented a turning point in rock.  It came during a time when the landscape was transitioning from the “hair band scene” to a new composite of metal, punk and hardcore – thrash metal.  The album was compelling and utterly fresh to the 1985 music fan with its speedy rhythms, savage riffs, blistering solos, punishing drum work and a killer melodic performance by Belladonna.  Unlike the thrash bands sprouting up on the west coast that focused on speed, Anthrax’s focus was on catchiness, hooks, and a hot and sweaty, New York mosh sensibility.  And it wasn’t just the music that was morphing, it was a whole new culture that was being birthed.  And Anthrax, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – was right at its nucleus.

Spreading the Disease contains several Anthrax standouts:  “A.I.R.,” with its great riffs and abundance of melody, “Madhouse,” a testament to the band’s top-notch song-writing skills that showcased their grasp of melody, and “Armed and Dangerous,” a soulful ballad with its singalong chorus and spine-tingling performance by Belladonna.  “Aftershock” is probably the album’s punkiest song with its blistering guitar solo, and the closer, “Gung-Ho,” with its out-and-out speed-kills blitzkrieg, is a superb piece of thrash metal.

“We didn’t know what we were doing, but we totally knew what we were doing,” said Ian.  “I know that doesn’t make sense, but it’s where we were at, a bunch of 21 year-old kids making our major label debut on a shoestring budget with nothing but a dream and a bunch of songs that we thought killed.  We were right and our dream came true.  Thank you to all the fans that put this record and Anthrax on the map way back when and still support us today.  Cheers my friends!”

Spreading the Disease 30th Anniversary Edition Track Listing:

Disc One
A.I.R.
Lone Justice
Madhouse
S.S.D./Stand or Fall
The Enemy
Aftershock
Armed and Dangerous
Medusa
Gung-Ho

Medusa (Joey Belladonna demo)

Disc Two
A.I.R. *
Metal Thrashing Mad *
The Enemy *
Madhouse *
Howling Furries *
Armed And Dangerous *
Gung-Ho *
Soldiers of Metal *
Lone Justice **
Gung-Ho **
Metal Thrashing Mad **
Raise Hell **
Stand Or Fall **
Aftershock **
Armed And Dangerous **
Madhouse **

The Enemy **

* Live at Sun Plaza (Tokyo) 1987

** Rhythm track tape, 1984

ABOUT ANTHRAX:
Since the September, 2011 release of Worship Music, six-time Grammy-nominated Anthrax has experienced a tremendous comeback.  “Classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna rejoined the lineup in the Spring of 2010, fronting for the band on The Big Four shows across Europe – Anthrax, along with Metalllica, Slayer and Megadeth – the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre.  Worship Music, the band’s first studio album in eight years and the first with Belladonna since 1990, was released the day after Anthrax played a home-town concert at New York’s Yankee Stadium with The Big Four.  Press and VIPs called Worship Music “the metal album of the year.”  In 2012, Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars when its “Got The Time” was chosen by NASA to wake up the Mars Rover.  The band will release the follow up to Worship Music in early 2016.  According to Benante, the new songs are “aggressive and thrashy.  Anyone who liked ‘Worship Music’ should love the new album.”

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Metal Allegiance Release Video For “Dying Song” Featuring The Legendary Philip H. Anselmo

Metal Allegiance Release Video For “Dying Song” Featuring The Legendary Philip H. Anselmo

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Metal Allegiance have released their first official music video for the single “Dying Song” from their upcoming self-titled album. The video premiered on RollingStone.com and can be seen below. The concept video was directed by Vicente Cordero of Industrialism Films. “Dying Song” features Philip H. Anselmo on vocals, Alex Skolnick on guitars, Mark Menghi on bass and Mike Portnoy on drums.

“It’s always my pleasure to jam with such esteemed musicians and brothers, and my contribution to this project is further proof of that fact. Hail to all Heavy Metalers the world over!” states vocalist Phil Anselmo.

The debut album will be available worldwide on Spetember 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Full Metal Rock recently declared in an album review: “It is one of the must-have albums for the year.” Fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes at http://nblast.de/MetalAllegianceIT will receive instant downloads of “Dying Song” and the recently released track, “Can’t Kill The Devil.” The self-titled album contains appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, D. Randall Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, David Ellefson, Alissa White-Gluz, Matthew K. Heafy, Gary Holt, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, dUg Pinnick, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, Steve “Zetro” Souza and Ben Weinman. The standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance will feature the 9 original songs. A digipak edition will be available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song “We Rock” as well as a 45 minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version will also be available that will feature all 10 songs. Physical CD bundles are available via the Nuclear Blast store at http://nblast.de/MetalAllegianceNB.

Metal Allegiance recently announced that they will be having a record release concert on September 17th in New York City at the Best Buy Theater. The show, presented by D’Addario, will feature the following confirmed participants: Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), David Ellefson (Metal Allegiance/Megadeth), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (Metal Allegiance/The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Metal Allegiance/Testament) along with a few special guests.  Space Born Killers have been tapped to open the show. Tickets for the show are $25.00 and can be purchased via Axs.com at http://tinyurl.com/MABBTTIX.

Metal Allegiance will be airing weekly webisodes every Wednesday up until the album’s release date.  The webisodes offer fans an inside look at the creation of Metal Allegiance and the unique collaboration by hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable performers. Seven webisodes have been released in total and can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-YVDXx-aEqwiPHkopZABg. This week’s episode offers a behind the scenes look at “Wait Until Tomorrow.”

Stemming from an initial idea in 2011, Metal Allegiance was born as a way to unite a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable musicians in a setting born under one ideal- a love of music and performing. In 2015, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything Metal Allegiance; furthered with the release of the upcoming debut album. While the lineup may change, the passion, the energy and the emotion all remain the same. Metal Allegiance is more than just a record or a concert, it’s an experience and a lifestyle.

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Anthrax Nearing Completion of New Album, Announce Tour Dates

Anthrax Nearing Completion of New Album, Announce Tour Dates

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Anthrax, five-time-Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling, and card-carrying-member of The Big Four, will begin the set-up of its brand new album when the band hits the road late next month.  First up, a six-week-plus North American trek that will include 24-dates with Volbeat, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals – Northern Invasion (outside of Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH), Rocklahoma (Pryor, OK), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests.  Dates start in Denver, CO on April 24 (the complete itinerary is below).
On this first leg, Anthrax will play a “fan favorites” set, comprised of band classics such as “Anti-Social,” “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “I Am The Law” and “Indians.”  The set will also feature one brand new song, “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock),” Anthrax’s contribution to HBO’s “Game of Thrones'” “Catch The Throne Mixtape, Vol II” which was made available on March 17 and is already getting airplay on hard rock radio.  Anthrax’s Bello, Benante and Ian are massive fans of the show, so having been asked to write a song for the Mixtape was an enormous thrill.  You can hear “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock)” (and the entire mixtape) for free on Soundcloud and iTunes.
Anthrax’s new album follows the band’s 2011 Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed Worship Music that featured the return of “classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna, was named one of the best metal albums for 2011 by countless media outlets, and provided the band with the rock’n’roll comeback story of the year.  The new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest band member Jon Donais.  “Jon’s been great,” said Scott Ian.  “So far, he’s played lead on at least seven or eight of the tracks, and they all sound amazing.”
The writing process for the new album began as far back as late 2013 when Benante began exchanging suggested riffs and other musical ideas with Bello and Ian.  With producer (and “sixth member of the band”) Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions began last Fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.
Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – started recording the new album in November last year.  According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album.  ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy.”
Said Bello, “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, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that, especially on this new record.”
“The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry,” Ian added.  “Lots of people said that ‘Worship Music’ was a return to the roots of the band…well, this record is even more so.  Unlike ‘Worship Music,’ we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world.  Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit.  Everything that was great about him on ‘Worship’ is there even more on this new record.”
“I know that there are a lot of expectations out there for this new album,” Bello admitted, “but that doesn’t really affect us because we write the way we write.  We’re all from New York, so we love a challenge, and while I’m happy to have people say that Anthrax is back and that ‘Worship Music’ was the best album of our career, we raised the bar on this one, I think we have the goods with the new songs, and I’m proud to say that.  At the end of the day, all you can do is have it come from the heart, do your best, and hope that people like it.  That’s what we did with ‘Worship Music,’ and look what happened.”
Anthrax’s new album, as yet untitled, will likely be released later this year.
Dates for Leg One of Anthrax’s 2015-2016 tour are as follows:
APRIL
24   1stBank Center, Denver, CO*
25   Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD*
27   Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA*
28   Adams Center, Missoula, MT*
29   WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*
MAY
 1     Revolution Place, Grande Prairie, AB*
 2     Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB*
 3     Calgary Stampede Corral, Calgary, AB*
 4     SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, SK*
 6     Brandt Centre, Regina, SK*
 7     Ralph Englestad Arena, Grand Forks, ND*
 9     Northern Invasion Festival, Somerset Amphitheatre, Somerset, WI
10    WJJO MayDay MayLay, Alliant Energy Ctr. Memorial, Madison, WI
12    General Motors Centre, Oshawa, ON*
13    TD Place, Ottawa, ON*
14    Quebec Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC*
15    CEPSUM Montreal, Montreal, QC*
17    Rock on the Range – Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH
18    Dow Events Center, Saginaw, MI*
19    Ford Center, Evansville, IN*
20    Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL*
22    Tyson IBF Events Center, Sioux City, IA*
23    Rocklahoma/Prior Creek Music, Pryor, OK
24    Rockfest, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
25    Baloonfest, Wet & Wild Water World, El Paso
27    Verizon Grand Prairie, Dallas, TX*
28    Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX*
30    Rockfest, Liberty Me. Park, Kansas City, MO
31    Outdoors at Pop’s, St. Louis, MO*
JUNE
2      Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY*
* Volbeat dates

 

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Kirk Von Hammett’s 2nd Annual Fear FestEvil Adds Free Outdoor Carnival Of Chaos

Kirk Von Hammett’s 2nd Annual Fear FestEvil Adds Free Outdoor Carnival Of Chaos

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Kirk Von Hammett today announced the addition of a free outdoor Carnival of Chaos to take place outside of the RockBar Theatre in San Jose, CA on Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th as part of his second annual
Fear FestEvil. The carnival will feature an authentic freakshow, carnival games, hearse car show, Kirk’s ’36 Ford and crypt, and various vendors all weekend.

VIP and Murder Mystery Dinner tickets are now SOLD Out, but General Admission tickets for Fear FestEvil are still available HERE.

On Friday April 10th, guests attending the now SOLD OUT Fear FestEvil VIP Party will enjoy a classic night of ‘whodunnit’ mystery madness, dining alongside Kirk Hammett, touring the infamously eerie and atmospheric mansion, and trying to figure out who killed who! Guests can expect twists, turns and clues from some very special ‘horror royalty’ as they try to crack the mystery open.

On Saturday April 11and Sunday April 12, Fear FestEvil friends heading to the RockBar Theater can expect to see some of the finest pieces in any modern horror collection as Kirk Von Hammett unveils more of The Crypt publicly, before throwing down some heavy music courtesy of Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Ghoul, Agnostic Front, and Asada Messiah. There will also be special guest appearances from Corey TaylorSlashJohn 5Sara KarloffBela Lugosi Jr.Ron ChaneyCharlie Benante, and Bill Moseley. Sirius Radio’s Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin and 107.7 the Bone’s Nikki Blakk will preside over proceedings.

Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil kicked off last year in San Francisco at the Regency Ballroom. The inaugural event featured highlights of Hammett’s world famous Crypt Collection, an array of panels and guest speakers, live musical performances, and various on-site vendors. To see photos from last year’s FestEvil, click HERE.

For tickets and further details visit FearFestEvil.com.

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