Anthrax

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Info and Intro

A Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal act, formed out of New York, during 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

They were seen by many as one of the innovators of Thrash Metal during the 1980s. When the genre's popularity increased.

Anthrax were cited as one of the "big four", alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.

As of 2014 the band has released ten studio albums, a number of singles and an EP with American Hip Hop group Public Enemy, and according to some sources, had sold 2.5 million records in the USA, with over 15 million worldwide.

They have also been cited as having been part of Groove Metal.

They developed a great reputation for their energetic live performances, and signed with the independent record label Megaforce Records (who put out their debut album in 1984).

Lilker soon left the band to form Nuclear Assault, and was replaced by roadie Frank Bello. Vocalist Neil Turbin left shortly after and was replaced by Joey Belladonna. With a new lineup, the band recorded Spreading the Disease (distributed by Island Records) in 1985.

Their third album, Among the Living, came out in '87 and received high critical acclaim.

They went through another lineup change during 1992, this is when John Bush became the replacement for Belladonna as lead vocalist.
Sound of White Noise was released in 1993, and peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200.
A lot of their recordings in the '90s saw Anthrax experimenting with its sound, and taking inspiration from other genres.

Anthrax's lineup has changed several times. Paul Kahn and Greg Walls were early replacements for drummer Dave Weiss and bassist Kenny Kushner; the band has had a number of vocalists, including Neil Turbin, Joey Belladonna and John Bush. Scott Ian and Charlie Benante, who joined Anthrax in 1983, are the only band members to appear on every album; bassist Frank Bello has played on every album except the band's first. Belladonna returned to Anthrax for Worship Music, his first studio album with the band since 1990's Persistence of Time.

Here's Anthrax teaming up with Hip Hop/Rap act Public Enemy
Together they created a track that was massively different for its time.


here's a classic from the early days of Anthrax

Albums List

1) Fistful of Metal (1984)

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2) Spreading the Disease (1985)

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3) Among the Living (1987)

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4) State of Euphoria (1988)

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5) Persistence of Time (1990)

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6) Sound of White Noise (1993)

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7) Stomp 442 (1995)

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8) Volume 8: The Threat Is Real (1998)

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9) We've Come for You All (2003)

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10) Worship Music (2011)

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11) For All Kings (2016)

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Members Name Check

  • Scott Ian – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1981–present)
  • Charlie Benante – drums, percussion, occasional lead guitar (1983–present)
  • Frank Bello – bass guitar, backing vocals (1984–2004, 2005–present)
  • Joey Belladonna – lead vocals (1984–1992, 2005–2007, 2010–present)
  • Jonathan Donais – lead guitar (2013–present)

External Links

Anthrax Website

News about Anthrax from The Independent Voice.