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Anthrax

Nearly as much as Metallica or Megadeth, Anthrax were responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal. Combining the speed and furyof hardcore punk with the prominent guitars and vocals of heavy metal, they helped create a new subgenre of heavy metal on their early albums.Original guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz were a formidable pair, spitting out lightning. fast riffs and solos that never seemed masturbatory.Unlike Metallica or Megadeth, they had the good sense to temper their often serious music with a healthy dose of humor and realism. After theirfirst album, Fistful of M ...read more

Nearly as much as Metallica or Megadeth, Anthrax were responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal. Combining the speed and furyof hardcore punk with the prominent guitars and vocals of heavy metal, they helped create a new subgenre of heavy metal on their early albums.Original guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz were a formidable pair, spitting out lightning. fast riffs and solos that never seemed masturbatory.Unlike Metallica or Megadeth, they had the good sense to temper their often serious music with a healthy dose of humor and realism. After theirfirst album, Fistful of Metal, singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello joined the lineup. Belladonna helped take the band farther awayfrom conventional metal clichés, and over the next five albums (with the exception of 1988's State of Euphoria, where the band soundedlike it was in a creative straitjacket), Anthrax arguably became the leaders of speed metal. As the '80s became the '90s, they also began toincrease their experiments with hip-hop, culminating in a tour with Public Enemy in 1991 and a joint re-recording of "Bring the Noise," a PEclassic.

After their peak period of the late '80s, Anthrax kicked Belladonna out of the band in 1992 and replaced him with ex-Armored Saint vocalist JohnBush -- a singer who was gruffer and deeper, fitting most metal conventions perfectly. Subsequently, their sound became less unique and theiraudience shrank slightly as a consequence, and after signing to Elektra for 1993's Sound of White Noise, the group left the label after justone more album, 1995's Stomp 442. At that point, Anthrax -- now a four-piece consisting of Ian, Bush, Bello, and drummer Charlie Benante-- built their own studio in Yonkers, New York, and after a three-year hiatus returned with their Ignition label debut, Volume 8: The Threat IsReal. Anthrax's very first "hits" collection was released in 1999; titled Return of the Killer A's: The Best Of, it was also their first releasefor the Beyond label. The album included a cover of "Ball of Confusion," which featured a duet between current front man Bush and formervocalist Belladonna. A proposed tour that was to include both vocalists was announced, but on the eve of its launch, Belladonna pulled out,reportedly for monetary reasons. The tour carried on, as Anthrax signed on to participate in a package tour during the summer of 2000 withMötley Crüe and Megadeth, but left the tour after only playing a handful of dates.

Anthrax appeared on the Twisted Sister tribute album Twisted Forever in 2001 (covering the track "Destroyer"), and began recording theirnext album the same year. In addition, guitarist Ian found time to regularly host the metal television program Rock Show on VH1, plus heappeared as part of the fictional metal band Titannica in the film Run, Ronnie, Run. VH1 programming heads eventually replaced Ian withSebastian Bach, but the band was ready to head back into the studio anyway. New guitarist Rob Caggiano joined in the spring of 2002, just intime for the recording. A year later, Anthrax made their Sanctuary debut with We've Come for You All. The band's dynamic hadn't changed,and touring in support of that album was met with overwhelming success. The CD/DVD set Music of Mass Destruction: Live in Chicago,which arrived in spring 2004, celebrated Anthrax's two decades in the business. Then, in 2005, Anthrax's entire original lineup of Ian, Spitz,Belladonna, Benante, and Bello reunited for a tour and the CD/DVD retrospective Anthrology: No Hit Wonders 1985. 1991. Anthrax alsoissued Alive 2 recorded during their summer 2005 reunion tour. In 2007, Dan Nelson, formerly of the group Devilsize, took over vocalduties. The band announced the return of vocalist John Bush in 2009, though the stint was never deemed permanent. The vocal pendulum shiftedagain the following year with an announcement that Belladonna was returning to the fold for future shows, as well as the beginning of work on anew Anthrax album. The resulting Worship Music. the band’s tenth studio album, and the first to feature original material since 2003’sWe’ve Come for You All, was released on September 13, 2011. Worship Music was a strong comeback that earned the group aGrammy nomination, and Anthrax followed it up with some dumb fun, in the form of Anthems, a 2013 EP of '70s classic rock covers. « hide

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LPs
For All Kings
2016

3.5
252 Votes
Worship Music
2011

3.8
677 Votes
We've Come for You All
2003

3.2
463 Votes
Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
1998

2.7
366 Votes
Stomp 442
1995

2.6
437 Votes
Sound of White Noise
1993

3.5
550 Votes
Persistence of Time
1990

3.9
816 Votes
State of Euphoria
1988

3.5
695 Votes
Among the Living
1987

4.3
1,625 Votes
Spreading the Disease
1985

4.1
1,086 Votes
Fistful of Metal
1984

3.4
660 Votes
EPs
Anthems
03/19/2013

2.9
50 Votes
Summer 2003
2003

3.5
10 Votes
Inside Out
1999

3.2
11 Votes
Fueled EP
1996

2.5
1 Votes
Penikufesin
1989

3.5
51 Votes
I'm The Man
1987

3.3
137 Votes
Armed and Dangerous
1985

3.5
109 Votes
Live Albums
Chile On Hell
2014

4.4
8 Votes
Extended Versions
2007

3
1 Votes
Caught in a Mosh: BBC Live in Concert
2007

3.6
12 Votes
Alive 2
2005

4.3
33 Votes
Music of Mass Destruction
2004

3.7
21 Votes
Live: The Island Years
1994

3.5
37 Votes
Compilations
Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991)
2005

4.3
32 Votes
The Greater of Two Evils
2004

3.6
137 Votes
The Collection
2002

3.6
35 Votes
Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax
2001

3.5
24 Votes
Return of the Killer A's
1999

3.5
67 Votes
Attack of the Killer B's
1991

3.4
138 Votes

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