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Anthrax

Nearly as much as Metallica or Megadeth, Anthrax were responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal. Combiningthe speed and furyof hardcore punk with the prominent guitars and vocals of heavy metal, they helped create a new subgenreof 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 theiroften 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. Combiningthe speed and furyof hardcore punk with the prominent guitars and vocals of heavy metal, they helped create a new subgenreof 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 theiroften serious music with a healthy dose of humor and realism. After theirfirst album, Fistful of Metal, singer JoeyBelladonna and bassist Frank Bello joined the lineup. Belladonna helped take the band farther awayfrom conventional metalclichés, and over the next five albums (with the exception of 1988's State of Euphoria, where the band soundedlike it wasin a creative straitjacket), Anthrax arguably became the leaders of speed metal. As the '80s became the '90s, they also begantoincrease their experiments with hip-hop, culminating in a tour with Public Enemy in 1991 and a joint re-recording of "Bringthe 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- ArmoredSaint vocalist JohnBush -- a singer who was gruffer and deeper, fitting most metal conventions perfectly. Subsequently, theirsound became less unique and theiraudience shrank slightly as a consequence, and after signing to Elektra for 1993's Soundof White Noise, the group left the label after justone more album, 1995's Stomp 442. At that point, Anthrax -- now afour-piece consisting of Ian, Bush, Bello, and drummer Charlie Benante-- built their own studio in Yonkers, New York, and aftera 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 Beyondlabel. The album included a cover of "Ball of Confusion," which featured a duet between current front man Bush andformervocalist 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 packagetour 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"), andbegan recording theirnext album the same year. In addition, guitarist Ian found time to regularly host the metal televisionprogram 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 studioanyway. New guitarist Rob Caggiano joined in the spring of 2002, just intime for the recording. A year later, Anthrax madetheir Sanctuary debut with We've Come for You All. The band's dynamic hadn't changed,and touring in support of thatalbum was met with overwhelming success. The CD/DVD set Music of Mass Destruction: Live in Chicago,which arrived inspring 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 ofthe group Devilsize, took over vocalduties. The band announced the return of vocalist John Bush in 2009, though the stint wasnever deemed permanent. The vocal pendulum shiftedagain the following year with an announcement that Belladonna wasreturning 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, wasreleased 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
351 Votes
Worship Music
2011

3.7
751 Votes
We've Come for You All
2003

3.1
509 Votes
Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
1998

2.6
410 Votes
Stomp 442
1995

2.5
493 Votes
Sound of White Noise
1993

3.5
610 Votes
Persistence of Time
1990

3.9
903 Votes
State of Euphoria
1988

3.5
761 Votes
Among the Living
1987

4.2
1,791 Votes
Spreading the Disease
1985

4.1
1,208 Votes
Fistful of Metal
1984

3.4
738 Votes
EPs
Anthems
03/19/2013

3
58 Votes
Summer 2003
2003

3.5
10 Votes
Inside Out
1999

3.2
12 Votes
Fueled EP
1996

2.5
2 Votes
Nothing Australasian Tour EP
1996

3
1 Votes
Penikufesin
1989

3.5
55 Votes
I'm the Man
1987

3.3
151 Votes
Madhouse
1986

2.5
1 Votes
Armed and Dangerous
1985

3.5
117 Votes
Live Albums
Kings Among Scotland
2018

3.9
8 Votes
Chile On Hell
2014

4.4
8 Votes
Extended Versions
2007

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

3.6
14 Votes
Alive 2
2005

4.3
37 Votes
Music of Mass Destruction
2004

3.7
24 Votes
Live: The Island Years
1994

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

4.3
36 Votes
The Greater of Two Evils
2004

3.6
148 Votes
The Collection
2002

3.6
37 Votes
Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax
2001

3.5
26 Votes
Return of the Killer A's
1999

3.5
71 Votes
Attack of the Killer B's
1991

3.4
151 Votes

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