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Anthrax Biography


There is more than one artist with this name. 1) Anthrax is a thrash metal band from New York, US. 2) Anthrax were an anarcho-punk band from Gravesend, Kent England. 1) Anthrax is an American, New York City-based thrash metal band, who released its first full-length album in 1984. The band was one of the most popular bands of the 80s thrash metal scene and are notable for combining metal with rap and hardcore music early on. The band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, and is classified as one of the ''big four'' of thrash metal alongside Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. Anthrax was formed in 1981 by guitarists Scott Ian and Danny Lilker. They found the band's name in a biology textbook and claimed it because it sounded sufficiently evil to them. Nowadays Anthrax consists of these members: Dan Nelson[bandmember] on lead vocals, [bandmember]Charlie Benante on drums, guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, and Frank Bello playing the bass. In 1985 Joey Belladonna joined Anthrax, and in the same year, the band released their second studio album Spreading The Disease (which included the hit Madhouse). In 1987, Anthrax released their third album, Among The Living. This album began a lyrical trend that focused on movies, comic books, and Stephen King novels. For example, the song I Am The Law is a tribute to comic book hero Judge Dredd. In 1990, Anthrax released the more serious Persistence Of Time to even greater success than State of Euphoria. The album was considerably darker but much more technical and progressive than Anthrax's previous work. This made it a hit with metalheads who were afraid to embrace the band because of their "silly" side. The biggest single off the album was a cover of Joe Jackson's Got The Time. The band's own original song In My World as well as Belly of the Beast were also successful. Anthrax was always a band prone to experimentation; in 1987, they appeared on the title track of rap group U.T.F.O.'s album Lethal. In 1991, they collaborated with pioneering rap artists Public Enemy on a joint version of PE's "Bring the Noise", although Anthrax already did a fusion of rap and heavy metal in the form of "I'm the Man" in 1987. In 1992, Anthrax parted ways with vocalist Joey Belladonna and replaced him with ex-Armored Saint vocalist John Bush. The band left Island Records and signed with Elektra Records to release Sound of White Noise in 1993. Though it was quite a change from their earlier work (it was more a "heavy grunge" oriented, especially because of the vocals) , White Noise received mostly positive reviews and "Only" was a major hit (in the liner notes for Return of the Killer A's, Ian says James Hetfield once told him it was a "perfect song"). Bush's voice lent a gravitas and weight to a collection of well-thought-out and technically excellent tracks. In keeping with the band's now-trademark eye for unlikely collaborations, classical composer Angelo Badalamenti provided music for the track "Black Lodge," a tribute to the TV show "Twin Peaks". Importantly, the album demonstrated that the band had shed its sometimes cartoonish outlook in favor of mature, thoughtful songwriting, a trend which had begun on their previous studio album Persistence of Time. During the hiatus between Sound of White Noise and Stomp 442, longtime guitarist Dan Spitz left the band to quit music and become a watch maker, leaving Anthrax as a quartet for years. In 1995, the band released Stomp 442, an album for which Elektra refused to provide real promotion—it quickly disappeared without a trace. Obviously upset at what they felt was an attempt by the label to kill the album, Anthrax attempted to sever ties with Elektra. Anthrax signed with independent label Ignition Records, and in 1998 managed to release Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, a punishing album that had the potential to return Anthrax to the top of the metal heap. Unfortunately, almost immediately after Volume 8: The Threat Is Real's release, the label they were signed to went bankrupt and disappeared, making the album difficult to find. Regrouping, the band signed with another label, Beyond Records, and released a greatest-hits album Return of the Killer A's, although Beyond soon went out of business as well. Despite the hardships and various legal entanglements regarding who had the rights to certain albums, Anthrax managed to soldier on. In 2002, new lead guitarist Rob Caggiano joined the band, and the following year the band released We've Come for You All, through Sanctuary Records—an album hailed by the metal press as a long-awaited return to form. The Reunion On April 1, 2005, the official website announced that the Among the Living lineup of Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Dan Spitz, Joey Belladonna, and Frank Bello would be reforming. On solo-dates of the tours, for the first time ever, they performed the entire 1987 classic album Among the Living. However, Joey Belladonna left the band again after the tour was finished. 2007 Anthrax have now officially confirmed that they have recruited former Devilsize singer Dan Nelson. In addition, former lead guitarist Rob Caggiano has returned to the band as well. On May 28, 2008 Anthrax played their first show in 19 months at The Double Door in Chicago. Along with new singer Dan Nelson, the band played new material which was well received by the sold-out crowd. This was despite having some equipment problems—which the band took in stride with the classic humor for which they are known. In his monthly Food Coma column, which was posted on December 22, 2008, Anthrax's Scott Ian revealed that he'd "been in the studio working on the new Anthrax album since November 4." Ian went on to say that drums, bass and rhythm had been laid down on a total of 19 tracks, and that the process of laying down vocals had begun. "We should be mixing at the end of January and soon after that giving birth to a really pissed off, loud, fast and heavy child." In a post to the Anthrax website, Charlie Benante stated that "Worship Music should be out in May". Info: 2) Anthrax were an anarcho-punk band formed in Gravesend, Kent England in 1980. They recorded their first demo in 1981 and went on to release two EPs for Crass Records and Small Wonder. They appeared on compilations released by Crass Records, Mortarhate Records and Fightback Records. Anthrax toured outside the UK twice (in the Netherlands) with Dutch band The Ex. In 2007 the band compiled a compilation CD entitled One Last Drop which included both demos, both EPs, the Mortarhate compilation track and 2 live tracks. Info:

Anthrax Metal Albums

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No Description AvailableNo Track Information Available Media Type: CDArtist: ANTHRAXTitle: AMONG THE LIVING Street Release Date: 06/04/1990<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METALIf Metallica and Slayer invented speed metal, Anthrax brought it to the East [...]

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No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: ANTHRAXTitle: PERSISTENCE OF TIMEStreet Release Date: 08/21/1990<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METAL

Spreading the Disease Thumbnail Image

No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: ANTHRAXTitle: SPREADING THE DISEASEStreet Release Date: 06/04/1990<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METAL

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No Description Available.Genre: Popular MusicMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: PARelease Date: 6-JUL-1990

Caught in a Mosh: BBC Live in Concert Thumbnail Image

CAUGHT IN A MOSH: BBC LIVE IN CONCERT is the official U.S. debut release of the double CD set, which brings together two live performances from [...]

Fistful of Metal Thumbnail Image

No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: ANTHRAXTitle: FISTFUL OF METALStreet Release Date: 10/17/1995<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METAL

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No Description AvailableNo Track Information Available Media Type: CDArtist: ANTHRAXTitle: WE’VE COME FOR YOU ALL Street Release Date: 05/06/2003<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METALYou’ll find no rap metal or nu metal on We’ve Come for [...]

Among the Living Thumbnail Image

Pioneering metal band Anthrax, one of the genre’s most influential, innovative and respected groups, melded the speed and fury of hardcore punk with the guitars and [...]

Sound Of White Noise Thumbnail Image

Japanese Re-release featuring Four Bonus Tracks: Noise Gate, Cowboy Song, Auf Viderzen, and Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun.

Anthrax: Anthrology: No Hit Wonders 1985-1991 Thumbnail Image

Incorporating all styles of metal and hardcore with moshy double bass and spacey, poignant rock, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME’S dizzying opuses are sure to redefine [...]

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