They are releasing a new video commemorating last year’s live show at Glasgow’s famed Barrowland Ballroom. Entitled Kings Among Scotland, this is a feast for the eye that features multi camera angles, behind the scenes shots and a breakdown of every band members gear!
I lived through the ‘Golden Age Of Metal’ and I’m thankful. For those of you not fortunate enough to grow up during the ‘80s you missed a lot.
Imagine Judas Priest, Dio, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden dominating mainstream airwaves. Everywhere you looked there were black t-shirts and rock posters. You’d hit a carnival and find these artists glorified in mirror frames. Metal was the shit and as soon as I caught onto the mainstream, I discovered the underground.
Heavy Metal has been pushing the envelope almost since its inception. Faster and heavier became the pre-requisite of the new sound, a sound that came to be known as thrash metal. A lot of people don’t realize how much thrash leveled the playing field. It changed a sound and redefined an image. You didn’t need glamorous effects or glitzy costumes anymore, you just needed the music.
Thrash acts appeared out of nowhere, it seemed everybody was starting a band. In a world without the internet or social media, word of mouth brought the attention. Anthrax was a band that got my attention. The first Anthrax song I ever heard was “Armed and Dangerous”. A fusion of classic heavy metal and thrash, the speed and precision had me sold. Clean, high-pitched melodic vocals set them apart in the ‘thrash scene’ because it made the Anthrax sound distinguishable.
Like their British predecessors who are now known as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), these thrash icons became known as a band of The Big Four (TBF).
Of all of The Big Four acts Anthrax seems to have had it the hardest. Changing vocalists is never easy even if that front man was Armored Saint’s John Bush but the band matured and endured. This was more than receiving a second chance, this was coming full circle.
2016 was the 35th year anniversary of Anthrax and they celebrated it with the album – For All Kings – a record which forced me to re-evaluate a group that had captured my attention since I was a teen. Musical progression is a sign of maturity for any artist. Anthrax reached a plateau where quantity and quality are one in the same. I appreciate this feat even more now because I am old enough to realize what it means. Anthrax is extending the dream, keeping the metal banner alive, reminding people not just who they are but what they represent.
2018 will be another big year for Anthrax. They are releasing a new video commemorating last year’s live show at Glasgow’s famed Barrowland Ballroom. Entitled Kings Among Scotland, this is a feast for the eye that features multi camera angles, behind the scenes shots and a breakdown of every band members gear! This new video will hit the streets April 27th via Megaforce Records. You can pre order the DVD here: www.anthrax.com
The band will support this new release by hitting the road with Killswitch Engage and Havok.
Check out the dates for the KILLTHRAX II Tour below:
25 Metropolis, Montreal, QC
26 London Music Hall, London, ON
27 Sherman Theatre, Stoudsburg, PA
28 The National, Richmond, VA
30 Janus Landing, Tampa, FL
31 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
2 Club Stage @ Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
3 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
5 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
6 Iron City Music Hall, Birmingham, AL
8 Concrete Street Music Hall, Corpus Christi, TX
9 Lonestar Pavilion, Lubbock, TX
10 Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK
11 El Rey Theater, Albuquerque, NM
13 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
14 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
16 Revolution, Boise, ID
17 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
19 The Ranch, Edmonton, AB
20 Revolution Place Casino, Grande Prairie, AB
21 Mac Hall, Calgary, AB
23 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
24 Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
25 Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sioux City, IA
27 The Forge, Joliet, IL
1 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
2 The Dome, Rochester, NY
3 Palladium, Worcester, MA
4 State Theater, Portland, ME
As you’ve probably heard, The Big Four will soon be three. I urge you to get out this year and experience Anthrax in the flesh before their war dance comes to an end. \m/
• Joey Belladonna – Vocals
• Frank Bello – Bass
• Jonathan Donais – Guitars
• Charlie Benante – Drums
• Scott Ian – Guitars