Brutal Assault : Running Order published

July 21st, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

Brutal Assault has released the official running order.

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Brutal Assault : How to get the tickets

July 21st, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen




80,00 EUR pre-sale price for 4-day festival pass. This edition of tickets is available until August 08th, 2016 in our e-shop.

88,00 EUR at the door for the 4-day festival pass – IF THE FESTIVAL IS NOT SOLD OUT.

1.300,- CZK (approx. 50 EUR) 1-day tickets (available only at the festival’s box office and IF THE FESTIVAL IS NOT SOLD OUT).


The ticket(s) has to be ordered on this link. The tickets can be paid via online card payment (preferred!) or via PayPal (please note 6% transaction fee will apply for PayPal payments).
We will email you a confirmation email no later than 10 days after we receive your payment. This email will contain a link to a *.PDF file(s) with code(s) – 1 code per one ordered and paid ticket – that is necessary to be printed out on a printer (even an old monochromatic bubble jet printer will work fine) and shown at the ticket check-in at the main festival entrance. Please keep that PDF file(s) and code(s) secret and safe (only the first person presenting the code will be allowed in). The tickets check-in will be open from Tuesday August 09th, 2016 from 03:00 PM onwards (no matter what day you are attending the festival). Please note that some of the spam filters may consider the above mentioned confirmation email as a spam since it contains URLs. Check your spam folder/junk mail too. Please contact us at or at our facebook page via PM if you don’t receive your pick up code(s) within 10 days after the payment was made.

Troubleshooting: always check your spambox and please provide an order ID when contacting us. The confirmation e-mail contains order ID and also a order status link, where the .PDF tickets can be downloaded.

Cancellation fees: if you decide for any reason to cancel your already paid tickets, we will make a refund of 40,00 EUR per one ticket paid within 10 days of your cancellation. Please note: only cancellations made before July 31st, 2016 will be accepted. No money refunds after July 31st, 2016 will be possible.

Please note that in some cases it takes several days until your money appear on our PayPal account and also it takes some time to make the whole process complete. That’s why we sincerely ask you to make your payment before July 31st, 2016!

To place your order, please follow this link.


The capacity of the festival ground is around 15.000 persons. If the numbers of visitors will be rising again, it may happen to be sold out. That’s why we recommend you to buy the ticket in presale or reserve your ticket.

After numerous ticket reservation requests, we have opened the new reservation ticket system for Brutal Assault 2016. It will let you to reserve your ticket(s) in advance at a small fee 10,00 EUR and pay the rest of the ticket door price (88,00 EUR – 10,00 EUR advance fee = 78,00 EUR to be paid per ticket) in cash upon your arrival. Please note only paid ticket reservations are valid!

E.g. you will reserve 2 tickets: you will pay 2×10,00 EUR in advance upon your reservation and you will pay 2×78,00 EUR upon your arrival at the festival’s box office.

After paying the advance reservation fee, you will receive the confirmation no later than 10 days after we receive your payment. This email will contain a link to a *.PDF file(s) with code(s) – 1 code per one reserved and paid ticket – that is necessary to be printed out on a printer (even an old monochromatic bubble jet printer will work fine) and shown at the box office at the main festival entrance.Please keep that PDF file(s) and code(s) secret and safe (only the first person presenting the code will be allowed in). The box office will be open from Wednesday August 10th, 2016 from 12:00 noon onwards (no matter what day you are attending the festival). Please note that some of the spam filters may consider the above mentioned confirmation email as a spam since it contains URLs and attachement(s). Check your spam folder too. Check your spam folder/junk mail too. Please contact us at or at our facebook page via PM if you don’t receive your pick up code(s) within 10 days after the payment was made.

Cancellation fees: please note that cancellations for the reservation fees will not be accepted and no money refunds will be made. Do not reserve your ticket(s) if you are not seriously interested in the festival tickets.

Please note that in some cases it takes several days until your money appear on our PayPal account and also it takes some time to make the whole process complete. That’s why we sincerely ask you to make the payment of your ticket reservation fees before August 01st, 2016!

To make a ticket reservation, please follow this link.


We do not recommed this option due to the festival ground capacity restrictions. So don’t risk a several hours trip without a presale or reserved ticket!

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SONATA ARCTICA announce new album »The Ninth Hour«

July 21st, 2016
by EvilG
SONATA ARCTICA  - The Ninth Hour


Only two years after the release of »Pariah’s Child« and a massive world tour, the Finnish Melodic Metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA are already back for more – their ninth masterpiece entitled »The Ninth Hour« will see the light of day on October 7th.

Once again, the album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016.

“The studio work for the new record started seriously in mid-April 2016 in several home studios around Finland,” singer Tony Kakko explains. “But the main recording and mixing took place at the Studio57 in Alaveteli, Finland. It functions as a kind of centre point and all work finally ends up there. We aimed to create another melodic, beautiful, surprising SONATA ARCTICA album… Did it turn out that way? I surely think so. But maybe I should leave that for you to decide!”

After a North American tour with their friends from NIGHTWISH plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was once again able to take a look at the entire world as it is at the moment – on the edge of a possible armageddon. This spirit is reflected in the new artwork of »The Ninth Hour« :

“The artwork of our ninth studio album »The Ninth Hour« depicts a future utopian landscape on the background. Nature and human technologies are in balance. In the middle we have an hour glass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed Nature. The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on »The Ninth Hour«…to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it’s a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices.”

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Midnight Eternal – singer Raine Hilai

July 21st, 2016
by Anders Sandvall


Singer Raine Hilai – Midnight Eternal

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.


Midnight Eternal is the name of a new band from New York and is the brainchild of Operatika members Richard Fischer and Boris Zaks. The band’s self-titled debut album was unleashed in April and ought to appeal to fans of symphonic metal. Singer Raine Hilai and I hooked up and we had a talk about the album, which has taken the band 2 years to finish, the fact the band has become high profiled in the NY area with only their demo and their support shows to Doro, The Agonist and Quiet Riot amongst others. The album was mixed by the famous Tommy Hansen with art work by Jan Yrlund and is jammed with epic songs perfect for fans of Delain, Nightwish and Kamelot.

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Bloodstock Countdown – Five New Blood Bands To Check Out

July 20th, 2016
by UK Team

With many classics and popular bands to look forward to at Bloodstock this year, we must remember all the most successful of bands started off as new blood at one point or another. And with the Hobgoblin New Blood stage’s line up now complete, Metal Rules have compiled five bands we think are worth checking out over the weekend.

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Bloodstock 2016 – Jagermeister Stage Lineup Announced

July 20th, 2016
by UK Team

Along with the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage, this year’s Bloodstock Open Air has a wide range of up and coming bands showcasing their varied talents on the Jagermeister stage. With the festival less than four weeks away, the lineup for said stage has now been confirmed.

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Altar of Dagon / Hellcannon / Brain Candle / Syberia, Bar XIII, Wilmington, DE, July 9, 2016

July 20th, 2016
by Infamous Butcher

Altar of Dagon / Hellcannon / Brain Candle / Syberia

Wilmington, Delaware

July 9, 2016

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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Megadeth unleash new music video for “Post-American World”

July 20th, 2016
by EvilG

Megadeth have released a new music video for the ripping track “Post-American World”. The song comes from the band’s latest album, “Dystopia”, which came out in January 2016.

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Brutal Assault : Whiplash out Holy Moses in

July 19th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

The Ny thrash metal veterans Whiplash have cancelled the entire European tour including the upcoming Brutal Assault festival. The band posted the following message to the official Facebook site “News from the WHIPLASH Camp: sadly, it has become necessary to announce that, due to logistics, we will not be performing European shows this August in Spain, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic. We gratefully thank the festivals that invited us, and the friends and fans that wanted to see us thrash.”

The German thrash patrol Holy Moses will be replacing Whiplash at Brutal Assault.

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG album details & cover artwork

July 19th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala


“Once in a while in an band’s career comes a special time, a period where you feel it’s all finally coming together and that time I’m proud to say is NOW! The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash our ‘Tygertastic,’ audience. You’re gonna love this one, it’s a MONSTER……”, Robb Weir, founder and guitarist of Tygers Of Pan Tang, July 2016.

Who would have predicted that 2016 would turn out to be the most productively successful year since their early days for a band whose history stretches back to the birth of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal? Much has been written about the role the Tygers played in the establishment of the movement and about the comings and goings within the band, but it is safe to say that the current line up brings a creative stability and a shared camaraderie that will keep them together, playing live and making records for some time to come.

The year began the signing of a new record deal with Scandinavia’s premier rock&metal label Mighty Music giving the band the opportunity to record the material they had written and honed in a burst of activity in late 2015. Whilst the band were happy to produce themselves at The Blast Studio in Newcastle they knew that the mix needed a fresh pair of ears. Mighty Music CEO Michael H. Andersen recommended Soren Andersen/Medley Studio for the mix of the album. Having heard and been impressed by material recorded and mixed by Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp) the Tygers sought out his services. Soren was only too happy to work with a band whose credentials were so firmly established. For the mastering, Harry Hess of Harem Scarem fame was the perfect man for the job.

Leaving the music in his capable hands, next stop for the band was South America. Having no idea what reception they would receive they were overwhelmed by the fierce dedication of the fans in Brazil and Columbia, who, in many cases, had waited years for an opportunity to witness the live show. From South America to Europe without a breath and then on to North America where they headlined Chicago’s Ragnarokkr festival. To say they aced it is an understatement and in the words of the promoter ‘The Tygers started the first Ragnarokkr riot because people were so pumped up.

And the new material will be road tested with their first extensive UK dates for many a year. And, as we write, plans for worldwide dates in support of the album are already coming to fruition.In late August first single “Only The Brave” will be released on 7” vinyl ep with exclusive bonus track “What Do You Say” from the album recording session. A music video for “Only The Brave” is being shot as we speak. The long awaited comeback album “Tygers Of Pan Tang” will be released worldwide Friday 21st of October 2016 on LP, ltd picture LP, CD and through all digital services.

Album Tracklist

1. Only The Brave
2. Dust
3. Glad Rags
4. The Reason Why
5. Never Give In
6. Do It Again
7. I Got The Music In Me
8. Praying For A Miracle
9. Blood Red Sky
10. Angel In Disguise
11. The Devil You Know


Robb Weir – guitars
Jacopo Meille – vocals
Micky Crystal – guitars
Gav Gray – bass
Craig Ellis – drums & percussion

Album tour 2016/2017

08.10.16 Rotterdam (NL) – Rotterdam Rocks Festival@ Baroeg
09.10.16 Roeselare (BE) – Verlichte Geest
21.10.16 Newcastle (UK) – The Cluny
22.10.16 Wigan (UK) – Old Courts
24.10.16 London (UK) The Black Heart
25.10.16 Bilston (UK) – Robin 2
26.10.16 Hull (UK) – Fruit
27.10.16 Merthyr Tydfil (UK) – The New Crown
28.10.16 Barnsley (UK) – Rock And Blues Venue
29.10.16 Edinburgh (UK) – Bannerman’s
07.01.17 Mangualde (PT) – Hardmetal Festival
03.03.17 Hamburg (DE) – Hell Over Hammaburg Festival
12.05.17 Copenhagen (DK) Nordic Noise Rock Festival

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July 18th, 2016
by J P


June 23-25th, 2016

 Refshaleøen, Denmark

Anamaria Carla Ionita

Here’s to another year in weather hell. I think Denmark has one of the weirdest climates in the universe. Within the 3 days of the festival, I managed to get both a farmer’s tan (in the shape of a butterfly so yey me) and a super nasty cold. As every year, it rained every single day, but this time ACDC sent their regards with huge thunderstorms.

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This year the line-up was a bit soft: as in 4 big bands and a tone of small ones.

Thursday was an early one; prepared with some cold beers I went to see Blind Guardian, Dropkick Murphys, Alice Cooper and Scorpions.

 Blind Guardian was one of the poorest and stiffs concert I have ever seen in my entire life. I don’t know if Hansi was just tired, not feeling well due to all the heat, or he is just old but he barely moved an inch and the entire representations was a bit on fast-forward. It seemed like they just wanted to be out of there as soon as possible.

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Truth be told, I was never a big fan of Dropkick Murphys, I’ve heard of them and listen to a couple of songs but it just didn’t do it for me. I was pleasantly surprised seeing their performance: full of energy and good vibes even in the horrible hell heat. The sound went for terrible to ok-ish as the concert progressed. What can I say; Al Barr took over Helviti’s new ramp out in the crowd and bassist Ken Casey was sweating like there was no tomorrow: the boys were back in town!

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The day’s first headliner was legend Alice Cooper. I’ve seen his shows one could say too many times, and all of them are 80% the same. I was really curious to see if after last time I saw them (more than 4 years ago) anything changed, or if he got deeper into the routine.

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The beginning was promising, ‘The Black Widow” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” held the crowd high. After that I’d say Alice turn on autopilot mode.

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Hits like “Poison” and “Feed My Frankenstein” were obviously among the favorites.

In terms of show, he frankensteined himself, went mad, died, and came back from the dead like Jesus did many many moons ago.

The band loves the dead and the commemoration began. The tribute to Keith Moon started in a form of a fine game version of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard”, it went into Hendrix’s “Fire”, in a heavier “Suffragette City” from Bowie and the last number in the cover parade was *drumrolls* “Ace Of Spades” Who would have guessed?

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After all the oldies but goldies, came another oldie “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out”. The “Elected” encore came with a fun show of a masked Trump and Clinton. Everybody laughed but there wasn’t that spark as before, they should have probably picked something more well-known and less offensive for the Trump lovers in the crowed. Conclusion Alice was elected president and threw his money to the public.


Right before Scorpions gig the clouds started pulling in and everything went dark. Lightning started to struck and all I was thinking of was I hope there are no aliens in the ground as in ‘War of the Worlds’. I was even considering leaving the festival early – it was that bad!


Smart me would have realized that every year it rains at Copenhell and it would probably be a good idea to bring a rain coat, or at least something to protect my camera, but then again, smart me was busy celebrating her bachelor completion.


I’ve never seen them live and I might have had really high expectations and they didn’t disappoint. The rain was the little extra that made it all perfect; it’s something about rain and ballads that chicks as yours truly, really dig. On “Wind of Change” everybody forgot that they were soaking wet and most likely wake up with pneumonia the next day, and started  singing their lungs out.




This is the 50th anniversary tour for Scorpions and you can’t even tell, they were incredible and I dare to say they aged like wine.

Next day, got to the festival really early to catch Amon Amarth, Epica and Megadeth.

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As my tshirt said I am a ‘Viking bitch’ and I’ve seen Amon Amarth on tour with each one of their albums (ok ok, almost all of them) and every time it was mesmerizing. I adore Johan’s happy face and all the energy they give to the crowd. Their last album “Jomsviking” was a low 2.5 out of 5. I was disappointed in the lack of diversity they showed this time; all of the songs had the same riffs and melody, just different lyrics.

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I haven’t been reading up on the public’s opinion about it (bachelor problems) but I think I got a glimpse of it at Copenhell.

The show started in full force with “Pursuit of Vikings”, everybody was having a great time headbanging alongside the band. Shortly after, the enthusiasm went down while the new songs were coming up. The band started and ended the shows with the crowd’s favorites such as: “Guardians of Asgaard” and “Twilight of the Thunder Gods”, throwing in between Loki’s stories a “Destroyer of the Universe”.

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It was a nice concert, Johan drank with the public and he was so happy that he announced another concert in Denmark in December. All in all it was a good concert, the only negative aspect was that I felt that the drums held back a bit.


Beer pause and went to see Epica’s first appearance in Denmark, taking over Hades Friday at 18.15. They have a really good dynamics in the songs where the hard elements mix very well with the symphonic and I was pretty excited to see them. That, and also because Simone Simons is hot as f*ck.


The sound saw perfect from the start (please read through the lines and notice my sarcasm). After a couple of minutes of too much of a higher voice and then too low, the sound mixer finally figured it out.


It was a good performance and the setlist was on point in my opinion alternating the softer songs with the heavy ones.


Next stop was one of the festival’s headliners: Megadeth, one of the greatest thrash bands the world has ever seen. Mustaine took over the stage with “Hanger 18” from ‘Rust in Piece’ and then went on to “The Threat Is Real” from this year’s ‘Dystopia’ – which is one of the band’s best albums in many years.


Mustaine was hiding between his gingery hair locks the entire time and that made it quite difficult to snap a picture of his face without making him look like a Sasquatch. Trush be told, he has always been like that and it wouldn’t be fair to criticize him now. They continued with “Death From Within”, “Dystopia”, “Post American World” and ”Poisonous Shadows” from the latest album. It wasn’t a greatest hits festival set list, which made the band look more alive, rather than ancient puppets playing the same old same old for the 1000th time. “Symphony of Destruction”, “Peace Sell” and “Holy Wars” was an impressive trio to end with, but I think the concert was too big in pure guitar riffs and too little in physical activity.



Next day, Saturday, was the day that went down in history, well… for me at least. I grew up with Black Sabbath and always dreamed of seeing them live with Ozzy; and now I managed to check that off from my bucket list.


I would like to start by saying that it was a HUGE disappointment that not all the photographers were allowed in the pit, but only 4. I am also pissed at the organizers for saying that the band’s management hand selected only 3 (!!) Danish photographers to cover the event, but in fact they handed out 4 photo stickers to the very first people they saw in the press tent. How is that fair? BOOO !!!

Anyways, I managed with the help of a really nice photographer with a too-expensive-for-my-face lenses to snap a decent picture of Ozzy; again, BOOO organizers.

Back to Sabbath, yes, the kings of metal, the legends, the dark prince, had taken over Copenehll.

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As the very first sound of “Black Sabbath”, the crowd went wild, and you could feel it right down up to your toes that it will be something BIG and sure enough Ozzy’s voice roared in the night.

He sang, loved the crowd, sang some more, jumped and threw around some “God bless you” and more “we love you”.

They had a pretty nice set list with songs sucha s “War Pigs”, “Snowblind”, “Iron Man”, “Dirty Women” and last but not least “Paranoid”.

It was a grandiose night, that I will never forget, and it was the perfect ending to this year’s Copenhell.

Until next time!

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EVAN K. releases video for “Blue Lightning”

July 18th, 2016
by EvilG

EVAN K. has released a video for “Blue Lightning,” the title track from his debut album. The video can be viewed here:

Blue Lightning was released on July 15, 2016 by FC Metal Recordings.

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HANGAR release video for “Reality Is A Prison”

July 18th, 2016
by EvilG

HANGAR has released the new video clip for the song “Reality Is A Prison.” It can be viewed here:

This is the lead track from their album, Stronger Than Ever, out July 15 on FC Metal Recordings.

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July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

2016 marks the monumental return of one of heavy rock’s most unique, revered and fearless bands of the last three decades, OPETH. Over the years, the experimental, prog veterans have continuously reinvented themselves, pushing the boundaries of their craft and expectations of fans and critics alike. Today, OPETH announces their 12th album, Sorceress, will be released on September 30th and have unveiled the artwork and track list for their imminent masterpiece.

OPETH’s new album, Sorceress, their first for Nuclear Blast via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records, is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt has a near-endless well of greatness inside. From the album’s opener “Persephone” to “The Wilde Flowers” and “Strange Brew” to the album’s counterpart title tracks “Sorceress” and “Sorceress II,” OPETH’s twelfth full-length is an unparalleled adventure, where visions cleverly and secretly change, colors mute as if weathered by time, and sounds challenge profoundly.

”The new album ”Sorceress” is our 12th studio album since our beginnings in 1990,” says Åkerfeldt. “I find it difficult to understand that we’ve been going on for 26 years, let alone that we’ve made 12 records now, all of which I am very proud of. ”Sorceress” is no exception. I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during 5-6 months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!? It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there’ll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A fucking joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it!”

For Sorceress, OPETH returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from Queen, Rush and Judas Priest, where the Swedes had tracked Pale Communion in 2014 with Tom Dalgety. The band spent 12 days recording at the countryside venue among its serene and inspiring surroundings. The result is nothing short of a powerful and intriguing record that will add yet another layer to the band’s celebrated career.

OPETH will return to North America this fall for a headline tour, which will kick off with a performance at Ozzfest/Knotfest on September 24th in San Bernardino, CA. The excursion will continue with special guest The Sword through the following month before wrapping up on October 26th in Vancouver, BC.

Sorceress Track List:
1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)

OPETH Tour Dates:
Sep 24 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest/Knotfest @ San Manual Amphitheater
Sep 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Sep 30 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Oct 1 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct 2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Oct 4 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Oct 5 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct 7 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Oct 8 – Akron, OH – Good Year Theater at East End
Oct 9 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Oct 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Oct 13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct 14 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct 15 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Oct 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 19 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Oct 21 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Oct 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct 25 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
Oct 26 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum

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ANTHRAX Celebrate 35th Anniversary…..TODAY!

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Thirty-five years ago today (July 18, 1981), the then New York-based thrash/metal band Anthrax was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music.  Said co-founder Scott Ian, “Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly.  I am a husband, I am a father.  I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band.  The only thing that hasn’t changed in 35 years, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It’s what I GET to do.  I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted.”

Over that 35-year period, Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise.”  And, of course, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax helped pioneer the thrash/metal genre as a member of The Big Four.  Go here for a look at 35 years of Anthrax.

Anthrax:2016: Clockwise from left – Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Jon Donais, Frank Bello,  Joey Belladonna
Photo credit:  Travis Shinn
So, with all those years, all those experiences, all those memories, what’s the one big takeaway experience that stands out for the guys?  Was it when legendary author Stephen King included the band in one of his” Dark Tower” series books?  Or in 2012 when Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars, when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Curiosity?  Or how about in 1991 when they received their first Grammy nomination?  Maybe it was when the band was caught up in the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks and considered changing their name due to the PR nightmare that was caused.  Or possibly it was when Anthrax made a cameo appearance on the popular 1992 TV series, “Married…with Children.”

Remembers Charlie Benante, the band’s drummer since 1983, “We had such a ball doing that show.  We taped the episode twice, once in the afternoon then another one in the evening, which was done with rewrites.  They changed some of our lines, but we got bigger laughs the second time so it was all worth it.  After the show, we went to a sit-down dinner with the entire cast and crew at a restaurant in Hollywood.  Here I am sitting next to Al Bundy [played by actor Ed O’Neill), and I look over at the booth across from us, and there are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman having dinner.  Al said, ‘hey, let’s go talk to Clint and Morgan,’ and I went ‘whaaaaa???’  He took us over there and introduced us to them – and I’m thinking ‘where am I?  Am I here right now? This is actually happening?’  It was just surreal.  That stands out as one of the highlights.  It wasn’t really a musical thing, but music got us to that.  I’m just a guy in a band making music…what am I doing here with these stars?”

Then there is newest member, lead guitarist Jonathan Donais who has a completely different take on his “best Anthrax moment.”  “It was probably 1989 or ’90, whenever the ‘Antisocial’ video blew up at Dial MTV,” he remembers.  “It was the first time I’d ever heard Anthrax, and I immediately fell in love with the band.”  Donais’ “best Anthrax memory” now happens like Groundhog Day:  “I brought a tape of the Dial MTV performance to my guitar teacher and told him I wanted to learn how to play it.  Now I get to play every night with the band!”

The most memorable time as a member of Anthrax could have been on September 14, 2011 as it was named “Anthrax Day” in the Bronx.  Or June 22, 2010 when The Big Four played together on
the same stage for the first time ever in Sofia, Bulgaria.

For Anthrax’s Ian, it was a different occasion   “My ONE thing of thousands of things I’ve done in Anthrax that stands out the most in the world would be playing Yankee Stadium,” he said, referencing The Big Four’s second of only two U.S. concerts, held on September 14, 2011. “For me that is the pinnacle.  My mecca.  The most NY thing a NY band could ever do. I got to play on stage on the field, in the building where so many of my heroes since I was a child played.  It was surreal and overwhelming and I was in tears almost the entire first song, I had so much emotion pouring out of me. Like the words to the song say, I was ‘King of the hill, top of the heap.’

“So, to quote the Scottish poet Robbie Burns,” Ian adds,”‘Here’s to us; who is as good as us?  Damn few, and they’re all dead.’  Thank you my friends…35 and counting.”

Anthrax – Ian, Benante, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donais – will celebrate their 35 years well into the fall playing major festivals, headline shows and as Special Guest with fellow Big Four comrades Slayer.  Dates and ticketing info are listed here..

David Taylor, a staunch Anthrax fan, compiled a variety of in-concert clips of the band performing the 1988 classic “Antisocial” over the past three-plus decades, to create a celebratory gift for the band and their 35th anniversary.

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