January 16, 2016
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf
Sometimes a city chooses and band and vice versa, forming a special bond. Whenever Lamb of God (LoG) comes to Philly, it’s a big fucking deal! Philadelphia is rabid for LoG and they know it, regularly selling out venues to insane crowds. Hell, even LoG’s infamous KILLADELPHIA was recorded at my beloved Trocadero Theater! Tonight’s mayhem is at the Electric Factory and thrash veterans Anthrax are opening up. This is the first LoG show in Philly in a while and they are supporting last year’s VII STURM UND DRANG while Anthrax is getting ready to release FOR ALL KINGS next month. Sounds like a good Saturday night to me! Onto the Electric Factory!
The Electric Factory is a semi-famous venue that is really kind of a shithole. The original Electric Factory at 22nd and Arch Street (1968 – 1973) had acts like Jefferson Airplane (my uncle who’s a priest went to that!), Vanilla Fudge, Jimi Hendrix, etc. The modern version at 421 North 7th Street opened in 1994. I’ve been here many times for various acts. It is a general admission theater (capacity 2,500) with an upstairs bar that has some seating. The place tends to get oversold and tonight we were packed in like fucking sardines, luckily it wasn’t hot as balls in there for a change. Sound quality is ok, stage is spacious, pit is large, but often overfilled, and lighting is so-so. Parking sucks, we ended up a few blocks away. Place looks beat, would help if somebody took a paintbrush to it and cleaned it up a bit.
About 8:30 Anthrax took the stage and dove into an explosive version of “Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t”. Jon and Scott’s guitars were heavy with chunky riffs while Charlie and Frankie provided a thunderous backdrop. Joey’s vocals were strong at times, not at others and his mic cut out a few times. Overall, the band sounded tighter than they did when I last saw them in September with Motorhead, but Joey wasn’t as on. At this point the Anthrax set has become pretty predictable as I’ve seen them 15 times now. Only surprises in the set were new song “Evil Twin”, a real thrasher that I dug, instrumental “March of the S.O.D”, and the crushing closer “Among the Living” (best song of the set, killer riffs from Scott, FOLLOW ME OR DIE!). Rest of the set was good staples like “Caught in a Mosh” (STOMP STOMP STOMP!), “Antisocial”, (great audience participation!) and “Indians” (PPP-PREDJUDICE!). Before “Evil Twin”, Scott addressed the crowd and said they had just been in town last September with Motorhead, which started a Lemmy chant! I thought Anthrax was going to play a Motorhead song in tribute to the fallen King of Rock n Roll and Metal, but it was not to be. “In The End” featured banners of Ronnie and Dime, but nothing for Lemmy? Come on, Dime’s been dead 11 years and Ronnie almost 6, Lemmy just died less than a month ago. Just sayin’. Anthrax always puts on a good show and I do feel that they are one of the best live thrash bands around; I just need a little more variety. Maybe a headlining tour supporting FOR ALL KINGS later this year will give us just that.
You could feel the energy building. Screens on stage showed destruction, buildings collapsing (looked like the beginning of WOLFEN, if anyone knows that movie!) as the crowd began to get swept up into a frenzy. Then LoG took the stage and started cranking “Desolation” and the whole floor began to move! Randy was very animated as he shrieked and the band was tight, together, and feral. Fresh off working with Megadeth, Chris Adler laid down some sick drumming, providing the foundation for the ass kicking. LoG and the crowd clearly feed off each other’s energy, the heavier LoG played the nuttier the crowd got. “Walk With Me in Hell” was pretty fucking wild! Things were off to a killer start!
Randy addressed the crowd after “Walk” and said Philadelphia was the first city to give LoG a good response back in the day, and that’s why KILLADELPHIA was recorded here. There is definitely a mutual love and respect between LoG and Philly. Philly is a good metal town for established acts like LoG, Metallica, Slayer, Overkill, etc.
The set featured 4 new songs (“512”, “Still Echoes”, “Overlord” and “Erase This”) from VII STURM UND DRANG. “Overlord” is the first LoG song with clean vocals from Randy, it sounded fine but I’m not a fan of mixing vocal styles. Response to the new material was good. Best songs of the set included “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For” and the well known closer “Redneck”. Overall, good set.
LoG is a must see live when they come to Philly. This is as close as you’ll get to the craziness of seeing Pantera live in the 90s (I did that twice). Check them out when they come to your town.
Anthrax has been interviewed by this site several time during the past several years. The legendary NY thrash metal veterans’ 11th opus titled FOR ALL KINGS shows that the band still kicks strong and creates memorable riffs and songs. Metal-Rules.com sat down with the band’s bassist, Frank Bello, to talk about various topics, and above all, what the new album means to him and the whole Anthrax combo.
Anthrax has revealed the cover art for the band’s upcoming release, For All Kings, due out February 26, 2016 (Megaforce). The band’s drummer, Charlie Benante, who designed the artwork and worked closely with artist Alex Ross, talks about the concept in this short video.
Benante promises that the eleven-songFor All Kings will be “aggressive and super-thrashy.” The album was written by Benante, bassist Frank Bello, and rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, the dynamic triumvirate whose unique composition chemistry is, in part, what sets Anthrax’s music apart from other bands’ in the same genre. Add to that Joey Belladonna’s breathtaking vocals and the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, and it’s no wonder the band is so excited for fans to hear what will be their 11th studio album.
Anthrax is currently on tour with Slayer in Europe and will join up with Lamb of God here in the U.S. starting in January. On these dates, fans will be treated to songs from throughout Anthrax’s career, including the classics as well as the brand new “Evil Twin,” a song that Bello says “is a song that begs to be played live.” U.S. tour dates are below.
15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
17 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
19 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
22 Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA
23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
24 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
28 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
29 Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN
30 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
31 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
2 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO
LOS ANGELES, CA – Friday, October 23, 2015 – “Evil Twin,” the first new song from Anthrax’s long-awaited album set for a first quarter 2016 worldwide release (Megaforce/North America * Nuclear Blast/Europe, UK), debuts today. Also released today is the “Evil Twin” lyric video, a compelling barrage of places, victims, actions, and some of the infamous zealots and others who have perpetrated violent extremism on innocents around the world, aptly exemplifying the song’s powerful message. The video can be viewed above. “Evil Twin” is now available digitally, and can be purchased via Apple Music, iTunes (links below) and Amazon.
Musically, “Evil Twin” is a full-on thrash-metal tune that blasts off with a raging guitar riff, accelerates expeditiously and is completely uncontrollable.
“Yeah, that opening riff is really evil,” laughed the band’s Charlie Benante. “We had done a lot of touring with Death Angel and Exodus, so I was in a really thrashy state of mind when I starting writing the riffs for that song. I think along with Scott’s lyrics and Frank’s melodies, we came up with a really great, old school thrash metal feel.”
As Anthrax bassist Frank Bello put it, “it’s a song that begs to be played live.”
Lyrically, the track unapologetically denounces the self-righteous religious extremists who spread their bloody terror under the guise of a Holy War.
You represent your discontent
Slaughtering the innocent
You’re no martyrs
“I was very affected by the Charlie Hebdo massacre as I have been with all of the shootings that have taken place at schools and movie theatres,” said Anthrax’s lyricist Scott Ian. “I can’t figure out what would cause someone to think that was the right thing to do. ‘I’ll show the world, I’ll make my God happy.’ It’s just such bullshit. I’m not bagging on religion, that’s not my intent, but people who go to that extreme, who feel they have become judge, jury and executioner over their fellow man because you or I don’t believe the same thing they do, I think that’s the ‘Evil Twin’ of humanity. Writing words about that is my only catharsis.”
Beginning in the Fall of 2014, Anthrax – Benante (drums), Ian (rhythm guitar), Bello (bass), Joey Belladonna (vocals), and lead guitarist Jon Donais – took their time in the studio recording the follow up to their Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed 2011 album, Worship Music. The band recorded some 20 original songs, almost twice as many as they had ever brought into the studio in the past. In terms of how the new music sounds, Bello said, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax. I think we’ve done a really good job of that on the new album.”
INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
Joey Vera is one of the more recognizable names in the metal scene. He has carved his name into metal history as a member of Armored Saint and Fates Warning. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasant opportunity to talk with Joey Vera at Wacken Open Air. The 20min conversation covered the making of the new album WIND HANDS DOWN and a bit of discussion about Anthrax and Fates Warning.
L-R: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais
In the final stages of recording the follow-up to 2011’s Worship Music, Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais, and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – will hit the road beginning August 28 for a 42-city global trek that will see the band playing three major festivals as well as sharing stages with the likes of Motorhead and their fellow Big Four comrades, Slayer.
Anthrax’s Bello, Benante and Ian started the new album writing process back in late 2013 when they began exchanging suggested riffs and other ideas for the new songs. With producer and “sixth member of the band” Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions started last Fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.
According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is
Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that on this new record.”
The Grammy-nominated Worship Music featured the return of “classic era” vocalist Belladonna, and was named one of the best albums of 2011 in numerous media outlets including SPIN, Metal Hammer, Guitar World, and Loudwire, and provided the band with the rock’n’roll comeback story of the year, all adding up to the excitement and anticipation for this new album.
Confirmed dates for Anthrax’s upcoming tour schedule are as follows:
28 Riot Fest & Rodeo, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO
11 Riot Fest and Carnival, Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL
12 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI*
13 Madison Theatre, Covington, KY (headline)
15 The Dome, Wallingford, CT*
16 Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY*
18 Theatre Olympia, Montreal, QC*
19 Shindig Festival, Carrol Park, Baltimore, MD
20 Food and Truck Festival, Oak Ridge Park, Clark, NJ
22 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA*
23 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC*
25 House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL*
26 Pompano Beach Amphitheater, Pompano Beach, FL*
September 28 – October 2 – Motorboat 2015 Cruise*
10 Loud Park 15, Tokyo, Japan
25 Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg, Netherlands**
26 Zenith Paris, Paris, France**
28 La Cooperative De Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
30 Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain**
31 Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain**
1 La Riviera, Madrid, Spain**
3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain**
5 Alcatraz, Milano, Italy**
7 Planet.tt Bank Austria Halle Gasometer B, Vienna, Austria**
8 Haus Auersee, Leipzig, Germany**
10 Zenith, die Kulturhalle, Munich, Germany**
12 Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany**
13 RuhrCongress, Bochum, Germany**
14 MHPArena, Ludwigsburg, Germany
16 Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany**
17 AB Main Hall, Brussels, Belgium**
19 Rockhal, Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg
21 Newport Centre, Newport, UK**
22 Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, UK**
24 O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, UK**
25 O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow, UK**
27 O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK**
28 O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK**
30 O2 Academy Brixton, Brixton, UK**
It’s been a long time coming, but unabashed coffee connoisseur, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, has entered the world of entrepreneurship, announcing “Benante’s Blend.” The coffee will come in two different varieties: the ‘Be All End All’ blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the ‘Forever Metal’ blend, a milder coffee. “Benante’s Blend” will be available beginning today through Benante’s website, http://www.charliebenante.com/Store/
“I grew up in a large Italian family and coffee was a daily staple in our home,” said Benante. “As a kid, I loved coffee so much, my mother said that at one point, she put some coffee in my bottle. For me, the taste of coffee is one of the greatest tastes that there is on earth, so I decided to create what was for me, the perfect cup of coffee.”
Scott Ian: Metallica’s No Life t’ll Leather Demo just blew me away, it sounded so cool
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian spoke to Canada’s ‘The Metal Voice’ about his book ‘I’m The man’ and Anthrax’s and coming new album
When asked about the music scene when Anthrax first started out.
“At the beginning there was no scene in New York for bands playing their own music, there were just cover bands at the time. We were just a bunch of guys who were into metal and wanted to write our own songs and had a rehearsal space, we there six, seven times nights a week just working on trying to be the best band we could be. By 1984 there was a scene because Raven, Metallica and Anthrax sold out the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, none of us had a major record label deal yet 3500 kids showed up and lost their minds. Read the rest of this entry »
Anthrax, five-time-Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling, and card-carrying-member of The Big Four, will begin the set-up of its brand new album when the band hits the road late next month. First up, a six-week-plus North American trek that will include 24-dates with Volbeat, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals – Northern Invasion (outside of Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH), Rocklahoma (Pryor, OK), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests. Dates start in Denver, CO on April 24 (the complete itinerary is below).
On this first leg, Anthrax will play a “fan favorites” set, comprised of band classics such as “Anti-Social,” “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “I Am The Law” and “Indians.” The set will also feature one brand new song, “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock),” Anthrax’s contribution to HBO’s “Game of Thrones'” “Catch The Throne Mixtape, Vol II” which was made available on March 17 and is already getting airplay on hard rock radio. Anthrax’s Bello, Benante and Ian are massive fans of the show, so having been asked to write a song for the Mixtape was an enormous thrill. You can hear “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock)” (and the entire mixtape) for free on Soundcloud and iTunes.
Anthrax’s new album follows the band’s 2011 Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed Worship Music that featured the return of “classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna, was named one of the best metal albums for 2011 by countless media outlets, and provided the band with the rock’n’roll comeback story of the year. The new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest band member Jon Donais. “Jon’s been great,” said Scott Ian. “So far, he’s played lead on at least seven or eight of the tracks, and they all sound amazing.”
The writing process for the new album began as far back as late 2013 when Benante began exchanging suggested riffs and other musical ideas with Bello and Ian. With producer (and “sixth member of the band”) Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions began last Fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.
Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – started recording the new album in November last year. According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy.”
Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that, especially on this new record.”
“The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry,” Ian added. “Lots of people said that ‘Worship Music’ was a return to the roots of the band…well, this record is even more so. Unlike ‘Worship Music,’ we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world. Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit. Everything that was great about him on ‘Worship’ is there even more on this new record.”
“I know that there are a lot of expectations out there for this new album,” Bello admitted, “but that doesn’t really affect us because we write the way we write. We’re all from New York, so we love a challenge, and while I’m happy to have people say that Anthrax is back and that ‘Worship Music’ was the best album of our career, we raised the bar on this one, I think we have the goods with the new songs, and I’m proud to say that. At the end of the day, all you can do is have it come from the heart, do your best, and hope that people like it. That’s what we did with ‘Worship Music,’ and look what happened.”
Anthrax’s new album, as yet untitled, will likely be released later this year.
Dates for Leg One of Anthrax’s 2015-2016 tour are as follows:
24 1stBank Center, Denver, CO*
25 Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD*
27 Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA*
28 Adams Center, Missoula, MT*
29 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*
1 Revolution Place, Grande Prairie, AB*
2 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB*
3 Calgary Stampede Corral, Calgary, AB*
4 SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, SK*
6 Brandt Centre, Regina, SK*
7 Ralph Englestad Arena, Grand Forks, ND*
9 Northern Invasion Festival, Somerset Amphitheatre, Somerset, WI
10 WJJO MayDay MayLay, Alliant Energy Ctr. Memorial, Madison, WI
12 General Motors Centre, Oshawa, ON*
13 TD Place, Ottawa, ON*
14 Quebec Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC*
15 CEPSUM Montreal, Montreal, QC*
17 Rock on the Range – Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH
18 Dow Events Center, Saginaw, MI*
19 Ford Center, Evansville, IN*
20 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL*
22 Tyson IBF Events Center, Sioux City, IA*
23 Rocklahoma/Prior Creek Music, Pryor, OK
24 Rockfest, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
25 Baloonfest, Wet & Wild Water World, El Paso
27 Verizon Grand Prairie, Dallas, TX*
28 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX*
30 Rockfest, Liberty Me. Park, Kansas City, MO
31 Outdoors at Pop’s, St. Louis, MO*
Brand new video clip from Anthrax, shot during the recording of their upcoming album due out later this year. Anthrax – Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass, Scott Ian/rhythm guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and guitarist Jon Donais – have been working in Los Angeles with producer Jay Ruston. Check it out:
What better way for the members of Anthrax to celebrate their sixth Grammy nomination than to toast it with a glass of their own brand of bourbon, “Indians.”
Anthrax has aligned with Jefferson’s Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces special, limited edition “small batch” whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. Anthrax’s “Indians,” a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in.
“We’ve been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster,” said the band’s Frank Bello “and ‘Indians’ was perfect.”
Anthrax’s “Indians” bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company – http://acbottlecompany.com/ . “Indians” will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in.
Anthrax – Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, and Joey Belladonna – lifted their “Indians”-filled shot glasses last Friday when they found out that “Neon Knights,” the band’s cover of the Black Sabbath song (from Sabbath’s 1980 release, “Heaven and Hell”) recorded for the “Ronnie James Dio – This is Your Life” tribute album got the nod in the Grammy Awards Best Metal Performance category.
“It’s been an honor everytime we’ve been nominated,” said Anthrax’s Benante, “but this one is particularly special. To have been asked to contribute ‘Neon Knights’ to Ronnie’s tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best.”
Anthrax has just gone into the studio to begin recording their next album, the follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Worship Music.
Anthrax’s Grammy nominations include:
1991 – “Persistence of Time”
1992 – “Attack of the Killer Bs”
1995 – “Bring the Noise” (live, Anthrax and Public Enemy)
2012 – “I’m Alive”
2014 – “T.N.T.”
2015 – “Neon Knights”
Before you get down to moshing in the privacy of your own home, do some serious partying in either Los Angeles or New York when Anthrax’s “Chile On Hell” live DVD is premieres on Monday, September 15, the day before its general release. And, not only will attendees be among the first to see the thrash-masters performing an extended set that features all the fan-favorites in front of a sold-out, rabid crowd in Santiago, Chile, but each event will feature a special Q&A – Scott Ian and “Chile On Hell’s” producer Jay Rustin at the L.A. screening, and Anthrax’s Frank Bello at New York’s.
Check out the “Chile On Hell” trailer here:
The premiere is free to fans who pre-order the “Chile On Hell” Blu-ray or DVD from either Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ, Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY, or Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, CA. Each pre-order comes with one wristband that entitles the holder to attend the premiere. Wristbands are limited, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
“Chile On Hell” will be released on Tuesday, September 16 (Megaforce), and features Joey Belladonna/vocals, Scott Ian/guitar, Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass and Jon Donais/lead guitar performing at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10, 2013. The band performed an extended set that featured songs from Anthrax’s entire catalogue including “I Am The Law,” “Indians,” “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “The Devil You Know,” and “I’m Alive.” “Chile On Hell” was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound, and will retail for $16.98.
“Santiago was the perfect place to film the show for this,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “When we’d played there in the past, we’d finish our set, play our encore and go back to the dressing room. But every time, the fans would continue to scream and cheer and clap. I mean, they went on and on, they wouldn’t stop. One time Scott and I walked out to the side of the stage just to watch what was going on in the audience, it was intense. Why wouldn’t we want to film a DVD in front of an audience like that?”