Anthrax with Exodus , High On Fire , Municipal Waste , and Holy Grail
And in the midst of the metal, there is Anthrax.
Anthrax are pioneers of the American metal scene, and patriots in music's new world order. They fought for liberation before the music industry even knew it was shackled, breaking down barriers that, at the time, few of us even knew existed. In the 80s, Anthrax was amongst the leaders of the heavy metal insurgence. In the 90s, they were among the few survivors of heavy metals apocalypse. And with the dawning of a new millennium, they've remained as unabashedly potent as they'd ever been.
Through the mid-80s to early-90s, Anthrax reigned as heavy metal hierarchy, their thrash metal tendencies crashing head-on with an uncanny ability to fuse molten rhythms, infectious melodies, and unbridled metal into damn-near perfect songs. After parting ways with frontman Joey Belladonna in 1992, they returned with Armored Saint frontman John Bush at the helm for the epic Sound Of White Noise in 1993. It was a new twist in a story that had no intention of ending.
Anthrax have sold more than 10 million records worldwide, been nominated for three Grammy Awards, crossed the globe on more than fifty tours spanning 32 countries on five continents, released ten studio albums, and have left an indelible mark on the music industry. They said rap and metal could never mix, but Anthrax made it happen first, their 1991 collaboration with Public Enemy on the rappers Bring The Noise toppling social barriers between styles that few thought could co-exist. By the end of the decade, Anthrax could be credited with breaking ground on a whole new genre in the world of hard rock and heavy metal.
Scott Ian and Danny Lilker formed Anthrax in 1981 and began their rise to fame with vocalist Neil Turban. Turban was replaced by Joey Belladonna in 1984 and Anthrax began to take off with the release of Spreading the Disease in 1985. The album afforded Anthrax a number of huge tour dates in the US and Europe, and was followed up by Among the Living in 1986. It was this album that launched Anthrax into the mainstream and began to develop their signature sound. State of Euphoria experienced similar success in 1988 and was followed by hugely popular US tour dates with Living Colour. While 1990's Persistance of Time featured a more somber style, it became a huge hit and even received a Grammy nomination.
In 1992, Joey Belladonna was fired from the band and replaced by John Bush. Under Bush's tenure, Anthrax released the hugely popular albums Sound of White Noise (1993) and We've Come For You All (2003), while playing sold-out tour dates around the world. In 2005, Anthrax went on concert dates with the much beloved lineup of Ian Scott, Joey Belladonna, Charlie Benante, Dan Spitz, and Frank Bello. While the tour was successful and delighted fans, neither John Bush nor Joey Belladonna returned to the band after the tour dates were over. While fans enjoyed Dan Nelson's few tour dates with the band, Anthrax welcomed back Joey Belladonna in 2010, shortly before the first "Big Four" concert date at the Sonisphere festival.
Anthrax continues to play tour dates while fans eagerly anticipate the release of Worship Music on September 12 (even though production began in 2008) and 2011 concert dates this summer. Next up for Anthrax are tour dates in Europe beginning on July 2; some of which will include the other members of the "Big Four." Due to the expectation of Scott Ian's new child, he will be replaced by Andreas Kisser until July 16. Anthrax with Scott Ian will head to Canada for two concert dates on July 23 and make an appearance with the "Big Four" at Yankee Stadium on September 14. Beginning on December 12, Anthrax will play four tour dates in Japan, thus rounding out their concert dates for 2011. Anthrax might add more tour dates once Worship Music releases, so check Eventful for updates.