Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Chicago Bulls game last night. Watch the video below – filmed by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian – as Belladonna belts out our country’s national anthem. At the end of the video Ian says, “Nailed it.”
Finally gave the new Anthrax covers EP a listen and I think this may be the real reason why Rob Caggiano left the band (#lol #jk). To be honest, none of the songs flat-out suck; however, there are several weaknesses.
Anthems has a few great renditions of classic hard rock songs such as Rush’s “Anthem” and Boston’s “Smokin’.” In fact, those performances are borderline brilliant in some respects. But the “Big Eyes” (Cheap Trick) — sounds like Joey Belladonna is singing “I keep falling for those big guys” —- and “Jailbreak” (Thin Lizzy) covers are just OK, and the “TNT” (AC/DC) cover is “meh.” In my opinion, AC/DC is one of those bands that should never be covered on tape. Live performances are alright, but studio renditions? No thank you.
I respect the band for covering Journey’s “Keep on Runnin'” because Journey is better and heavier than people credit them. Belladonna wails on it.
Anthems contains some fun tracks, but certainly not a solid successor to the band’s surprise resurgence on Worship Music. To this day, my favorite Anthrax cover is “Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath” from I’m the Man EP - one of the first albums that sucked me into heavy metal.
1. “Anthem” (Rush cover)
2. “T.N.T.” (AC/DC cover)
3. “Smokin'” (Boston cover)
4. “Keep On Runnin'” (Journey cover)
5. “Big Eyes” (Cheap Trick cover)
6. “Jailbreak” (Thin Lizzy cover)
7. “Crawl” (album version)
8. “Crawl” (Orc mix)
I am very excited about the upcoming Anthrax covers album appropriately titled Anthems. Why? For one, Anthrax is on fire right now after coming off of an amazing metal album in Worship Music and tour (2011-2012). This band blew Megadeth off the stage at the Big 4 and American Carnage shows. Secondly, every cover Anthrax has released to date is totally badass (“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” “Phantom Lord,” etc). Third, we have proof that this album is no different. Here is a taste of Anthems with a thunderous cover of Rush’s “Anthem.” And yes, it is heavier and better than the original.
At yesterday’s Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante hopped on the drum kit during the end of Down’s performance of “Bury Me in Smoke.”
Watch the video of the song below at 6:36 to view Charlie’s bad ass work while singer Phil Anselmo enjoys a brew:
Down just finished recording their new EP according to the singer. Phil Anselmo also finished recording his first solo album, which will be released under the name Philip H. Anselmo. The solo record is titled Walk Through Exits Only.
Just in case you missed Anthrax performing Sepultura’s “Refuse/Resist” live in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 27 at HSBC Brasil. Guitarist Scott Ian takes lead vocals on this brutal rendition.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian posted a new blog post on his official site describing his recent trips to Indonesia and South America. In this excerpt, he comments on all the great coffees he consumed:
Over the last month and a half I’ve been lucky to have had coffee in Indonesia, Brazil and Columbia. If you follow me online at all you know I’m a bit of a coffee fan. I’ve sampled some of the best beans in the world recently, had some great espressos, drips, siphons, presses everywhere and I’ve come to the conclusion that the person making your coffee has as much to do with the final result as the bean does. I had four cups of the same Luwak in Jakarta and there was no consistency. The second cup I had was the best of the four and I think the best I’ve ever had. The other three were good but not memorable at all. I had an espresso in Santiago yesterday at our hotel that rivaled anything I’ve had in Italy. The guy pulling it knew what he was doing. Same today, there’s a serious coffee bar in our hotel and the guy working it is a pro. He did the Columbian beans justice. Anyway, I’m writing this all jacked up on three cups so there may not be a point to any of it.
Ian also discusses upcoming Anthrax tour plans and wishes Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi good health.
Anthrax played a wild live set in Chile on Saturday night. The buzz from the band and around the web is that the pit was insane. Here are a couple of videos to illustrate the madness:
“Caught In A Mosh”
Motörhead and Anthrax are gearing up for a tour of the UK in November 2012. Here are the tour dates:
Nov. 05 – Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
Nov. 06 – Manchester, UK – 02 Apollo
Nov. 08 – Newcastle, UK – City Hall
Nov. 09 – Glasgow, UK – 02 Academy
Nov. 11 – Leicester, UK – Demontford Hall
Nov. 12 – Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange
Nov. 14 – Portsmouth, UK – Gulidhall
Nov. 15 – Bournemouth, UK – Solent
Nov. 17 – London, UK – 02 Academy Brixton
Nov. 18 – Bristol, UK – Colston Hall
Video of Anthrax’s set at Auditorio Banamex, Monterey in Mexico. Gene Hoglan filled in for Charlie Benante on drums at this concert on April 17 (Benante took short leave to be with ill mother). Watch the streaming video below:
“Got The Time”
“Among The Living” (from the pit)
1. Earth on Hell
2. Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t
3. Caught in a Mosh
4. Antisocial (Trust cover)
5. The Devil You Know
7. In the End
8. Got the Time (Joe Jackson cover)
11. Among the Living
12. Be All, End All
14. Metal Thrashing Mad
15. I’m the Man
16. I Am the Law
(Gene Hoglan replaced Charlie Benante on this show)