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Anthrax: thrash metal pioneers
Hailing from the post-punk metal scene of New York City back in the early 1980s, Anthrax were among the leaders of the thrash metal revolution. With contemporaries such as Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, it shouldn't come as surprise, that Anthrax have stood the test of time. Releasing their eleventh studio album For All Kings in early 2016, don't miss your chance to catch the best of their back catalogue live in concert when they next visit the UK: buy Anthrax tickets now at StubHub, assured under our industry-first FanProtect Guarantee.
Anthrax: four decades in the business
Formed in 1981 by then-guitarists Scott Ian, Dan Lilker and vocalist Neil Turbin, the two named the band after seeing the name in a biology textbook, due to the name sounding "sufficiently evil". Doggedly earning themselves a contract with Megaforce Records, Anthrax released their debut album Fistful of Metal only three years later, though it would take the band's third album, Among the Living for a real cult following to emerge.
The band broke into the mainstream with Public Enemy collaboration "Bring the Noise", along with tracks such as "Madhouse" and "Caught in a Mosh" - which have grown to be cult classics. The best example of Anthrax in their prime comes in the form of thrash track "I am the Law", inspired by the Judge Dredd comics and set in a dystopian 2000AD. Appearing on Among the Living, the song was actually referenced not long after when Sylvester Stallone played Judge Dredd, famously exclaiming "I am the Law!".
Another famed track comes in the form of "Indians", revealing Anthrax's cultural awareness. Paying tribute to the mistreated Native Americans during Colonial America, "Indians", the track is proof that thrash metal can be just as culturally critical as any other genre.
Over the years, Anthrax have undergone a number of line-up changes with certain eras of the band defined by their vocalists, though they did eventually settle on drummer Charlie Benante. Neil Turbin's stint with the band lasted 6 years altogether, with Joey Belladonna taking his place in 1984. Though Belladonna actually left the band in 1992, replaced by John Bush, Belladonna has since reunited with Anthrax after John Bush decided to bow out once more. Of the two founders, Scott Ian is the only one to remain, when Lilker leaving due to tensions with the rest of the band, he was then replaced by Benante's nephew, Frank Bello. As it stands, the lineup consists of Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna and Jonatan Donais.
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