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The Anthrax listening party for 11th album For All Kings at the excellent Butler, NJ based media and educational facility Architekt Music (Sevendust, Thank You, Scientist) was a real treat. A limited group of lucky fans were treated to lengthy and quite hysterical Q+A, delicious catering (I’d been wondering what the food would consist of due to the interesting varied backgrounds of the band members) and the first real taste of the triumphant latest album from the thrash greats. Truly one of the strongest entries in Anthrax history, For All Kings deserves a place in the collection of every metal fan.

Scott Ian came out and introduced the record joking that we had all gathered to hear the new Megadeth album before seriously thanking everyone and letting the room hear the epic and energized tunes. Huge choruses that showcase Belladonna’s considerable ear for hooks that could stand up with the Black Album but nonetheless still elsewhere pack an earlier thrash glory days reminiscent metal punch, massive riffs from the band ranging from almost Ministry-esque tight syncopation to classic metal leads and Priest influenced barn burners plus some of the craziest Charlie Benante drumming on wax to date add up to one serious contender.

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Album Review: Anthrax – “For All Kings”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1:56 PM (PST)

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Anthrax are back with For All Kings, the hotly anticipated and very well assembled follow up to Worship Music. They have added another jewel to their crown with this one.

From the start it is superior, even though Worship was a solid return to form. Not only do we get to hear what Jonathan Donais can REALLY add, the whole thing just sounds better sonically than pretty much anything the band has done prior. Plus, peep that Alex Ross artwork! Another very memorable and amusing cover!

“You Gotta Believe” is good enough to carry the record by itself, but the rest is no filler. Still, the opening rager (after the build up intro track) is a future classic that finds Belladonna sounding modern and in full command. It is one of Joey’s best performances in a long time and a fair match for the best of John Bush, despite me having a big love for The Sound Of White Noise era. The sense of nostalgia is because we all grew up with these guys but the songs are more than some mere retread of past victory. Melody, fiery battle charged riffs and great unison sections beneath red hot leads…pure Anthrax glory.

“Monster At The End” has a big elbows in the pit stomper riff with some superb leads again over the top. The vocals are crystal clear but gritty and Frank Bello’s bass rumbles like the Running of the Bulls. Pure headbanger’s delight.

Benante also needs to be commended as his solid backbone and well placed accents are perfect. He has his Anthrax team player hat on fully but gets to do some great signature rolls, speed up parts and flat out cuts loose as we all want in other parts.

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Scott Ian of Anthrax (set to release what is likely the thrash album of the year For All Kings unless Megadeth prevail), is getting better with age like a thrashing metal vintage. Scott has urged Phil Anselmo to follow up on his apology with a donation to a Jewish charity to prove his contrition. Read more HERE.

That said, “Fuck The Middle East” by S.O.D. wasn’t such a great articulation of cultural relations either. Which pains me to type as I actually try to write something nice about Anthrax almost every day. Though obviously a very old song (which was said to be a “Pro-Israel” song) and not as bad as the nazi salute onstage wasted after jamming with a low profile d-lister like Dave Grohl. Oh, and the lyrics of “Speak English Or Die” are horrible, which a friend reminded me of on Facebook. I hope there is a quote somewhere saying that was satire. There must be or I can’t imagine I ever would’ve kept following S.O.D. or Anthrax. I’m just foggy and half baked right now.

The whole world needs more tolerance and love. Maybe it is smart that Ghost covered ABBA.

I hope with the passing of recent beloved musicians or relations (in my case) or even the Paris attacks showcasing fragile eggshells we stand on, that every breath is savored, that imagination and a wish to see and learn about cultures and the world fills everyone, the lust for life. I’m 37 and the desire to experience the world is only sharpened as I look at maps in an old Alan Furst ww2 setting novel, hear cries for unity from the metal community or communicate with new friend Eugene Tymchyk from Odessa’s Septa. we can all wash blood from our hands, embrace, discuss, rock, discover. Time is a resource. Remember that when you are standing around bitching or not accomplishing something you are literally sacrificing that moment forever. Choices.

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Anthrax get their Smithsonian treatment

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:55 AM (PST)
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How great is the above photo?! Classic.

These knuckleheads have given the world so much and the world owes them true metal thanks for all time \m/.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has just posted a video profile of Anthrax, “How New York of the ’80s Helped Influence Anthrax to Create East Coast Thrash,” as part of its Places of Invention exhibit’s interactive online map.

Check it out here.

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Anthrax are “Breathing Lightning”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 6:39 AM (PST)
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“Breathing Lightning,” the first official track from Anthrax‘s upcoming album For All Kings due out February 26 (Megaforce/North America), goes to radio today. The band’s Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Scott Ian talk about the writing and recording of the song in this new video clip HERE.

“Breathing Lightning” and the track “Evil Twin” will be available at indie retail beginning January 15 as a download card included in each box of the band’s fully customized, limited-edition full, 52-card deck playing cards. On February 26, the card will enable the holder to download the entire album.

 

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An announcement from ANTHRAX.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 12:10 PM (PST)

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Not a beaver reference or the idiots Jeb or W (Tweedle Dee and Dumb or perhaps Dumb and Dumber). Nope, I’m talking about mighty vocalist John Bush and his pals in Armored Saint. Bush in Armored even tops his killer Anthrax stuff, and pre-dates it.

Check out their new song premiere HERE via L.A. Weekly. “An Exercise In Debauchery” has big west coast metal drums, the character of living storytelling in the vocal delivery, a huge chorus and rubbery bass paired with big guitars than span classic and hard rock to thrash and funk influence in one song.

Armored Saint are also proud to be joining the legendary Saxon for a few select, high profile shows across the country starting in NYC tonight, May 12th, through May 30th. The group will also only be performing one, very special headlining date in the US this year and it’s in Las Vegas at Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar and Grill on July 11th, so don’t miss out if you are in the area.

Armored Saint is frontman John Bush and bassist Joey Vera, guitarist Phil Sandoval and his brother, drummer Gonzo Sandoval and guitarist Jeff Duncan – often referred to as a West Coast Manowar but really a much more thrashing underground force who have kept their integrity for many years of classic releases, indomitable.

ARMORED SAINT Tour with Saxon dates are below.

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“Benante’s Blend” new coffee line announced

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 11:34 AM (PST)
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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 HERE.

 “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.”

This is actually Benante’s second foray into the world of coffee. Years ago, he joined up with Dave Mustaine for a line of coffee and coffee products. “I’ve learned so much since then,” said Benante, “especially about selecting and blending the right beans, and how important roasting is.”

Benante hooked up with a company that specializes in coffee roasting. “I was pretty specific about the tastes I was looking for,” Benante explained. “I told them the type of coffee I wanted, what some of my favorite coffees were, and we built it from there. We combined beans from different regions, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sumatra and Africa, and tweaked the amount of time the beans were roasted to get just the right taste. It was a process, I tested a lot of different blends, but it was a lot of fun.”

 

“I love coffee so much,” Benante added, “if I could make it a cologne, I would wear it.”

In between coffee tastings, Benate has been recording the next Anthrax album due out later this year. The band kicks off leg one of its 2015-2016 global tour on April 24. Dates are below.

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Clockwise from Left/front:  Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donias

5 time Grammy nominated metal lifers Anthrax are about done with their follow-up to the widely praised and fan recent favorite Worship Music (the “comeback” album to many followers of the band).

I’m extremely stoked to hear Jon Donias’ contributions, as the band reports he’s played leads on 7 or 8 tunes so far. Jon, of course, was part of the great Shadows Fall and replaced longtime fan fave Rob Caggiano. Fans can catch both on tour when Caggiano’s current band, Danish hellions Volbeat, tour with Anthrax this year (dates below).

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 BELOW (as well as their recent contribution to the new Game Of Thrones mix tape).

 
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Worship Music was worth the wait, but while it was a big hit for Anthrax, arguably pushing them back behind Metallica as the number 2 most popular classic thrash band currently, there were still some doubters who were biased by the whole Dan Nelson saga. I’m looking forward to the new Anthrax stuff. It’s great to have Joey Belladonna on fire again since his return and now with Jonathan Donais on board I have a feeling it is going to be some of the best stuff in Anthrax’s lengthy career. They just seem really fired up and more genuine in their excitement right now than the other big 4 bands. Plus, Donais (ex-Shadows Fall) was a worthy talent to replace the very pro Rob Caggiano in the band. With 2015 bringing new Armored Saint AND Anthrax releases, anyway you slice it this will be a win for heavy metal!

Click HERE for some in studio footage of new Anthrax!

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2015: Let’s get this party started right!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 1:56 PM (PST)

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Ok, y’all! 2015 is officially underway and as odd as it feels that the Cubs are gonna win the world series this year (if you believe Back To The Future 2), we ought to start celebratin’ anyway. Rock with some pizazz, it will last, why you ask? Because if there is anything 2014 proved it’s that no matter what shifts in the marketplace there will always be die hard underground music fans anyway. Today is the day that most PR folks get back from a holiday vacation and start flooding journalists with media requests or posting press releases again. The holiday break was a good time to reflect back but now it’s once more into the breach, my friends. From the recently released new  Dir En Grey to Anthrax back in the studio  to Enslaved and Yob touring plans, there is going to be a lot of cool music in the air to discuss from both edgy fringe bands and tried and true heavyweights.

Thanks for supporting metal , hard rock and hard core via your love of Metal Riot.

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Anthrax “Indians” bourbon, starting new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:46 AM (PST)

3081bfe8-96d7-4cca-87d7-1819ab2687bcFunny, I was just this very morning reflecting with journalist Brian Krasman on bands who had done craft beverages. I remembered Daylight Dies made beer and Brian told me 1349 had one ( I hope it comes with plague mold ergot)! Maynard also has his wine place though I think  liked the Dave Matthews wine better (does that make me lose metal points?).

Anyhow, the thrash titans Anthrax, still the funnest of the classic thrash bands around attitude-wise, have unveiled a friggin’ bad ass bourbon today called…Indians! Yes, one of the most rad ‘thrax songs of all time is now drinkable. Now if only the NFL would change the name of the Redskins to The Arrows, we would be in a much better world already.

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.”

 

Read the full announcement/bourbon roll out, below. I don’t drink anymore, but cheers to the boys on their Grammy nomination for the Dio cover. It is cool they were nominated along with Slipknot, Motorhead and Mastodon, though I was annoyed about Tenacious D (no offense to Jack and KG at all ‘cuz they rule)…but really, in a year with more great metal than maybe ever, the last nomination slot ought to have gone to Triptykon, Castle, House Of Lightning (so siiiick), Vader , anybody.

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Deep Cuts: Scott Ian

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM (PST)

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To celebrate Scott Ian’s “don’t call it spoken word” Swearing Words In Glasgow NYC DVD screening at CMJ, I plucked three top notch Deep Cuts featuring his thrashing baldness. No S.O.D. song was picked since pretty much every one is great, by default. It’s fuckin’ S.O.D.

Dealing with Scott there are so many choices, but I got a Pearl, a Necro and a stellar Anthrax John Bush -era classic for ya below. While I approve of the speaking words/spoken word/screaming words whatever ya call it route, don’t pull a Rollins and stop doing as much music, Scott.

Or at least start writing ballads when you are REALLY old…NOT!

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Metal Insider will be presenting an exclusive screening of Scott Ian’s Swearing Words In Glasgow DVD in conjunction with Megaforce Records. The event will take place at Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn from 3-6pm on Wednesday, October 22nd, and is free to those who send an RSVP to scottianrsvp@gmail.com.

To be released on November 13th via Megaforce Records, the successfully crowd-funded DVD was recorded towards the end of Ians first-ever spoken word tour in Glasgow, Scotland. More information about Metal Insiders free screening of the Anthrax guitarists Swearing Words In Glasgow DVD here:

www.metalinsider.net/cinemetal/metal-insider-hosting-free-screening-of-scott-ians-swearing-words-in-glasgow-dvd

Later that same evening, Metal Insider will host its third annual CMJ Music Marathon showcase at The Wick in Brooklyn, NY. Sponsored by Spinefarm Records, the show will feature explosive sets from Incite, 68, Black Crown Initiate and Toothgrinder. Tickets are on sale now through The Wicks website for only $12 [enter SPINEFARMCMJ as the promo code at checkout to get the early bird rate of $10]. Limited CMJ badges will be admitted at the door.

More information about Metal Insiders CMJ 2014 Showcase can be found here:

www.metalinsider.net/events/metalinsidercmj2014

Purchase tickets here: www.thewicknyc.com/event/695985

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DVD Review: Anthrax – Chile On Hell

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM (PST)

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Remember the end of 8 Mile where Eminem (as B-Rabbit) says to his friend Future “I think I just kinda need to do my own thing, man.” That credo has stood Anthrax the test of time as well. 30 years in, the classic goofball thrashband have as nearly as much fire as at any point in their stellar career. They were recently the first metal band to have their music played on Mars, for chrissakes. Did you ever expect that from the band who once tried (unwisely) to allegedly trademark the nyhc logo? Sure, there have been some bumps or bad calls along the way, but many bands have trials and tribulations. Anthrax in any era coupled their brand of macho humor with irresitable neck damaging riffs and headwalk parts, plus a general acceptance of urban culture. Watching the new DVD Chile On Hell, featuring classic ‘thrax songs dished up for a rabid, and I mean rabid, crowd in Santiago, you will believe again… if your faith ever wavered.

Worship Music was the band’s highest charter in 20 years, and you can tell there is a lot of enthusiasm in the band. Scott Ian’s guitar unleashes beastly thrash rhythms one after the next with relentless fun and fury, his bald dome lookin’ like it is gonna bobble right off his head. The guitar tone on this baby is so gloriously loud and present I felt like I was at the venue, while Charlie Benante’s double kick and Frank Bello’s bellowing back ups on “Caught In A Mosh” whip the circle pits to oceanic whirlpool levels.Caggiano is missed, as the new guy Jon Donais comes off as kind of a place holder (whereas he owned it in Shadows Fall), but the performances are nonetheless rock solid. At the end of the day, this DVD is Joey Belladonna’s show, and that is coming from someone who always liked John Bush’s voice better.

It’s hard to argue with this release, however. Belladonna’s enthusiasm and stage manner show a guy thankful to be back at the forefront of the band that brought him fame. Not only that, the band look like they are really fucking enjoying themselves. The energy and adrenaline that cemented Anthrax a place in the big 4 is here, for sure!

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