Anthrax tour dates
Hailing from the post-punk metal scene of New York City back in the early '80s, Anthrax were amongst the leaders of thrash metal music. 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, Anthrax tickets are already in high demand, as eager fans hope to see Anthrax tour all over Europe!
Anthrax's tenuous formation
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, thought it would take the band's third album, Among the Living for a real cult following to emerge.
Over the years, Anthrax underwent 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 Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna and Jonatan Donais.
Anthrax's top tracks
Taking into account Anthrax's growing social consciousness, Anthrax really broke into the fore with Public Enemy collaboration, "Bring the Noise", and with tracks such as "Madhouse" and "Caught in a Mosh", 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, set in a dystopian 2000AD. Appearing on the album, 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" is proof that thrash metal can be just as culturally critical as any other genre. Suffice to say, the song has appeared on numerous Anthrax compilation album's over the years.
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