Anthrax (band)

This article deals with the American band called Anthrax. For the British band of the same name see: Anthrax (Anarcho-punk band)


Anthrax is a New York City-based heavy metal rock group, who released their first full-length album in 1984. Anthrax was one of the most popular bands from the thrash metal scene in the '80s, and possibly the biggest band to come out of the East Coast thrash scene. The "big-four" of thrash metal invariably includes Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.

They have made several appearances on television shows such as Married with Children and NewsRadio and have appeared in movies such as Run Ronnie Ron (performing as the fictional band Titannica) and Calendar Girls.

History

Anthrax was formed by guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Dan Lilker and vocalist Neil Turbin in the early '80s. After signing with Megaforce Records, they released their first full-length album, Fistful of Metal in 1984. It was an inauspicuous debut for a band that would soon rise to the forefront of the thrash metal scene. By 1985 when Anthrax released their first classic album, Spreading the Disease, their lineup had solidified into cohesive unit. The additions of vocalist Joey Belladonna, and bassist Frank Bello brought a much improved sound to band.

Almost immediately Anthrax morphed from a stereo-typical Judas Priest knock-off to the thrash metal style that would garner them so much fame. Mixing equal doses of punk and speed metal along with a generous dose of humor quickly shot them to the fore front of the burgeoning thrash movement. While the other major thrash bands, Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, were deadly serious, Anthrax wrote songs about comic books and Stephen King novels. Because of this Anthrax appealed to a more general audience even if they were never quite as popular as their contemporaries.

Anthrax was always a band prone to experimentation, and in 1991 they collaborated with pioneering rap artists Public Enemy on a joint version of PE's Bring The Noise. While Run-DMC had worked with Aerosmith back in 1986, Bring The Noise is widely regarded as the very first Rap Rock hybrid as this was the first time a Rock band had fully incorporated Rap into a song. Bring The Noise was a hit and the band had a successful joint tour with Public Enemy. Within a few years bands such as Rage Against The Machine, Korn, Limp Bizkit and a host of others had picked up the Rap/Rock or Rap/Metal mantle and gone on to various degrees of success.

In 1992 Anthrax parted ways with vocalist Joey Belladonna and replaced him with ex-Armored Saint vocalist John Bush. The band jumped ship from Island Records to Electra Records and released Sound of White Noise on the label in 1993. Bush was a more "serious" sounding vocalist and Sound of White Noise was well received by most of the band's audience. Unfortunately the musical landscape of the early '90s was changing drastically; Alternative Rock was the rage, and metal was no longer being pushed by the music industry.

In 1995 the band released Stomp 442 an album which Electra refused to provide real promotion for, and it quickly disappeared without a trace. Obviously upset at what they felt was an attempt by the label to kill the album, Anthrax attempted to sever ties with Electra. During the hiatus long time guitarist Dan Spitz left the band, leaving Anthrax reeling.

Anthrax signed with a small independant label, and in 1998 managed to release Vol.-8 The Threat Is Real, a punishing album which had the potential to return Anthrax to the top of the metal heap. Unfortunately, almost immediately after Volume 8's release, the independant label they were signed to went bankrupt and disappeared, making the album extremely difficult to find. Regrouping the band signed with another label and released a greatest hits album although that label soon went out of business as well. During this time period a two vocalist tour featuring both Joey Belladonna and John Bush was proposed and set to go, until Belladonna decided to pull out at the last minute.

Despite these hardships and various legal entanglements regarding who had the rights to certain albums, Anthrax managed to soldier on. In 2002 new guitarist Rob Caggiano joined the band and the following year the band released We've Come For You All, an album hailed by the metal press as a long awaited return to form. In early 2004 the band returned to the studio to record Greater of Two Evils, a rerecording of the band's early work with the current lineup.

Several members have launched affiliated side-projects, such as Scott Ian's Stormtroopers of Death.

Scott Ian is currently engaged to Meat Loaf's daughter Pearl Aday.

Discography

  • 1984 Fistful of Metal
  • 1985 Armed and Dangerous (EP)
  • 1985 Spreading the Disease
  • 1986 Fistful of Anthrax (live)
  • 1987 Among The Living
  • 1987 I'm the Man (EP)
  • 1988 State of Euphoria
  • 1989 Penikufesin (EP, only released in Europe)
  • 1990 Persistence of Time
  • 1991 Attack of the Killer B's
  • 1993 Sound of White Noise
  • 1994 The Island Years (live)
  • 1995 Stomp 442
  • 1998 Vol.-8 The Threat Is Real
  • 1999 Return of the Killer A's (compilation)
  • 2001 Madhouse - The Very Best of Anthrax (compilation)
  • 2003 We've Come for You All
  • 2004 Music of Mass Destruction (CD/DVD set)
  • 2004 Greater of Two Evils

Band Members

Current members

  • Scott Ian, rhythm guitar
  • John Bush, lead vocals
  • Charlie Benante, drums, guitar
  • Rob Caggiano lead guitar

In March 2004, long-time bassist (and nephew of drummer Benante) Frank Bello left the band amid much speculation. The band has yet to release an official statement about Bello's departure and have recruited Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) as a touring bassist.

Former members

  • Joey Belladonna, lead vocals
  • Frank Bello, bass
  • Paul Crook, lead guitar (touring guitarist only; never an "official" member of the band)
  • Greg D'Angelo, drums
  • Dan Lilker, bass
  • Dan Spitz, lead guitar
  • Neil Turbin, lead vocals

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During the terrorist-related anthrax outbreak in the United States in 2001, the band altered their Website to provide information about the disease because many people had come there simply by entering anthrax.com in their Web browsers. Amid what could have become a PR nightmare for the band, they issued a press release (http://www.anthrax.com/html/ANTHRAX_PressRelease.htm) on October 10, 2001 that jokingly mentioned that they were going to change the name of the band to "something more friendly, like 'Basket Full of Puppies.'"


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Amid what could have become a PR nightmare for the band, they issued a press release (http://www.anthrax.com/html/ANTHRAX_PressRelease.htm) on October 10, 2001 that jokingly mentioned that they were going to change the name of the band to "something more friendly, like 'Basket Full of Puppies.'". MTV had plans to include Beenie Man in their roster of performers at the 2004 MTV Music Awards, to be held in Miami, Florida, but gay groups threatened protests, and MTV decided not to include Beenie Man after all. During the terrorist-related anthrax outbreak in the United States in 2001, the band altered their Website to provide information about the disease because many people had come there simply by entering anthrax.com in their Web browsers. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual action group OutRage! of the UK has been calling for Beenie Man and two other reggae stars to be prosecuted - since 2003 - under either the Public Order Act, the common law offence of inciting violence and murder, or the solicitation to murder clause of the Offences Against the Person Act. The band has yet to release an official statement about Bello's departure and have recruited Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) as a touring bassist. In 2004 Beenie Man was investigated by police regarding his controversial lyrics, inciting hatred and murder against homosexuals. In March 2004, long-time bassist (and nephew of drummer Benante) Frank Bello left the band amid much speculation. Featuring guest vocals on the chorus by fellow Jamaican star, Ms. Thing, as well as rhymes by up-and-coming rapper, Shawnna, it is currently rising both the pop and urban charts and has been forecast to be one of this summer's biggest hits.

Scott Ian is currently engaged to Meat Loaf's daughter Pearl Aday. But, his biggest break in America came in early 2004 with the release of the single and video for a remix of the song "Dude". Several members have launched affiliated side-projects, such as Scott Ian's Stormtroopers of Death. In 2002, he had a sizeable hit with a duet with Janet Jackson called "Feel It Boy". In early 2004 the band returned to the studio to record Greater of Two Evils, a rerecording of the band's early work with the current lineup. During the late 1990s, Beenie Man began to make a name for himself in America with the reggae hits "Who Am I" and "Girls Dem Sugar", which featured American superstar R&B singer, Mya. In 2002 new guitarist Rob Caggiano joined the band and the following year the band released We've Come For You All, an album hailed by the metal press as a long awaited return to form. In 2000, Beenie Man teamed up with Arturo Sandoval and Wyclef Jean (the Fugees) to release The Art & Life.

Despite these hardships and various legal entanglements regarding who had the rights to certain albums, Anthrax managed to soldier on. His first American release was The Doctor (1998), followed by Y2k. During this time period a two vocalist tour featuring both Joey Belladonna and John Bush was proposed and set to go, until Belladonna decided to pull out at the last minute. During the period from the mid to late '90s, Beenie Man dominated the Jamaican charts to the extent that he perhaps had a good claim to the crown of "Dancehall King", a title only bestowed previously on Yellowman in the early 1980s. Regrouping the band signed with another label and released a greatest hits album although that label soon went out of business as well. In 1998, Beenie Man signed to Virgin Records to release albums in the United States. Unfortunately, almost immediately after Volume 8's release, the independant label they were signed to went bankrupt and disappeared, making the album extremely difficult to find. In 1996, he released another critically acclaimed LP, Maestro, which launched his fame in the UK.

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Unfortunately the musical landscape of the early '90s was changing drastically; Alternative Rock was the rage, and metal was no longer being pushed by the music industry. Beenie Man released a series of early 1990s hit singles, including "Praise him" and "World Dance", as well as multiple LPs, such as Defend It and Dis Unu Fi Hear. Bush was a more "serious" sounding vocalist and Sound of White Noise was well received by most of the band's audience. Partially as a result of prodding from his producers, Sly & Robbie, Beenie Man soon converted to Rastafarianism. The band jumped ship from Island Records to Electra Records and released Sound of White Noise on the label in 1993. This was followed by a single, "No Mama No Cry", which condemned violence; it was inspired by the murder of Pan Head, another popular DJ. In 1992 Anthrax parted ways with vocalist Joey Belladonna and replaced him with ex-Armored Saint vocalist John Bush. Upon his return, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer made up and recorded an album together, Guns Out.

Within a few years bands such as Rage Against The Machine, Korn, Limp Bizkit and a host of others had picked up the Rap/Rock or Rap/Metal mantle and gone on to various degrees of success. In 1993, Beenie Man was booed off a stage and left Kingston, Jamaica for a year. Bring The Noise was a hit and the band had a successful joint tour with Public Enemy. After a break, Beenie Man returned in 1992 at Reggae Sunsplash, where he made waves by insulting Bounty Killer, a popular performer. Anthrax was always a band prone to experimentation, and in 1991 they collaborated with pioneering rap artists Public Enemy on a joint version of PE's Bring The Noise. While Run-DMC had worked with Aerosmith back in 1986, Bring The Noise is widely regarded as the very first Rap Rock hybrid as this was the first time a Rock band had fully incorporated Rap into a song. By 1983, Beenie Man was recording with Dillinger and Fathead, and had released a debut album, The Invincible Beenie Man and hit single, "Over the Sea". Because of this Anthrax appealed to a more general audience even if they were never quite as popular as their contemporaries. He was a child star at a young age, when he won the Teeny Talent contest and recording a single, "Too Fancy", with record producer Junjo Lawes.

While the other major thrash bands, Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, were deadly serious, Anthrax wrote songs about comic books and Stephen King novels. Beenie Man (born Moses Davis August 22, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica), is one of the most famous DJs in Jamaican history. Almost immediately Anthrax morphed from a stereo-typical Judas Priest knock-off to the thrash metal style that would garner them so much fame. Mixing equal doses of punk and speed metal along with a generous dose of humor quickly shot them to the fore front of the burgeoning thrash movement. The additions of vocalist Joey Belladonna, and bassist Frank Bello brought a much improved sound to band. By 1985 when Anthrax released their first classic album, Spreading the Disease, their lineup had solidified into cohesive unit.

It was an inauspicuous debut for a band that would soon rise to the forefront of the thrash metal scene. After signing with Megaforce Records, they released their first full-length album, Fistful of Metal in 1984. Anthrax was formed by guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Dan Lilker and vocalist Neil Turbin in the early '80s. They have made several appearances on television shows such as Married with Children and NewsRadio and have appeared in movies such as Run Ronnie Ron (performing as the fictional band Titannica) and Calendar Girls.

The "big-four" of thrash metal invariably includes Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. Anthrax was one of the most popular bands from the thrash metal scene in the '80s, and possibly the biggest band to come out of the East Coast thrash scene. Anthrax is a New York City-based heavy metal rock group, who released their first full-length album in 1984. For the British band of the same name see: Anthrax (Anarcho-punk band).

This article deals with the American band called Anthrax. Neil Turbin, lead vocals. Dan Spitz, lead guitar. Dan Lilker, bass.

Greg D'Angelo, drums. Paul Crook, lead guitar (touring guitarist only; never an "official" member of the band). Frank Bello, bass. Joey Belladonna, lead vocals.

Rob Caggiano lead guitar. Charlie Benante, drums, guitar. John Bush, lead vocals. Scott Ian, rhythm guitar.

2004 Greater of Two Evils. 2004 Music of Mass Destruction (CD/DVD set). 2003 We've Come for You All. 2001 Madhouse - The Very Best of Anthrax (compilation).

1999 Return of the Killer A's (compilation). 1998 Vol.-8 The Threat Is Real. 1995 Stomp 442. 1994 The Island Years (live).

1993 Sound of White Noise. 1991 Attack of the Killer B's. 1990 Persistence of Time. 1989 Penikufesin (EP, only released in Europe).

1988 State of Euphoria. 1987 I'm the Man (EP). 1987 Among The Living. 1986 Fistful of Anthrax (live).

1985 Spreading the Disease. 1985 Armed and Dangerous (EP). 1984 Fistful of Metal.

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