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.'".
. 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.
. 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. Beck is a Scientologist. In March 2004, long-time bassist (and nephew of drummer Benante) Frank Bello left the band amid much speculation. He has also appeared as a guest on another animated show Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.

Scott Ian is currently engaged to Meat Loaf's daughter Pearl Aday. In keeping with Beck's sense of humour, there is much self-deprecation ("Odelay is a word! Just look it up in the Becktionary"). Several members have launched affiliated side-projects, such as Scott Ian's Stormtroopers of Death. Beck has done a guest voice on Matt Groening's animated show Futurama, playing himself. 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. Instead of pushing for an early release, a variety of bonus tracks including remixes from Boards of Canada and Dizzee Rascal will be released on March 29th, 2005. 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. Like many commercial artists, Beck's newest album fell victim to an internet leak in mid January 2005.

Despite these hardships and various legal entanglements regarding who had the rights to certain albums, Anthrax managed to soldier on. The video for the first single, "E-Pro," has been released to the general public on msn.com. 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. The record, Guero, produced by the Dust Brothers and Tony Hoffer, is tentatively slated for an early 2005 release. Regrouping the band signed with another label and released a greatest hits album although that label soon went out of business as well. In late 2004, Beck returned to the studio to work on his sixth major-label album. 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. Beck has a number of b-sides and soundtrack-only songs as well, including "Midnite Vultures" (curiously, not on the album of the same name), a cover of Korgis' "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" which appeared in the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and David Bowie's Diamond Dogs from Moulin Rouge!.

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. The Sea Change tour featured The Flaming Lips as Beck's opening and backing band. During the hiatus long time guitarist Dan Spitz left the band, leaving Anthrax reeling. Although some radio singles were released no commercial singles were made available to the public. Obviously upset at what they felt was an attempt by the label to kill the album, Anthrax attempted to sever ties with Electra. The album also featured string arrangements by Beck's father David Campbell and a sonically dense mix recalling at times Mutations and elements of Midnite Vultures. In 1995 the band released Stomp 442 an album which Electra refused to provide real promotion for, and it quickly disappeared without a trace. Sea Change was conceptualized as an album with one unifying theme—the stages following the end of a relationship.

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. After Midnite Vultures came Sea Change in 2002, another airy and emotional album with producer Nigel Godrich. Bush was a more "serious" sounding vocalist and Sound of White Noise was well received by most of the band's audience. For Beck, it was a return to the high-energy performances that had been his trademark as far back as Lollapalooza—the live stage set including a red bed that descended from the ceiling for the song "Debra" and the touring band was supplemented by a brass section. The band jumped ship from Island Records to Electra Records and released Sound of White Noise on the label in 1993. In 1999, Geffen released the much-anticipated Midnite Vultures, an orgy of sexual and culinary innuendo that was supported by a world tour. In 1992 Anthrax parted ways with vocalist Joey Belladonna and replaced him with ex-Armored Saint vocalist John Bush. A catalogue of the show was published by Plug In Editions/Smart Art Press.

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. The show toured from the Santa Monica Museum of Art to galleries in New York City and Winnipeg, Canada. Bring The Noise was a hit and the band had a successful joint tour with Public Enemy. During 1998, Beck's art collaborations with his grandfather Al Hansen were featured in an exhibition entitled Beck & Al Hansen: Playing With Matches and showcased solo and collaborative collage, assemblage, drawing and poetry works. 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. Track 10, "Sing It Again,"was written for Johnny Cash, but Beck never submitted it, considering it "rubbish." Cash would go on to record "Rowboat," a song that originally appeared on Beck's Stereopathetic Soul Manure. Because of this Anthrax appealed to a more general audience even if they were never quite as popular as their contemporaries. Songs on the album consisted of older tracks, some even dating back as far as 1994.

While the other major thrash bands, Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, were deadly serious, Anthrax wrote songs about comic books and Stephen King novels. Mutations was a departure from the electronic density of Odelay, and was filled with folk and blues influences. 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. Recorded over two weeks, during which Beck recorded one song a day, the sessions produced 14 songs. The additions of vocalist Joey Belladonna, and bassist Frank Bello brought a much improved sound to band. Produced by Nigel Godrich of Radiohead fame, it was intended as a stopgap measure before the next album proper. By 1985 when Anthrax released their first classic album, Spreading the Disease, their lineup had solidified into cohesive unit. Odelay was followed in 1998 by Mutations.

It was an inauspicuous debut for a band that would soon rise to the forefront of the thrash metal scene. Within the year, Odelay had received perfect reviews in Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, been listed on countless "Best of" lists, had received double-platinum status, and earned an impressive number of industry awards, including two Grammies. After signing with Megaforce Records, they released their first full-length album, Fistful of Metal in 1984. The lead single, "Where It's At," received heavy airplay and its video was in constant rotation on MTV. Anthrax was formed by guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Dan Lilker and vocalist Neil Turbin in the early '80s. That one-hit wonder label was put to rest with the release of 1996's Odelay, a collaborative effort with the Dust Brothers, creators of the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique. 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. It didn't help that a lot of audiences (especially at Lollapalooza) were only familiar with "Loser"' and would generally ignore his other work.

The "big-four" of thrash metal invariably includes Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. Beck took his act on the road with the 1995 Lollapalooza tour. Still, some critics panned him as a one-hit wonder. 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. At the same time, he released One Foot in the Grave on independent K Records and Stereopathetic Soul Manure on Flipside Records. Anthrax is a New York City-based heavy metal rock group, who released their first full-length album in 1984. Beck would comment often that like "Loser," the song that inspired it, the "slacker" label was very ironic. For the British band of the same name see: Anthrax (Anarcho-punk band). In 1994, Geffen's release of Mellow Gold made Beck a mainstream success—and led to his iconic status as the "slacker" representative of the alternative rock scene.

This article deals with the American band called Anthrax. Eventually, he chose Geffen Records, who offered him terms that included allowing for the release of independent albums while under contract. Neil Turbin, lead vocals. Their 1993 12" vinyl "Loser," from an initial run of 500 copies, created a sensation on alternative radio that led to a furious bidding war between labels to sign Beck. Dan Spitz, lead guitar. It was in this atmosphere of heady creativity that the founders of Bong Load Custom Records discovered Beck. Dan Lilker, bass. Some of his earliest and most thought provoking recordings were achieved by working with Tom Grimley at Poop Alley Studios, a part of WIN Records.

Greg D'Angelo, drums. In the spirit of an artist struggling to make a name for himself, his shows were memorable for their mix of humor and eccentricity. Paul Crook, lead guitar (touring guitarist only; never an "official" member of the band). During this time, Beck sought out (or snuck onto) stages at venues all over LA, from punk clubs to coffee shops. Frank Bello, bass. To support himself, he took a variety of low-paying, dead-end jobs, and even lived in a shed, all the while continuing to develop his music. Joey Belladonna, lead vocals. Beck returned to LA at the turn of the decade, destitute but motivated.

Rob Caggiano lead guitar. New York City and the late '80s found himself part of the punk-influenced anti-folk music movement. Charlie Benante, drums, guitar. In Germany, he spent time with his maternal grandfather, fluxus artist Al Hansen. John Bush, lead vocals. After dropping out of high school in the mid-1980s, Beck educated himself and traveled widely. Scott Ian, rhythm guitar. Hopefully compared by critics to the more obscure moments of Bob Dylan and given an enthusiastic seal of approval by Allen Ginsberg, Beck was a link between the folk and beatnik past and the hip-hop present.

2004 Greater of Two Evils. Bungle and avant garde composers such as John Zorn who experimented with similar genre raiding, Beck achieved notice with his free-flowing, sometimes absurd lyrical stylings. 2004 Music of Mass Destruction (CD/DVD set). Beck's music is often considered to be typical of much popular alternative music of the 1990s with its disdain for genre conventions, obtuse and ironic lyrics, and the melding of samples with played instruments. However, what set him apart from rock groups such as Mr. 2003 We've Come for You All. When his parents separated, he stayed with his mother and brother in LA, where he was influenced by that city's diverse musical offerings—everything from hip-hop to Latin music—and his mother's art scene – all of which would later reappear in his recorded and published work. 2001 Madhouse - The Very Best of Anthrax (compilation). Beck Hansen was born in Los Angeles, California to parents, David Campbell, a musician, and Bibbe Hansen, a visual artist.

1999 Return of the Killer A's (compilation). Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician and songwriter. 1998 Vol.-8 The Threat Is Real. Southlander. 1995 Stomp 442. Download sample of "Sissyneck" from Odelay. 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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