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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It was an inauspicuous debut for a band that would soon rise to the forefront of the thrash metal scene. In early 1994 Stephen Taverner came across ‘’Garage Girl’’ the bands demo tape. After signing with Megaforce Records, they released their first full-length album, Fistful of Metal in 1984. The demo tapes had not gained much attention yet and Ash was still playing small shows at local clubs. Anthrax was formed by guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Dan Lilker and vocalist Neil Turbin in the early '80s. In 1993 Ash made the demo tape, "Garage Girl," which featured "Jack Names The Planets" and "Intense Thing" taken from Shed, as well as some new tracks including "Petrol." They released their compilation demo tape, "Pipe Smokin' Brick" later this year, which featured an assortment of their best demo songs from the other 4 demo tapes. 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. These tapes featured their earliest material and the first recordings of some songs that would later be on their 1995 release, "Trailer", including "Intense Thing," "Get Out," "Obscure Thing," and their future single, "Jack Names The Planets.".

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This article deals with the American band called Anthrax. After barely a couple of gigs they were left on their own when the others left. Requiring a drummer they had a few drinks with Rick, who was in the year above them at school and had switched from playing the guitar to drums. Neil Turbin, lead vocals. Initially inspired by Twisted Sister and Iron Maiden in the early 90s, Tim and Mark formed a heavy metal band called Vietnam with a few schoolfriends. Dan Spitz, lead guitar. The original band members were Tim Wheeler (vocals / guitar), Mark Hamilton (bass guitar) and Rick McMurray (drums), who were later joined by Charlotte Hatherley (guitar/vocals). Dan Lilker, bass. Ash's music, though originally commonly described as Britpop, has also been catagorised as indie, rock and punk.

Greg D'Angelo, drums. Ash is a band which was originally formed in Downpatrick (Northern Ireland) in 1992. Before the formation of Ash, Mark and Tim played in a high school band called "Vietnam" with some of their friends. Paul Crook, lead guitar (touring guitarist only; never an "official" member of the band). "Pipe Smokin' Brick" – (1993). Frank Bello, bass. "Garage Girl" – (February 1993). Joey Belladonna, lead vocals. "Home Demo" – (November 1992).

Rob Caggiano lead guitar. "Shed" – (September 1992). Charlie Benante, drums, guitar. "Solar Happy" – (July 1992). John Bush, lead vocals. "I’m On Drugs" – (February 15 2003). Scott Ian, rhythm guitar. "Barbie" – (March 1 1997).

2004 Greater of Two Evils. "Get Ready" – (December 1995). 2004 Music of Mass Destruction (CD/DVD set). "Satellite Transmissions Volume 1" – (May 2003). 2003 We've Come for You All. "Numbskull" – (April 26 1999). 2001 Madhouse - The Very Best of Anthrax (compilation). "Renegade Cavalcade" – (December 6 2004).

1999 Return of the Killer A's (compilation). "Starcrossed" – (July 19 2004). 1998 Vol.-8 The Threat Is Real. "Orpheus" – (May 3 2004). 1995 Stomp 442. "Clones" – (February 25 2004). 1994 The Island Years (live). "Jack Names the Planets" – (December 2 2002).

1993 Sound of White Noise. "Envy" – (August 26 2002). 1991 Attack of the Killer B's. "There’s a Star" – (December 31 2001). 1990 Persistence of Time. "Candy" – (October 1 2001). 1989 Penikufesin (EP, only released in Europe). "Sometimes" – (June 9 2001).

1988 State of Euphoria. "Burn Baby Burn" – (April 2 2001). 1987 I'm the Man (EP). "Shining Light" – (January 29 2001). 1987 Among The Living. "Wildsurf" – (November 23 1998). 1986 Fistful of Anthrax (live). "Jesus Says" – (September 21 1998).

1985 Spreading the Disease. "A Life Less Ordinary" – (October 25 1997). 1985 Armed and Dangerous (EP). "Oh Yeah" – (June 24 1996). 1984 Fistful of Metal. "Goldfinger" – (April 15 1996). "Angel Interceptor" – (October 9 1995).

"Girl From Mars" – (July 31st 1995). "Kung Fu" – (March 20 1995). "Uncle Pat" – (October 17 1994). "Petrol" - (August 5 1994).

"Jack Names the Planets” - (February 1994). Meltdown - (May 17, 2004). Intergalactic Sonic 7’’s – (September 9 2002). Free All Angels – (April 23, 2001).

Nu-Clear Sounds – (October 5, 1998). Live at the Wireless – (February 17, 1997). 1977 – (May 6 1996). Trailer – (October 1994).

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