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This New York, USA-based thrash metal outfit was started in 1981 by Scott "Not" Ian and Dan Lilker. After a series of personnel changes, Ian and Lilker were joined by Neil Turbin, Dan Spitz and Charlie Benante. Managed by Johnny Zazula, the lead of the independent Megaforce Records, the quintet released their first album called Fistful Of Metal in 1984. Despite its tasteless sleeve, the album garnered fair reviews and was a small but steady seller. Lilker subsequently left Anthrax to pursue a hardcore direction with Nuclear Assault. Turbin also departed, with his initial replacement, Matt Fallon, being quickly succeeded by Joey Belladonna. This line-up released the Armed And Dangerous in 1985, and their increasing popularity led to a contract with Island Records. Spreading The Disease was well received, and the band's European profile was raised considerably by their support slot on Metallica's Damage Inc tour.
In summer 1985, Ian and Benante formed S.O.D. A hardcore band with a satirical outlook. They were joined in this project by former bandmate Lilker and Billy Milano. Among The Living, produced by the band with Eddie Kramer, showed that Anthrax were a major force in the speed metal scene, producing UK hits in "I Am The Law" and "Indians", and their riotously entertaining live shows made them many friends among press and public alike. A humorous rap song, "I'm The Man", became both a hit and a favorite encore. However, State Of Euphoria was a disappointing, patchy affair, with the band suffering an undeserved media backlash over their image.
Sterling live work restored their reputation, with Anthrax's commitment to expanding their audiences' musical tastes demonstrated by their choice of UK support acts, Living Colour and King's X. Persistence Of Time showed a return to form, and was a dark and relentless work that produced another hit in the shape of a cover version of Joe Jackson's "Got The Time". Classed by the band as an EP, Attack Of The Killer B's was essentially a collection of b-sides for the curious fan, but became one of Anthrax's most popular albums, with the hit collaboration with Public Enemy, "Bring The Noise, leading to the two bands touring together in a co-headlining package. Shortly after the band signed a new contract with Elektra Records, Belladonna was fired, with ex-Armored Saint frontman John Bush stepping in. Sound Of White Noise was hailed as the band's finest hour, a post-thrash tour de force of power metal with bursts of hardcore speed. Bush's creative input helped Ian and Benante to write some of their best work, while Dave Jerden's production updated and re-energized the Anthrax sound.
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In 1994 Bush established his own R&B offshoot, Ho Cake, which included former Armored Saint personnel Joey Vera (bass) and Jeff Duncan (guitar), as well as Shawn Duncan (drums), Tony Silbert (keyboards) and Bruce Fernandez (ex-Dread Zeppelin). In 1995 Anthrax began work on Stomp 442, an unremittingly brutal collection of hardcore and metal produced by the Butcher Brothers (best known for their work with Urge Overkill). However, Spitz was ejected from the band just prior to recording and his guitar parts were played instead by his former guitar technician, Paul Cook, Pantera's Dimebag Darrell, and the band's drummer, Charlie Benante.
1999 saw the release of Anthrax's very first "hits" collection, titled Return of the Killer A's. The album included a cover of "Ball of Confusion," which featured a duet between current frontman Bush and former vocalist Belladonna. A proposed tour that was to include both vocalists was announced, but on the eve of its launch, Belladonna pulled out for supposed monetary reasons. The tour carried on, as Anthrax signed on to participate in a package tour during the summer of 2000 with Mötley Crüe and Megadeth, but left the tour after only playing a handful of dates. Anthrax appeared on the Twisted Sister tribute album Twisted Forever in 2001 (covering the track "Destroyer"), and began recording their next album the same year. In addition, guitarist Ian found time to regularly host the metal television program Rock Show on VH1, plus appearing as part of the fictional metal band Titannica in the film Run, Ronnie, Run. VH-1 programming heads would eventually replace Ian with Sebastian Bach, but the band was ready to head back into the studio anyway. New guitarist Rob Caggiano joined in the spring of 2002, just in time for the recording. A year later, Anthrax made their Sanctuary debut with We've Come For You All. The band's dynamic hadn't changed and touring in support of that album was met with overwhelming success. The CD/DVD set Music of Mass Destruction: Live in Chicago, which arrived in Spring 2004, celebrated that and Anthrax's twentysome years in the business.
Anthrax will always be revered by their peers to be one of the founders of thrash metal. Bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, and Slayer will all contest that Anthrax is one of the best and one of the originators of the thrash metal sound. They made waves in music for 20 years and show no signs of slowing down!
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