2 Nights At St Vitus!

2 Amazing Nights 16 & 17th September 2016 At St Vitus Bar For Gilda’s Club NY

Both night sold out instantly, Superb fun. Thank you to all that were there and with us!

Belly Of The Beast Night 1

Medusa Night 2

Night 1 Set List

Night 2 Set list

Anthrax Unleash Monster At The End Video

ANTHRAX’S “MONSTER AT THE END” TAKES A DETOUR TO THE PAST FOR AN INNOVATIVE STOP MOTION MUSIC VIDEO
Check it out at Fangoria

“Hey, it might have been a great idea,” laughed video director Jack Bennett, “but holding down the shutter button on a still camera for that long a time? All we would have ended up with were four jammed cameras!”

Shooting the entire video with Super Sharp HD video still cameras, Bennett wanted an animated, staccato-feel to the flow of the individual images. “Video shutter speeds are faster and more reliable than anything we could have done manually, and we wanted as big a pool of still images to choose from as we could get.”

In post-production, Bennett went through the footage frame by frame and hand-picked the still images he wanted to animate – hundreds of them. Rather than print the video at 24 frames per second, he animated movement of the band members using the still images, creating a jagged, crude motion. “We didn’t want fluidity, we wanted the video to have more of a comic book feel to it, like flipbook animation.”

This also allowed Bennett to hang on the band members’ individual movements to accentuate the power of their playing, such as the strength in Charlie Benante’s drum hits, or Scott Ian’s strumming or Frank Bello’s rhythm.

And then the real fun began.

Bennett and his crew went one step further, taking a cue from the legendary Walt Disney animators of the 1920s and 1930s, who used the technique of rotoscoping, the art of painstakingly hand-painting individual cels to embellish a primary image.

Employing the fundamentals of rotoscope, Bennett has peppered the video with monsters, tattoos that come alive, explosions, popping eyeballs, speech bubbles, morphed images, and nods to the influence of ‘Creepshow.’ There’s even a frame or two of The Skull King, the evil character from Anthrax’s “Blood Eagle Wings” music video that Bennett also directed. Actor Justin Michael Terry, who played The Skull King, is The Runner in “Monster At The End.”

“We used a lot of stop-motion effects as well as other special and visual effects in the same way as was done in the original ‘Exorcist’ film,” Bennett added. “We even added a little bit of grain, some dust and some scratches just to give it that analog feel.”

As the music video unfolds, the frame rate increases, giving the band members more and more fluid movements until the final chorus when the video is full-on 24-frames per second. “You could watch this video one frame at a time,” Bennett added, “and probably not find everything we did.”

“The ‘Monster at the End’ video takes us back to our love of comics and horror,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “We’ve always loved the ‘Creepshow’ movies and wanted something like that for this video. Jack is easy to work with, all we did was perform the song, he did the real work with the editing and achieving the look that we wanted.”

Bennett wraps the video with one more surprise, an unexpected ending that goes to show that in the end, there’s a little bit of the monster in all of us.

We’re at the top of our game…..

Frank Bello says the band are on top of their game after the release of 11th album For All Kings.

It launched in February this year, and Bello says he, vocalist Joey Belladonna, drummer Charlie Benante, along with guitarists Scott Ian and Jon Donais, have “tapped into” something special throughout 2016.

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Bello tells Kaaos TV: “I feel very fortunate. I think Anthrax is at the top of its game. I think we’re in a good way of writing. We tapped into something really good of how to work with each other writing, and it’s really paying off and connecting with people.

“Every time we think we can take a break, we’re asked to do another tour – which is great to be wanted because it’s a tough business, and we know that.”

He continues: “The only way you get your music out now is to play out there and really to make people understand you have a new record and create the buzz. And so far it’s been nothing but amazing.”

Earlier this week, an animated video was released featuring Ian reflecting on the Big Four superjam, when he and members of Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer covered Diamond Head’s Am I Evil? in Poland in 2010.

Anthrax will head out on the road again next month for two festival dates, including an appearance at the UK’s Bloodstock. They’ll then tour North America with Slayer and Death Angel starting in September.

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