An open letter from Charlie Benante

I want to let all of our fans know what the situation is with my being or not being on the road with the band. Most of you know I had to have hand surgery a couple of years ago for the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that I developed. Since then, I’ve continued to have regular physical therapy and doctor’s office visits, and while my hand has gotten a lot better, it just hasn’t fully healed. My doctor says it could continue to get better, but that’s going to take as much time as it takes. When we were recording our new album, I realized that after three or four weeks straight in the studio, playing every day, not only would my hand start hurting like hell, but I would lose all feeling in it for a couple of days. And the same with being on the road – I seem to be OK for a couple of weeks, but after that, the carpal tunnel flares up, the pain sets in, my hand goes numb, and I simply cannot play the drums, especially with the intensity that Anthrax’s music requires.

I love being on the road, playing our music live for you guys, and I’m very excited about playing our new songs for you in 2016, but, at least at this point, for those four, five, six or seven week tours, I just won’t be able to be on all dates. Anthrax has just started a European tour with Slayer, and Jon Dette is sitting in for me for the first three weeks or so; I’m planning to join the band on November 21 in the UK and will be on the remainder of the tour.

If there is a silver lining to this, it’s that the time that I’m not on the road with the band, I am able to stay actively involved in the band’s artwork (very excited for you all to see the cover art for our new album!), be available to promote our upcoming album, and help put together special Anthrax editions like our upcoming “Spreading The Disease” reissue.

So, that’s the situation. I wanted to make sure that all of you knew exactly what was going on and that I thank you all for the understanding and support. I sincerely look forward to seeing you on the road!

Charlie

ANTHRAX PREMIERES “EVIL TWIN”

ANTHRAX PREMIERES “EVIL TWIN,” THE FIRST NEW SONG FROM THE BAND’S UPCOMING 2016 ALBUM

Track and Companion Lyric Video Point the Finger
at Those Who Have Contributed to Today’s Religious and Political Barbaric Extremism

LOS ANGELES, CA – Thursday, October 22, 2015 – “Evil Twin,” the first new song from Anthrax’s long-awaited album set for a first quarter 2016 worldwide release (Megaforce/North America * Nuclear Blast/Europe, UK), debuts today. Also released today is the “Evil Twin” lyric video, a compelling barrage of places, victims, actions, and some of the infamous zealots and others who have perpetrated violent extremism on innocents around the world, aptly exemplifying the song’s powerful message.

“Evil Twin” is now available digitally, and can be purchased via iTunes and Amazon.

EU CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ‘EVIL TWIN’

USA CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ‘EVIL TWIN’

Musically, “Evil Twin” is a full-on thrash-metal tune that blasts off with a raging guitar riff, accelerates expeditiously and is completely uncontrollable.

“Yeah, that opening riff is really evil,” laughed the band’s Charlie Benante. “We had done a lot of touring with Death Angel and Exodus, so I was in a really thrashy state of mind when I starting writing the riffs for that song. I think along with Scott’s lyrics and Frank’s melodies, we came up with a really great, old school thrash metal feel.”

As Anthrax bassist Frank Bello put it, “it’s a song that begs to be played live.”

Lyrically, the track unapologetically denounces the self-righteous religious extremists who spread their bloody terror under the guise of a Holy War.

You represent your discontent
Slaughtering the innocent
Insolence
You’re no martyrs

“I was very affected by the Charlie Hebdo massacre as I have been with all of the shootings that have taken place at schools and movie theatres,” said Anthrax’s lyricist Scott Ian. “I can’t figure out what would cause someone to think that was the right thing to do. ‘I’ll show the world, I’ll make my God happy.’ It’s just such bullshit. I’m not bagging on religion, that’s not my intent, but people who go to that extreme, who feel they have become judge, jury and executioner over their fellow man because you or I don’t believe the same thing they do, I think that’s the ‘Evil Twin’ of humanity. Writing words about that is my only catharsis.”

Beginning in the Fall of 2014, Anthrax – Benante (drums), Ian (rhythm guitar), Bello (bass), Joey Belladonna (vocals), and lead guitarist Jon Donais – took their time in the studio recording the follow up to their Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed 2011 album, Worship Music. The band recorded some 20 original songs, almost twice as many as they had ever brought into the studio in the past. In terms of how the new music sounds, Bello said, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax. I think we’ve done a really good job of that on the new album.”

Anthrax is set to join their fellow Big Four comrades, Slayer, on a seven-week European tour that kicks off this Sunday, October 25. The complete itinerary is below.

OCTOBER
25 Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg, Netherlands**
26 Zenith Paris, Paris, France**
28 La Cooperative De Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
30 Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain**
31 Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain**

NOVEMBER
1 La Riviera, Madrid, Spain**
3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain**
5 Alcatraz, Milano, Italy**
7 Planet.tt Bank Austria Halle Gasometer B, Vienna, Austria**
8 Haus Auersee, Leipzig, Germany**
10 Zenith, die Kulturhalle, Munich, Germany**
12 Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany**
13 RuhrCongress, Bochum, Germany**
14 MHPArena, Ludwigsburg, Germany
16 Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany**
17 AB Main Hall, Brussels, Belgium**
19 Rockhal, Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg
21 Newport Centre, Newport, UK**
22 Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, UK**
24 O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, UK**
25 O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow, UK**
27 O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK**
28 O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK**
30 O2 Academy Brixton, Brixton, UK**

DECEMBER
3 Kulturvaerflet, Helsinger, Denmark**
4 Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway**
5 Lisebergshallen, Goteborg, Sweden**
9 Stadium Live, Moscow, Russia**

** w/ Slayer

PRE ORDER 30th Anniversary Spreading the Disease

The pre order links are now up for the 30th Anniversary Remastered 2 disc edition of Spreading the Disease.

 

CLICK THE LINKS TO GO DIRECT TO THE STORE

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Spreading the Disease 30th Anniversary Edition Track Listing:

Disc One
A.I.R.
Lone Justice
Madhouse
S.S.D./Stand or Fall
The Enemy
Aftershock
Armed and Dangerous
Medusa
Gung-Ho
Medusa (Joey Belladonna demo)

Disc Two
A.I.R. *
Metal Thrashing Mad *
The Enemy *
Madhouse *
Howling Furies*
Armed And Dangerous *
Gung-Ho *
Soldiers of Metal *
Lone Justice **
Gung-Ho **
Metal Thrashing Mad **
Raise Hell **
Stand Or Fall **
Aftershock **
Armed And Dangerous **
Madhouse **
The Enemy **

* Live at Sun Plaza (Tokyo) 1987
** Rhythm track tape, 1984

 

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30TH Anniversary Edition of Spreading The Disease – Out Nov 20th

On November 20, three decades after its October 30, 1985 debut, Universal will release a special 30th anniversary edition of Anthrax’s classic Spreading The Disease, the band’s second studio album and the one that served as the then-budding thrash band’s breakthrough, and still considered one of the best thrash-metal records ever recorded

“We wanted to do something special for our fans to celebrate the anniversary of ‘Spreading the Disease,'” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “We took the idea to Universal a couple of years ago and have been very hands-on with them, creating this special, deluxe edition that we think our fans will really like.”

“Anthrax’s music matters. In the pantheon of Modern Metal, Anthrax is certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influences on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation.” — Kirk Hammett/Metallica

From the beginning, Benante has kept one of everything the band did – artwork, t-shirts, posters, and when the band was recording, he had the engineer run off a few tapes of the project’s basic tracks, alternate takes and alternate mixes, just to stockpile until the time came that they would be needed.  Consequently, in addition to the original album’s nine tracks, the two-disc anniversary edition features previously umreleased bonus material including Joey Belladonna’s 1984 demo recording of the song “Medusa,” nine “rhythm tracks” from Anthrax recordings also done in 1984 – no vocals, no overdubs or “sweetening,” just drums, some guitar, a bit of bass, showing the songs in their naked, most basic form, and eight live songs from Anthrax’s 1987, first-ever concert in Japan, held at Tokyo’s Sun Plaza.  “‘STD’ was our first real record on a major label,” said Benante.  “We were on a roll with that album, and we wanted to perform those songs as close to the album versions as possible.  I think the performances show the excitement of a young band that was on its way, so we wanted to have them on this reissue.”

Produced by Anthrax with Carl Canedy, the 44-minute Spreading the Disease marked the first Anthrax album to feature singer Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello (joining drummer Benante and guitarists Dan Spitz & Scott Ian), and set into motion the core elements that would become the essence of Anthrax.  In addition, the album also introduced the Anthrax writing partnership of Benante and Ian (that eventually evolved into Benante, Ian and Bello).

 For Bello, Spreading the Disease was his full-on album recording baptism.  Only 18 at the time, he hadn’t yet fully realized his own style of playing, but over the course of the sessions, he developed it.  “You can hear all of my influences on every song, Steve Harris, Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, all of them.”  Bello remembers that STD didn’t quite come of age until later on, but it was definitely “simmering.”  “What we were doing was so fresh, so different – we had heavy songs with these great, melodic vocals – and eventually, people caught on and loved what we were doing.  I think every song on ‘STD’ still stands up today.”

 Spreading the Disease represented a turning point in rock.  It came during a time when the landscape was transitioning from the “hair band scene” to a new composite of metal, punk and hardcore – thrash metal.  The album was compelling and utterly fresh to the 1985 music fan with its speedy rhythms, savage riffs, blistering solos, punishing drum work and a killer melodic performance by Belladonna.  Unlike the thrash bands sprouting up on the west coast that focused on speed, Anthrax’s focus was on catchiness, hooks, and a hot and sweaty, New York mosh sensibility.  And it wasn’t just the music that was morphing, it was a whole new culture that was being birthed.  And Anthrax, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – was right at its nucleus.

Spreading the Disease contains several Anthrax standouts:  “A.I.R.,” with its great riffs and abundance of melody, “Madhouse,” a testament to the band’s top-notch song-writing skills that showcased their grasp of melody, and “Armed and Dangerous,” a soulful ballad with its singalong chorus and spine-tingling performance by Belladonna.  “Aftershock” is probably the album’s punkiest song with its blistering guitar solo, and the closer, “Gung Ho,” with its out-and-out speed-kills blitzkrieg, is a superb piece of thrash metal.

“We didn’t know what we were doing, but we totally knew what we were doing,” said Ian.  “I know that doesn’t make sense, but it’s where we were at, a bunch of 21 year-old kids making our major label debut on a shoestring budget with nothing but a dream and a bunch of songs that we thought killed.  We were right and our dream came true.  Thank you to all the fans that put this record and Anthrax on the map way back when and still support us today.  Cheers my friends!”

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Spreading the Disease 30th Anniversary Edition Track Listing:

Disc One
A.I.R.
Lone Justice
Madhouse
S.S.D./Stand or Fall
The Enemy
Aftershock
Armed and Dangerous
Medusa
Gung-Ho
Medusa (Joey Belladonna demo)

Disc Two
A.I.R. *
Metal Thrashing Mad *
The Enemy *
Madhouse *
Howling Furies*
Armed And Dangerous *
Gung-Ho *
Soldiers of Metal *
Lone Justice **
Gung-Ho **
Metal Thrashing Mad **
Raise Hell **
Stand Or Fall **
Aftershock **
Armed And Dangerous **
Madhouse **
The Enemy **

* Live at Sun Plaza (Tokyo) 1987
** Rhythm track tape, 1984

 

 

Anthrax: special guests of Iron Maiden Sth America

DATES W/ Maiden!!!: Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina & Brazil

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Anthrax special guests of Iron Maiden for the Latin America leg of The Book Of Souls Tour in Mexico March:

MAR 01 – Monterrey, Mexico – Teatro Banamex
MAR 03 – Mexico City, Mexico – Sports Palace
MAR 08 – San Jose, Costa Rica
MAR 11 – Santiago, Chile
MAR 13 – Cordoba, Argentina
MAR 15 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
MAR 17 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
MAR 19 – Belo Horzonte, Brazil
MAR 22 – Brasilia, Brazil
MAR 24 – Fortaleza, Brazil
MAR 26 – Sao Paulo, Brazil

For all ticket information and venues – check our TOUR page above