Anthrax

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Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band (1985-1990, 2004-present) and Alternative Rock (Modern Rock) band (1993-2003) from New York City (USA).

Anthrax was formed in 1981 by Scott Ian and Danny Lilker. Initially, both Scott Ian and Danny Lilker played guitar but after several quick line-up changes, Lilker moved to bass. Members rotated in and out of Anthrax on a frequent basis early on but by 1983, the band coalesced with Ian, Lilker, Neil Turbin (vocals), Dan Spitz (guitar) and Charlie Benante (drums). This line-up went in the studio with Ross The Boss of Manowar producing to record the tune "Soldiers Of Metal" for their first 7" release (the B-side featured a demo version of the song "Howling Furies" with Greg D'Angelo on drums).

In 1984, the band recorded their first LP, "Fistful Of Metal". Shortly afterwards, Lilker was fired, soon followed by Neil Turbin. Lilker was replaced by Frank Bello. Turbin was replaced by Matt Fallon but the union was short-lived. Soon, Joey Belladonna, from upstate NY, was drafted as vocalist. From 1985 through 1991, this line-up would record 4 LPs and 2 EPs (plus various singles) and find worldwide success as one of the top selling thrash metal bands. In 1987, Anthrax released the single "I'm The Man", a jokey rap tune featuring Ian, Benante, and Bello, all big rap fans, on vocals while Belladonna played the drums. A more serious rap/metal excursion occurred in 1991 when Anthrax collaborated with Public Enemy on a re-working of PE's 1987 tune "Bring The Noise".
The song and resulting Anthrax/Public Enemy tour was a big success.

In 1992, Anthrax fired Joey Belladonna. He was replaced by John Bush of Armored Saint. The new line-up released "The Sound Of White Noise". The record saw Anthrax shedding much of its signature Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) for an Alternative Rock (Modern Rock) sound and was a critical and commercial success. Dan Spitz departed the band after touring for the release. The rest of the decade would be marked by commercial woes and label problems. For the next few releases, lead guitar was provided by Charlie Benante, guitar tech Paul Crook (who would also be the band's live lead guitarist but would never be made an official member of the band) and Dimebag Darrell of Pantera. In 1999, Anthrax released the greatest hits album "Return Of The Killer A's" which featured Joey Belladonna return for a duet with John Bush on a cover of the Temptations' song "Ball Of Confusion". A planned tour that would feature both Bush and Belladonna was scrapped when the band could not reach a financial agreement with Belladonna.

In 2001, Rob Caggiano was hired as the band's lead guitarist and in 2003 the new line-up released "We've Come For You All". The album garnered some of Anthrax's best reviews since "The Sound Of White Noise". In 2004, Anthrax recorded "The Greater Of Two Evils" which featured re-recordings of songs from the Turbin and Belladonna eras. After the recording, Frank Bello left the group. Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera joined the band for the supporting tour of "The Greater Of Two Evils".

In 2005, the band made the surprise announcement that the line-up of Ian/Benante/Bello/Spitz/Belladonna would be reuniting for live performances, although Ian and Benante stressed that they also planned to continue working with Bush and Caggiano. This line-up toured together until 2007. Although there was talk of recording, Ian announced that the band was once-again dropping Belladonna, stating that he was not willing to "move forward". Unfortunately for Anthrax, John Bush was unwilling to return to the group. In need of a vocalist, the group hired Dan Nelson, a relative unknown. Rob Caggiano also returned to the band as Spitz went back to his job as a Swiss watchmaker, a trade he'd been involved in since leaving Anthrax.

The group toured with Dan Nelson for 2 years and recorded an album, entitled "Worship Music". However, in the summer of 2009, Nelson was removed from the band. Anthrax persuaded John Bush to return for some live dates, but the singer declined to rejoin the band full-time. In 2010, Anthrax announced that Joey Belladonna had returned.
“Worship Music”, with Belladonna on vocals, was released the following year. At the start of 2013, Caggiano left the group.
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MRI 469 Fistful Of Metal — Anthrax Anthrax Fistful Of Metal (Album) Megaforce Records MRI 469 US 1984 Sell This Version
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TMFN 62 Spreading The Disease — Anthrax Anthrax Spreading The Disease (Album, Comp) Megaforce Worldwide, Megaforce Worldwide TMFN 62 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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7 90584-4, 90584-4 Among The Living — Anthrax Anthrax Among The Living (Album, Maxi) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide, Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 7 90584-4, 90584-4 US 1987 Sell This Version
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7 91004-4 State Of Euphoria — Anthrax Anthrax State Of Euphoria (Album) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 7 91004-4 US 1988 Sell This Version
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11.6.90 Persistence Of Time — Anthrax Anthrax Persistence Of Time (Album) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 11.6.90 1990 Sell This Version
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I4 10318, 743427C Attack Of The Killer B's — Anthrax Anthrax Attack Of The Killer B's (Comp, Album, EP) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide I4 10318, 743427C Canada 1991 Sell This Version
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61430-4 Sound Of White Noise — Anthrax Anthrax Sound Of White Noise (Album) Elektra, Elektra 61430-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
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PHCR-4816 Live - The Island Years — Anthrax Anthrax Live - The Island Years (Album, Comp) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide PHCR-4816 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
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61856-2 Stomp 442 — Anthrax Anthrax Stomp 442 (Album) Elektra 61856-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
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MUSH33151.2 Volume 8 - The Threat Is Real — Anthrax Anthrax Volume 8 - The Threat Is Real (Album, Comp) Ignition, Tommy Boy MUSH33151.2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
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NB 699-2, 27361 66992 We've Come For You All — Anthrax Anthrax We've Come For You All (Album, EP, Single) Sanctuary Records NB 699-2, 27361 66992 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
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06076-84709-2 The Greater Of Two Evils — Anthrax Anthrax The Greater Of Two Evils (Album) Sanctuary Records 06076-84709-2 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
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06076-84688-2 Music Of Mass Destruction — Anthrax Anthrax Music Of Mass Destruction (Album) Sanctuary Records, Sanctuary Visual Entertainment, BMG Entertainment 06076-84688-2 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
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22764-2 Alive 2 (2005) — Anthrax Anthrax Alive 2 (2005) (Album) Sanctuary Records 22764-2 Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
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none Caught In A Mosh (BBC Live In Concert) — Anthrax Anthrax Caught In A Mosh (BBC Live In Concert) (Album) Island Records, Universal Music Catalogue, BBC none Europe 2007 Sell This Version
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A 706219 Extended Versions — Anthrax Anthrax Extended Versions(CD) Sony BMG Music Entertainment A 706219 US 2007 Sell This Version
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none Worship Music — Anthrax Anthrax Worship Music (Album, EP) Megaforce Records none US 2011 Sell This Version
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BOBV437LP Thrash In Texas - Dallas Broadcast 1987 — Anthrax Anthrax Thrash In Texas - Dallas Broadcast 1987(2xLP, Ltd, Red) Back On Black BOBV437LP UK 2016 Sell This Version
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NB 3567-2, 27361 35672 For All Kings — Anthrax Anthrax For All Kings (Album, Comp, EP) Megaforce Records NB 3567-2, 27361 35672 Russia 2016 Sell This Version
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none Kings Among Scotland — Anthrax Anthrax Kings Among Scotland (Album) Megaforce Records none Europe 2018 Sell This Version
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4610199084079 XL (MCMLXXXI - MMXXI) — Anthrax Anthrax XL (MCMLXXXI - MMXXI) (Album) Not On Label 4610199084079 Russia 2022 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

MRS-01 Soldiers Of Metal — Anthrax Anthrax Soldiers Of Metal(7", Single) Megaforce Records MRS-01 US 1983 Sell This Version
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MRS-05 Armed And Dangerous — Anthrax Anthrax Armed And Dangerous (EP) Megaforce Records, Megaforce Records MRS-05 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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12 ISP 285 Madhouse — Anthrax Anthrax Madhouse (Maxi, Single, EP) Island Records 12 ISP 285 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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ISP 325 Indians — Anthrax Anthrax Indians (Single, Maxi) Island Records, Island Records ISP 325 UK 1986 Sell This Version

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boilercad71

boilercad71

November 20, 2020
Please for the love of GOD reissue Among the Living.................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LPWJ

LPWJ

July 6, 2020
Metallica
Slayer
Anthrax
Megadeth
Testament

I always thought they should call them the big 5...and all are great but the top three rules supreme.
Anthrax is the soundtrack to my teenage years, hardcore and thrash combined...made many listen to more obscure band thanks to them and Metallica.
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Alextronica

Alextronica

February 9, 2020
Scott WTF would an Anthrax Box Set look like?! I'm a huge fan of all the eras!
grungil1980

grungil1980

November 2, 2019
i always prefered john bush era. he was the sammy hagar of trash metal.
crazygun

crazygun

September 28, 2019
Great band but theres only one mighty thrash band Slayer
cheekywun

cheekywun

April 30, 2016
One of THE best Thrash/Metal bands ever!! Better then Megadeth. So many awesome songs!!
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roufok_3000

roufok_3000

December 2, 2015
I still do not know why I never liked this band. I tried many times to listen to them in the past to listen to them but ....i couldn't. This is not thrash for me. Respect to those great musicians but I prefer other thrash bands from USA.
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