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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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SB 18019 Anthrax - Fistful Of Metal album art Anthrax Fistful Of Metal (Album) Megaforce Records SB 18019 France 1984 Sell This Version
MFN 62 Anthrax - Spreading The Disease album art Anthrax Spreading The Disease (Album, Comp) Megaforce Worldwide, Megaforce Worldwide MFN 62 UK 1985 Sell This Version
7 90584-4, 90584-4 Anthrax - Among The Living album art Anthrax Among The Living (Album) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide, Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 7 90584-4, 90584-4 US 1987 Sell This Version
7 91004-4 Anthrax - State Of Euphoria album art Anthrax State Of Euphoria (Album) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 7 91004-4 US 1988 Sell This Version
846 480-1, LPE-1007 Anthrax - Persistence Of Time album art Anthrax Persistence Of Time (Album) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 846 480-1, LPE-1007 Mexico 1990 Sell This Version
61430-4 Anthrax - Sound Of White Noise album art Anthrax Sound Of White Noise (Album) Elektra, Elektra 61430-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
ICT 8027, 518 920-4 Anthrax - Live - The Island Years album art Anthrax Live - The Island Years (Album, Comp) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide ICT 8027, 518 920-4 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
61856-2 Anthrax - Stomp 442 album art Anthrax Stomp 442 (Album) Elektra 61856-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
MUSH33151.2 Anthrax - Volume 8 - The Threat Is Real album art Anthrax Volume 8 - The Threat Is Real (Album, Comp) Ignition, Tommy Boy MUSH33151.2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
NB 699-2, 27361 66992 Anthrax - We've Come For You All album art Anthrax We've Come For You All (Album, EP, Single) Sanctuary Records NB 699-2, 27361 66992 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
06076-84709-2 Anthrax - The Greater Of Two Evils album art Anthrax The Greater Of Two Evils (Album) Sanctuary Records 06076-84709-2 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
06076-84688-2 Anthrax - Music Of Mass Destruction album art Anthrax Music Of Mass Destruction (Album) Sanctuary Records, BMG Distribution 06076-84688-2 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
22764-2 Anthrax - Alive 2 (2005) album art Anthrax Alive 2 (2005) (Album) Sanctuary Records 22764-2 Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
none Anthrax - Caught In A Mosh (BBC Live In Concert) album art Anthrax Caught In A Mosh (BBC Live In Concert) (Album) Island Records, Universal Music Catalogue, BBC none Europe 2007 Sell This Version
A 706219 Anthrax - Extended Versions album art Anthrax Extended Versions(CD, Album) Sony BMG Music Entertainment A 706219 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Anthrax - Worship Music album art Anthrax Worship Music (Album, EP) Megaforce Records none US 2011 Sell This Version
BOBV437LP Anthrax - Thrash In Texas - Dallas Broadcast 1987 album art Anthrax Thrash In Texas - Dallas Broadcast 1987(2xLP, Ltd, Red) Back On Black BOBV437LP UK 2016 Sell This Version
NB 3567-2, 27361 35672 Anthrax - For All Kings album art Anthrax For All Kings (Album, EP, Comp) Megaforce Records NB 3567-2, 27361 35672 Russia 2016 Sell This Version
none Anthrax - Kings Among Scotland album art Anthrax Kings Among Scotland (Album) Megaforce Records none Europe 2018 Sell This Version

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boilercad71

boilercad71

November 20, 2020
Please for the love of GOD reissue Among the Living.................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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!!
rose1978

rose1978

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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