Anthrax

Anthrax

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Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band (1985-1990, 2004-2016) and Alternative Rock (Modern Rock) band (1993-2003) from New York, Pennsylvania (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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Anthrax Discography

Albums

Anthrax Fistful Of Metal (Album) Megaforce Records France 1984 Sell This Version
Anthrax Spreading The Disease (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Island Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Anthrax Among The Living (Album) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide UK 1987 Sell This Version
Anthrax State Of Euphoria (Album) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide Canada 1988 Sell This Version
Anthrax Persistence Of Time (Album) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide Mexico 1990 Sell This Version
Anthrax Sound Of White Noise (Album) Elektra, Elektra Malaysia 1993 Sell This Version
Anthrax Live - The Island Years (Album, Comp) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide US 1994 Sell This Version
Anthrax Stomp 442 (Album) Elektra US 1995 Sell This Version
Anthrax Volume 8 - The Threat Is Real (Album) Ignition, Tommy Boy Australia 1998 Sell This Version
Anthrax We've Come For You All (Album, EP, Single) Sanctuary Records Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Anthrax The Greater Of Two Evils (Album) Sanctuary Records Canada 2004 Sell This Version
Anthrax Music Of Mass Destruction (Album) Sanctuary Records, BMG Distribution Russia 2004 Sell This Version
Anthrax Alive 2 (Album) Sanctuary Records Germany 2005 Sell This Version
A 706219 Anthrax Extended Versions(CD, Album) Sony BMG Music Entertainment A 706219 US 2007 Sell This Version
984 3651 Anthrax Caught In A Mosh - BBC Live In Concert(2xCD, Album) Universal Music, Island Records 984 3651 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
Anthrax Worship Music (Album, EP) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Mexico 2011 Sell This Version
Anthrax Thrash In Texas (Album) Gossip (2) US 2015 Sell This Version
Anthrax For All Kings (Album, EP) Megaforce Records Russia 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MRS-01 Anthrax Soldiers Of Metal(7", Single) Megaforce Records MRS-01 US 1983 Sell This Version
Anthrax Armed And Dangerous (EP) Megaforce Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Anthrax Indians (Single, Maxi) Island Records, Island Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Anthrax Madhouse (EP, Maxi, Single) Island Records Europe 1984 Sell This Version
Anthrax I Am The Law (Single, Maxi, EP) Island Records Japan 1987 Sell This Version
Anthrax I'm The Man (Maxi, EP, Single) Island Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Anthrax Make Me Laugh (Single, Maxi) Island Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
PR-2563 Anthrax Statements Of Euphoria(12", Promo) Island Records PR-2563 US 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111909 Anthrax State Of Euphoria(7", Single, Promo) Island Records 1A 111909 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
Anthrax Anti-Social (Single, Maxi) Island Records France 1988 Sell This Version
Anthrax Penikufesin (EP) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide Spain 1989 Sell This Version
FIEND 1 Anthrax / D-A-D Anthrax / D-A-D - Kerrang! Flexible Fiend(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Kerrang! Magazine FIEND 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Anthrax In My World / Keep It In The Family (Single) Island Records, Island Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Anthrax Got The Time (Single) Island Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Anthrax Featuring Chuck D from Public Enemy* Anthrax Featuring Chuck D from Public Enemy* - Bring The Noise (Single, Maxi) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide UK 1991 Sell This Version
AMDJ072991 Anthrax, Public Enemy, Dream Warriors Anthrax, Public Enemy, Dream Warriors - Bring The Noise / Milk / Face In The Basin(12", Promo) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide, 4th & Broadway AMDJ072991 US 1991 Sell This Version
868 611-4 Anthrax Bring The Noise(Cass, Single) Island Records 868 611-4 Australia & New Zealand 1991 Sell This Version
PRCD 6654-2 Anthrax Free B's(CD, EP, Promo) Island Records PRCD 6654-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
Anthrax Black Lodge (Single, Maxi, EP) Elektra, Elektra US 1993 Sell This Version
Anthrax Only (Single, Maxi) Elektra, Elektra US 1993 Sell This Version
Anthrax Hy Pro Glo (Single) Elektra, Elektra US 1993 Sell This Version
PRCD 8870-2 Anthrax Room For One More(CD, Promo, Single) Elektra Records PRCD 8870-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
Anth1 Anthrax Cowboy Song (CD, Single, Promo) Elektra Anth1 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
Anthrax Fueled (Maxi, EP, Single) Elektra US 1995 Sell This Version
Anthrax Nothing (Maxi, EP, Single) Elektra, Elektra Germany 1996 Sell This Version
MECP 121 Anthrax Bordello Of Blood(CD, Single, Promo) Mercury MECP 121 US 1996 Sell This Version
Anthrax Inside Out (Single) Ignition, Tommy Boy UK 1998 Sell This Version
IGNPRO740502 Anthrax Born Again Idiot (Volume 8 - The Threat Is Real!)(CD, Single, Promo) Ignition IGNPRO740502 US 1998 Sell This Version
BYDJ-78020-2 Anthrax Ball Of Confusion(CD, Single, Promo) Beyond (3) BYDJ-78020-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
BYDJ-78140-2 Anthrax Crush(CD, Single, Promo) Beyond (3) BYDJ-78140-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
Anthrax Taking The Music Back (Maxi) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Russia 2003 Sell This Version
Anthrax Summer 2003 (EP) Nuclear Blast Germany 2003 Sell This Version
NB 1093-2, 27361 10932 Anthrax Safe Home(CD, Maxi) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 1093-2, 27361 10932 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
NB 1388-2 Anthrax The Greater Of Two Evils - 3-Track Clubpromo(CD, Single, Promo) Nuclear Blast NB 1388-2 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
SANDJ 85669-2 Anthrax A Glimpse Of Evil(CD, Promo, EP) Sanctuary Records SANDJ 85669-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
2028619541 Anthrax Fistful Of Metal / Armed And Dangerous(3x10") Megaforce Records 2028619541 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Anthrax Live From Sonisphere Festival 2010(10", Pic) Megaforce Worldwide none US 2010 Sell This Version
Anthrax Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't (Single) Megaforce Records US 2011 Sell This Version
none Anthrax The Devil You Know (CD, Single, Promo) Megaforce Records none US 2011 Sell This Version
none Anthrax I'm Alive(CDr, Single, Promo) Megaforce Records none US 2012 Sell This Version
Anthrax Anthems (EP) Megaforce Records Germany 2013 Sell This Version
Anthrax Evil Twin (Single) Nuclear Blast Europe 2015 Sell This Version
Anthrax A Monster At The End (Single) Nuclear Blast Europe 2016 Sell This Version
ANTH003BB Anthrax Breathing Lightning(CD, Single) Megaforce Records ANTH003BB US 2016 Sell This Version
Ant 22016 Anthrax Antisocial (Live) b/w In The End (Live)(7", Red) MRI, Megaforce Records Ant 22016 US 2016 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Anthrax The Maxis And E.P.S.(Cass, Comp) Megaforce Worldwide none 1988 Sell This Version
Anthrax Attack Of The Killer B's (EP, Comp, Album) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide US 1991 Sell This Version
514 293-2 Anthrax Among The Living / Persistence Of Time(2xCD, Comp) Island Records 514 293-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
F CD 4 Anthrax / Various Anthrax / Various - F CD 4(CD, Comp, Promo) Foundations F CD 4 US 1993 Sell This Version
314-518 920-4 Anthrax Live - The Island Years(Cass, Comp) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 314-518 920-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
Anthrax Fistful Of Metal / Armed And Dangerous (Comp, Album) Steamhammer Germany 1998 Sell This Version
VSOP CD 252 Anthrax Moshers...1986-1991(CD, Comp) Connoisseur Collection VSOP CD 252 UK 1998 Sell This Version
Anthrax Return Of The Killer A's (Album, Comp) Beyond (3) Europe 1999 Sell This Version
Anthrax Madhouse: The Very Best Of Anthrax (Comp) Island Records Canada 2001 Sell This Version
Anthrax Classic Anthrax (Comp) Island Records Europe 2001 Sell This Version
Anthrax The Collection (Comp) Spectrum Music (2) UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
Anthrax Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991) (Comp) Island Records, Island Records, UMe, Chronicles Ukraine 2005 Sell This Version
CD 142.248 Anthrax A1-Killers(CD, Comp) Eurotrend CD 142.248 Austria 2006 Sell This Version
060249847898 (1) Anthrax Anthrax(CD, Comp, Dig) Island Def Jam Music Group 060249847898 (1) Europe 2007 Sell This Version
Anthrax Icon (Comp) Universal Music Group International Europe 2012 Sell This Version
NB 2033-2, 27361 20332 Anthrax We've Come For You All + The Greater Of Two Evils(Box, Comp, Ltd + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 2033-2, 27361 20332 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
3737009 Anthrax Aftershock: The Island Years 1985-1990(4xCD, Album, Comp, RE) Island Records 3737009 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
Anthrax Essential (Comp) Universal Music Group International Indonesia 2014 Sell This Version
NB 3735-2, 27361 37352 Anthrax Sound Of White Noise / Stomp 442(2xCD, Comp) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 3735-2, 27361 37352 Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Videos

none Anthrax I'm The Man (VHS, PAL, Promo) Island Records none UK 1987 Sell This Version
Anthrax Oidivnikufesin Island Visual Arts UK 1988 Sell This Version
Anthrax Through Time P.O.V. Island Visual Arts Australia 1990 Sell This Version
Anthrax Attack Of The Killer Videos (EP) VideoArts Japan 1991 Sell This Version
none Anthrax / Public Enemy Anthrax / Public Enemy - Bring The Noise(VHS, PAL, Promo) Island Records, Megaforce Records none UK 1991 Sell This Version
Anthrax Live Noise Polygram Video US 1992 Sell This Version
Anthrax Return Of The Killer A's Video Collection (Comp) Beyond (3), BMG Distribution US 1999 Sell This Version
SANGJ-85585-9 Anthrax Taking The Music Back(DVD, NTSC, Promo) Sanctaury Records SANGJ-85585-9 US 2003 Sell This Version
WNRD 2188 Anthrax Rock Legends(DVD, NTSC) Wienerworld Presentation WNRD 2188 UK 2003 Sell This Version
B0004997-09 Anthrax Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991) The Videos(DVD-V, Comp, Multichannel, NTSC, Dol) Island Records, UMe, Chronicles B0004997-09 US 2005 Sell This Version
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax - The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria (Album) Universal Music DVD Video Argentina 2010 Sell This Version
Anthrax Chile On Hell Megaforce Records Europe 2014 Sell This Version
NB 1235-2 Anthrax Sound Of White Noise [Clips](VCD, Enh) Nuclear Blast NB 1235-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

PR-2456-4 Anthrax Greetings From: Anthrax State Of Euphoria(Cass, S/Sided, Promo, Pro) Island Records PR-2456-4 US 1988 Sell This Version
663 593 Anthrax Persistence Of Time(CD, Promo, Smplr) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 663 593 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
PRCD 6830-2 Anthrax Drocernikuftaerg(CD, Promo, Smplr) Island Records PRCD 6830-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
AWND1 Anthrax White Noise Demos(Cass) Not On Label (Anthrax Self-released) AWND1 US 1994 Sell This Version
Prcd 9346-2 Anthrax High Octane Three Songs From Stomp 442(CD, Promo, Smplr) Elektra Prcd 9346-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
SAM1723 Anthrax Stomp 442(CD, Promo, Smplr) Elektra SAM1723 1995 Sell This Version
Anthrax Volume 8 : The Threat Is Real Ignition US 1998 Sell This Version
SANDJ-85548-2 Anthrax Safe Home Sampler(CD, Smplr, Promo) Sanctuary Records SANDJ-85548-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
none Anthrax Neon Knights(CDr, Promo) Not On Label (Anthrax) none US 2014 Sell This Version
none Anthrax Breathing Lightning / Evil Twin(2xFile, MP3, 128) Not On Label (Anthrax Self-released) none 2016

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cheekywun

cheekywun

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

fokkerTISM

March 11, 2016
The only good song these guys ever made is their Joe Jackson cover.
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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