Happy 40th birthday Anthrax

L–R: Frank Bello (bass), Joey Belladonna (vocals), Charlie Benante (drums), Scott Ian (guitar)

This year, the New York-based thrash metal band Anthrax turns 40.

Over the last two months on their YouTube channel they’ve been releasing a retrospective on their career with interviews with band members, producers, friends and metalheads across the globe. As I understand it they have 40 of these in the pipeline. So far we’ve reached episode 22 which has taken us to 2003 and probably my favourite Anthrax albums, We’ve Come For You All. I saw them live twice on that tour.

This evening (morning UK-time), they celebrated the event with a live stream event with a nearly 2 hours 15 minutes concert spanning most of their entire 40-year, 12-studio album career. (Typically, their John Bush era material was disappointingly missing.)

Being that we are still in a pandemic, the gig was recorded and streamed as an event. Live performance footage was interspersed with short video messages from other mostly-metal musicians: Steve Harris from Iron Maiden, Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Mike Portnoy from Winery Dogs (ex-Dream Theater), Henry Rollins, Corey Taylor from Slipknot, Stone Sour, etc.

The production was brilliant, the stage show was engaging. They rolled out a whole load of album deep cuts as well as covering the usual hits like “I Am The Law”, “Caught in a Mosh”, “Indians”, “Got the Time”. I loved “Be All, End All” from State of Euphoria (1988) and “Medusa” from Spreading the Disease (1985) and, of course, their ground-breaking rap-metal crossover hit “Bring the Noise”.

Happy 40th birthday Anthrax!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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