anthrax - worship music

Anthrax: Worship Music (2011)

In 2011 Anthrax decided to get back into the Belladonna business.  It had been eight years since We’ve Come For You All, and expectations on new music, particularly with Belladonna back in fold were high.  Could the dude even still sing?  Were those Journey-esque soaring vocals going to crash and burn with tepid hard rock or were the mosh masters going to come blazing back like it was 1987 all over again?  Worship Music surprised the hell out of me, the tunes covering almost the entire spectrum of Anthrax’s career, but also putting to rest any fears that Belladonna wasn’t going to fit right back in. Continue reading “Anthrax: Worship Music (2011)”

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Anthrax: No Hit Wonders 1985-1991 (2005)

This thing didn’t really need revisiting: Forget their inclusion in the “Big 4” of thrash – for me Anthrax were one of the formative bands of my youth.  In some ways I know these songs like I know my childhood, since they were such a large part of it.  Anthrax was the first band to carry the aggression of the music I had been seeking, but coupled with the clean, rousing vocals I had also come to love.  It may seem odd to kick off Anthrax with No Hit Wonders, a compilation of their (initial) period with Joey Belladonna, but at the time I still had all the cassettes and a compilation seemed like the most budget-friendly solution to hearing some of my favorite songs in higher fidelity. Continue reading “Anthrax: No Hit Wonders 1985-1991 (2005)”