In January of 2016 I saw Anthrax Philly on tour with Lamb of God.  This time around Anthrax came to town as part of the "Killthrax" co-headlining tour with Killswitch Engage with The Devil Wears Prada and Jasta as openers.

I've seen Anthrax so many times over the years and I have never left a show feeling I was short-changed.  Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, and Jon Donais continue to impress with their high energy live show.  This time around it was a fully packed Electric Factory that hosted the NY thrash legends.  And from the point they hit the stage (coming out after the classic intro of the "Blues Brothers" played over the house speakers) to the time they called it a night after Philly fans gave the band a killer "war dance", Anthrax gave the crowd a fast paced, high octane walk through their career.

We heard all the hits including "Indians", "Anti-social", "I Am The Law", as well as new classic "Breathing Lightning", "Evil Twin",  and "Blood Eagle Wings".   Belladonna remains a guide to young singers on how to be a proper metal frontman and Ian continues to show young guitarists how to fire off the riffs while entertaining the fans.

Another fantastic show from the guys who help start the thrash revolution!!  Anthrax continue to tour through the first week of May.


Among The Living

Caught in a Mosh


Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't

I Am The Law

Breathing Lightning

Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)

Evil Twin

March of the S.O.D.

Blood Eagle Wings



Joey Belladonna talking to us in May 2016 about "For All Kings", "Worship Music", Lamb of God, and festival shows

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                Anthrax, L-R:  Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais
                                                                                Photo Credit:  Ignacio Galvez

Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage and thrash legends Anthrax announced in December that they will hit the road this Spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands' itinerary will also include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin, as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill. 

With Anthrax and KsE rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7. The intense and dynamic The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.
Multi-tasking Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta will perform solo as Jasta and open the first 10 shows of the tour - including the two Killswitch Engage headline shows that do not feature Anthrax.
Pittsburgh's Code Orange, who are being hailed as one of the most exciting metal acts of 2017 with the release of their new album FOREVER, will open all of the dates thereafter. Code Orange jump on the tour on April 11.

Tickets are on sale via the
Anthrax site, the KsE site, and the TDWP site. Please visit those locations for all details regarding ticketing.

Killswitch Engage released the universally regarded Incarnate (Roadrunner) this past March, which debuted #6 on the Billboard 200, and #1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Album chart. 2016 also saw KsE appearing on a Stars Wars-themed Revolver cover, staging an unforgettable and intimate, five-club NYC takeover for album release week, and embarking on an impressive Incarnate World Tour. On November 25, the band released Beyond the Flames: Home Video Vol. II on Blu-ray, a treasure trove of gripping content, containing over 3.5 hours of footage. At the heart of this release is a 75-minute documentary that chronicles the return of original vocalist Jesse Leach, after nearly a decade away, to the band he helped form back in 1999. It picks up right where their 2005 {Set This} World Ablaze release left off, revealing the rest of the untold KsE story. Beyond the Flames is now available

Anthrax bassist Frank Bello spoke to us in September of 2015 to preview "For All Kings" and talk touring with Motorhead and much more

Anthrax show review (pics to the right)

April 5, 2017

KILLTHRAX tour with Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada, and Jasta

Electric Factory, Philadelphia

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Anthrax pic from Rock on the Range 2012


Anthrax is offering its fans a sneak peek at what they can expect from the band's upcoming live-in-concert DVD, "Kings Among Scotland," due out April 27 (Megaforce).  The band's 1987 classic "Caught In A Mosh," can be seen here:

The two-hour "Kings Among Scotland" was filmed February 15, 2017 at the band's sold-out concert at  Barrowland Ballroom, the historic venue in Glasgow.  The disc incorporates the band's entire live show, and includes gems like "Madhouse," "I Am the Law," "Breathing Lightning" and "Indians."   The disc also features interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere, plus a "gear rundown" from each of the band members.  

"Kings Among Scotland" was produced, directed, filmed and edited for Film24Productions by Paul M. Green (Opeth, The Damned, The Levellers), with the sound mixed by Anthrax studio producer Jay Ruston.  "Kings Among Scotland" can be pre-ordered now by going to

Last week, Anthrax kicked off KillThrax, its 29-date co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage.  Remaining dates are below, and tickets can be purchased at

30   Janus Landing, Tampa, FL
31   The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
 2   Club Stage @ Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
 3   Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
 5   Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
 6   Iron City Music Hall, Birmingham, AL
 8   Concrete Street Music Hall, Corpus Christi, TX
 9   Lonestar Pavilion, Lubbock, TX
10  Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK
11  El Rey Theater, Albuquerque, NM
13  House of Blues, San Diego, CA
14  House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
16  Revolution, Boise, ID
17  Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
19  The Ranch, Edmonton, AB
20  Revolution Place, Grande Prairie, AB
21  Mac Hall, Calgary, AB
23  Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
24  Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
25  Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sioux City, IA
27  The Forge, Joliet, IL
 1   Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
 2   The Dome, Rochester, NY
 3   Palladium, Worcester, MA
 4   State Theater, Portland, ME

Anthrax Official Website

           THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, L-R:   Kyle Sipress, Andy Trick, Mike Hranica, Jeremy Depoyster
                                                                                    Photo Credit:  Anthony Barlich

Confirmed dates for the Anthrax and KsE tour  - "Killthrax" are as follows.
29  The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ *&      
30  Express Live, Columbus, OH **&
31  Arcada Theater, St. Charles, IL  (Anthrax only)
31  The International, Knoxville, TN  (KsE only) &
 1   Little River Casino, Manistee, MI  (Anthrax only)
 1   Norva, Norfolk, VA  (KsE only) &
 3   The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD &
 4   The Dome, Wallingford, CT *&
 5   Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA *&
 7   20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI *&
 8   The Fillmore, Detroit, MI ** &
 9    Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA *&
11   The Ritz, Raleigh, NC **#
12   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA **#
13    House of Blues, Orlando, FL *#
15    Texas Independence Festival, Austin, TX **#
16    Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, TX **#
17    House of Blues, Houston, TX *#
18    House of Blues, Dallas, TX  **#
20    The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ *#
22    The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA **#
23    The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA **#
25    Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA *#
26    Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR **#
28    Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *#
29    Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE **#
30    Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO *#
 1   The Pageant, St. Louis, MO **#
 3    Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON, CANADA **#
 5    Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY **#
 6    Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY *#
 7    House of Blues, Boston, MA   *#
*  - KsE closes
** - Anthrax closes
&- Featuring Jasta
# Featuring Code Orange

Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna spoke to us in 2012-2013 discussing the Big 4 tour, the album "Worship Music", Download Festival, Rock on the Range, Rush, and more

What a freakin’ way to start off the new year….Lamb of God and Anthrax with Deafheaven and Power Trip!  January 16 the tour came to the famed Electric Factory in Philly and as they always do Anthrax put on a high energy powerful set of classics and this time with one new track mixed in.  Each band member of the iconic thrash metal band from New York has proven why they are one of the best at what they do. 

Singer Joey Belladonna continues to perform at break-neck speed, running from side to side on stage while invoking the crowd to mosh and sing and just have a great time.  Vocally he hasn’t lost a beat either.  The band’s latest single “Evil Twin” sounds just as strong live as do hits like “Antisocial” and “Caught in a Mosh”.

Guitarist Scott Ian still crushes it, whether it’s his white flying v or his Gibson.  Watching the way he attacks each chord progression and firey guitar lick is a lesson in performance and guitar mastery.   And behind the mic, whether urging the fans to raise the rowdy level or blowing out backing vocals on songs like “Fight ‘Em” and “Indians” Scott Ian is still very much Scott Ian.

Drummer Charlie Benante performs with the focus of an emergency room surgeon.  Watching him is watching someone who loves what they do and proves that he is one of the best at what he does.  Bassist Frank Bello is a monster at keeping the low end chugging along and is brilliant at keeping an intense stage presence.  He embodies Anthrax by matching Belladonna’s intensity, Ian’s vocal power, and Benante’s precision.  And newest Anthrax member guitarist Jon Donais is the John Entwhistle of the band, keeping a quiet low key presence while laying down amazing guitar licks and bruising solos.

Anthrax will embark on many more tours over the next year once their new album “For All Kings” is released on Feb 26th!

Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
Got the Time
Caught in a Mosh
Evil Twin
March of the S.O.D.
Hymn 1
In the End

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The original concept was to have four still photographers placed strategically on a Florida set while the five members of Anthrax performed their new song "Monster At The End" live.  Each photographer would hold down his camera's shutter button continuously for the near-four minute-long song, capturing a steady stream of hundreds of still images.   
"Hey, it might have been a great idea," laughed video director Jack Bennett, "but holding down the shutter button on a still camera for that long a time?  All we would have ended up with were four jammed cameras!"
Shooting the entire video with Super Sharp HD video still cameras, Bennett wanted an animated, staccato-feel to the flow of the individual images.  "Video shutter speeds are faster and more reliable than anything we could have done manually, and we wanted as big a pool of still images to choose from as we could get." 
In post-production, Bennett went through the footage frame by frame and hand-picked the still images he wanted to animate - hundreds of them.  Rather than print the video at 24 frames per second, he animated movement of the band members using the still images, creating a jagged, crude motion.  "We didn't want fluidity, we wanted the video to have more of a comic book feel to it, like flipbook animation."
This also allowed Bennett to hang on the band members' individual movements to accentuate the power of their playing, such as the strength in Charlie Benante's drum hits, or Scott Ian's strumming or Frank Bello's rhythm.
And then the real fun began.
Bennett and his crew went one step further, taking a cue from the legendary Walt Disney animators of the 1920s and 1930s, who used the technique of rotoscoping, the art of painstakingly hand-painting individual cels to embellish a primary image.
Employing the fundamentals of rotoscope, Bennett has peppered the video with monsters, tattoos that come alive, explosions, popping eyeballs, speech bubbles, morphed images, and nods to the influence of 'Creepshow.'  There's even a frame or two of The Skull King, the evil character from Anthrax's "Blood Eagle Wings" music video that Bennett also directed.  Actor Justin Michael Terry, who played The Skull King, is The Runner in "Monster At The End."
"We used a lot of stop-motion effects as well as other special and visual effects in the same way as was done in the original 'Exorcist' film," Bennett added.  "We even added a little bit of grain, some dust and some scratches just to give it that analog feel."
As the music video unfolds, the frame rate increases, giving the band members more and more fluid movements until the final chorus when the video is full-on 24-frames per second.  "You could watch this video one frame at a time," Bennett added, "and probably not find everything we did."  
"The 'Monster at the End' video takes us back to our love of comics and horror," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante.  "We've always loved the 'Creepshow' movies and wanted something like that for this video.  Jack is easy to work with, all we did was perform the song, he did the real work with the editing and achieving the look that we wanted."
Bennett wraps the video with one more surprise, an unexpected ending that goes to show that in the end, there's a little bit of the monster in all of us.

                                        Anthrax Official Website

Anthrax drummer Charlie  Benante spoke to us in January of 2016 to discuss "For All Kings" and tour plans including shows with Lamb of God.

                            KsE, L-R:  Adam Dutkiewicz, Jesse Leach, Justin Foley, Joel Stroetzel, Mike D'Antonio
                                                                                             Photo Credit:  Travis Shinn

For Anthrax, these dates are in support of the band's critically-celebrated 11th album,  For All Kings (Megaforce), released last February. Celebrating its 35 th anniversary, 2016 has been action-packed for Anthrax.  For All Kings debuted at #1 on 
Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart and #9 on the Billboard 200, the band's second Top 10 chart entry. Two striking music videos made with director Jack Bennett, one over-the-top grizzly, the other an innovative stop-motion piece, an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers that paired the band with the iconic Robert De Niro, and sharing stages with bands like Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, and fellow Big Four members, Slayer were just a few of the highlights.
"Anthrax and Killswitch will be a really good blend for fans," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "We both play metal, but we play two different forms of the genre. I think fans of both bands are in for a 'Total Explosion of the Senses.'" Added the band's Frank Bello, "This Anthrax/KSE tour is a powerful ball of energy ready to unleash the metal in the U.S."  
"Anthrax and Killswitch - KillThrax! Holy crap!," said Scott Ian. "I am so excited about these upcoming shows with our old friends Killswitch Engage. Get out your pit pants and start stretching now for all the glorious action and fun!" 
KsE singer Jesse Leach echoed Anthrax's enthusiasm about the upcoming trek, saying, "We are so stoked to tour with thrash legends Anthrax! We are sure this will bring a powerhouse of a live show with the combination of both bands. This is, hands down, the most excited we've been to tour alongside a band in a long while. This will be one you won't want to miss. KillThrax is coming for you!!!!"  
"I rarely get to tour with Jasta and since the rest of my year is booked up with Hatebreed tours, I jumped at the chance to hit the road and debut some new Jasta songs with some of my favorite people in metal," said Jamey Jasta. "Not only is the tour hitting some of my favorite cities to play, the lineup offers something for every generation of metal and hardcore fan. Come out early and get the pit started with us!"

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Anthrax pics live from Philly Jan 2016 with Lamb of God & Deafheaven

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This past Saturday, Anthrax closed the show at the sold-out Los Angeles "KillThrax" tour stop and those in attendance witnessed an exclusive treat:  the band's first-ever live performance of "Carry On," the thrash legend's cover of the classic Kansas song.  With shout-outs from fans for the band to play the song at the "KillThrax" shows, airplay on Active Rock stations across the country, more than 300,000 YouTube views, and even a "thumbs-up" for the cover from Kansas founding member Phil Ehart, the band decided it was time to play it live.
Anthrax fans are well aware that there is no keyboardist in the band and keyboards are prominent on this song, so the band enlisted the help of Fred Mandel to join them onstage at the Wiltern Theatre for the performance.  Mandel recorded the keyboards for the "Carry On" cover track and has played with icons from Alice Cooper to Elton John to Queen.
Check the performance out here:
Remaining "KillThrax" dates - Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada and Code Orange - are below.

25   Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA *
26   Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR **
28   The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *
29   Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE **
30   Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO *
  1   The Pageant, St. Louis, MO **
  3   Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON  CANADA **
  5   Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY **
  6   Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY *
  7   House of Blues, Boston, MA*

* KsE closes
** Anthrax closes