Anthrax Are Planning “Something Big” For Their 40th Anniversary

It looks like Anthrax are planning to do something to commemorate their 40th anniversary this year. Charlie Benante told eonmusic.co.uk the following about that:

“Well, we’re working on something big for June, maybe July, which is going to commemorate our career, and we’re putting that together now. It may be like a livestream type of thing, and it’s going to consist of a lot of songs, and a lot of songs that we’ve probably never played before. We wanted to make something special out of this, but yeah, look out for that announcement. We’re just putting it together, now.”

“Thunder Force” Soundtrack Featuring Anthrax, Ex-Slayer, Etc. Members Now Available

The new Netflix film “Thunder Force” and its soundtrack were officially released today (April 9). Composer Fil Eisler worked on the soundtrack with Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) and its title track features several guests including Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), and electric cellist Tina Guo.

“Thunder Force” Soundtrack Track Listing:

01. “Thunder Force” (feat. Corey Taylor, Lzzy Hale, Scott Ian, Dave Lombardo & Tina Guo)
02. “Thunder Force Suite” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
03. “This Town’s Gonna Get What It Deserves” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
04. “Angel Wings”
05. “History Of The Miscreants” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
06. “Lydia Goes Apeshit” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
07. “What Does This Button Do” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
08. “Enter Laser ” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
09. “Super Person”
10. “The Stanton Building”
11. “Training Begins” (feat. Scott Ian)
12. “Seems Like Overkill” (feat. Scott Ian)
13. “Social Visit”
14. “6am Day Two” (feat. Scott Ian)
15. “Cooked”
16. “Go Time”
17. “Super Suits” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
18. “Purple Lambo”
19. “The Diner Attack” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
20. “The Special One”
21. “Training Complete” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
22. “Like Thunder”
23. “I Like ‘Em Thick”
24. “Hold It Calamari” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
25. “Boom”
26. “In The Public Eye” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
27. “It Feels Like I Need To Kill Them”
28. “Dumpster Fight” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
29. “What Brings You By”
30. “The Crab”
31. “Boss Battle” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
32. “Thought This One Through”
33. “Thunder Force Out” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)

Eisler commented:

“When Ben and I first talked about what the score should be, it was more of a conversation about how much Ben didn’t want it to be a comedy score and how it had to feel like a legitimate superhero movie. The comedy had to work so there’s always this fine line between writing something that’s going to elevate the story but also have fun and not take itself too seriously.

So when I saw that Melissa’s character was a metal fan and even mentioned Slayer in the film, I just thought ‘This is it. This is how we can make a kick arse score and have some fun at the same time.’ After that, there was no question – if you’re going to work in a genre, especially metal, you can’t dabble. You have to have the real thing. Choosing the right musicians for a score is no different to casting actors in a movie really. I was just lucky enough to be able to cast Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo, both metal legends who brought more to the project than I could have ever hoped for.”

Anthrax To Release Mini-Turntable & 3″ Vinyl Bundle For Record Store Day

Anthrax will be releasing a mini-turntable and a 3″ vinyl bundle featuring “Madhouse,“ “I Am The Law,“ “Got The Time,” and “Discharge“ as part of Record Store Day (July 17). 1,000 turntables and 1,000 vinyl bundles will be available. Notably, one of the turntables will come with a golden ticket that will give a lucky fan the chance to join a private Zoom call with Joey Belladonna and Frank Bello.

The following was said about the release:

“Taking inspiration from the 3″ turntable creation in Japan, Charlie Benante, who oversees all of Anthrax”s artwork, orchestrated creating the minis’ cover art in the style of the 7″ record covers he collected from Iron Maiden and KISS. One-thousand of the turntables and 1000 of the vinyl bundles will be exclusively available via RSD.”

Belladonna also commented on the golden ticket contest:

“I’m really happy about being part of this. I love being able to reach out and connect with our fans, so being a ‘first prize’ in this contest and having the opportunity to have a real conversation with one of our fans is really terrific.”

Bello added:

“I love the idea of the golden ticket, it’s a cool ‘Willy Wonka’ moment, and it’ll be fun to just shoot the shit with one of our fans.”

Watch Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members Cover Rush’s “Subdivisions”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Brandon Yeagley (Crobot), and MeeEun Kim (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) have shared a quarantine cover of “Subdivisions.” You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“One year ago I had this idea to make a video while in quarantine. I was feeling pretty down about the passing of Neil Peart and about the Pandemic…I needed to be creative and play! I contacted Alex and Ra about doing a Rush song and video and they both liked the idea. I felt that they were probably feeling the same way I was, and that this would be a great way of jamming and entertaining while we were stuck home.

The response to the initial video was overwhelming! It really made us feel good during a bad time. A whole year ago…I cant believe it! It ended up being a year of making music and videos after all; I now have a record that’s coming out May 14 with most of the Jams. The Rush songs will be out on a special EP on Record store day in November. This song will be included on that.

Subdivisions is probably in every Rush fan’s top 10 songs, definitely one of their best. The keyboards dominate this tune and Neil‘s sound on it is so unique! His drum fills are so precise and powerful…like little hooks throughout the song, an air drummer’s dream! The lyrics tell a tale of life in the burbs and being shunned when you don’t meet a certain standard.

Subdivisions
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out!

@alexskolnik @ra @brandon bring it big time – Alex captures Lifeson’s vibe so well, Ra kills Geddy’s bass parts and Brandon brings his amazing voice. We’d like to welcome @meeeun ,(Thanks to Alex for the suggestion), she is an awesome musician and kills the keyboard parts on this. I hope you enjoy this one, It may be one of the last ones for a bit…unless Alex wants to do that Emerson lake and palmer tune (hahahahaha)”

Slipknot, Halestorm, Anthrax, Etc. Members Contribute To New Song “Thunder Force” From Upcoming Netflix Film

Milan Records have released the title track of the soundtrack to Netflix’s new superhero comedy “Thunder Force,” which is set to be released on April 9. The song, which was co-written by composer Fil Eisler, Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), features Lzzy Hale (Halestrom), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), and electric cellist Tina Guo.

All of the artists involved commented:

Eisler

“One of the great things about scoring movies is that I get to play in a lot of different musical sandboxes and occasionally the opportunity comes up to invite in some special guests. Anthrax and Slayer played a huge part in my childhood and I’ve been a fan of both Corey [Taylor] and Lzzy [Hale] for years, so when the idea of doing an orchestral metal score came up, it was a perfect excuse to go straight to the source. Why fake it when you can work with the real originals! It was honestly one of the most outright fun experiences of my scoring career so far.”

Ian:

“’Thunder Force’ kicks fucking ass.”

Taylor:

“It was awesome to work on this track with Lzzy and be a part of the film Thunder Force. It is always nice to be creative and work with other artists in the community, especially during this extended time at home. I’m excited for everyone to hear the song and see the film!”

Hale:

“I’m beyond excited to be included on the Thunder Force soundtrack, surrounded by friends, representing the genres I love so much, Rock and Metal! You won’t know what hit you! Remember, LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES IF YOU CAN’T FORCE THE THUNDER!”

Lombardo:

“I have had the privilege of working in the music industry for over 35 years. There is something incredibly exhilarating about performing on stage, specifically the edge that comes with the off the rails style of music I play. Working with Fil Eisler on Thunder Force somehow captured that same feeling. This score is a powerful musical engine. It was a pleasure to be a part of the team that helped this come to life.”

Guo:

“Working with living legends on this soundtrack for a film that features two ordinary women turned superheroes has been incredible. I feel the same way whenever I pick up my electric cello and feel my own transformation from causal nerd to screaming banshee. I cannot wait for everyone to hear it!”

Rob Zombie & Danzig Added To 2021 Rock Fest

Rob Zombie and Danzig have been added to the 2021 Rock Fest. The event is scheduled to take place in Cadott, WI on July 15-17 and the updated lineup can be found below:

July 14 (pre-show): Queensrÿche, Slaughter, Royal Bliss, Joyous Wolf, Stitched Up Heart, The Black Moods, Modern Mimes, and Unkle Daddy.

July 15: Rob Zombie, Staind, Theory Of A Deadman, Steel Panther, Saint Asonia, Memphis May Fire, Fozzy, Blacktop Mojo, Carnifex, Fire From The Gods, Falling Through April, Scattered Hamlet, Anything But Human, Digital Homicide, Any Given Sin, GFM, Jett Threatt, Nivrana, Drama Queen, Contingency, and Ignescent.

July 16: Limp Bizkit, Snoop Dogg, Anthrax, Badflower, Of Mice & Men, Bad Wolves, All That Remains, Like A Storm, Crobot, Bones UK, Silvertung, Wildstreet, Distal Descent, City Of The Weak, Throw The Fight, Siin, Hammer Down Hard, Fool Fighters, Dressed To Kill, Strange Daze, and Caster Volor.

July 17: Korn, Danzig, Chevelle, Motionless In White, Avatar, We Came As Romans, Gemini Syndrome, Through Fire, Hyro The Hero, Rachel Lorin, Störmbreaker, Nuisance, Stellar Circuits, Your Screaming Silence, Evandale, Strate Jak It, Mad Alice, Cowboys From Hell, Probable Cause, and FMDown.

Crobot To Release New EP “Rat Child” In June, Premiere “Mountain” Music Video

Crobot have announced that they will be releasing a new EP titled “Rat Child” on June 18. With this news, the band have also released a new song titled “Mountain.” That track features Anthrax’s Frank Bello and an official video for it can be found below:

“Rat Child” Track Listing:

01. “Mountain” (feat. Anthrax’s Frank Bello)
02. “Kiss It Goodbye” (feat. Light The Torch’s Howard Jones)
03. “Everyone Dies” (feat. Steel Panther’s Stix Zadinia)
04. “Rat Child”

Frontman Brandon Yeagley had the following to say about working with Frank Bello, Howard Jones, and Stix Zadinia:

“We’ve grown to know the Anthrax dudes pretty well through touring and developed a working relationship in addition to our friendships. We’ve always talked about writing with Frankie because we have a lot of the same influences and that definitely shines through in ‘Mountain.’ Frankie has always lent us his ear and has been a big supporter of ours – it was a treat to work with him on something.”

“One of the last tours we did was supporting Steel Panther. We hit it off with all of the guys. Stix even got tattooed by Bishop! We kept in touch and he sent us a bunch of ideas he had for songs.

We really gravitated towards this piano instrumental he had called ‘Jimmy’s Piano Song.’ We don’t know Jimmy, but Stix must really love that dude…cause that shit brought tears to our eyes. Through a couple of Zoom sessions, we were able to work everything out and that’s how we wrote ‘Everyone Dies.’

We really wanted to venture somewhere different with this one but still pump it full of our personality. This is our attempt to sit at the dinner table with Queen whilst eating a healthy portion of Meatloaf.”

“Howard was introduced to us through mutual friends. We have always been huge fans of his melodic footprint and his unique melodies. When we heard he would be interested in writing with us, we were beyond excited. He flew down to Austin and spent a few days in a studio with us.

We had a such great chemistry with him and wrote ‘Kiss it Goodbye.’ We thought it was a shoe-in for being a track on ‘Motherbrain‘ but for whatever reason, it didn’t make the cut. It seemed like such a travesty to let such a great song sit on the shelf. So, we’re pumped to let the world hear it!”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax) To Release New Covers Album “Silver Linings”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante will be releasing a new covers album titled “Silver Linings” on May 14. The effort will feature various tracks from the drummer’s “quarantine jam video series.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Neal Casal Music Foundation.

“Silver Linings” Track Listing:

01. “City Of Blinding Lights” (U2 cover) (feat. Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
02. “Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns” (Mother Love Bone cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
03. “Teardrop” (Massive Attack cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
04. “Run-DMC Medley” (Run-DMC cover) (feat. Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano, and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
05. “Rhiannon” (Fleetwood Mac cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi, Beauty In The Machine’s Jennifer Cella, and Randy McStine)
06. “Yer So Bad” (Tom Petty cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
07. “Transylvania” (Iron Maiden cover) (feat. Skid Row’s Dave “Snake” Sabo, Anthrax’s Frank Bello, and Anthrax’s Jon Donais)
08. “Presto Vivace” (U.K. cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Testament’s Alex Skolnick, and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess)
09. “Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
10. “Jimmy James” (Beastie Boys cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
11. “All The Way” (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley, Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness, and Rob Zombie’s John 5)
12. “Mr. Speed“ (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley and Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness)
13. “Public Image” (Public Image cover) (feat. Turbonegro’s Hank Von Hell, Sum 41’s Dave “Brownsound” Baksh, and Sum 41’s Jason “Cone” McCaslin)
14. “Funny Vibe” (Living Colour cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Living Colour’s Corey Glover, and Butcher Babies’ Henry Flury)

Benante said the following about the album:

“Back in February of last year with COVID and all the other B.S. that was going on, I was glued to the 24-hour news cycle on the TV and my phone, and I started to get really depressed. My girlfriend said I needed to turn off the news and suggested I do something creative, whether it was art or drumming or writing new songs, and she was right.”

“I knew a lot of my musician friends were going through the same thing I had been, so I started asking them if they wanted to get involved, play some songs with me, maybe make a video – that’s how it all started.”

“This isn’t a solo album. This is a record of my favorite songs done with some of my friends during a very dark time. We found a shining light and this is the result of that light. I was really happy that my musician friends came on board and helped make this record what it is. I appreciate all of them, and they all did such a fantastic job. Despite all of the darkness we’ve experienced this past year, there are ‘silver linings,’ that’s why I chose that title for the album.”

The record’s first single, Benante’s “Run-DMC Medley” with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run-DMC), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax), and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), can be found below:

Guns N’ Roses, KISS, Mötley Crüe, Etc. Members Pay Tribute To Late Metal Edge Editor Gerri Miller

Gerri Miller has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. The journalist served as the editor for Metal Edge and also contributed to many other outlets such as People, Glamour, Muscle & Fitness, etc. A number of rock/metal artists have taken to social media to pay tribute to Miller:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

KISS:

Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Charlie Benante (Anthrax):

Skid Row:

Mark Slaughter (Slaughter):

Warrant:

BulletBoys:

Tony Harnell (ex-TNT):

John Corabi (ex-Mötley Crüe):

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Shares Reworked Version Of “Inside Out”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante has shared a reworked version of the band’s song “Inside Out.” He said the following about that:

“Here’s a reworked version of an Anthrax song ‘Inside Out’ that I did for IK Multimedia- I used Amplitube 5, AXE I/O and iLOUD mtm speakers.”