Metallica, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Anthrax, Etc. Members Participate in Decibel’s “Get Behind The Mask” Gallery

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, many people are still refusing to wear masks to help slow the spread of the virus. With this in mind, Decibel have decided to launch a “Get Behind The Mask” gallery full of notable metal musicians wearing masks to encourage others to do the same. Over 140 artists participated including members of Metallica, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Anthrax, Megadeth, Pantera, Judas Priest, Body Count, GWAR, Death Angel, Baroness, The Acacia Strain, Suffocation, and tons more.

Late All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert Featured On New Lost Symphony Song “Conflagration”

Lost Symphony have premiered a new song titled “Conflagration.“ The track, which features late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert, Matt LaPierre, and Conrad Simon, is from the band’s new album “Chapter II.” That effort will be released on October 16 and it will also feature members of Megadeth, Anthrax, Arch Enemy, etc. Lost Symphony‘s Benny Goodman commented:

“When I hear the song, I just think of the whole world burning. Basically, the guitar players are getting us out. It has the most testosterone. It was literally blowing up my speakers like a ‘Conflagration.’ The adrenaline speaks for itself.”

“Chapter II” Track Listing:

01. “The World is Over” (feat. Marty Friedman & Jeff Loomis)
02. “Leave Well Enough Alone” (feat. Jason Costa & Conrad Simon)
03. “Negation Delirium” (feat. Oli Herbert, Joey Concepcion & Jimi Bell)
04. “No Exit” (feat. David Ellefson, Jeff Loomis & Jimi Bell)
05. “The Garden Of Earthly Delights” (feat. Oli Herbert, David Abbruzzese, Rusty Cooley, Jimi Bell, Joey Concepcion, Matt LaPierre & Conrad Simon)
06. “Conflagration” (feat. Oli Herbert, Matt LaPierre & Conrad Simon)
07. “A Murder Of Crows” (feat. Jon Donias, Matt Bachand & Jimi Bell)
08. “The Long Wait For The End” (feat. Oli Herbert, Conrad Simon & Matt LaPierre)

Watch Anthrax Members Cover Fear’s “I Don’t Care About You” With Lee Ving

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante and Scott Ian have teamed up with their ex-bandmate Dan Lilker for a quarantine cover of Fear‘s “I Don’t Care About You.“ The performance, which actually features Lee Ving himself, can be seen below:

Benante commented:

“How the hell did you guys hook up with Lee Ving??? He’s a fucking legend!

We will surely be asked that question too many times to answer over the rest of our lives so… He DM’d Scott on Instagram. Yep, sometimes social media is awesome.

First off, the fact that Lee was even paying attention to our Instajams blows my mind. And then he hit Scott up and asked if we could do something together. Could we? Holy shit yes we can! Scott couldn’t text Me and Danny fast enough and we felt the same as He did We are all such huge fans of Lee and Fear.

The Record, Fear’s debut album was such a direct influence on S.O.D. They were hard as hell and twice as tight. I used to watch their performances in Decline of the Western Civilization over and over, marveling in their ability to not give a fuck. When scott started drawing the S.O.D. comic strips in 1984 Sgt. D was basically a zombie Lee. For us they were inspiration and our aspiration. We even covered I Love Livin’ In The City live to fill out our set (S.E.O.D. was only 28 minutes long).

I replied, “I Don’t Care About You” to Scott’s query about doing a track with Lee and Danny and I were in. Lee was just as excited about doing this as we were. Turns out he’s a Fan! Have fun watching/listening my friends, we did!

Thank you Lee! Thank you to Andy Lagis and Dima Levanchuk for the mix and Vid edit”

Anthrax Launch Video Series For 30th Anniversary Edition Of “Persistence Of Time”

Anthrax have launched a new video series focusing on the 30th anniversary deluxe edition of “Persistence Of Time“ (out August 21). The series is hosted by drummer Charlie Benante and the first episode can be seen below. More details on the 30th anniversary deluxe edition of “Persistence Of Time“ can be found HERE.

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Recruits Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Crobot, Etc. Members For New Covers Album

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” on October 2. The 13-track record will feature covers of tracks by Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and more.

Ellefson recorded the album with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses), drummer Paolo Caridi, and the following special guests:

– Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
– Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
– Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
– Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
– Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
– Mark Slaughter
– Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
– Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
– Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
– Gus G (Firewind)
– John Aquilino (Icon)
– Doro Pesch
– Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
– Dave Alvin (White Trash)
– Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
– Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
– Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
– Dead By Wednesday

Ellefson said the following:

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians. So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends.

During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, ‘This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!’ Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album.

We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazaert added:

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early ‘metal’ and harder classic rock. Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, ‘Let’s do this song,’ and me saying, ‘Yes!!! And let’s do this song.’ And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on ‘Love Me Like A Reptile’, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to L.A. (which we wrote about in ‘More Life With Deth’), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two. As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to rock n’ roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Anthrax Announce New Bourbon Inspired By Dimebag Darrell

Anthrax have launched a new limited edition 115.6 proof bourbon, which they are calling “The Healer.” The drink’s name was inspired by the late Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), who used to say “booze is the healer.”

The following description of the bourbon was shared on mashandgrape.com:

“This is a highly limited, cask strength edition of Hillrock’s famous Solera Aged Bourbon personally selected by Anthrax.

The slight cinnamon aromas are surprising along with the oaked caramel-vanilla and floral, fruit notes on the nose of this golden amber bourbon. Sweet, yet spicy full-bodied flavors are warm with maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, roasted corn, and raisin notes on the palate are balanced by spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. The medium to long warm finish abounds with sweet caramel and butterscotch. Familiar characteristic of Oloroso sherry flavors of walnut, fig and candied fruit balance the spicy rye undertones. A lush and velvety expression of our Solera Aged Bourbon amplified at undiluted proof. Specially selected for its clear Oloroso sherry influence and delicate balance of proof and flavor, as well as it’s incredibly long finish. A truly decanter worthy bottling.”

Charlie Benante said the following:

“The first time I heard Dimebag refer to booze being a healer was when we were on tour together and I was really sick. He came onto our bus, opened my bunk curtain, gave me a shot of whiskey and said ‘booze is the healer.'”

Scott Ian also commented:

“‘If we arrived for soundcheck a little hungover, Dimebag would be standing there with a knowing Cheshire Cat smile, a shot of whiskey at the ready and the words ‘booze is the healer.’ And goddamn if it didn’t work. Put us right back on the horse.”

“To my uneducated palate, this high rye content bourbon with notes of toffee, molasses, cinnamon and mint was incredibly well-balanced. The depth of the flavor was intense. In layman’s terms, it’s some damn-good hooch!”

Frank Bello added:

“This bourbon got my vote right away. When I took the first sip, the mix of flavors really came out in a big way, and it was obvious to me that this bourbon had to become my new best friend. It was like a cool smooth vibe that made me pour a second glass. Second glasses are fun.”

Anthrax, Butcher Babies, & Suicidal Tendencies Members Cover Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies) have shared a quarantine cover of Massive Attack‘s “Teardrop.” You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“I was on tour in the UK/Europe when I got Mezzanine by Massive Attack. I think it was 97/98 and I remember laying in my Bunk and being absorbed by the Music I was hearing. This was different than The Protection Record; It was Darker and the layered instruments created a dense listening experience…this album comes eerily close to giving me an out of body experience

There aren’t a lot of albums that can put me into a deep trance and keep me there for a long time, but this album does that amazingly well. The tracks really take their time to develop, and that mostly results in stunning instrumentals. Teardrop was one of those songs that I wish I’d Wrote, to this day it still gives me goosebumps.

I always wanted to do a “remix” or “my version”. I had the chance during this Quarantine/Stay at home Situation to make that happen. I asked RA and Carla to Help make it happen. The video is not like the normal Quarantine Videos, I wanted it to be Dark and Artsy Farsty ( like an MTV vid).

Carla Knocks it out of the park, she brought that vibe to the song and showed a different level I knew she had. Ra is On Point with the Rumble and groove, He always makes it look so easy.

Once again Thanks to @AndyLagis for the Mix, I know there was a lot to deal with but you Placed it all in the right spots DIma Levanchuk made a great video, not like a standard “quarantine Video”. He took his imagination and went somewhere with it.”

Sepultura Share Quarantine Performance Of “Cut-Throat” Featuring Anthrax’s Scott Ian

Sepultura have shared a quarantine performance of “Cut-Throat” as part of their “SepulQuarta” series. The performance finds the band joined by Anthrax’s Scott Ian. The track is from the group’s 1996 album “Roots.”

Anthrax, Volbeat, & Suicidal Tendencies Members Join Forces With D.M.C. For RUN-D.M.C. Medley

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax) and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies) recently joined forces with Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels for a RUN-D.M.C. medley. You can see footage of that below. The track is also available to download via Bandcamp with proceeds set to go towards MusicUnites.org.

Benante commented:

“I always wanted to do a medley of RUN DMC songs, so back in March I decided to put an arrangement together and asked these amazing people to be a part of it.

How can you do a RUN DMC medley without the KING of ROCK- Darryl McDaniels DMC. I have been a RUN DMC fan from back when I first heard “It’s Like That/Sucker MCs” they had my attention immediately! It’s no secret that our “I’m the Man” song was inspired by RUN DMC and the Beastie boys…that’s how much we loved them.

I asked RA once again because he has the groove and creativity to adapt to any song. I love how he placed a familiar line at the end of the song that Just fit so well. I asked Rob Caggiano because I always loved his style.

I love the way he attacks his guitar and plays the tastiest shit. He throws this great Black metal riff in here that raises the tune to another level. We all came together to create this piece of music that makes US move.

I hope it YOU move! Maybe it inspires you to make music, play your instrument, write lyrics…”

Anthrax To Release 30th Anniversary Edition Of “Persistence Of Time” In August

Anthrax will be releasing a deluxe 30th anniversary edition of “Persistence Of Time” on August 21. The effort, which will be available on CD and vinyl, has been remastered and it will come with updated cover art, expanded liner notes, and various bonus tracks. The CD version will also come with a bonus DVD focusing on the band’s 1991 tour with Iron Maiden.

“Persistence Of Time” Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition Vinyl Track Listing:

Side A:

01. “Time” (Remastered)
02. “Blood” (Remastered)
03. “Keep It In The Family” (Remastered)

Side B:

01. “In My World” (Remastered)
02. “Gridlock” (Remastered)
03. “Intro To Reality” (Remastered
04. “Belly Of The Beast” (Remastered)

Side C:

01. “Got The Time” (Remastered)
02. “H8 Red” (Remastered)
03. “One Man Stands” (Remastered)
04. “Discharge” (Remastered)

Side D:

01. “I’m The Man” (The Illest Version Ever)
02. Time (Live at The Palace of Auburn Hills)
03. “Got The Time” (Pre Production)

Side E:

01. “In My World” (Pre Production – Scott Guide Vocal)
02. “H8 Red” (Rehearsal Room/Charlie’s, Riff Tape/Pre-Production)
03. “Discharge” (Charlie’s Riff Tape/Rehearsal Room/Pre-Production)

Side F:

01. “Keep In In The Family” (Rehearsal Room/Scott Guide Vocal)
02. “Blood” (Rehearsal Room/Pre-Production)

Side G:

01. “Intro To Reality” (Pre-Production)
02. “Belly Of The Beast” (Tracking)
03. “Gridlock” (Tracking)

Side H:

01. “One Man Stands” (Pre-Production)
02. “Time” (Pre-Production, Scott Guide Vocal)

Frank Bello commented:

“One of the things I’ll never forget from the ‘Persistence Of Time‘ tours was when we played the songs ‘Time‘ and ‘Got The Time‘ live. We had this big clock on our stage, the ‘Persistence Of Time‘ clock, and the hands on this clock went around and around while we played the songs ‘Time‘ and ‘Got The Time.’

Today, something like that would be motorized, but back in 1990, it had to be done manually using a hand crank on the back of the clock. My bass tech from that time, Troy, it was his job to keep those hands turning during those two songs, throughout the entire songs. I mean, what a workout that guy got from turning that crank.”

Charlie Benante added:

“It was a weird time for us for a number of reasons, but at the same time, a lot of great things happened. We did ‘Married With Children” we toured with Slayer and Megadeth on the ‘Clash Of The Titans Tour,’ and we recorded ‘Bring The Noise‘ with Public Enemy‘, and that turned everything around.”