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)”

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):

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Etc. Featured In “Punk Rock & Paintbrushes” Art Book

Punk Rock & Paintbrushes will be releasing a new coffee table art book titled “Punk Rock & Paintbrushes: The Insides Of Artists Written By Outsiders” on April 15. The book, which was co-created by Emily T. Nielsen (Punk Rock & Paintbrushes) and Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals), can be pre-ordered HERE.

Here’s the artists and chapters featured in the book:

* Tim Armstrong: Punk, Passion & Paint
* Chali 2na: Manphibian Missions
* Jason Cruz: Screaming Smoke and Paintings Sung in the Key of A Minor
* Natalia Fabia: Lady Painter
* Sarah & Eric Melvin: A Couple That Paints Together
* Mark deSalvo: Leftover Liner Notes
* Steve Caballero: Skate and Create
* Paul Kobriger: The Footprint of Humans as Told Through a Ball Point Pen
* Carla Harvey: Sex & Transgressions
* Charlie Benante: Persistence Gets Surreal
* Chris Shary & Lori Herbst: Folie a Deux
* Christian Hosoi: Unrestricted Expression
* Jim Lindberg: Every Single Day
* Brent Broza: Time For a Change
* Danielle Donohue: The Great Gatsby or the GREATEST Gatsby???
* Dan Smith: Heart and Soul
* Olya & Vira – Mad Twins: Twins of Madness
* Matt Hensley: Under Pressure
* Jason Adams: Destination Nowheresville USA
* Jennie Cotterill: Bad Cop, Good Cake
* Tokyo Hiro: From Taboo to Tattoo
* Mike Gallo: My Life. My Way Everyday
* Shawn Foley: Chaotic Ambition
* Brian Bent: Bent Not Broken
* Soma Snakeoil: DominARTrix: Intersection of Sex, Art & Politics
* Warren Fitzgerald: An All Access Sanctuary of Self Expression & Autonomy

[via Blabbermouth]

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.”

Watch Testament, Anthrax, Etc. Members Cover Stevie Nicks’ “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

Alex Skolnick (Testament), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Jennifer Cella (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Randy McStine (McStine/Minnemann), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), and Harry Waters (McNally Waters, Roger Waters) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“Just in time for #internationwomensday, a classic song that’s quite relevant today in which a woman tells it like it is (sometimes we need to just stfu & listen, amirite?). Originally by Stevie Nicks from her 1981 debut solo album ‘Bella Donna’, where she was joined by all of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (except for the great session bassist Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn who played bass just on this one track). Here we have our same band that did ‘Rhiannon’ (see vid a few months back), which was so fun to do and well received that we thought we’d continue. As before, Stevie’s part is channeled by the one & only Jen Cella, with Randy chiming in as Tom Petty (the late great, may he RIP) and the lineup augmented with Hammond B3 played by McNally Waters keyboardist Harry Waters, also a veteran of recent tours with his father (whom you may have heard of, his name’s Roger).

I tried a few guitars, including my LPs, SGs, but this AS sig ESP lemonburst just captured the right tone & sustain in this case. Original guitarist Mike Campbell (currently playing with Stevie in Fleetwood Mac) is someone not always as appreciated as he should be in guitar scenes, as his playing is not technically complicated, but it’s nonetheless brilliant. I tried to capture the spirit of his original licks and, add a little bit of my own flavor but not deviate from the original too much (what Mike C did was perfect for the song, as usual).

Enjoy the tune and for goodness sake, people (I’m not gonna tell you again): STOP DRAGGIN’ MY HEART AROUND!!!”

Watch Clip Of Charlie Benante Playing Drums On Demo Version Of New Anthrax Track

Charlie Benante has shared a clip of himself playing drums on a demo version of a new Anthrax track. You can check that out below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Cover Iron Maiden’s “Revelations” On Guitar

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has shared footage of himself performing a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Revelations” on guitar. He said the following about that:

“I’ve always loved the Iron Maiden song Revelations, I think it’s the highlight off of #pieceofmind . I wanted to do a version with just an army of guitars, layer after layer. This is a shorter version than the one I am going to do but you get the idea. I changed it a bit and had fun with it.”

Watch Charlie Benante (Anthrax), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Etc. Cover KISS’ “All The Way”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), John 5 (Rob Zombie), P.J. Farley (Trixter), and Joe McGinness (Kuarantine) have teamed up for a quarantine cover of KISS’ “All The Way.” Benante said the following about that:

“KISS Alive was missing one song and that song was ‘All The Way’. I always thought this song had such a great chorus, makes you wanna rock from side to side (in that KISS way). I would love to have heard it with that “Alive” sound. We tried to make this as close to the original as we could. Thanks again to Joe McGinness, P.J. Farley and John 5 for doing a KILLER job on this. Special thanks to TOM K78 we used @gibsonguitar and a bunch of other stuff because we wanted the best.”

Anthrax, Sum 41, Etc. Members Join Forces For Medley Of Mötorhead, Judas Priest, & Iron Maiden Covers

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Baksh (Sum 41), Tom Thacker (Sum 41), Danko Jones, and Jean Genus (Hank Von Hell, etc.) have joined forces for a quarantine medley of Mötorhead‘s “Overkill,“ Judas Priest‘s “Electric Eye,” and Iron Maiden‘s “Murders In The Rue Morgue.“ You can check that out below:

All of the musicians commented:

Dave Baksh:

“As a 1980 baby my first exposure to metal was the big four, my love for their music made me want to learn more about where they came from. Who were the innovators for them? Who moved an entire genre forward for their generation? This question lead me to the term “New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.” A genre within a genre so powerful that its music still inspires to this day.

From artists, skaters and even the Rainbow’s video poker machine so many have had their lives touched by Motörhead, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. We chose these songs in our medley as a tribute to all the bands that are part of the infamous N.W.O.B.H.M. Our lineup for this one was something that I could only have dreamed of. Thank you, Tom, Jean, Danko, Charlie and please send love from our family to yours.”

Charlie Benante:

“When Dave asked me to be a part of a Medley featuring Mötorhead, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden how could I say no? Then he told me Danko, Tom and Jean would be a part of it! That added a whole other dimension to it. This was fun and it really takes me back to a time when Heavy Metal was great.”

Danko Jones:

“‘Overkill‘ by Mötorhead is probably the most perfect rock song ever written. Lyrically, it keeps with its title, ending thrice! It also contains the drumbeat that laid the foundation for an entire genre of music.

‘Electric Eye‘ is the clarion call for one of the greatest Priest albums in their canon.

‘Murders In The Rue Morgue‘ is one of the best songs of the Di’ Anno era.

Although I have a million miles to go chasing the three legends who sang these songs, I am grateful to be given a chance. Being able to sing alongside these fine gentlemen was an honor.”

Tom Thacker:

“What an honor to rock this metal medley with these very talented dudes whose bands I love and respect! And Dave Brownsound, my bro-in-sound! So stoked to be a part of this!

Iron Maiden was one of my first musical loves and remain a favorite to this day. The first record I heard was Number of the beast. I listened on repeat until the tape wore out. It seemed much more substantial than a lot of the other bands, theatrical, literary, it was like a school course that fucking rocked. So much more than just killer riffs. But the riffs were enough for me!!

Electric eye is my favorite Judas Priest song. Halford’s voice sounds so sinister. It is the ultimate metal voice. And the Priest twin guitar attack… devastating. Like two tornadoes colliding.

There is no band more badass than Motörhead. They scared the shit out of me as a kid. The riff for Overkill has so much raw power just playing it will lay waste to an army of posers”

Jean Genus:

“Motörhead, Priest, Maiden… If there are any bands that have changed the rock world, it is probably these. In their completely own ways.

The first stadium show I ever went to was an Iron Maiden show. Just a little kid in a stadium with 75.000 people. I think that was one of those moments you think to yourself.. I wanna do that!

And as a bassist…what can I Say Steve Harris, Ian Hill & Lemmy. Three fine British Gentlemens👌”