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👌”

Anthrax Team Up With Z2 Comics For “Among The Living” Graphic Novel

Anthrax have joined forces with Z2 Comics to create a new graphic novel inspired by their 1987 album “Among The Living“. Members of Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and more contributed to the book, which can be pre-ordered HERE.

A press release offered the following description of the effort:

“An anthology narrated by longtime mascot “The Not Man,” newly designed by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), Among the Living unites [Charlie] Benante and [Scott] Ian with writers Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Corey Taylor, Joseph Trohman, Gerard and Mikey Way, and Rob Zombie, with more to be announced.

Artists include Roland Boschi, Maan House, Dave Johnson, Scott Koblish, Darrick Robertson, and Erik Rodriguez, and more, with covers by Benante, JG Jones, and Eric Powell. Band members Benante and Ian will collaborate on an original story inspired by the fan favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD.

This will make official the decades long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike.”

Charlie Benante commented:

“Doing a comic book has always been a huge goal for me. I’ve tried for years, but something always comes up and sidetracks me. I was ecstatic when Josh Bernstein brought the idea to us to do a graphic novel based on our album ‘Among The Living‘. I felt that it was the perfect time and opportunity to fulfill that dream.

I am a lifelong artist and have been drawing during the pandemic more than ever, so I had the idea to bring my own artwork to this project. As a fan of the Judge Dredd series since the 80’s, it was an honor to create cover art based off of Dredd and Judge Death. The amount of talent that is going into this project is astounding, I scratch my head just thinking about it!”

Scott Ian added:

“Comics are one of the two things (the other thing being Horror) that I’ve been into longer than music. Comics were/are my constant. Music joined the party and became my constant as well. I started a band. I wrote lyrics about comics and horror and they connected with people all over the world. And now for the 40th (40!!!) anniversary of Anthrax, I get to cross the streams and merge my constants with a graphic novel (comic) celebrating the album that made such a mark on the planet – ‘Among The Living.’

Getting to be a part of this process – choosing writers and artists to express what these songs mean to them – has been incredible. I made a wish list of writers/artists/musicians that I would love to be a part of this, not really thinking we’d get them.

I was aiming high, the list had Grant Morrison‘s name at the top – and Grant said yes. Brian Azzarello said yes. Eric Powell, J.G. Jones, Greg Nicotero, Corey Taylor, Rob Zombie, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Joe Trohman, Gerard & Mikey Way – they all said yes. Holy crap!”

“I pitched a Judge Dredd story for ‘I Am The Law‘ that I’d been thinking about for a while. It was an idea I actually talked to Grant about one night after an Anthrax show in Glasgow over a few drinks. This idea has stayed with me, I’d never written it down, it was one of those ideas that would smack me in the face every few months demanding to be recognized, I just didn’t have an outlet for it.

And then I did have an outlet with this project but, we didn’t have the rights to use Dredd in our book. You have to ask right? So we sent my idea to the kind folks at Rebellion and they green-lit my story. And there, my friends, is the moment where everything came full circle for me as a life-long comic nerd and the as the guy in Anthrax. Thank you ‘Among the Living.’ for making it all happen.”

Watch Anthrax, Dream Theater, Testament, & Suicidal Tendencies Members Cover U.K.’s “Presto Vivace”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, and Suicidal Tendencies bassist Roberto “Ra” Diaz recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of U.K.‘s “Presto Vivace.” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“Here is one of the most insane pieces of music I’ve learned recently! This keyboard line is as challenging as learning Charlie Parker, Zappa, VH, you name it. I come in on the 2nd half, (thankfully I had Jordan to play along to- the guitar doesn’t play that on the original) This will stay in my repertoire for a long time as a warm up, practice piece.

This SG (’09ish) felt best for this with the thinnest neck, easiest to maneuver. It’s just a quick minute or so but enough notes for a much longer tune! Charlie Benante‘s idea (thanks Charlie, haha). Seriously, this was a super fun challenge and a pleasure to play with this bunch…

From CB: “U.K. were a British progressive rock supergroup originally active from 1977 until 1980. The band was composed of singer/bassist John Wetton, keyboardist Eddie Jobson, guitarist Allan Holdsworth and drummer Bill Bruford who was later replaced by drummer Terry Bozzio. I can’t tell you what their first 2 records and their Live album #nightafternight meant to me.

The version of Presto Vivace from the Live album has always been a favorite of mine, it probably has to do with the Drumming of Terry Bozzio. I asked Alex and Ra to Rock this one out and they NAILED it.

We needed someone to play this Crazy Keyboard Part, hmmmmmm… WHO? Alex Suggested Jordan Rudess, How AWESOME! Jordan Was into it and he also NAILED it. I hope you dig this Short But fiery Blast of Notes, Hits, and Just an awesome display of Musicians having Fun!”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Releases Cover Of Queen’s “Sheer Heart Attack”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has released his cover of Queen’s “Sheer Heart Attack.” The track, which features Doro Pesch, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.), and Charlie Benante (Anthrax), is from Ellefson‘s new covers album “No Cover,“ which will be released on November 20.

Watch Anthrax, Sum 41, Etc. Members Cover Public Image Ltd.’s “Public Image”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Hank Von Hell (ex-Turbonegro), Dave Baksh (Sum 41), and Jason McCaslin (Sum 41) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Public Image Ltd.’s “Public Image.” You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“When I was younger, I would sometimes go to work with my sister, who was a hairdresser in Manhattan. Below the salon was a record store called Disco Mat that I LOVED. I would spend hours in there and one day, I had a weird experience.

I was in there going through records and I saw a man with a long coat and a beret looking through the bins. I knew it was Johnny Rotten because I was a huge Sex Pistols fan. I walked over to him all excited and he turned and put his finger up to his mouth and went ‘Shhhhhhhhhhhhh’ as in ‘STOP’. I took that as a leave me alone and that’s what I did. I continued to look around and then I saw him checking out and he called me over. I told him how much I loved the Pistols and he said that was all behind him and he was moving on. He took a Disco Mat card, turned it over and signed it for me. He talked a bit more and then left. The thing he was moving onto was Public Image Ltd.

I love love love First Issue, it still makes me happy when I hear it.

I was so happy Dave and Cone from Sum 41 were into doing this with me and when Dave mentioned having Hank Von Hell on it I was like WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO! I love Turbonegro.

Hope you enjoy it, we had fun.”

Watch Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Mastodon, & Metal Allegiance Members Cover Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, Alice In Chains singer William DuVall, Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher, and Metal Allegiance bassist Mark Menghi recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage.” You can see footage of that below:

Benante commented:

“Rusty Cage…first song off of Badmotorfinger and a Damn Good one at that! This song makes me wanna drive fast.

I was a @soundgarden fan as soon as I heard ‘hunted down’. I then heard the FOPP ep on which they had covered an @ohioplayers song (Honey was a great Album) and I was Hooked. I saw them numerous times from 1988-89 to playing festivals with them a few years ago. I always thought they had ‘it’: they were tight but loose,up and down,in and out of tune, heavy and soft, always unique. I always loved the way @Chriscornellofficial sang, His voice was so Recognizable. I saw them at the Armory in New York and he came out and did an acapella version of Beth by @kissonline , I got goosebumps.

We are celebrating the music they created with this version of Rusty Cage. When @billy_butterslax , @markmenghi, @williamduvallofficial and I decided to Jam this one out it was because it moved us when we first heard it and dammit, it still does!

Hope you all enjoy it and Take the time to think what Good Music does to your soul.

Thank you to @dlevanchuk and @tom.w.tapley . Love to #kimthayil #mattcameron #benshepherd .”

Watch Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Etc. Members Cover Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament, Metal Allegiance), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), Jennifer Cella (Beauty In The Machine), and Randy McStine have teamed up for a quarantine cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Rhiannon.“ Benante said the following about that:

“I’ve been a fan of #fleetwoodmac for many years, there is something about that #rumors lineup that just excites me . When @markmenghi asked me about doing this song I immediately was down. It’s personal to him and I understood why.”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Premieres Video For Cover Of Cheap Trick‘s “Auf Wiedersehen“ Featuring Ministry, Anthrax, And Crobot Members

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has premiered a video for his cover of Cheap Trick‘s “Auf Wiedersehen.“ The track, which features Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, and Crobot’s Brandon Yeagley, is from Ellefson‘s new covers album “No Cover,“ which will be released on November 20.