With (hopefully) a painful and debilitating hangover in tow, we forced David Keevill back out into the drinking pits of Hammerfest to report on Day 2 – the first full day of the festival. Little did we realise at the time that one of the band he would see would result in him getting “spermy pants”. Jeesh….
Headlining the Friday night of Hammerfest IV, Anthrax continue to solidify their return to the forefront of the metal scene. Wow. We didn’t think we’d ever be saying things like that about Anthrax ever again.
Anthrax Worship Music Nuclear Blast 12 September 2011
by Amit Sharma
It’s been a long time coming, but after an eight-year wait, and two years of frontman-deliberation, Anthrax are finally back with their tenth studio album, Worship Music. Originally intended to be their first album with their eighth and short-livedvocalist, Dan Nelson, and then for some time following his dismissal seeming like John Bush would be back in the picture, it finally fell to the now re-instated frontman, Joey Belladonna, to eventually provide the album’s vocals. After all this drama, will Worship Music actually be worth the wait?
Yes, this is an interview with Rob Caggiano Joe Trohman, guitarist of The Damned Things, not Rob Caggiano Joe Trohman, [erstwhile] guitarist of Anthrax Fall Out Boy. This is his other new band. The band about which there is not very much information yet apart from the fact he made the band with Anthrax buddy buddies, Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, along with Joe Trohman and his bandmate Andy Hurley from Fall Out Boy, and Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die. Here’s a crap interview we did with Rob Joe [via email, via 2 other people, hence the awesome strikethrough-related cock up].
Rob Caggiano (bass) and Scott Ian (guitar) from Anthrax are heading up this supergroup which also contains Andy Hurley (drums) and Joe Trohman (other guitar) from currently-on-hiatus Fall Out Boy with Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley on vocals.
They’re demoing songs right now while ETID are in Europe.
They have a logo but took it down when news about the band leaked upon this horrible Internet.
There’s no denying it – 2009 looks like it’s going to be a good year for the Big Four. If you’re suffering from an epic brain-fail, and don’t already know who they are, The Big Four are the quartet of bands who helped define Thrash Metal as we know it – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. But who amongst them is tr00ly still shredding it like they were in 1985?
Through Time POV
by Joel McIver
Of the Big Four Of Thrash, Anthrax were always the most entertaining. Metallica had the big ambitions, Megadeth the vitriol and Slayer the giddying acceleration, but only this bunch of New Yorkers brought the noise in a way that made you laugh while you moshed. Their antics are back for your viewing pleasure on these two DVDs.
Like most of us, I pretty much ignored Anthrax after 1990’s Persistence Of Time, which didn’t really match up to their classic ’80s canon. Oidivnikufesin (it’s “nice fuckin’ video” backwards) is a classic 1987 show that included the big-shorts thrash anthems (‘I Am The Law’, ‘Among The Living’, ‘Indians’, ‘A.I.R.’) which you’ll remember jumping about to in your bedroom if you’re over 30.
Anybody younger than that might find it all a bit weird, what with guitarist Scott Ian shaving ‘Not’ into his chest fur, the endless gurning, the masses of black hair (head and body) which covered the band and singer Joey Belladonna’s insistence on wearing a Red Indian head-dress.
Watch ‘Among The Living’ from Oidivnikufesin by Anthrax
Still, the fast and furious beats from drummer Charlie Benante and Ian’s ridiculously precise riffage make it immediately clear that Anthrax were a serious metal band under all the clowning.
Through Time POV is less coherent, a bunch of live clips glued together with some interview footage. The live stuff is mostly songs that you’ve already seen on Oidivnikufesin or Youtube, although the version of ‘Gung-Ho’ – a thrash anthem like few others – is still a must-see.
The chats from the band, pictured at their late-80s commercial peak, don’t really add an awful lot of value (although their mile-a-minute, Noo Yoik-style patter is hilarious), which leaves the DVD as a slight souvenir of a long-gone era. Stick with Oidivnikufesin, it’s much better.
Oidivnikufesin5/6 Through Time POV 2/6
Both Through Time POV and Oidivnikufesin by Anthrax are out now on Universal
Ozzfest 2008 has released details of this year’s event, which will include a special, all-star tribute to ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott and will take place in Dimebag’s home state of Texas on 9 August 2008.
The All-Star Dimebag Tribute will go onstage directly after Dimebag’s brother and former bandmate, Vinnie Paul’s latest band, Hellyeah perform. The collective will play a variety of Pantera songs.
The group will include stars such as Slayer’s Kerry King, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez, Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Charlie Benate, Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, King Diamond and former Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla.
Metal Hammer has reported that Dimebag’s partnet Rita Haney said: “To have the name ‘Dimebag’ still, to this day, unite musicians to pay homage in such a respectful way, is very overwhelming. In Dime’s vision, it’s always been about a damn good time.”
While Gigwise reported on Sharon Osbourne saying: “When we decided on Dallas as the site for this year’s Ozzfest, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to ‘Dimebag’ Darrell since it was his hometown.”
It does look bloody good, doesn’t it.
Ozzfest will take place on 9 August 2008 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas