It felt like a long wait - - - the time between thrash legends Anthrax announcing they were working on a follow up to their 2011 release, Worship Music, and when that new album, For All Kings, finally saw the light of day. Just slightly longer than a year to be exact, and for thrash lovers and die-hard Anthrax fans, those months were filled with anticipation, but now that For All Kings is finally here, that heartfelt eagerness wasn't even the slightest bit in vain, and metal lovers are voraciously buying up this stellar new release.
On February 26, the unleashing of Anthrax's eleventh studio album, For All Kings, rattled all the rafters upon the earth's surface with its tremors still being felt - and enjoyed worldwide. Soaring through Billboards charts and infiltrating the Top 10, For All Kings nailed their debut at #9 on the Top 200 Albums Chart. A position that surpassed #12 debut by the band's previous Grammy-nominated album, Worship Music.
"We share this Top 10 victory with all of our fans," said Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, in a press release, "Heavy metal is alive and well."
Selling 34,000 units in the U.S. alone in its first week, For All Kings also ranked in at #2 on the Independent Albums chart, #4 Physical Albums, and #5 Vinyl Albums chart. It's also held the #1 position on both the iTunes Heavy Metal Albums sales chart and Amazon's Best Sellers in Metal chart, and the list of accomplishments is going to just keep getting longer and longer.
In addition to the album itself, the band has released a video for the song "Blood Eagle Wings" from For All Kings. Stunning and brutal all at once, the video for "Blood Eagle Wings" creates a backdrop for the stellar and melodic metal tune. "We created this torture chamber, sitting below this horrible king's hall," explained the video's director, Jack Bennett, to Rolling Stone, "This guy gets to play with his toys and look through the grate in the floor and see this group of people that he's essentially crushing. The idea is that this power is built on top of these people. It's brutal and there's a lot of amazing torture gags happening, but it all serves this concept that progress is brutal. Civilizations progress in a way that is violent."
Check out the chilling video for Anthrax's "Blood Eagle Wings" by clicking here.
Currently on tour in South America with Iron Maiden, Anthrax will be heading back to the U.S. this spring, and then jetting over to Europe for a series of festivals.
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