Anthrax to celebrate 35th anniversary with global tour

When thrash-legends Anthrax unleashed their newest album earlier this year it hit like an earthquake in the metal world. For All Kings, the highly anticipated follow-up to Anthrax's Grammy-nominated, 2011 release, Worship Music, was released in February of 2016 to rave reviews, and made a debut on the Billboard 200 chart at #9 - the band's highest chart entry position since 1993's Sound of White Noise. Whipping the thrash music world into a frenzy with new songs like "Evil Twin," "Breathing Lightning," and "Blood Eagle Wings," Anthrax's new regal seismicity proceeded to discharge a series of aftershocks - and that combined with concerts executed like high-performance race cars - now, even four months after the album's release, those tremors are still being felt today...and they're growing ever stronger.

But it's not just a new album and the ability to put on live performances with a ferocity and energy far greater than bands half their age, but Anthrax has got something else to celebrate in 2016 as well - their 35th anniversary. Having already spent the bulk of June, and now with July and August locked down for a series of major music festivals throughout Europe, Anthrax will also be playing select dates with fellow metal legends like Slayer and Iron Maiden as well as a handful of headlining shows throughout the end of October.

The 35th anniversary revelry will officially begin September 9 in Cleveland when the band joins forces with another one-fourth of the Big Four, Slayer, for a seven-week, North American tour. This trek will include appearances at several major North American music festivals including Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on September 25 in San Bernardino, CA. And is if that's not killer enough all on its own, on days off from the tour with Slayer, Anthrax will be hosting sporadic headlining shows with Death Angel as special guests. There's just no better way for a band to celebrate 35 years - and the entire metal world can help take part in the upcoming thrashy festivities.

"I find it hard to believe that all this time has gone by," commented Anthrax drummer, Charlie Benante, in a press release, "I still feel like I did when we were first recording our Spreading the Disease album. For All Kings has been so well received, it really does make us want to take this to another level. I think it's all so encouraging that, after all these years, here we are hanging out with out metal alumni Slayer. The two bands have never been better at what we do, that's encouraging for the future of music."

And Anthrax guitarist, Scott Ian, added: "July 18, 1981 is the day I started playing rhythm guitar in Anthrax. Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly. I am a husband, I am a father. I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon to be college dropout that co-founded a heavy metal band. The only thing that hasn't changed in 35 years, the one constant, I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It's what I get to do. I get to play in a band and I never take that for granted. It is a privilege. And the reason I get to be in Anthrax is because for 35 years, people all over this planet have connected with what we do. There wouldn't be an Anthrax if it wasn't for the fans that heard something in our sound that made them want to bang their heads all those years ago. Together over these 35 years, we became part of something that changed the history of music and I am deeply proud of that. So to quote the Scottish poet Robbie Burns, 'Here's to us; who is as good as us? Damn few, and they're all dead.' Thank you my friends...35 and counting."

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Anthrax also just released the third lyric video from the new, this one for the track "Zero Tolerance." The song's message is a very personal one to the band, and particularly timely in today's society with the sad rise in mass shootings and terrorism. Click here to check out the lyric video for "Zero Tolerance" now.

Confirmed dates for Anthrax's 35th anniversary tour are as follows:

25 Amnesia Rockfest, Montebello, Canada

2 Tuska Open Air, Helsinki, Finland
3 Wroclaw Stadium, Wroclaw, Poland (w/ Iron Maiden)
5 USF Verftet, Bergen, Norway
6 Terminalen, Alesund, Norway
7 Parkteatret Scene, Oslo, Norway
9 Jalometalli Festival, Oulu, Finland
11 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen West, Denmark
12 Live Music Hall, Koln, Germany
13 Skaters Palace, Munster, Germany
15 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden
16 Dynamo Metalfest, Eindhoven, Netherlands
17 Rock Fest Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
19 Castrelos, Vigo, Spain
20 Sala Arena, Madrid, Spain
22 Area Concerti Festival Majano, Majano, Italy
23 Fosch Fest, Bagnatica, Italy
24 Rock in Rome, Roma, Italy

11 Leyendas del Rock Festival, Villena, Spain
14 Bloodstock, Walton-On-Trent, UK
21 Pain In The Grass, Auburn, WA

9 Jacob's Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
11 Ground Zero, Travers City, MI*
12 Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
13 Metropolis, Montreal, PQ
15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16 Anthology, Rochester, NY*
17 Revolution Rock Fest., Mashantucket, CT
18 Rock Allegiance Festival, Chester, PA
20 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
21 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL*
22 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
24 Houston Open Air Festival, Houston
25 Knotfest, Devore, CA
27 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28 Fillmore, Miami, FL
29 Club L.A., Destin, FL*
30 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS

1 Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, KY
3 Norva, Norfolk, VA
4 Orange Peel, Ashveille, NC*
5 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
6 Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA*
7 Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8 ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
11 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
12 Rev Hall, Boise, ID*
13 The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
14 The Hill event Center, Idaho Falls, ID*
15 Revolution Concert House, Garden City, ID
16 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA* (offer)
17 ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19 S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20 Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
21 Hawthorn Theatre, Portland, OR*
22 Discovery Park, Elverta, CA (w/Aftershock)
23 Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
22 Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
25 Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ*
26 Top Deck, Famington, NM* (offer)
27 El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX**

* Anthrax & Death Angel