At a certain point even some of the most dynamic bands in music have a hard time topping the high points of their career. And take a band like thrash masters Anthrax -- three and a half decades in existence, millions of records sold, countless tours around the globe and back -- and back again, and having been credited with helping to break down race and genre barriers via their collaboration with Public Enemy in 1988. Not to mention multiple Gold and Platinum record sales certifications, six Grammy Award nominations -- Anthrax was even the first metal band played on the planet Mars. How can you top all that? And yet, they did.
Anthrax kicked off 2016 with the release of their critically-acclaimed and eleventh studio album For All Kings and began a year-long celebration of their 35th anniversary. While ruling the road for most of the year sharing stages with bands like Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Slayer, Death Angel, Slipknot, and Avenged Sevenfold, Anthrax even infiltrated late night network television with an appearance on Late Nite with Seth Meyers. Their songs like "Monster At The End," "Blood Eagle Wings," and "Breathing Lightning" off of the new album have quickly been regarded as fan-favorites alongside the band's classic and signature tunes, and as quickly as the last run of tour dates came to an end, Anthrax lovers already began anticipating more touring in 2017. But Anthrax isn't done with 2016 just yet...
In support of Black Friday's Record Store Day on Nov. 25, Anthrax will be unleashing a limited-edition, seven-inch single on stunning lilac and gold spattered vinyl. The release will include the tracks "Monster At The End," and "Vice of the People" -- a tune that has only been released as a bonus track in Japan thus far. This will be the first time "Vice of the People" will be made available in North America.
But Anthrax will be popping up on the radio as well via an acoustic version "Breathing Lightning." Recorded at an in-studio session at KLAQ-FM radio in El Paso, TX. on Oct. 27 of this year, a day which marked the final date of Anthrax's massive tour this autumn with legendary thrash-mates, Slayer.
And yet there's still more -- on Dec. 13, Anthrax will also co-headline the 2016 Epiphone Revolver Music Awards alongside Megadeth. Said Anthrax drummer, Charlie Benante of the awards, "Anthrax looks forward to blowing the roof off of the Revolver Awards and making metal great again."
Fortunately, because of Anthrax, metal has been already been pretty great for the last three and a half decades now -- and they're still going strong.