When Anthrax visits the Bomb Factory this week in Dallas, alongside fellow metal rockers Lamb of God, DFW fans will get to see one of the most iconic thrash metal bands of all-time. There are four bands to be considered the most influential thrash metal bands in history, and Anthrax is one of the Big Four alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. According to Loudwire on Saturday, Anthrax has been honored again in the Smithsonian Institution’s “Places of Invention” series.
In the video for the Smithsonian Institution, the members of Anthrax talk about growing up in New York in the '70s and describe what the city was like then compared to what it has grown into. Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, and former singer Joey Belladonna are all profiled in the video and they talk about their influences, such as Iron Maiden and Motorhead, and their cross-genre work with Public Enemy.
The Anthrax and Public Enemy collaboration was a huge moment for both bands, bringing them to mainstream attention and proving that thrash metal and hip-hop were not all that different. It started when Benante wore a Public Enemy shirt when he was playing during the Among the Living tour and then Chuck D name-dropped Anthrax on their next album. The result was the song “Bring the Noise.”
The song was an original Public Enemy song from 1987, released on the soundtrack for the movie “Less Than Zero” and on the Public Enemy album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Then, in 1991, Anthrax and Public Enemy collaborated on a new version, which was released on the Anthrax album Attack of the Killer B’s and the Public Enemy album Apocalypse 91 … The Enemy Strikes Back.
Anthrax has continued to bring their unique style of thrash metal to the world and enjoyed their second even top 20 album with the 2011 release Worship Music. Their current tour with Lamb of God is in support of their new 2016 release, For All Kings, which goes on sale on Feb. 26.
The Anthrax and Lamb of God concert takes place at the Bomb Factory on Friday, Feb. 5. Tickets for the show range from $35 up to $60 and are on sale now. The doors open at 6 p.m. CST and the show kicks off at 7 p.m.