Metalcore masterminds Killswitch Engage and legendary thrash metal masters Anthrax have just finished wrapping-up KillThrax II, their hugely successful 29-city tour of North America. They co-headlined the tour which kicked off January 25 in Montreal, Canada and zig-zagged across North America. Serving as the opening act for one of the hottest metal touring packages around was heavy-hitters Havok. The crowd at Rams Head Live on Thursday night was treated to an incredible display of high energy, musical ferocity. The sheer intensity of every band’s performance was unbelievable and truly demonstrated why going to one of their live music events is a must-do for any fan. For a few hours, all present escaped into pure metal bliss.
In celebration of the band's 35th anniversary year, Anthrax released For All Kings, one of 2016's most-anticipated metal/thrash albums. The record was an instant hit and went on to become Anthrax's highest-charting album in more than two decades. AXS had the opportunity to speak to bassist Frank Bellow about the new album as well as his solo work, click here for full interview.
Killswitch Engage has come to be known as one of the most influential metal acts in the last 20 years. The two-time Grammy-nominees have sold over 3 million records worldwide. Thursday night Adam Dutkiewicz (guitarist/backing vocals), Joel Stroetzel (guitar), Mike D'Antonio (bass), Justin Foley (drums) and Jesse Leach (vocals) delivered timeless heavy music that fed the soul, touched everyone’s heart and absolutely strengthened their minds. KsE release Beyond the Flames: Home Video Vol II, is a treasure trove of fascinating content which includes 3.5 hours of live footage from around the globe and a 75-minute documentary chronicling the return of original vocalist Jesse Leach after an absence of nearly a decade away from the band he helped form.
This spring Anthrax will be joining fellow “Big Four” member Slayer on tour. AXS tickets are on sale now for select dates. The complete list of tour dates can be found on the Slayer website. Also performing on the tour are Behemoth, Lamb Of God and Testament. This had been announced as Slayers final tour.