Jackson Guitars will be releasing a very limited edition Among The Living Soloist guitar through Guitar Center. The guitar, which sells for $699.99, features the cover artwork to the 1987 Anthrax album Among The Living, which prominently displays Rev. Henry Kane, the terrifying antagonist from the Poltergeist sequels. Only 250 of these guitars will be made, so snag one here if you desperately need this for your collection.
The guitar is constructed from basswood and features a neck-through design with 24 frets and string-thru body. The rosewood fingerboard features pentagram inlays as well as an “ATL” inlay towards the upper registers. There is a single Seymour Duncan pick up and one volume knob. Below is a video of guitarist Scott Ian running through the guitar and explaining the history behind it.
Alright fellow guitarists, is this an axe you could see yourself rocking?
Located in Ithaca, New York, Pyramid Sound Studios was founded by Alex Perialas in 1974. In the 80′s, this studio was responsible for recording artists such as Bad Religion, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, Agnostic Front, and many more. Not only catering to national acts, the studio also recorded many local artists, solidifying its place as a staple of the local music scene. Now this studio faces possible condemnation in the face of renovations being one to the Clinton St. Bridge. Local officials have their hands tied as, legally, bridge renovation is a federally funded endeavor.
Perialas states, “This is one of those things that is a state and city project where they’re replacing a 70-year-old bridge and its right in our footprint, if you will. With the building of this new bridge, there’s a chance that if they aren’t careful, they could do damage to the studio. I’m currently working with the administration to land on an amicable solution to the situation. This has been a landmark facility for years. We pretty much created a style of music here that people had never heard of before. It would be a shame to lose such an integral part of music history due to this temporary construction.”
Perialas has put together an online petition that can be signed here. READ MORE
Too much of a good thing is awesome, don’t let anyone tell you different. And it is for this very reason that Testament, Anthrax, and Death Angel have announced a third leg to their tour. This leg will focus almost entirely on Canada with some select dates in a few Northern US States. Check out all the tour dates below (more to be added over the next few weeks). This tour will see Testament supporting their upcoming album, Dark Roots Of Earth, which comes out July 31st. More details for that album can be found here.
You can check out our video interview with Chuck and Billy from Testament here. You can also read our exclusive interview with Anthrax’s Scott Ian here. READ MORE
Avast me mateys and stand at attention! This December sees the inaugural launch of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Cruise! The cruise will be a three-day excursion that leaves Miami, FL on Dec. 7th, makes a stop at Nassau, in the Bahamas and makes port back at Miami on Dec. 10th. There will be a full itinerary of entertainment, including full performances from Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed, JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and DJ Starscream (Slipknot’s Sid Wilson) as well as many more. Tickets go on sale this Friday here.
There will be daily artist panels discussing tour stories as well as the music industry, sexy burlesque performances, and raunchy stand-up comedy routines from Big Jay Oakerson as well as The Legions of Skank featuring Luis J. Gomez and Dave Smith. Check below for the full ad mat. READ MORE
The official line up for the 2012 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival has been released and it is confirmed that Slipknot will be headlining. Direct support to them will be thrash metal titans Slayer. Headlining the Jagermeister stage will be another thrash metal titan: Anthrax. Rounding out the bill is Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, High On Fire, Whitechapel, As I Lay Dying, and a special guest (rumored to be Motörhead), who will be announced March 5th. The full touring schedule is below.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, “You knew we’d be back. Now, you know we’re coming. This will be a tour people will scarcely want to miss. It will definitely be a show to remember. Can’t wait to see the states again from behind a mask.”
Slipknot’s Clown states, “Slipknot is headlining this summer’s Mayhem festival and it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever felt, sensed, or seen. You miss this, you miss everything. Everyone seems to think that there’s a chance we’re gonna go away. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Stay sic and don’t ever judge us.”
“Mayhem 2012 might just be the last and greatest metal festival before the world ends!! So wreak havoc and go out in style!!” adds Tom Araya of Slayer.
Slayer’s Kerry King comments, “We can’t wait to get rolling on Mayhem 2012! Been 3 years since we played it last, and it’s gonna be brutal!!! You can’t go wrong with Slayer and Slipknot, pure fucking mayhem!!!!
Talk about a busy day for music videos! Above you’ve got a lyric video from Trivium for their latest single Black and below you can check out Evanescence‘s My Heart Is Broken, Mastodon‘s Dry Bone Valley, and finally Anthrax‘s The Devil You Know. WHEW! Talk about a visual smorgasbord of rock/metal delights! Enjoy the videos!
I’m a fan of guitar porn. Y’know, just sitting back, flipping through images of guitars and drooling while touching myseTOO MUCH INFORMATION! Sorry about that! Anyway, it is this addiction (I seriously do it all the time) that led me to checking out ESP’s new 2012 line that they just announced via their Facebook. While I’m not the biggest fan of many of their models, they did announce some awesome signature guitars from Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Jeff Hanneman (Slayer), Rob Caggiano (Anthrax), Richard Z. Kruspe (Rammstein), and many more. You can check out several below as well as follow a link to the full album.
BD Music contributor Sammy Key recently caught up with This Is Hell guitarist Rick Jimenez to discuss the new album, touring, and some of his biggest influences. You can check out the interview after the jump.
The band’s latest effort, Black Mass, came out Oct. 11th. The band just wrapped up a tour with Underoath, The Chariot, and Comeback Kid, and they will be performing at The Metal Suckfest, which is headlined by Municipal Waste, on Nov. 4th in New York. Tickets are available here.
BD Music caught up with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian after the Yankee Stadium Big 4 show to discuss one of his biggest passions: zombies! Scott was lucky enough to become a zombie on The Walking Dead (description here) and he opened up a bit more about the experience as well as told us his favorite horror movie of all time! Want to know what it is? Check out the interview after the jump!
Don’t forget to check out our review of the new album Worship Music!
As many of you know, last night The Big 4 rocked New York’s Yankee Stadium. The show is, as of yet, the only East Coast show from these thrash metal giants but one can hope that this arrangement will keep on posting shows. To celebrate their rocking out on the East Coast, all of the bands, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and even members of Exodus, came out and jammed out on Motorhead‘s classic song Overkill.
Check out the thrash metal goodness after the jump.
At the Best Buy Theater in New York City last night, the second annual Metal Masters Clinic took place. Featuring members of Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and even ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, the free event was a blast for fans. However, the big surprise came towards the end of the evening when Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down) took the stage and everyone rocked out a couple of classic Pantera tunes. After the jump, you can see everyone busting out A New Level and Fucking Hostile. To put it simply, these videos kick insane amounts of ass. READ MORE
Eight years. It’s been eight years since Anthrax have released a studio album. Think about that for a second. The last time they released a studio album was in 2003. That was the year that Freddy Vs. Jason, Final Destination 2, Underworld, and The Texas Chainsaw remake came out. Now that the length of time has sunk in, you can understand why Worship Music holds such high expectations for fans. The question is, “Did this length of time work for or against Anthrax?” Well dear readers, check after the jump for your answer!
One of the “Big Four”, Anthrax have been rocking for three decades and have amassed a wealth of awards, gold and platinum albums, and the respect and admiration of metal generations. The Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. also sees the band, three of whom were born and raised in The Bronx, as coming home and wants to celebrate that in the best way possible. So he decided to do this by announcing that starting Wednesday, Sept. 14th will now be known as ‘Anthrax Day’ in The Bronx.
Six-String Masterpieces, an art show that raises funds for Little Kids Rock, which is a charity promoting music education, has been revived! Having started in 2006 and toured the country through much of 2007, Six-String Masterpieces is an art show that features Dean Guitars painted, illustrated and/or sculpted by some of today’s biggest music stars, including Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Les Claypool of Primus, Scott Ian of Anthrax, and many, many more. The original auction in 2007 raised almost $200,000 and they are looking to continue their path towards building a musical education for children. This goal is being assisted by a partnership with Mesa Contemporary Arts in Mesa, Arizona. A very special exhibition is being held from Friday, Sept. 9th through Sunday, Dec. 4th and will feature brand new guitars as well as previous classics.
Check after the jump for a full list of participating artists.
Anthrax and Testament will be embarking on a full US tour later this fall with Death Angel as a direct opener. The tour begins in mid-October and concludes one month later in mid-November. Anthrax will be closing out each show on the tour, which coincidentally falls almost exactly 20 years after Anthrax and Testament first toured together.
“We’ve been tight with the guys in Testament for a long, long time,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. ”so we’re really looking forward to hanging out with them on the road. And all of us in Anthrax are big Death Angel fans, so this is going to be a monster of a good time – for all of us and for the fans. Plus, with the incredible success of The Big Four shows over the last year, we wanted to tour with some of the ‘second wave’ of thrash bands.”
Check after the jump for a quote from Testament’s Chuck Billy (interview with him and Eric Peterson here) as well as the full tour date schedule.
Anthrax have just announced that they will be making an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this upcoming Wednesday, Sept. 7th. The band will be performing their latest single, The Devil You Know, which is tearing up the active rock radio charts. If you want to enter for a chance to sit on the show’s band benches, follow the instructions at THIS LINK (make sure to you use RAX as the band code).
The Devil You Know comes off of Anthrax’s upcoming album Worship Music, which comes out Sept. 13th. You can hear the song after the jump.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was lucky enough to recently be turned into a zombie for the AMC series The Walking Dead. You can read all about his experience here.
Last week, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian announced via Twitter that he got to play a zombie on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Already an amazing story, Ian posted on his website the full story of how the entire experience went, from beginning to going home in full makeup to feed his 8-week old son. Now THAT’S something I bet we all wish our dads would’ve done, right?
Check after the jump for the full account and an after shot of Ian in full makeup.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian will be donning some make up and pretending he has no pulse for AMC’s The Walking Dead! That’s right, one of thrash metal’s favorite guitarists will be zombified for your viewing pleasure. Ian tweeted a picture of himself in make up and said that more news will be coming out later.
Also, remember that free Anthrax song we wrote about a few weeks ago? Turns out Fight’em ‘Til You Can’t is about fighting off zombie hordes! How badass is that?
Check after the jump for Ian in all of his zombie make up glory!
Anthrax know you fans are beyond excited for the upcoming album, Worship Music. So, they’re treating you all by offering a new song, Fight’em ’til You Can’t, for free download! Just put your email in the widget below and the link will be sent to you. I’ve downloaded the song and it’s completely worth it! SO AWESOME!
Anthrax have announced a Sept. 13th release date for Worship Music, the long-awaited new studio album. This album has been in the recording process for the past four years and is the first studio album to feature original singer Joey Belladonna since 1990′s Persistence Of Time. This release comes the day before Anthrax is slated to play the Yankee Stadium as part of the Big 4.
Check after the jump for quotes from Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, and Charlie Benante.
After the success of their west coast date, the Big 4 (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax) are taking their show to the Yankee Stadium on Sept. 14th. To build up the hype, and let’s be honest, there isn’t much they can do to hype up this show more than it already is, a trailer was released mixing shots from Yankee Stadium with live clips from the Big 4 bands.
Metallica stated (after the April 23rd show): “A huge thanks to everyone who came out to the desert this past weekend . . . we felt the enormous love and support, so we just had to find a way to make one more Big 4 show in the States happen. Enter New York . . . that’s right, the Big 4 of Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and ‘Tallica will be in the new version of the famed Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011! We can’t wait for a night in the Bronx as our second American show and for those of you who love fun facts, this will also be the second live music event hosted at the new ballpark.” Check out the trailer after the jump, along with ticket prices (yikes!).
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman shocked and delighted audiences at this past weekend’s Big 4 show when he, unannounced, walked out on stage to join Slayer for two songs. Jeff has been in recovery ever since contracting necrotising faciitis, the infamous flesh-eating virus, and needing surgery to remove the infected flesh. Check out a picture of Jeff after the jump where you can see the scars on his arm from the operations.
Last night, in Indio, California, America got what is hopefully the first taste of the Big 4, which features Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax. After the jump, you can check out a video of all four bands jamming out the Diamond Head classic ‘Am I Evil?‘. Also, check out some photos of the event at Metallica.com.
With the recent release of Nola sludge legends Crowbar’s much anticipated new album, Sever The Wicked Hand, I started to think about what other huge albums 2011 has to offer the metalheads among us. With new albums from genre heavyweights like Atheist, Fear Factory, and Agalloch turning last year into a seriously stellar year for metal, 2010 is going to be hard to top, but here are 10 (+2) albums that I think will give 2011 more than just a fighting chance. READ MORE