For all you metalheads who have been desperately wanting some new reading material while you do your holy business on your porcelain throne, authors Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins may very well have provided you with your next big thing: The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists! This book is a compendium of dozens of factual, random and often outrageous lists that celebrate the best and the worst aspects of metal.
Contributions come from such authority figures as Scott Ian (Anthrax), Gary Holt (Exodus), Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly), Danny Lilker (Nuclear Assault/Brutal Truth), Katon W.DePena (Hirax), and many others. There will also be lists from Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, Eddie Trunk, Monte Conner, and many more.
Per the official press release: “You want to know about album covers that feature goats on them? What Motorhead icon Lemmy’s warts might tell you if they could speak? The achievements Iron Maiden would never have reached had their original vocalist Paul Dianno remained in the band?”
The book can be pre-ordered here. READ MORE
The Revolver Golden Gods Award show will close out with a performance by Metallica, who will be the recipients of the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony will take place on May 2nd in Los Angeles, CA. The ceremony will be air on the AXS television network, Xbox LIVE and on the Facebook pages of Revolver magazine and Xbox.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian comments, “It would be very easy to think of a band like Metallica – being one of the biggest bands on the planet – to not really give a shit about this type of stuff. I’ve known those guys forever. This will show the world in a big way that these guys never forgot who they are. They’re still the same dudes.” READ MORE
Thrash metal legends Anthrax will be releasing an 8-track EP entitled Anthems on March 19th in N. America. The EP features six covers from band such as Rush, Cheap Trick, Boston, and more, and two Anthrax tracks. For their cover of Boston’s “Smokin’,” the band brought in keyboardist Fred Mandel, who has recorded with Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Queen, Elton John, and many more.
Drummer Charlie Benante comments on the Boston cover, saying, “If ever there were a perfect first album, it’s Boston’s first album. The harmony leads they did would later be heard by Iron Maiden, which of course would lead to thrash metal.”
Vocalist Joey Belladonna, “These are all bands I grew up with and have listened to forever. It’s just great music. I had fun singing these songs and I was happy recording together with Anthrax, doing classic rock songs. Fun stuff!” READ MORE
Thrash metal legends Anthrax recently announced the shocking news that lead guitarist Rob Caggiano had quit the band, just a month before a heavy touring schedule was set to begin. However, the band also stated that they would not be hosting auditions for a new lead guitarist. The reason for that is now obvious as it has been announced that Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais will be filling in as lead guitarist while the band tours over the next few months.
Scott Ian states, “Jon is a bro and he’s also a total fucking ripper. I’ve worked with him twice before on side projects and he tears it up. I’m excited to have him on my right burning up the stage with Anthrax. 13′s gonna be a good year.”
Donais adds, “I grew up on Anthrax, they’re the thrash scene, they’re one of The Big Four, I’d be crazy to not want to play with them. Initially, Rob called and told me he was leaving the band, and asked if I’d be interested in filling in. Then Scott called me and everything fell into place. Rob and I are using Skype to work on solos and other guitar parts, so he’s being great. I also have to give special thanks to my band – Brian, Matt, Jason and Ed – who have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to do this.”
You can see all tour dates that Donais will be on below. READ MORE
It’s no secret that the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany is probably the largest metal festival in the world. Drawing in tens of thousands of people from across the globe, this festival brings some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal as well as showing the more underground, extreme acts that people would otherwise have no chance to see.
Now, the 2013 incarnation of this extremely popular festival is officially sold out. Let me rephrase that in a way that should have a mind-blowing effect on you: Wacken Open Air has sold 75,000 tickets almost one year in advance. There is one set price for tickets ($140) and they are sold on a first come, first served basis for the Aug 1st – 3rd festival. Without knowing the full line up for the show, people have spent $140 plus fees and postage. It’s unbelievable but it also says that Wacken is doing something right. They have been selling out the festival for several years now and it looks like there is no sign of them stopping.
Below is a list of bands that are so far confirmed to play at the show (a TON more will be added over the next months, so keep an eye out at the official website to stay up-to-date) READ MORE
Anthrax caught up with Google Play to put together an audiobiography telling the story of their 1986 Gold-certified album Among The Living. Guitarist Scott Ian and singer Joey Belladonna went over the history of the album, from the recording process with famed producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix) to mixing in the Bahamas and the sold-out tour that followed the release. It’s a pretty damn cool interview and well worth checking out here.
Among The Living came out during what might be considered the best year in thrash metal history. Metallica‘s Master Of Puppets, Slayer‘s Reign In Blood, and Megadeth‘s Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying were all released that year.
Anthrax will be hitting the road to co-headline the third leg of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour. All dates can be seen below. READ MORE
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.
Check after the jump for some more info.
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
Although there were no other details, we were the first to tell you that Anthrax’s Scott Ian was transformed into a zombie on the set of the now-filming second season f AMC’s “The Walking Dead”.
The other day Ian took to his official blog where he detailed the experience and posted a assault of behind-the-scenes imagery.
“Next was making sure I could convincingly walk like a corpse. I just did what felt natural, started with a broken ankle which would cause me to lean, let my arm swing like dead weight, head forward, blackened teeth (Black Tooth!) gnashing. I showed my walk to zombie pro Joe (didn’t get his last name) and he approved. He said I looked dead! No walking notes.” said Ian. “No zombie faux pas (typical rookie mistake would be arms up like Frankenstein). I guess I am just genetically wired to play the undead,” he jokes. Click the link for more images and the full blog.
“The Walking Dead” returns this October will a full 13-episode season.
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.
During the makeup process
Not only has Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian put on display an image of him as a zombie (pictured inside) from the set of AMC’s now filming second season of “The Walking Dead,” more juicy madness is pouring salt on the wounds that has now become a public fist fight.
“Sons of Anarchy” producer Kurt Sutter took to his twitter account to share his thoughts on the AMC firing of showrunner/director Frank Darabont.
“No one else wants to fucking say it, but the greed of ‘Mad Men’ is killing the other two best shows on TV – ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Walking Dead,’ ” he said. “Why Darabont got fired – ['Mad Men''s showrunner Matthew] Weiner. He held AMC hostage, broke their bank, budgets were slashed, shit rolled down hill onto Gilligan and Frank.”
“Darabont reacted strongly to slashed budgets. He made mistakes, he was fired. No creative in town will trust AMC to back up their artists.”
These sentiments were echoed in our story posted yesterday. You’ll find more here. Maybe this public lashing at AMC will embarrass them into doing things correctly?
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.
Bloody-Disgusting has been sent an exclusive Top 10 Horror Movie list from Pearl Aday, daughter of Meatloaf, wife of Scott Ian (Anthrax), and singer of the band Pearl. Check after the jump for the Top 10 list which has some classics but also some newer films. There are also some great explanations of the picks, so see if her reasons resonate with you! Also, after the jump, you can download a free MP3 copy of ‘Rock Child’!