Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Anthrax on Google Play's "Audiobiography"

Among the Living CD cover
Thrash-metal masters Anthrax and what is arguably the band's signature album, Among the Living, will be featured on Google Play's "Audiobiography" series starting today.  Anthrax's Scott Ian and Joey Belladonna recently pulled back the curtain exclusively for Google Play, discussing at length stories behind the making of their Gold-certified 1987 album that includes some of the band's most popular tracks - "I Am The Law," "Indians," and Caught in a Mosh."  Log onto http://bit.ly/Opbo3T to check it out.

 The "Audiobiography" feature launches in tandem with a special catalog sale of some of Anthrax's best-loved albums:  Spreading the Disease (1985), Among The Living(1987), I'm the Man EP (1987), State of Euphoria (1988),Persistence of Time (1990), Attack of the Killer Bs(1991), We've Come for You All (2003), Caught in a Mosh:  BBC Live in Concert (2007), and the band's most recent release, the critically-acclaimed Worship Music (2011). All albums are priced at $6.99; two tracks, "Indians" and "Madhouse," are available for only $.49, while "Caught In A Mosh" is being offered as a free download.

Among the Living was released at a time when the thrash-metal genre was exploding - Metallica's Master of Puppets, Slayer's Reign In Blood and Megadeth'sPeace Sells had just hit the streets, birthing what came to be known as The Big Four.  The cover art for Among the Living is an original painting that some say features a rendition of the maleficent Rev. Henry Kane from the "Poltergeist" films.  As the band's Charlie Benante explained, "the album is basically about Good and Evil...how much evil there is among us."
Anthrax is about to hit the road, co-headlining Leg Three of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel "thrash-fest," marking the first time the band has toured Canada since the release of Worship Music. Dates are below.

Anthrax PR photo
L-R:  Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante,
Rob Caggiano, Joey Belladonna

14   Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
15   Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
16   Toyota Arena, Kennewick, WA
17   Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
19   The Showbox @ The Market, Seattle, WA
20   Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
21   MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary, AL
22   Events Center, Edmonton, AL
24   The Odeon, Saskatoon, SK
25   Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
27   Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
28   Harpo's Concert Theatre, Detroit, MI
29   Danforth Hall, Toronto, ON
30   Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, QC

 2   Metropolis, Montreal, QC
 3   State Theatre, Portland, ME
 4   Webster Theatre, Hartford, CT
 5   Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
 6   House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ

Over the past two years, Anthrax has experienced a tremendous comeback that began when vocalist Joey Belladonna rejoined the band in the Spring of 2010.  Some of the first dates the renewed lineup played together were The Big Four shows - Anthrax, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth - the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre.  Anthrax then recorded Worship Music, the band's first studio album in eight years and the first with Belladonna on vocals since 1990.   It was released on September 13, 2011, the day after Anthrax played a home-town concert at New York's Yankee Stadium with The Big Four, and saw 9/13/11 named "Anthrax Day in The Bronx."  Worship Music entered the Billboard charts at #12, the second-highest chart debut in the band's history, and received stellar reviews with press and industry VIPs calling it "the metal album of the year."

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