Anthrax Is Coming To ‘Late Night’

Courtesy:  Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Anthrax is coming to Late Night later this month.

The band has announced that it will perform on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday, August 24th.  It is part of the band’s 35th anniversary celebration.
The band will perform its new single ‘Monster at the End’ during its debut appearance on the program.  The song is the latest song to be released from the band’s latest album For All Kings, which was released earlier this year via Megaforce Records.  The song will start hitting radio stations nationwide next Tuesday, August 16th.

Early next month Anthrax will join Death Angel and fellow “Big Four” band Slayer for a North American fall tour.  That tour launches Friday, September 9th in Cleveland, Ohio and runs through Thursday, October 27th.  The tour includes performances in Louisiana, North Carolina, Idaho, Texas and a number of other cities.  Audiences can see the band’s full tour schedule online now here.  More information on the band’s tour, its upcoming Late Night performance, and all of its latest news is available online now at:

Website: http://anthrax.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/anthrax

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Anthrax Takes Its Rightful Place On The Metal Throne With Its Latest LP

Courtesy:  Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In 2015 veteran thrash metal outfit Slayer released its latest full-length album Repentless.  The band’s twelfth full-length studio recording, it was also the first new release from the band (at the time) in six years.  That means that it was one of the year’s most anticipated metal records.  Needless to say that it more than lived up to its expectations and in turn returned the metal crown to the rightful kings.  Now with 2015 turning to 2016 and dozens of new metal and rock albums already being turned out the question is who will the crown be passed on to this year.  That question has, thankfully, already been answered.  It has been answered in the form of For All Kings, the new album from Slayer’s fellow veteran thrashers Anthrax.  While 2016 is still very young it can be said with confidence that this thirteen song record is this year’s top new offering in the hard rock and metal category so far this year.  That is obvious throughout the sixty-four minute offering from the album’s lead single ‘Evil Twin’ to the equally driving ‘Breathing Lightning’ to the new, more radio friendly single ‘Blood Eagle Wings’ this record proves to be a solid new offering from Anthrax and the year’s best new hard rock and metal album so far.

Anthrax’s new album For All Kings has only been out about a week.  But the thirteen song, sixty-four minute record has more than proven in that time to be a record that is “for all metal heads.”  That is obvious throughout the course of the record thanks to the mix of the album’s musical arrangements and its lyrical content.  The album’s lead single ‘Evil Twin’ is a prime example of how that mix of material makes this record such a hit.  In regards to its musical content, the song is classic Anthrax.  Scott Ian shreds with buzzsaw precision in the song’s guitar line.  And drummer Charlie Benante’s work behind the kit is just as driving and solid.  And front man Joey Belladonna’s vocals are just as tight as ever in this song, too.  The song’s musical arrangement is just one part of what makes it such a clear example of what makes this record so impressive.  Its lyrical content stands out just as much.  The song’s lyrical content presents quite the powerful statement with Belladonna singing, “Ideology used as a weapon/With lines that cut so deeply to the truth/Your head’s on the block Still you threaten/A wretched way of life for those that choose and abuse.”  That is a powerful statement in itself.  And things don’t change as the song progresses either.  Belladonna goes on to sing, “You represent your discontent/Slaughtering the innocent/Insolence/You’re no martyrs/The arrogance to reinvent/The holy words their meaning rent/Evil twin/You’re no martyrs.”  While it may seem cut and dry what is being stated here, the reality of the song is that the band is not addressing just one group of individuals, but many.  Though, the commentary about extremists and the impact of their actions on the world stays the same throughout.  That in mind, the energy in the song’s musical arrangement serves to really accent the song’s message.  Both pieces together make this song a strong example of what makes For All Kings the year’s first truly great hard rock and metal offering.  Audiences can check out the song’s lyric video online now via Anthrax’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPmLkF3e6Fc.  It is just one example of what makes the album so impressive for all metal heads, too.  ‘Breathing Lightning,’ another of the album’s singles, is another good example of what makes this record one for all metal heads.

‘Evil Twin’ is a clear, solid example of what makes Anthrax’s new album an impressive new effort from one of the metal community’s hardest rocking and most respected bands.  ‘Breathing Lightning’ is another good example of what makes this record such an impressive return for the band.  This song is such an impressive example of the album’s content because while it does boast just as much energy as ‘Evil Twin’ there is also something in its musical arrangement that makes it more radio friendly, too.  The band doesn’t just jump right into things in this song.  And even when they do it’s not the full on thrash of ‘Evil Twin’ or any of the album’s other more old school sounding songs.  Rather it actually has something of a mainstream, melodic hard rock  sound that would make it a perfect fit on any mainstream rock radio station.  That’s just part of what makes it a good example of how much the album has to offer.  The song’s lyrical content proves just as important to the song’s overall presentation.  In regards to the song’s lyrical content it is a relatively easy song.  Belladonna sings in the song’s lead verse, “I have walked the world and back now/Too many times to count or stop, how/Time is nothing/Slow and focused/I stalk this land with just one purpose/A deal made the second that you choose to force my will/An extension of my hand/With the intent to kill by the white lightning.”  It is a pretty confident, self-assured statement from the song’s subject.  That confidence and self-assuredness is echoed in the song’s second verse as Belladonna sings, “My body broken there’s no quit/My will intact and I can’t stop it/Hearts and minds can see the end/Until it all happens again.”  The song’s subject comes across as saying here that even with everything that has happened there’s no giving up in his will and determination.  This is driven home even more in the song’s chorus in which Belladonna sings, “You always have the chance to do the right thing/Until the right thing comes undone/And with a thunderclap I’m breathing lightning/And this world has moved on.”  There is a statement in the chorus’s reprise in which the song’s subject contemplates what comes after life as motivation for not giving up on life, saying, “I’d do anything/Just to hear the angels sing.”  This after the subject notes that he doesn’t believe there is anything after.  So it comes across as someone that is having an internal battle with himself yet still stays strong and determined through it all.  It is an interesting piece to take in if only for that lyrical content.  That and the song’s musical content come together to make ‘Breathing Lightning’ yet another clear example of what makes For All Kings 2016’s first great hard rock and metal album.  It is hardly the last example of what makes this record deserving of such honor, too.  The album’s latest single ‘Blood Eagle Wings’ is one more example of this record’s positives.

‘Evil Twin’ and ‘Breathing Lightning’ are both solid examples of what makes For All Kings this year’s first great hard rock and metal album.  That is because they show two completely different sides of the band this time out.  The prior is a full-on classic thrash metal opus while the latter is more of a mainstream, radio ready piece.  Both songs offer their own thought-provoking lyrical content, too.  The combination of both elements within each song clearly exhibits why they are such solid examples of this record’s positives.  They aren’t the only important additions to For All Kings.  ‘Blood Eagle Wings,’ the album’s latest single is another good example of the album’s positives.  This song is a much slower piece than ‘Evil Twin’ or ‘Breathing Lightning.’  Yet its heavy, crunching guitars give the song something of a sludge metal sound a la Black Label Society.  It shows once more the breadth of material presented throughout the record at least stylistically speaking.  In regards to the song’s lyrical content the song is just as certain to leave listeners talking.  That is because of the depth of said content.  Belladonna sings in the song’s first verse, “Everything’s been said/Walk among the dead/You can see my crimes/This is my design/There’s no right or wrong/It’s the same old song/Just keeps pounding me/Hits so hard.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Hell is empty/Cause all my demons are here/Ever so deadly/Hit so hard/Darkness in my soul is taking hold and becoming/Break me from this hold/As I unfold bloody wings.”  This song come across as a direct contrast to ‘Breathing Lightning.’  It comes across more as a song that sees its subject in a very dark place emotionally speaking.  And that isn’t just because of the lines presented in the song’s chorus.  Belladonna goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “My whole world/Built on bodies dead and gone/You ignored the signs/That was my design/And the loneliness hits so hard/In this grey place that exists in my mind.”  The song’s subject goes on in similar fashion in the song’s third verse, almost throwing up his arms in frustration.  The song proves in this regard to be just as powerful as in its musical content.  Both elements together make for a song that is one of the album’s strongest songs and one more example of just why For All Kings is a record that is fit for all metal fans.  Audiences can check out the song’s companion video online now via Rolling Stone at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-anthraxs-chilling-epic-new-video-20160302.  Viewer discretion is advised with this video due to its rather gory content.  Needless to say its content will leave some viewers unsettled and others talking even more when comparing it to the song’s lyrical conten.  That can especially stated with confidence when taking into consideration not just this song but this song alongside the other pieces noted here and those not directly noted.  All things considered members of the rock and metal community will agree in hearing the album in whole that it is not just a record for all metal fans but also the year’s first great hard rock and metal offering.

Anthrax’s new album For All Kings is 2016’s first great hard rock and metal offering.  That is saying quite a bit considering the number of rock and metal albums that have already been turned out so far in this still very young year.  The album’s musical content in itself does plenty to prove that.  It mixes together the band’s old school thrash roots with a more mainstream, radio ready sound that will keep audiences engaged from beginning to end of the sixty-four minute musical outing.  This is proven through the likes of ‘Evil Twin,’ ‘Breathing Lightning,’ and the album’s latest single ‘Blood Eagle Wings.’  The album’s other featured numbers could just as easily be cited as examples of how much this record has to offer.  All things considered audiences will agree that hearing the album in whole, it proves in the end to be a record for all metal fans and the year’s first great hard rock and metal offering.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online now direct via Anthrax’s official website at http://anthrax.com.  While there audiences can also keep up with all of the band’s latest news.  Fans can also keep up with all of the band’s latest news and more via the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/anthrax.

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Fans Get Another Glimpse Into Anthrax’s Latest LP In New BTS Video

Courtesy:  Megaforce Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records

Anthrax is giving fans another glimpse into its upcoming album For All Kings.

The veteran hard rock outfit debuted its first official radio single ‘Breathing Lightning’ today. In celebration of its release, the band has also released another behind-the-scenes video, this one presenting a discussion on the song in question. Guitarist Scott Ian notes in the new video that the song was actually inspired by none other than author Stephen King, and that (for those that might not know) it is not the first Anthrax song to ever be influenced by the seminal writer. Charlie Benante opens the discussion noting that ‘Breathing Lightning’ is, in his view, “the accessible song on the record.” It makes sense that he would feel that way in hearing the song, which plays throughout the course of the video. Stylistically speaking it bears a similarity to music from both Megadeth and Metallica’s more mainstream material at least to a point. Audiences can hear the whole discussion for themselves now online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgMl5q0FXxE&feature=youtu.be.

Anthrax Breathing Lightning Video Screenshot

Courtesy:  Megaforce Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records

‘Breathing Lightning’ will be available at independent retailers nationwide beginning Friday, January 15th along with ‘Evil Twin.’ The songs will be available as a download card that will be included in a special customized, limited edition deck of Anthrax poker cards. The card will also allow fans to download For All Kings online on February 26th, the album’s release date.

Also on January 15th, Anthrax will hit the road alongside Lamb of God in support of its new record. The currently nineteen-date tour kicks off in Pittsburgh, PA and ends in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, February 12th. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

JANUARY

15   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA

16   Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

17   The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD

19   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

22   Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA

23   Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

24   Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT

28   Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI

29   Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN

30   Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

31   Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI

FEBRUARY

2   Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO

4   Revention Music Center, Houston, TX

5   Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX

6   Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX

8   ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX

9   Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK

11  Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV

12  Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

More information on Anthrax’s upcoming album and tour is available online now along with all of the latest Anthrax news at:

 

Website: http://anthrax.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anthrax

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anthrax

 

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Anthrax Discusses “For All Kings” Writing Process In Latest Video

Megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

This winter, Anthrax will heat things up when it releases its new album For All Kings. In anticipation of the album’s upcoming release, the band has already released the album’s lead single ‘Evil Twin’ and unveiled the album’s cover art. And just recently the band posted a video online in which the band’s members discuss what audiences can expect from the band’s eleventh full-length studio recording. That video has been followed up with yet another new presentation from the band that was posted this week.

Anthrax posted its second “teaser” video online for its upcoming album For All Kings this week.  The video, which can be seen online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rAYVGq-fTw&feature=youtu.be sees the band’s members discussing the songwriting process not just in general but also for its highly-anticipated new album.

Courtesy:  Megaforce Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records

Fans will be interested to learn in watching this video just how much material the band had ready to go for this record versus previous albums and why. The full story won’t be spoiled. But it can be revealed that it has to do in part with drummer Charlie Benante having had carpal tunnel during the band’s last tour cycle. Bassist Scott Ian shares his thoughts on how that played a role in the album’s writing process. This leads to discussions by the rest of the band’s members on how the songs came to life from who developed the songs’ musical content to who handled the melodies and lyrics. The band’s newest member Jon Donais even adds his own insight noting that he basically played the role of a middle man for all intents and purposes. Of course there’s a certain playfulness in his tone as he explains this that will give fans a little laugh. That is just a small look at what the band has to offer fans in its latest “behind-the-scenes” video. There is much more for fans to take in when they watch the video for themselves. Again, the video can be viewed online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rAYVGq-fTw&feature=youtu.be.

More information on For All Kings is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://anthrax.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anthrax

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anthrax

 

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Anthrax Unveils For All Kings’ Cover Art

The time is near. Anthrax’s new album is coming.

On Friday, February 26th Anthrax will release its long-awaited eleventh full-length studio recording. First came its lead single ‘Evil Twin.’ Fans can hear the song online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPmLkF3e6Fc&feature=youtu.be. Then came the announcement of the title: For All Kings and the release date, noted above. Now the next step has been taken. The band has officially unveiled the cover art for its upcoming album. The artwork, developed by Charlie Benante–the band’s long time drummer–and Alex Ross is presented below.

Courtesy:  Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

Along with the official unveiling, the band has also released a video featuring Benante in which he discusses how the album’s art came to life. It can be viewed online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd7WVZcPEZc&feature=youtu.be.

Courtesy:  Megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

The video also includes the album’s lead single accompanied by its socio-politically-charged lyrics. In regards to Benante’s discussion, fans will love the note of the kings featured on the cover and the tie-in to the band’s previous album Worship Music via the cover art. There is even a tribute to the victims of the recent tragedy in Paris in the video’s closing moments.

Anthrax will take to the road beginning January 15th for a tour in support of For All Kings. The tour kicks off in Pittsburgh, PA and currently runs through February 12th at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California. The band’s current tour schedule is listed below.

JANUARY
15   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16   Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
17   The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
19   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
22   Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA
23   Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
24   Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
28   Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
29   Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN
30   Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
31   Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
FEBRUARY
 2   Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO
 4   Revention Music Center, Houston, TX
 5   Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
 6   Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX
 8   ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
 9   Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
11  Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
12  Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA

More information on For All Kings is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://anthrax.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anthrax

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anthrax

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Anthrax Debuts First Single From Upcoming LP

Courtesy:  Megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Megaforce Records/Nuclear Blast Records

Early next year, veteran rock band Anthrax will release its latest full-length studio album. The album is currently slated for an early 2016 release, though right now there’s no word on a concrete date for its release or title. Even without either element, the band has officially kicked off the campaign to promote what will be its eleventh full-length studio recording with the debut of the album’s lead single ‘Evil Twin.’

Anthrax debuted ‘Evil Twin’ and its companion lyric video this week. The song takes on the world’s political and religious leaders and the far-reaching effects of both parties’ actions on the world’s citizenry. Anthrax bassist Frank Bellow said the most of the song in the least wording by saying, “It’s a song that begs to be played live.” In regards to the song’s musical makeup, drummer Charlie Benante noted Anthrax’s recent time on the road alongside Death Angel and Exodus as inspiration for the song’s musical content. “Yeah, that opening riff is really evil,” he said. “We had done a lot of touring with Death Angel and Exodus, so I was in a really thrashy state of mind when I starting writing the riffs for that song.  I think along with Scott’s lyrics and Frank’s melodies, we came up with a really great, old school thrash metal feel.”

Audiences can check out ‘Evil Twin’ online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPmLkF3e6Fc&feature=youtu.be. More information on ‘Evil Twin’ is available online now along with all of the latest updates on Anthrax’s upcoming album and all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://anthrax.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anthrax

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anthrax

 

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10 Years Announces Dates For ‘Triggers And Tripwires Tour”

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Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing

Veteran hard rock band 10 Years announced today that it will hit the road this summer.

The band announced that it will embark on the “Triggers and Tripwires” tour this spring beginning May 27th. Starset, Islander, and Skytown Riot will join the band on the 21-date tour. The tour is in support of the band’s upcoming sixth full length studio effort From Birth To Burial, which will be released next Tuesday, April 21st via the band’s own label Palehorse Records. Palehorse Records is an imprint label distributed by Megaforce Records. 10 Years’ front man Jesse Hasek recently shared his thoughts with the media on getting back on the road again saying, “We’re stoked to hit the road on the “Triggers & Tripwires” tour representing our new album. Since our new album drops April 21st it’ll be cool to tour after its release so people will be more familiar with the songs and can sing/scream along.” He went on to express his happiness at touring alongside Starset, Islander, and Skytown Riot, saying, “We’re also very happy to share the stage with Starset, Islander, and Skytown Riot which I am personally fans of all these bands. It will be a great show start to finish!” Breaking Benjamin will also join 10 Years on a pair of dates on the upcoming tour.

Before 10 Years launches the “Triggers and Tripwires Tour,” it will perform a handful of warmup dates to get ready. The band’s warmup schedule kicks off this Friday, April 17th and runs through Sunday, April 26th. That schedule includes a pair of dates in Charlotte, North Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina next Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th respectively. Hellyeah will join 10 Years on the opening date of the band’s warmup schedule. Seether will join 10 Years at both of its North Carolina dates.  10 Years’ complete tour schedule is listed below:

10 Years Select Tour Dates

4/17 – El Paso, TX @ Socorro Entertainment Center*

4/18 – Woodstock, VA @ Shenandoah Fairgrounds (Rockin The Valley Festival)

4/23 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five – ###

4/24 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore **

4/25 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz**
4/26 – Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s – ###

“Triggers & Tripwires” Tour w/Starset, Islander and Skytown Riot

5/27 – Lafayette, LA @ Nite Town – ##

5/28 – Denton, TX @ Rockin Rodeo –  ##

5/29 – Laredo, TX @ Laredo Energy Center***

5/30 – San Antonio, TX @ 210 Kapones Ballroom***

5/31 – Odessa, TX @ Club Patron – #

6/2 – Farmington, NM @ Top Deck – #

6/4 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory – #

6/5 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

6/6 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

6/7 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

6/9 – Idaho Falls, ID @ Peppertree

6/10 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater

6/12 – Joplin, MO @ Venue 3405

6/13 – Macomb, IL @ The Outskirts

6/14 – South Bend, IN @ St. Joseph County Fairgrounds (Big Growl 4 Fest)

6/16 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

6/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

6/19 – NYC @ Gramercy Theatre

6/21 – Manchester, NH @ Jewel Nightclub

6/23 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas

7/18 – Nelson, IL @ Who Else Land (Who Else Land Festival)

* – w/Hellyeah
** – w/Seether
*** – w/Breaking Benjamin
### – Headlining w/Luminoth
## – No Starset and Islander
# – No Starset

Tickets for the “Triggers and Tripwires Tour” are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://10years.shop.ticketstoday.com/calendar.aspx. All of the latest updates on the tour are available online now along with all of the latest news on 10 Years’ new album and all of the latest news from the band itself at:

Website: http://www.10yearsmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/10yearsmusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/10years

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