Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard’s Debut LP Is Good, Not “Super”

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Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard’s debut album Supersonic Rock ’N Roll is a good start for the Australian hard-rock outfit.  However it is not as super as its title leads listeners to believe.  Even with that in mind, listeners should know that while not a total success, it is also not a total loss.  That is thanks in part to the musical arrangements presented throughout the course of the album’s 10 songs.  This will be discussed shortly.  For all of the good that those arrangements do for this record, the album’s sequencing detracts from the record’s presentation just as much.  This will be discussed later. Even as much as the record’s sequencing hurts its overall presentation, its mixing and production make up for that negative, coupling with the arrangements directly to make the album a work that, in whole is still worth an occasional listen.

Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard’s debut album Supersonic Rock ‘N’ Roll is not the best hard rock album to be released so far this year, but it is still an enjoyable start for the Australian-based hard rock outfit.  That is because over the course of its 11-songs it completely destroys its competition.  That is made evident first and foremost through the songs’ musical arrangements.  The songs’ arrangements take the best elements of Motorhead, Clutch and Pantera, mixes them with a healthy dose of stoner rock sounds for a whole that ensures listeners’ maintained engagement.  ‘Dead Smile,’ which comes very early in the album’s sequencing solidly supports that comparison thanks to the vocal delivery of the band’s front man “Mark” and the song’s dual guitar attack.  “Mark’s” vocal delivery instantly conjures thoughts of Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister while the song’s guitar attack just as quickly conjures thoughts of Clutch’s finest riffs.  On another note, the arrangement at the center of ‘Bad Boy Benny’ mixes elements of Clutch with AC/DC for a sound that will keep listeners just as engaged as ‘Dead Smile.’  It is much more down tempo than ‘Dead Smile’ (much like the majority of the record’s second half—this will be discussed later), but is no less heavy in its presentation.  To that end, that it is still an impressive composition in its own right, and shows again why the record’s musical arrangements are so important to the record’s overall presentation.  ‘Grind The Grinder,’ the record’s opener is one more example of why its musical arrangements are so important its overall presentation.  The song’s powerhouse guitar riffs and vocals couple with the song’s vocals to create a composition that is one part Pantera, one part Motorhead, one part Clutch and all rock and roll.  The rest of the songs featured throughout the record are musically similar to the works noted here.  Al things considered, they proves the record’s overall content to be the backbone of its presentation.  While the record’s content proves to be solid throughout, its sequencing sadly is not as solid.

The musical arrangements presented throughout the course of Supersonic Rock ‘N’ Roll’s body collectively create a solid foundation for its presentation.  That is thanks to the fact that the arrangements take the best of so many stoner and hard rock acts that have come before and melds them into one.  The end result is 10 songs that clearly pay homage to ZMRY’s forebears while also creating the band’s own musical identity.  While the record’s musical arrangements are impressive, the sequencing of those arrangements is not as impressive.  As many other critics have already pointed out, the album’s first half is a full-throttle (bad pun fully intended) rock and roll ride.  However, the record’s second half, while still heavy in its own right, is much slower than the first half.  The reason that this is so problematic is that the change in style is so sudden.  Varying the songs’ energy throughout the record’s 31-minute run time would have been far wiser than taking the course of action presented here.  That is the case even with the album ending on the same upbeat tempo on which it started.  That lack of variance in the songs’ energies is ultimately a major detractor to the record’s presentation.  It makes the record a good start, but far from super or even supersonic.  Even as much of a problem as the album’s sequencing proves to be for its presentation, it is not enough to make the record a total loss.  The album’s mixing and production couple directly with the album’s musical arrangements to make it an album that is worth an occasional listen.

The overall sequencing used for Supersonic Rock ‘N Roll’s body is a negative that cannot be ignored in examining the album’s overall presentation.  One can’t help but wonder who made the final choice in deciding the final ordering of the album’s songs.  As much of a problem as this poses, it does not make the album a total loss.  The album’s production and mixing couple directly with its arrangements to make the songs overall well worth the listen.  At no point throughout the songs do any of the separate parts overpower one another. Given, sometimes the song’s vocals get muddied and lost a little bit within the music, making understanding what is being said a little difficult.  However, this never becomes too much of an issue.  Again, the same can be said of the other parts throughout each song.  Those behind the boards are to be commended for their attention to each part’s power.  It is thanks to their work that the record’s full impact is felt from start to finish (again despite the sequencing).  Bringing everything full circle, that wise work finishing each song is what brings out the influences of the bands which this fledgling band emulated.  Taking that into account, the two elements do enough to make up for the record’s not so wise sequencing and make it overall, a record that is well worth the occasional listen by any hard rock purist.

Supersonic Rock ‘N Roll is a good start for Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard.  However, it is not super or supersonic.  It is not a total loss, though.  Powerful musical arrangements that channel the likes of Motorhead, Pantera, Clutch, and even AC/DC couple with production and mixing that expertly brings out those influences.  Their coupling makes up for sequencing which was anything but wise.  All things considered, while the record was a good start for the Australian-based band, it shows there is still room for growth, which gives some hope for the band’s future.  Supersonic Rock ‘N Roll is available now.  More information on this record is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:




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Trombone Shorty Launches ‘Parking Lot Symphony’ Support Tour

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Trombone Shorty hit the road this week in support of his latest album Parking Lot Symphony.

Shorty, whose real name is Troy Andrews, launched his latest slate of live dates Monday in New York City.  His next live performance will be May 4 at Shorty Fest at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA.  Andrews’ latest tour also includes a performance at The Ritz Raleigh on Saturday, June 3, Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC on June 4 and The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 26 as well as performances in Pennsylvania, Montana, Texas and many other states across the country.

The current schedule for Trombone Shorty’s new tour is noted below.


May 4 – Shorty Fest 2017 @ House of Blues – New Orleans, LA

May 7 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 20 – Central Washington University Concert Hall – Ellensburg, WA

June 2 – Dominion Arts Center – Richmond, VA

June 3 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC

June 4 – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre – Wilmington, NC

June 6 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT

June 8 – Burlington Discover Jazz Festival – Burlington, VT

June 9 – Ocean City Music Pier – Ocean City, NJ

June 10 – Boarding House Park – Lowell, MA

June 11 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT

June 15 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA

June 16 – Westbury Theater – Westbury, NY

June 17 – Aura – Portland, ME

June 24 – Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival – Norfolk, VA

June 29 – Meijer Gardens Amphitheater – Grand Rapids, MI

June 30 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI

July 1 – Grandview Park Bandshell – Sioux City, IA

July 2 – ESSENCE Festival – New Orleans, LA

August 3 – Freeman Stage at Bayside – Selbyville, DE

August 4 – Newport Jazz Festival – Newport, RI

August 5 – Summer Spirit Festival – Columbia, MD

August 14 – Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT

August 16 – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO

August 17 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 19 – Edgefield – Troutdale, OR **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 20 – Woodland Park Zoo – Seattle, WA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 22 – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 24 – Green Music Center – Rohnert Park, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 25 – Avila Beach Amphitheater – Avila Beach, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 26 – The Chelsea – Las Vegas, NV **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 27 – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 30 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

September 14 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX

September 15 – Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX

September 16 – Pavilion at the Music Factory – Irving, TX

September 19 – House of Blues – Houston, TX

September 20 – Saenger Theater – Mobile, AL

September 21 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

September 23 – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival – Franklin, TN

September 24 – Bourbon & Beyond Festival – Louisville, KY

September 26 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

September 28 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL

September 29 – Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

September 30 – Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

October 1 – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra, FL

October 10 – Orpheum Theater – Boston, MA

October 11 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA

October 13 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

October 14 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

October 20 – Palace Theater – St. Paul, MN

October 21 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL

October 23 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Canada

October 24 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Canada

October 26 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI

October 27 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

Along with his new live dates, Andrews has also released the latest single from his new album.  ‘No Good Time,’ the record’s third single, is out now.  It is streaming online now here.  The song mixes elements of gospel, blues, jazz and R&B for an interesting new offering.

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Hayes Announces Release Date For New Horace Silver Tribute Record

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Famed jazz drummer Louis Hayes will has announced the release date for his next full-length studio recording.

Serenade For Horace will be released Friday, May 26 via Blue Note Records.  The album is a tribute to his friend Horace Silver, who was an accomplished and respected composer, pianist and band leader.

“I wanted to do this recording for Horace Silver because I wanted jazz fans to hear his music and I wanted to honor his memory,” Hayes wrote in the album’s liner notes.  “Horace and I always stayed in touch ever since I first worked with him.  When he got to the point he wasn’t feeling too well, I went to see him and one day he said to me, “Louis, you’re a part of my history.”  I thought about what that meant and I began thinking about how to take Horace’s music and his legacy into the future.”

The album’s lead single ‘Song For My Father’ is available now for download through various digital outlets.  It features vocals from Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter.  The 11-song record can be pre-ordered online now here, and features 10 classic Horace Silver compositions along with Hayes’ original work, ‘Hastings Street.’

Serenade for Horace’s full track listing is noted below.

The track listing for Serenade for Horace is as follows:

  1. Ecaroh
  2. Señor Blues
  3. Song for My Father feat.Gregory Porter
  4. Hastings Street
  5. Strollin’
  6. Juicy Lucy
  7. Silver’s Serenade
  8. Lonely Woman
  9. Summer in Central Park
  10. St. Vitus Dance
  11. Room 608

In anticipation of the album’s release, Hayes has scheduled a three-night stint at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center from May 29 – 31.  The dates also coincide with Hayes’ 80th birthday.

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Reel Big Fish Is Going On A Special “Beer Run” This Summer

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Reel Big Fish is hitting the road this summer for a new string of live dates.

The band announced this week it will embark on what it has dubbed “The Beer Run” beginning June 9 in Destin, Fla.  The roughly month-and-a-half-long tour will take the band across the country for performances in the Midwest, northeast, southeast, southwest and northeast.  It includes performances in North Carolina, Colorado, California, and many other states.

The tour’s title comes from the fact that many of the band’s upcoming live dates will be at festivals that focus on local breweries, lectures and the craft beer industry in general.  The Expendables, The Queers and Tunnel Vision will serve as support on various dates throughout the tour.  Tickets for the shows can be purchased now.

The full schedule for “The Beer Run Tour” is noted below.

‘The Beer Run’ Tour Dates:

6/9/17 – Destin, FL – Club L.A.
6/10/17 – Cape Canaveral, FL – The Port – Exploration Tower (Outdoors) 
6/11/17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution

6/12/17 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre (Outdoors) 
6/14/17 – Knoxville, TN – The International
6/15/17 – Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s
6/16/17 – Wilmington, NC – The Throne Theater
6/17/17 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring

6/18/17 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets Nite Club
6/20/17 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia 
6/21/17 – Westerly, RI – Paddy’s Beach Club (Outdoors)

6/22/17 – Hampton Beach, NH – Bernie’s Beach Bar (Outdoors) 
6/24/17 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater

6/25/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
6/27/17 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount 
6/29/17 – Portland, ME – Aura

6/30/17 – Buffalo, NY – Woods at Bear Creek (Outdoors) 
7/1/17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
7/3/17 – Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Amphitheater (Outdoors)

7/6/17 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
7/7/17 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live! 
7/8/17 – Corpus Christi, TX – The Pavilion @ Concrete Street (Outdoors)

7/9/17 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall 
7/11/17 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep

7/12/17 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater 
7/13/17 – Billings, MT – Zoo Montana (Outdoors)

7/14/17 – Helena, MT – Lewis and Clark Brewery Annex (Outdoors) 
7/15/17 – Garden City, ID – Revolution Concert House

7/16/17 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
7/18/17 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst 
7/19/17 – Fresno, CA – Woodward Park Rotary Amphitheater (Outdoors)

7/21/17 – Anaheim, CA – Out of the Park – Ska-Mic Con (Outdoors)
**Some markets will be participating in an experiential beer festival, with local breweries, tastings, lectures and more!

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Adrenaline Mob Unveils ‘King Of The Ring’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Adrenaline Mob is giving audiences their first taste of its new album, and it’s doing it in a big way.

The band debuted the video for the song ‘King of the Ring’ this week via Loudwire.  The song is the lead single from the band’s upcoming album We The People, which is available for pre-order now via multiple outlets here.  The album is currently scheduled to be released Friday, June 2 via Century Media Records.

The video, shot in Long Island, NY and directed by Ron Cote, is a classic style work that features the band performing its new single in a studio setting established to look like a live setting.   It serves as a first introduction for new band members Dave Z (bass) and Jordan Cannata (drums).

Courtesy: Century Media Records/Loudwire

The song itself is a heavy, guitar-driven composition that makes for a solid first impression for the band’s new album. It is meant to deliver a message about overcoming all obstacles and is streaming online now via Spotify.  Considering this and the song’s title, it would be no surprise if it becomes an anthem for any of World Wrestling Entertainment’s upcoming pay-per-views.

Adrenaline Mob will hit the road this summer in support of We The People with an extensive North American tour beginning June 16 in Poughkeepsie, NY. The nearly two-month-long tour also includes dates in North Carolina, Idaho, Pennsylvania and many other cities.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.


ADRENALINE MOB – U.S. Headlining Tour

Friday, June 16th – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
Saturday, June 17th – New York, NY @ Marlin Room
Sunday, June 18th – Haverhill, MA @ The Whiskey Barrell
Tuesday, June 20th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock
Wednesday, June 21st – Rochester, NY @ Harmony House
Thursday, June 22nd – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Friday, June 23rd – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Sunday, June 25th – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Tuesday, June 27th – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Wednesday, June 28th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Royal Bar
Thursday, June 29th – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Gem
Saturday, July 1st – Everett, WA @ Tony V Garage
Monday, July 3rd – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Thursday, July 6th – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Friday, July 7th – West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room
Saturday, July 8th – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Sunday, July 9th – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Tuesday, July 11th – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
Wednesday, July 12th – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Friday, July 14th – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
Saturday, July 15th – Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
Sunday, July 16th – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
Monday, July 17th – Greenacres, FL @ Piepers Sports Bar
Wednesday, July 19th – Wilmington, NC @ The Throne Theater
Thursday, July 20th – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Friday, July 21st – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
Saturday, July 22nd – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz

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Rock Legends Reunite For New Tour

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Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde have re-united.

More than a decade after the duo went its separate ways, it has reunited for a short string of new live dates.  The musicians are partnering for a short string of live headlining dates this summer and fall beginning July 14.

The performances mark the first time since 2006 that Wylde and Osbourne have performed live together.  The last time the men worked together in the studio was on Osbourne’s 2006 record Black Rain.

The new live dates also mark the first time Osbourne has embarked on a solo U.S. tour since his Ozzy & Friends performance at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA.

Also joining Ozzy and Wylde for the upcoming live dates will be longtime collaborators Blasko (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards). Wylde and Osbourne seemed to both be anticipating the upcoming live dates as they talked about hitting the road in recent interviews.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” Osbourne said.  “This is what I do.  This is where I belong, on the road.”

Wylde agreed.

“I’m really looking forward to the hardcore powahlifting training sessions with Ozzy as well as playing music in between sets of heavy squats, benching and deadlifts,” Wylde said.

The current listing for the group’s new headlining dates is noted below.

                        CITY                 VENUE



Fri, July 14         Oshkosh, WI       Rock USA Festival

Sun, July 16       Chicago, IL         Chicago Open Air Festival



Wed, August 9    Sturgis, SD          Buffalo Chip

Mon, August 21   Cartersville, IL    Moonstock Festival

Osbourne was said to be working a new solo record at last report. That album reportedly is scheduled for release sometime in 2018 via Epic Records.

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‘For All Kings’ Vinyls Box Shows Why Anthrax Is Still Rock And Metal Royalty

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Anthrax is considered by most metal fans to be one of the kings of the metal community.  That title is fully justified, too after a single look through the band’s extensive catalogue.  The music that the veteran thrash metal outfit has crafted throughout its life has maintained its place atop the metal mountain along with the likes of Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth.  Late last month, Anthrax proved once again why it remains one of metal’s leading names when it released its new For All Kings 7” vinyls box set.  The new collection is a set that any true Anthrax fan will enjoy.  That is due in part to the songs selected for the collection.  This will be discussed shortly.  The collection’s packaging plays its own key part in its overall presentation, too.  It will be discussed later.  The set’s pricing rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each element clearly plays its own pivotal part in the overall presentation of Anthrax’s new For All Kings 7” vinyls box set.  All things considered, this latest effort from Anthrax maintains the band’s place as rock and metal royalty.

Anthrax’s recently released For All Kings 7” vinyls box set is another recording proving why the veteran thrash outfit is still today rock and metal royalty.  While the collection is technically a re-issue of the band’s 2016 album For All Kings, it is also a new release in that it presents the album’s original 11 songs and adds in some extra, previously unreleased takes on some of those songs.  It also adds in a pair of cover songs in the form of Kansas’ ‘Carry On’ and White Stripes’ ‘Black Math.’  The previously unreleased ‘Vice of the People’ is also included as an extra bonus for fans in this set.  While not every one of the songs featured in For All Kings gets the double treatment, a good portion of said songs does get that treatment, and audiences will appreciate those bonus takes.  Case in point, ‘Blood Eagle Wings’’ demo take.  The demo presents more of a garage rock sound than the final product presented in For All Kings.  The final product is much fuller, though it doesn’t lose any of the heaviness of the demo, which audiences will appreciate.  That can be determined in listening to the pair as the demo take doesn’t include front man Joey Belladonna’s vocals.

On another note, the demo and final take of ‘Breathing Lightning’ are virtually the same.  The only difference between these two is that one is the full instrumental take while the other includes Belladonna’s vocal line.  This is important because it allows audiences to fully take in the song’s arrangement without having to sift through that extra line.  It would have been interesting to hear his track isolated.  But beggars can’t be choosers.  That aside, hearing the song’s isolated arrangement is important because it lets audiences hear nuances like the trash can like ping of drummer Charlie Benante’s snare or Scott Ian’s Kirk Hammet-esque guitar line.  The snare drum by itself honestly sounds awful to this drummer, but when coupled with Belladonna’s vocals and the rest of the lines, it works.  Ian’s guitar line, when coupled with the song’s bass line, makes the song even fuller.  Again, it shows the importance of being able to hear not just multiple takes of the songs featured here but every side of songs in general.

The demo takes of FAK’s songs featured here are in themselves key to the collection’s overall presentation.  Of course one cannot ignore the bonus b-side ‘Vice of the People’ and the band’s cover of White Stripes’ ‘Black Math.’  ‘Vice of the People’ is a heavy-full on slab of metal that will take audiences back to the band’s infancy with its driving arrangement and lyrical content.  The band’s full-throttle cover of ‘Black Math’ is just as interesting of an addition to the collection’s whole.  The band’s take of this song makes one think instantly of Motorhead, Thin Lizzy and so many other similar acts thanks to its arrangement.  That is meant in the most complimentary fashion possible.  Between these two bonuses, the FAK demos and the FAK finals, it should be wholly clear now why the songs featured in this collection are so critical to its overall presentation.  They are collection’s foundation.  Sitting atop that foundation is the set’s packaging, which is just as important to discuss.

The songs featured in Anthrax’s new For All Kings 7” vinyls collection form a solid foundation for the collection’s overall presentation.  That is because of the rich picture painted through the songs.  While they are undeniably critical to the collection’s overall presentation, they are not its only important pieces.  The collection’s packaging is just as important to discuss as the songs.  The songs culled for the collection are spread across a total of 10 7-inch discs, each in its own sleeve inside a larger box bearing the original FAK artwork. Each vinyl’s sleeve boasts its own single cover art. The box containing the separate vinyls is not small.  But it also is not some overly bulky container either.  Simply put, while the box is not small, it is still relatively ergonomically sound.  It won’t take up too much room in anyone’s collection.  In an age when people are so concerned about going digital to save space in their homes, this is very much an important element to note.  Keeping this in mind, the collection’s box builds solidly on the foundation formed by the collection’s songs, setting up the last of the set’s most important elements—its pricing.

The songs featured in Anthrax’s new For All Kings 7” vinyls box and the collection’s packaging are both critical parts of the collection’s whole to discuss.  That has already been noted.  While both elements are clearly important in their own right, they are not its only important elements.  Its pricing is the last of the collection’s most important elements but hardly its least important element.  Comparing its price between Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon and Best Buy, the set’s price averages to approximately $87.28.  In other words, its average price stays below the $100 mark even after tax and shipping. Considering the amount of material presented across the collection and the box’s size, that is actually not a bad average.  While not necessarily cheap per se, it is still economical along with being ergonomic and enjoyable.  Simply put, its average pricing would not break the bank for any longtime Anthrax fan or someone looking for the perfect gift for that special Anthrax fan.  When that is considered along with the set’s packaging and its breadth of material, it proves to be a collection that will appeal to any Anthrax fan regardless of whether they consider the collection a re-issue of For All Kings or a new release overall.

Anthrax’s recently released For All Kings 7” vinyls box set is a collection that will remind the metal community in whole why Anthrax is still rock and metal royalty.  Whether one considers it a re-issue of the previously released 2016 album or an overall new release, it boasts plenty to prove the band’s place among the rock and metal echelons including FAK’s original 2016 release and demo takes of many of the album’s songs, and a pair of bonus tunes. That wide breadth of material couples with ergonomic packaging and a price point that won’t break any fan’s bank. It proves this band still cares about providing quality and quality entertainment to its fans.  It shows once again why Anthrax is still rock and metal royalty.  Anthrax’s new For All Kings 7” vinyls box set is available now in stores and online.  More information on the collection is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:




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