Friday, February 19, 2016

CD Review: Anthrax Release One "For All Kings" Of Thrash Metal Music

Thrash metal pioneers Anthrax will be releasing their 11th studio album, "For All Kings" on February 26th through Megaforce Records. They returned from an eight year absence in 2011 with their amazing comeback album "Worship Music" and have been riding a new wave of popularity, performing live at sold out venues and producing some exciting new music. This new album also introduces band member Jonathan Donias to the fold as the band's new lead guitarist.

The new twelve-song release begins with the epic opener, "You Gotta Believe" that pushes the music of Anthrax into discovering their progressive-metal side. Guitarist Scott Ian's classic thrash metal guitar riffs expand into an Iron Maiden-like middle section that shows a new depth to the band's songwriting. Ian describes that he took a different approach writing this album since bringing a child into the picture, "it makes everything so much scarier." The perfect reaction to this is the song "Monster At The End" as singer Joey Belladonna does a masterful job on the vocals. The amazing drumming of Charlie Benante will shake your speakers during "For All Kings," before arriving at their latest single "Breathing Lighting" that has the perfect balance of mainstream metal with touches of classic thrash to showcase the band's expanding dimension. 

Anthrax look to push the envelope out even further with their eight-minute, prog-metal masterpiece, "Blood Eagle Wings." Then, they march into battle with the aggressive feel of "Defend/Avenge" and display their maturity in their songwriting once again with the controlled heavy metal sound of "The Battle Chose Us." The band just explodes to close the album with the power and speed for "Zero Tolerance," just to remind us that they are the premier thrash metal band that help start it all. 

Anthrax will be heading out to South America in March to open for the legendary Iron Maiden, before returning to the States for four dates in May. To find out more about Anthrax and their latest album "For All Kings," please visit

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