I’ve always found it interesting when bands get a new singer and they try to do the older material with the previous singer. Sometimes it turns out great and others well, let’s just say not so good. Anthrax though is a band that has been able to capture almost the same energy on their re-records of old songs that was there when they first recorded the songs. I will gladly admit that my favorite singer in Anthrax was John Bush. He brought so much more to the table and was such a great piece to the band. Even when John would sing the old Belladonna/Turbin era songs, he did it with such a genuine and ferocious approach, it’s like these song became a part of him. Back in 2004, Anthrax did something interesting and went into the studio with John and re-recorded 14 songs from the band’s early era that were first released between 1983 and 1990. The final track listing was decided by a vote on the band’s website. The track list was then recorded by the band “live” in the studio over two days. The album was originally going to be named “Metallum Maximum Aeturnum”, with possible plans to change it to “Old School, New School, Our School: Metallum Maximum Aeturnum” or “Metal Thrashing Mad: Metallum Maximum Aeturnum”. John was such a dynamic frontman for Anthrax. His voice and writing ability led to so many great songs for the band. Even though John has said many times that Joey is the right voice for the band, I still think John was the perfect person for the job and he made those songs his own.
2021 marks 40 years since Anthrax formed. Over the past month or so, they have been putting up mini docs about each period of their career. Its quite fascinating to hear these stories and how everything came together. On a more recent episode which focused on the underrated album, Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, there was a part where Frank Bello was talking about the song he wrote “Pieces” for his brother Anthony, who was murdered. This song is so damn heartfelt and good. It’s a wonderful tribute and also shows how good Frank is at singing and writing.
Back in 1992, Anthrax appeared on an episode of Married… With Children. Their part on the show was pretty damn funny. This was during season 6 episode 18 on an episode called ” My Dinner with Anthrax.” The premise of the episode is: Bud and Kelly trick Al and Peg into going on vacation in Florida for their 20th anniversary, because the kids have won the chance to have thrash metal band Anthrax over at their house. The vacation turns out to be a timeshare scam with Edd Byrnes as one of the tenants (who lives there only because it was offered to him for free). Things get interesting back home when the band members scavenge in the refrigerator and sample Peg’s “mystery package” (that no one ever wants to try) and begin to hallucinate. Interestingly, supposedly the episode was inspired by an MTV sponsored a contest in which the winner had her home trashed by the Anthrax. Fred Willard even guest stars on the episode too!
Over the past year one of the bands I’ve delved deep into is Anthrax. I’ve always enjoyed them and have seen them a few times. My favorite era of theirs is the John Bush years but, that’s for another topic and day. One of the things I really honed in on during my delve was just how good of a rhythm player Scott Ian is. He’s got the perfect tone, style and other awesomeness that makes him a badass axe slinger. Between Anthrax, S.O.D., and The Damned Things, you can definitely tell Scott is a madman! So, as I always do when I go into a band’s catalog, I also went pretty far into Scott’s career and found some jams he’s guested on over the years. Check out these tracks!
Brian Posehn- Metal By Numbers:
Brian Posehn- Grandpa Metal:
Necro- Evil Rules:
Mr. Bungle- The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny:
Scott is also featured on his wife Pearl Aday’s albums
Yesterday I posted a live Radiohead video and it set me on a Radiohead trip of my own. I found myself delving deeper into the albums that I haven’t listened to in a long time as well as reading about certain new things about the albums I already love. While doing that, I came across this cover of “The Bends” that Anthrax did on their album Volume 8: The Threat Is Real. This is a pretty good cover and a different approach to an already great song.
The Damned Things Are Back!!! The group featuring Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die, Scott Ian from Anthrax, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy have returned with their first new music in 9 (yes 9) years!!! Joining them this time around is Dan Andriano the bassist from Alkaline Trio. This first song released, “Cells” is from their upcoming new album, High Crimes, which will be out April 26 (via Nuclear Blast Records). I loved their debut record when it came out and saw them live and it was truly a blast to see. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this album! Check out “Cells” below!!!
When a band replaces a singer in the band, it usually doesn’t hold a candle to what the original singer did. Sometimes though it completely reinvigorates the band and they go on to flourish. Below is a list of bands who replaced their first singers and went on to become really awesome bands. In No Particular Order!!
Pantera: Terry Glaze/Philip Anselmo
ACDC: Bon Scott/Brian Johnson (Bon Scott was great though, had he not died, who knows what would have happened)
Slipknot: Anders Colsefni/Corey Taylor
Norma Jean: Josh Scogin/Cory Brandon
Shadows Fall: Phil Labonte/Brian Fair
Black Flag: Keith Morris/Henry Rollins
In Flames: Mikael Stanne/Anders Friden
Alice In Chains: Layne Staley/ William DuVall
Black Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne/ Ronnie James Dio
Deep Purple: Ian Gillan/ Rod Evans
Iron Maiden: Paul DiAnno/ Bruce Dickinson
Genesis: Peter Gabriel/ Phil Collins
Judas Priest: Al Atkins/Rob Halford
Anthrax: Neil Turbin/Joey Belladonna
Faith No More: Chuck Mosley/Mike Patton