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Anthrax

Band
1981 / Present
United States United States

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Band Anthrax

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History

1) Anthrax are an American, New York City-based thrash metal band, who released their first full-length album in 1984. The band was one of the most popular bands of the 80s thrash metal scene and are notable for combining metal with rap and hardcore music early on. The band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, and are classified as one of the ''big four'' of thrash metal bands alongside Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. Anthrax were formed in 1981 by guitarists Scott Ian and bassist Danny Lilker. They found the band's name in a biology textbook and claimed it because it sounded sufficiently evil to them. Nowadays Anthrax consists of these members: Joey Belladonna on lead vocals, Charlie Benante on drums, guitarists Scott Ian and Jonathan Donais, and Frank Bello playing the bass.
In 1985 Joey Belladonna joined Anthrax, and in the same year, the band released their second studio album Spreading the Disease (which included the hit Madhouse). In 1987, Anthrax released their third album, Among the Living. This album began a lyrical trend that focused on movies, comic books, and Stephen King novels. For example, the song I Am the Law is a tribute to comic book hero Judge Dredd.
In 1990, Anthrax released the more serious Persistence of Time to even greater success than State of Euphoria. The album was considerably darker but much more technical and progressive than Anthrax's previous work. This made it a hit with metalheads who were afraid to embrace the band because of their "silly" side. The biggest single off the album was a cover of Joe Jackson's Got the Time. The band's own original song In My World as well as Belly of the Beast were also successful. Anthrax was always a band prone to experimentation; in 1987, they appeared on the title track of rap group U.T.F.O.'s album Lethal. In 1991, they collaborated with pioneering rap artists Public Enemy on a joint version of PE's "Bring the Noise", although Anthrax already did a fusion of rap and heavy metal in the form of "I'm the Man" in 1987.

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Members

Scott Ian (electric guitar)
1981 - Present
Charlie Benante (drums)
1983 - Present
Frank Bello (bass guitar)
1984 - 2004, 2005 - Present
Joey Belladonna (lead vocals)
1984 - 1992, 2005 - 2007, 2010 - Present
Jonathan Donais (electric guitar)
2013 - Present
Rob Caggiano (electric guitar)
2001 - 2005, 2007 - 2013
John Bush (lead vocals)
1992 - 2005, 2009 - 2010
Dan Nelson (lead vocals)
2007 - 2009
Dan Spitz (electric guitar)
1983 - 1995, 2005 - 2007
Joey Vera (bass guitar)
2004 - 2005
Paul Crook (electric guitar)
1995 - 2001
Dan Lilker (bass guitar)
1981 - 1984
Neil Turbin (lead vocals)
1982 September - 1984 August
Matt Fallon (lead vocals)
1984 - 1984
Greg D’Angelo (drums)
1981 - 1983
John Connelly (lead vocals)
1981 - 1982

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Discography

Studio Album

1984
Album has 7 releases
1985
Album has 15 releases
1987
Album has 16 releases
1988
Album has 18 releases
1990
Album has 11 releases
1993
Album has 10 releases
1995
Album has 5 releases
1998
Album has 7 releases
2003
Album has 8 releases
2011
Album has 9 releases
2016
Album has 10 releases

Single

1987
Album has 3 releases
1988
Album has 3 releases
1990
Album has 4 releases
1990
Album has 4 releases
1993
Album has 5 releases
1993
Album has 2 releases
1996
Album has 4 releases
1998
Album has 1 releases
2003
Album has 3 releases
2011
Album has 2 releases
2011
Album has 1 releases
2015
Album has 1 releases
2017
Album has 1 releases

EP

1985
Album has 8 releases
1987
Album has 5 releases
1989
Album has 3 releases
1996
Album has 1 releases
1998
Album has 3 releases
2003
Album has 1 releases
2013
Album has 2 releases