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Monday Metal Madness – Anthrax – Past, Present, Future

Congrats to Agalloch for taking 100% of the votes in last week’s poll.

Now that we’ve had time to absorb the Belladonna/Anthrax reunion, let’s see how you feel about it. I have seen many arguments about whether or not John Bush was the best thing to happen to Anthrax. But, now he is gone and Belladonna is back. This argument nearly rivals the great Hagar/Roth debate of Van Halen just on a bit of a lesser scale. Where do you stand? Below are two videos to help you decide. The first features Belladonna with a new song, The Devil You Know. The second with former vocalist John Bush for Room For One More.

Themed Thursday – The Ties That Bind

This week, I am going to explore relationships within heavy metal.  This is about how metal bands are basically tied together like a long list of cousins; some you know and some you don’t.  Each metal band, in its own right, is not very far removed the metal band down the street.  Starting with one of my Top-10 favorite bands, Machine Head, we’ll see how interconnected the metal world is.  Ever heard of 6-degrees to Kevin Bacon?  This is where this Themed Thursday is going.

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Antrhax – Worship Music – Review

September 13th was a great day for metal and the second week of the September slaughter.  Anthrax released their first new album, Worship Music, in….get this, 8-years.  Was it worth the wait?  Hell yeah!  First, let me say that I do not expect another 8-year wait for the next recording. I fully expect Anthrax to release new material by fall of 2013.  I think that’s ample time, just sayin.  Ok, on with the review of Worship Music.

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Album of the Week – Sound of White Noise – 8 Apr 11

Sound of White Noise by Anthrax marked a turning point in the band’s career.  The debate may not be as epic as Hagar Vs. Roth, but if you were an Anthrax fan at the time, it could have been devastating.  Or it could have been a new beginning.  It’s hard for me to decide either way.  John Bush has clean, strong vocals and when he entered the band, Anthrax seemed to mature a little bit.  Belladonna’s vocals are also clean, a little high pitched, and he can sing.  The difference between Sound of White Noise and Anthrax’s previous release Persistence of Time with Belladonna is pretty stark in contrast.  To me it’s almost like two different bands. 

Sound of White Noise is a classic Anthrax album that still finds its was onto my rotation. Some of my favorites are Only, Room For One More, Packaged Rebellion, and Black Lodge.  I like to profile older albums on the Album of the Week.  It’s not a rule, but I do like to dig a little deeper for something sweeter that you might not have listened to in a while.

Currently, Anthrax is making metal history with Big Four gigs.  They will be performing with the Big Four in America for the first time in the very near future.  They will also be making some stops in Europe as well for festival season.  Also, if you are an Anthrax fan you know that Belladonna is back with the band.  John Bush exited Anthrax a few years ago.  Anthrax tried out a new singer in the form of Dan Nelson.  Things didn’t work out, so Belladonna is back.  How do you feel about that?  Last I heard Belladonna was putting his vocals down to songs already recorded with the mysterious Mr. Nelson who had a very brief stint with Anthrax.  It sounds like Anthrax is going to hold on to Belladonna for a while.  I am looking forward to hearing what Anthrax will release to the public with Belladonna up front again.  I hope you enjoy Sound of White Noise.  The photo below was taken when Bush was part of the band. 

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Song of the Day – 12 Nov 2010

Anthrax rounds out a solid week of metal in the morning.  Today’s song of the day is:

Belly of the Beast by Anthrax off the Greater of Two Evils album

This is the one featuring John Bush on the revamped Anthrax w/Belladonna version of Belly of the Beast.  The original was featured on Persistence of Time and there is also a video for the song.  So take your pick, there are two versions of the same song…the John Bush version started off my morning.  Have a great weekend!

P.S. If any of you readers out there are going to see DevilDriver in London tomorrow (Saturday the 13th) see you there.