Anthrax For All Kings on 2LP
Over its 35-year career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica's Kirk Hammett put it, "one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands." The band has sold in excess of 10-million records, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans.
From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on "Bring The Noise," to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four – with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre, to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played "Got The Time" to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to demonstrate it's just all about the music.
For All Kings is the band's first studio album in over three years following their 2011 Grammy-nominated effort Worship Music. The talents of Jay Ruston, who first worked with the band on the final stages of Worship Music, was enlisted as producer for the new album. "He's become an intregal part of our process, that's for sure," said Scott Ian. "It's cliche, but he really has become a sixth member."
The unique chemistry shared by Anthrax's main songwriters Charlie Benante, Frank Bello and Ian, is, in part, what sets the band's music apart from other bands' in the same genre. Drummer Benante comes up with copious amounts of foundation riffs and ideas for the music, bassist Bello writes the songs' melodies, tailoring them to Joey Belladonna's soaring vocals, and rhythm guitarist Ian has a very particular way of incorporating his intense lyrical ideas into the band's music.
The three together build the songs' arrangements during writing sessions, and everyone contributes his own ideas and suggestions to pretty much every song. In the end, the trio brings it all together to create what can only be described as Anthrax music.