Anthrax (American heavy metal band)

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Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker, the band has since released ten studio albums, multiple singles, and an EP featuring American hip hop group Public Enemy. Reputed for its energetic live performances, Anthrax was signed to Megaforce Records, which issued the band's debut studio album in 1984. Soon afterwards, Lilker left the band to form Nuclear Assault; he was permanently replaced by then-roadie Frank Bello. With a new lineup, the band recorded its second album, Spreading the Disease (1985), which was distributed by Island Records. Their third album, Among the Living, was released in 1987 and received substantial critical acclaim. Anthrax experienced another lineup change in 1992, when John Bush took Joey Belladonna's position as the band's vocalist. Sound of White Noise was released the following year and peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200. The studio efforts released throughout the 1990s saw the band experimenting with their sound and incorporating influences from other genres.

The band line-up has been changed numerous times; following the departure of drummer Dave Weiss and bassist Kenny Kushner, several musicians replaced both band members' roles, though Paul Kahn and Greg Walls were the first to do so. In addition to this aspect, there were multiple vocalists involved in Anthrax, with Neil Turbin, Joey Belladonna and John Bush being among the frontmen of the band. Scott Ian, however, has been in the band since its formation. Ian and Charlie Benante, who joined Anthrax in 1983, are the only constant members that appear on every album. Bassist Frank Bello has played on every album with the exception of the band's debut. Classic singer Joey Belladonna has returned to the band and appears on Worship Music, which is his first studio album with the band since 1990's Persistence of Time.

Due to the raucous music on its early releases, the group was raved as one of the leaders of the thrash community from the 1980s. When the movement began to gain a major following, Anthrax were dubbed as one of the "big four" of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Anthrax has sold 2.5 million records in the United States between 1991 and 2004. Its worldwide sales stood at over 15 million records.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 Fistful of Metal Anthrax 1 4
1985 Spreading the Disease Anthrax 6
1987 Among the Living Anthrax 3.5 8
1988 State of Euphoria Anthrax 6
1990 Persistence of Time Anthrax 4 6
1993 Sound of White Noise Anthrax 3.15 4
1995 Stomp 442 Anthrax 3.25 4
1998 Volume 8: The Threat Is Real Anthrax 3.35 6
2003 We've Come for You All Anthrax 2.8 6
2004 The Greater of Two Evils Anthrax 3 3
2011 Worship Music Anthrax 4 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1987 Fistful of Anthrax Compilation Anthrax 1
1991 Attack of the Killer B's Compilation Anthrax 5
1998 Fistful of Metal / Armed and Dangerous Compilation Anthrax 2
1999 Moshers... 1986-1991 Compilation Anthrax 1
1999 Return of the Killer A's Compilation Anthrax 3
2001 Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax Compilation Anthrax 1
2002 The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Anthrax Compilation Anthrax 1
2002 The Collection Compilation Anthrax 1
2005 Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991) Compilation Anthrax 1
2007 Extended Versions Compilation Anthrax 1
2012 ICON Compilation Anthrax 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Live: The Island Years Live Anthrax 3
2004 Music of Mass Destruction Live Anthrax 2
2005 Alive 2 Live Anthrax 5
2007 Caught in a Mosh: BBC Live in Concert Live Anthrax 2
2010 The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria Live Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax 2


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Soldiers of Metal Anthrax 1
1985 Madhouse Anthrax 2
1987 I Am the Law Anthrax 3
1987 Indians Anthrax 1
1988 Make Me Laugh Anthrax 1
1989 Anti-Social Anthrax 2
1990 Got the Time Anthrax 1
1990 In My World Anthrax 3
1991 Bring the Noise Anthrax 2
1993 Only Anthrax 2
1993 Black Lodge Anthrax 4
1993 Hy Pro Glo Anthrax 1
1993 Room for One More Anthrax 1
1995 Fueled Anthrax 1
1996 Nothing Anthrax 3
2003 Safe Home Anthrax 3
2003 Taking the Music Back Anthrax 3


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Armed and Dangerous Anthrax 3
1987 I'm the Man Anthrax 4
1989 Penikufesin Anthrax 4
1996 Fueled EP Anthrax 1
1996 Nothing Australasian Tour EP Anthrax 1
1998 Inside Out Anthrax 3

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