Anthrax (American thrash metal band)

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Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group was considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene during the 1980s. Of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands (the others being Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer), Anthrax were the only band from the East Coast. As of 2014, the band has released ten studio albums, a number of singles and an EP with American hip hop group Public Enemy. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Anthrax sold 2.5 million records in the United States from 1991 to 2004, with worldwide sales of 10 million.

Noted for its live performances, Anthrax signed with the independent label Megaforce Records (which released the band's debut studio album in 1984). Lilker soon left the band to form Nuclear Assault, and was replaced by roadie Frank Bello. Vocalist Neil Turbin was replaced after two years by Matt Fallon who was then subsequently replaced in 1985 by Joey Belladonna. With a new lineup, the band recorded Spreading the Disease (distributed by Island Records) in 1985. Anthrax's third album, Among the Living, was released in 1987 to critical praise. The band experienced another lineup change in 1992, when John Bush replaced Belladonna as lead vocalist. Sound of White Noise was released the following year, peaking at number seven on the Billboard 200. Studio recordings during the 1990s saw the band, influenced by other genres, experimenting with its sound.

Anthrax's lineup has changed several times over their career. The band has had a number of vocalists including Neil Turbin, Joey Belladonna, Dan Nelson and John Bush. Founding members Scott Ian and Charlie Benante, who joined Anthrax in 1983, are the only band members to appear on every album. Bassist Frank Bello has played on every album except the band's first. In 2010, Joey Belladonna returned to Anthrax and has since recorded two more studio albums with the band, Worship Music, released in 2011, and the upcoming For All Kings scheduled for release on February 26, 2016.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Fistful of Metal Anthrax 1 4
1985 Spreading the Disease Anthrax 4 7
1987 Among the Living Anthrax 4 8
1988 State of Euphoria Anthrax 4 9
1990 Persistence of Time Anthrax 4 7
1993 Sound of White Noise Anthrax 3.15 6
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 8
2011 Worship Music Anthrax 4 8
2016 For All Kings Anthrax 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Fistful of Anthrax Anthrax 1
1991 Attack of the Killer B’s Anthrax 6
1998 Fistful of Metal / Armed and Dangerous Anthrax 2
1999 Moshers... 1986-1991 Anthrax 1
1999 Return of the Killer A's Anthrax 3
2001 Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax Anthrax 1
2002 The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Anthrax Anthrax 1
2002 The Collection Anthrax 1
2004 The Greater of Two Evils Anthrax 3 3
2005 Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991) Anthrax 1
2007 Extended Versions Anthrax 1
2012 ICON Anthrax 1
2013 Aftershock: The Island Years 1985-1990 Anthrax 1
2015 Thrash in Texas Anthrax 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Live: The Island Years Anthrax 3
2004 Music of Mass Destruction Anthrax 2
2005 Alive 2 Anthrax 5
2007 Caught in a Mosh: BBC Live in Concert Anthrax 2
2010 The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax 2
2014 Chile on Hell Anthrax 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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 2
1989 Anti-Social Anthrax 2
1990 Got the Time Anthrax 2
1990 In My World Anthrax 4
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 4
2003 Safe Home Anthrax 3
2003 Taking the Music Back Anthrax 3
2011 Fight ’em ’til You Can’t Anthrax 2
2011 The Devil You Know Anthrax 1

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