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Over the course of their career, New York’s Anthrax have proven to be one of metal’s most versatile bands; but they will always be most closely associated with the ‘80s thrash metal movement, which they helped pioneer as one of the so-called Big Four, alongside West Coast counterparts Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. Originally founded in 1981 by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Danny Lilker, who were joined by singer Neil Turbin, lead guitarist Dan Spitz and drummer Charlie Benante, Anthrax were among the first bands across the thrash metal threshold thanks to their 1984 debut LP, ‘Fistful of Metal.’ But it wasn’t until Joey Belladonna and Frank Bello replaced Turbin and Bello, respectively, that the quintet found the perfect lineup with which to rampage through the ‘80s, armed with seminal albums like ‘Spreading the Disease,’ ‘Among the Living,’ and their pioneering rap-metal single, ‘I’m the Man,’ which led to an even more groundbreaking fusion with Public Enemy and ‘Bring the Noise.’ The band shifted creative gears during the 1990s, swapping Belladonna for ex-Armored Saint singer John Bush, and their commercial fortunes steadily waned. But with renewed interest building in the third millennium, a classic lineup reunion and numerous Big Four concerts reenergized the Anthrax band, which remains strong today.

 
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Anthrax Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Anthrax's studio albums from weakest to strongest.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Anthrax’s Scott Ian on AC/DC: ‘They Should Just Stop’ Without Brian Johnson

Anthrax guitarist and huge AC/DC fan Scott Ian thinks the band 'should just stop' if they can't continue with Brian Johnson as the singer.

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Aaron Poole Images / Adam Bettcher
Aaron Poole Images / Adam Bettcher

Anthrax, ‘The Devil You Know’ vs. Disturbed, ‘Down With the Sickness’ – March Metal Madness 2016, Round 2

Anthrax take on Disturbed in Round 2 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

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Megaforce Records

Anthrax’s ‘For All Kings’ Cracks the Top 10 of Billboard Album Chart

'For All Kings' landed at No. 9, giving Anthrax its highest chart position in over two decades.

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YouTube: Anthrax

Anthrax Release Chilling Video for ‘Blood Eagle Wings’

Anthrax have released a cinematic and chilling video for their new song, 'Blood Eagle Wings,' featuring cameo appearances from James Duval and Brian Posehn.

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Theo Wargo / Aaron P. Bernstein, Getty Images (2)

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante: Maybe Donald Trump Is Sabotaging the Republican Party

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is concerned about the current state of political affairs in the U.S., wondering if Donald Trump is sabotaging the Republicans.

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Liz Ramanand / Aaron Poole Images
Liz Ramanand / Aaron Poole Images

Korn, ‘Here to Stay’ vs. Anthrax, ‘The Devil You Know’ – March Metal Madness 2016, Round 1

Korn take on Anthrax in Round 1 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

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Anthrax’s Scott Ian Talks ‘For All Kings’ Album + Future Plans

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian speaks with Full Metal Jackie about the creation of the band's 'For All Kings' album and their future plans.

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Anthrax’s Scott Ian on Presidential Election: ‘This Is the Worst, Craziest Circus I’ve Ever Seen’

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian isn't ready to support any presidential candidate, calling the current politicians the 'worst, craziest circus' he's seen.

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Anthrax, ‘For All Kings’ – Album Review

Read Loudwire's review of the new Anthrax album, 'For All Kings.'

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