In the world of metal, the first big story of 2013 was the announcement that guitarist Rob Caggiano had left Anthrax. No longer attaining happiness from his time with the legendary thrash band, Caggiano left and began to focus on producing records. Caggiano's first project since his Anthrax departure was to man to board for Volbeat's newest album, 'Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies,' but he also ended up joining Volbeat as a full-time member.
Continuing on with our coverage of the 2013 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, we had the chance to sit backstage with Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello for a lovely chat. Topics of the day included Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donias filling in for former guitarist Rob Caggiano, the band's headlining spot on the just-wrapped 2013 Metal Alliance tour, new material slowly being jammed out for Anthrax's next studio album + much more.
Guitarist Rob Caggiano's exit from Anthrax has been a confusing one. At first, Caggiano chalked up his departure as wanting to focus primarily as an in-studio producer, specifically with Volbeat, but exactly one month after leaving Anthrax, Caggiano joined Volbeat as a full-time guitarist. The reactions of Anthrax band members have been mixed, but now Caggiano has gone further in-depth as to why he chose to leave the thrash legends.
Danish rockers Volbeat have a ton of captivating news to offer fans. Along with unveiling the title, release date an cover artwork of their upcoming fifth studio album, 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies,' Volbeat have also announced that former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano has joined the group as a full-time member.
The departure of Anthrax lead guitarist Rob Caggiano came as a shock to the metal world, as the thrash legends had just begun to truly celebrate their comeback with classic vocalist Joey Belladonna. Having torn through the 2012 Mayhem Festival, headlined an unforgettable tour with Testament + Death Angel, earned a 2013 Grammy nomination and just finished tracking their 'Anthems' covers EP, Caggiano suddenly left the band, and guitarist Scott Ian has just offered some insight into Caggiano's exit.