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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Anthrax: "Worship Music" Artwork Unveiled
The long drought is officially over. For all of thoseAnthraxfans who have been waiting for the band to finally release new music,"Fight 'em 'Til You Can't", the first track available from the upcoming album"Worship Music", has just gone on sale atiTunes."Worship Music"is the first new studio album fromAnthrax in eight years, and the first with vocalistJoey Belladonnasince 1990's"Persistence of Time". What a way for the band to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The "classicAnthrax-sounding""Fight 'em 'Til You Can't"is a song about killing zombies, and is the one new track thatAnthrax -Belladonna, guitaristsScott IanandRob Caggiano, drummerCharlie Benanteand bassistFrank Bello— has played live since theyBelladonnarejoined the line-up a year ago.Anthrax offered the track as a free download last month, and fan comments in chat rooms have been overwhelmingly ecstatic. In addition,Anthrax is revealing the CD cover artwork for"Worship Music". Renowned comic book artistAlex Ross, who has worked withMarvel ComicsandDC Comicsand is known for his"Marvels","Kingdom Come", and"Astro City"illustrations, created the original painting for the cover.Rossalso did the original artwork forAnthrax's"We've Come For You All"and"Music of Mass Destruction"albums. The early feedback from press on "Worship Music"has also been simply stellar:Alexander Milas, editor ofMetal Hammercalled the album "a riff-shitting, fire-breathing, doubt-crushing monster of a record. Welcome back, boys!," whileVH1/"That Metal Show"'sEddie Trunksaid, "This album is fucking amazing! Metal album of the year so far! Congratulations. Just killer." The 11-track"Worship Music"was produced byAnthrax,Rob CaggianoandJay Rustonand recorded over a four-year period at studios in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.Belladonna's return to the band prompted some of the songs originally recorded to be re-crafted with fresh lyrics or tweaked to better suit his overall vibe and energy. Some of the songs were completely replaced with brand-new songs and, of course, all haveBelladonna's inimitable vocal stamp on them. "Worship Music"is loaded with stand-out tracks. While"Judas Priest"is a nod to the huge influence that band has had on the members of Anthrax and metal heads everywhere."I'm Alive"is beautiful and grand with a build that demands audience participation."Crawl"is dark and moody, and filled with a lot of the emotion and stress the band was feeling when it was written."Fight 'em 'til You Can't"is a song about killing zombies, and who doesn't love a good zombie song? It's the one new track thatAnthrax has played live since they started touring withBelladonnaa year ago, and has been getting tremendous audience response. The song "Earth on Hell"is classicAnthrax thrash."The Devil You Know"is best-described as "anAC/DCgroove filtered through anAnthrax lens," while"In The End"is epic-sounding andAnthrax's way of remembering the lateRonnie James DioandDarrell "Dimebag" Abbott.