Anthrax to Release 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray/CD/Digital LiveStream

July 18, 2021 marked the 40th anniversary of thrash metal pioneers ANTHRAX. The celebration began in May of last year and culminated on July 16 and 17 with a live global event shot on Los Angeles sound stage/studio The Den. For over two hours, Anthrax performed an extensive series of hits and deep cuts from their vast catalog. Today, Anthrax announces that the entire performance, along with never-before-seen rehearsal footage and Scott Ian’s “walking tour” of New York, highlighting spots that played a part in the formation and history from Anthrax, will be released in North America in July. 15 on Blu-Ray / CD / Digital (Megaforce). Anthrax XL will also have a European digital release on July 15 (Nuclear Blast), followed by a Blu-Ray release later this year. Pre-orders for Anthrax XL can be placed HERE

Also today, Anthrax is previewing Anthrax XL’s celebratory LiveStream with “Aftershock”, the first single/video on the Blu-Ray and CD, which can be streamed HERE and viewed HERE.

“Forty isn’t like 40,” said drummer Charlie Benante. “Sometimes I have to remind myself how long this strange journey has been going on. I love playing these songs, they are such a part of my life, and I know for many of our fans they play a big part in theirs too. .

Of the night of the Livestream, bassist Frank Bello recalled, “For me, every song was like reading an album of my life and the band’s career. Specifically, “Madhouse”, one of my first recordings with the band, then where we are now with “Blood Eagle Wings”. What a great race it was, I’m very grateful.

“Even though we were playing in a studio with just the crew there, we played this set like we were in front of 50,000 screaming fans,” vocalist Joey Belladonna said. “I felt like we made a complete connection with everyone watching from their homes or anywhere, and they connected with us. It was quite an intense experience.”

Currently, Anthrax is about six months into its 41st year, and the band – Belladonna, Ian, Bello, Benante and guitarist Jon Donais – don’t quite have their 40th birthday in the rear view mirror. Ian said: “We had planned to do a big 40th anniversary world tour last year but due to COVID we couldn’t. So this year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary, our 41st. We start in America in July, with Black Label Society and Hatebreed, then headline a UK and European tour this fall. We’re all really looking forward to getting on the road, playing shows and making deep cuts to celebrate our 40th anniversary with our fans.

The track listing for Anthrax’s Anthrax XL Blu-Ray/CD/Digital is as follows:

Time / Fight them until you can’t no more

Crazy’s house


Metal Thrashing Mad

I have the time

I am the law

keep it in the family

solitary righteousness

the devil you know

Be all end all

Now it’s dark


At the end


evil twin


Skeletons in the closet

Blood Eagle Wings

Bring the noise


among the living


Anthrax: Scott Ian/guitars, Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass, Joey Belladonna/vocals, Jon Donais/guitars

Produced by Jack Bennett, Mike Monterulo, Anthrax

Directed by Jack Bennett

Mixed by Jay Ruston

Duration: 2h 5m 34s



July 18, 2021 marked the 40th anniversary of Anthrax, during which the band released 11 studio albums, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, received six GRAMMY nominations and a host of other accolades from media, music and music. music industry and fans. In 1991, the band helped break down racial and gender barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on the track “Bring The Noise” and were the first metal band to get their music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up. the Mars Rover in 2012. Along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax is a card-carrying member of the Big Four, the four bands that defined the speed/thrash/metal genre. Anthrax has also launched a series of now-sold out signature whiskeys and bourbons and has teamed up with Stockholm-based NEZUMI Studios for a high-end, limited-edition Baleine diver’s watch. Twenty-twenty-one also saw the release of Z2 Comics’ “Among the Living” graphic novel with a track-by-track storyline inspired by Anthrax’s iconic 1987 album, Among The Living. The book brings together a “who’s who” of names from the world of comics and music who created “bubble dialogues” and original artwork to express what the songs meant to them. Taking advantage of the COVID-19 concert tour ban, the band has been hard at work writing Anthrax’s next album.

For Anthrax, 2022 has already started well, but their 40th anniversary isn’t quite in the group’s rearview mirror. Unable to kick off a planned 40th anniversary world tour due to COVID, the band will kick off their 40th anniversary world tour this year. The celebrations begin July 26 in North America, co-headlining with the Black Label Society, followed by a headlining tour of the UK and Europe in the fall.

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Jack L. Goldstein