Anthrax to Release 'Anthems' EP
Anthrax to Release 'Anthems' EP -
Last year thrash metal stalwarts Anthrax
alluded to the possibility of a potential covers album.
Now the outfit have revealed which classic tracks they've taken on
for the upcoming 'Anthems' EP and have also unveiled their
cover performance of AC/DC's 'TNT' prior
to the EP's release on 19th March.
Drummer Charlie Benante said,
"Back in the day, when we would do encores we would play
AC/DC's 'Whole Lotta Rosie.' We never recorded it back then, but
when we were in the studio making 'Worship Music,' we decided we
wanted to. But [singer] Joey [Belladonna] really wanted to do
'T.N.T.' He felt it was more in his style, and he knew the song
backwards and forwards, so we recorded that, and it's
Benante goes on to add,
"We recorded the track in Chicago and in Los Angeles [and] the
sessions were really easy, felt really good. The thing about
'T.N.T.' for me is that there's not a lot of drumming on it. So the
challenge for me was to not go crazy with fills, but to pay tribute
to the original recording, and keep it AC/DC."
The upcoming 'Anthems' EP will also feature covers of
Rush's 'Anthem,' Thin
Lizzy's 'Jailbreak,' Boston's
'Smokin'' and Journey's 'Keep On
Runnin'' among others. In addition to Anthrax
putting their own speed-metal spin on each of the hard rock
classics, Benante and artist Stephen Thompson have also
redesigned each track's original album artwork to suit the
Anthrax 'Anthems' will be available on
March 19th through Megaforce
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