Anthrax, named after an inflectional disease, is a thrash metal band from New York that was formed in 1981 by a guitarist Scott Ian. The band is considered to be one of the pioneers of thrash metal genre as well as one of the most influential groove metal bands in their late years. Anthrax is also named to be one of the members of “The Big Four of Thrash Metal” along with such bands as Metallica
, and Megadeth.
Spreading the Metal Disease
The band was formed in New York, and they are supposed to be one of the founding fathers of the NY thrash metal scene. Scott Ian, lead singer and rhythm guitar, is now considered one of the most influential figures on the metal scene. Anthrax first albums “Fistful of Metal” (1983) and “Spreading the Disease” (1985) brought the band respect and cult status among the fans of heavy metal music. After releasing an album entitled “Among the Living” (1987), Anthrax became one of the most famous speed metal bands and toured with Metallica across the Europe, which brought them more fans than ever. Their songs such as “Indians”, “Madhouse”, “Got the Time” and “Antisocial” are considered to be classics of thrash metal genre.
Anthrax style is unique, and it spawned tons of imitators around the world. Joey Belladonna’s vocal style made the band’s sound more complex and melodic. Together with fast, punk influenced guitar riffs of Scott Ian, Anthrax brought speed metal and thrash metal to a new level of technicality. More than that, Anthrax often mentioned as originators of the rap-metal genre. The Public Enemy cover, entitled “Bring The Noise” was obviously inspired by the Anthrax and is considered to be an example of such mixture that later gave birth to such new music genres as rapcore and nu metal. The band's influences are really diverse and include heavy metal, punk rock, hardcore, hip-hop music. Their lyrical themes are often connected with Stephen King's books and comic books as well.