ANTHRAX - "We Continue To Be The Chicago Cubs Of Music Awards..."

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Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 01:58:28 EST

ANTHRAX was nominated alongside IRON MAIDEN, HALESTORM, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD and MARILYN MANSON for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in the category Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. The event was held in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, February 10th at the Staples Center and Halestorm took home the award. Following the Grammys, Anthrax issued the following statement:

"Congrats to Halestorm! We continue to be the Chicago Cubs of music awards, but as long as we have the love of our fans, we've got everything we ever need!"

Anthems, ANTHRAX's long-awaited, eight-track EP that pays tribute to the classic songs by some of Anthrax's favorite bands from the 1970s, will be released in North America on March 19th (MRI/Megaforce), and on March 22nd in Europe (Nuclear Blast). Anthems' tracklisting features RUSH's 'Anthem', THIN LIZZY's 'Jailbreak', 'TNT' by AC/DC, BOSTON's 'Smokin'', 'Big Eyes' by CHEAP TRICK, JOURNEY's 'Keep On Runnin', as well as the album version and a special remix of Anthrax's 'Crawl', from the band's critically-acclaimed 2011 album, Worship Music.

The EP will be available on CD as well as digitally via iTunes and other online retailers. In addition to Anthems' cover art (above), drummer Charlie Benante and artist Stephen Thompson have subtly redesigned each track's original album cover art to "Anthrax" it. The Anthems EP will first be housed in one of the "re-imagined" digipak covers, and then inserted inside the main CD cover sleeve. The main cover sleeve has been designed in such a way so fans will be able to see which one of the six "re-imagined" covers is inside. Check Benante holding the six covers below:

Said the band's vocalist Joey Belladonna, "These are all bands I grew up with and have listened to forever. It's just great music. I had fun singing these songs and I was happy recording together with Anthrax, doing classic rock songs. Fun stuff!"

On Boston's 'Smokin'', Anthrax brought in a special guest to play keyboards - Fred Mandel, who has played with ALICE COOPER, QUEEN, ELTON JOHN, Cheap Trick, SUPERTRAMP and on PINK FLOYD's The Wall.

About the track, drummer Charlie Benante said, "If ever there were a perfect first album, it's Boston's first album. The harmony leads they did would later be heard by IRON MAIDEN, which of course would lead to thrash metal."

Listen to the cover of Rush's 'Anthem' below:

Anthems was produced by Anthrax, Jay Ruston and Rob Caggiano, and recorded for the most part throughout 2012 literally all over the world: at Benante's home studio, in Ruston's New York studio, on the band's tour bus while on last summer's Mayhem Tour, in hotel rooms, and backstage at their Berlin show last December.

The Grammy-nominated Anthrax - Belladonna, Benante/drums, Scott Ian/guitar and Frank Bello/bass - will hit the road in support Anthems on February 16th with dates in India and Australia, and then return to North America to headline the Metal Alliance Tour that kicks off March 22nd. For all of these dates, Anthrax will be joined by SHADOWS FALL guitarist Jon Donais.