'T.N.T.' is taken from the upcoming special edition of the band's successful last album, Worship Music. The special edition will contain both the regular album as well as the brand new Anthems EP. Anthems' tracklisting features RUSH's 'Anthem', THIN LIZZY's 'Jailbreak', 'T.N.T.' 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 Worship Music.
Anthems will also be released separately on CD and vinyl and will be exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast Mailorder, here.
Worship Music“ Special Edition / Anthems will be released in North America on March 19th (MRI/Megaforce) and March 22nd in Europe (Nuclear Blast).
The viral video version of Anthrax' cover of Rush's 'Anthem' can be seen below:
In addition to Anthems' cover art, 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."
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.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Frank Bello are featured in a new video interview with Christina Rowatt for Australia's Soundwave TV. It was conducted on February 23rd during the festival tour's stop in Brisbane. Check it out below:
While on tour in Australia, Bello will be holding an exclusive Hartke clinic in Parramatta (suburb of Sydney). Details are as follows:
Tuesday, February 26th - 7:00pm
255 Church Street
Parramatta, NSW 2150
(02) 9635 5552
Go to this location for additional information.
The Metal Alliance Tour, featuring Anthrax (performing their fan favorite 1987 classic Among The Living in its entirety) EXODUS, HIGH ON FIRE, MUNICIPAL WASTE, and HOLY GRAIL, has added a second date in New York City, on April 21st at Irving Plaza.
Tickets for the date can be found at this location.
22 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
23 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
24 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
25 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
27 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
28 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
29 - The Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
30 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
31 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
2 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
4 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
5 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
6 - The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI
7 - Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
9 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
10 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
12 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
13 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
14 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
16 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
18 - Theatre of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
20 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
21 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
For more details visit Metalalliancetour.com.