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Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group was considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene during the 1980s. Of the “Big Four” thrash metal bands (the others being Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer), Anthrax were the only band from the East Coast.The band was named after the disease of the same name which Ian saw in a biology textbook. The name was chosen because it sounded “sufficiently evil”. Anthrax’s initial line-up was completed by singer John Connelly, drummer Dave Weiss and bassist Paul Kahn. Kahn was briefly replaced by bassist Kenny Kushner before Lilker took over on bass and Greg Walls joined as lead guitarist. Weiss was then replaced early on by Greg D’Angelo, who was recommended to the band by Greg Walls. Scott Ian’s younger brother Jason Rosenfeld was a temporary vocalist until Ian’s former schoolmate Neil Turbin joined the band in late August 1982. The band recorded its first demo tape during this time.In 1985, Joey Belladonna was chosen as the new vocalist. The Armed and Dangerous EP marked Belladonna’s recording debut even though it featured two live tracks from 1984 and the two songs from the “Soldiers of Metal” single that all had Neil Turbin performing on them.Anthrax is one of the bands responsible for the emergence of speed metal and thrash metal. It exhibited a typical thrash-metal sound on its early albums and was known for humor and comic-book references in the lyrics, distinguishing the band from its contemporaries.
Three facts you didnt know about Anthrax
1.After parting ways with Anthrax, lead guitarist Dan Spitz enrolled in the prestigious Bulova School and became a Swiss trained master watchmaker.
2.Guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante are the only Anthrax members to play on every studio album by the band.
3.The band is named after a deadly disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Scott Ian got the idea when he learned about anthrax in his high school biology class.