ANTHRAX members Joey Belladonna, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello recently spoke to Fuse about the origins of their classic rock covers EP, “Anthems”, and the challenges of playing their classic album “Among The Living” in its entirety on the “Metal Alliance” tour.
“Anthems” sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 52 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released in North America on March 19 (MRI/Megaforce), and on March 22 in Europe (Nuclear Blast).
ANTHRAX‘s latest full-length album, “Worship Music”, sold 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 12. The band’s previous studio CD, 2003’s “We’ve Come For You All”, opened with just under 10,000 units to debut at No. 122.
“Anthems” track listing:
01. Anthem (RUSH cover)
02. Jailbreak (THIN LIZZY cover)
03. TNT (AC/DC cover)
04. Smokin’ (BOSTON cover)
05. Big Eyes (CHEAP TRICK cover)
06. Keep On Runnin’ (JOURNEY cover)
07. Crawl (album version)
08. Crawl (special remix)
A four-minute video clip containing audio snippets of all the songs that appear on “Anthems”, along with commentary from ANTHRAX bandmembers can be seen below.
The “Anthems” EP was made available on CD as well as digitally via iTunes and other online retailers. 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 was first 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 are able to see which one of the six “re-imagined” covers is inside.
“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 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, in hotel rooms, and backstage at their Berlin show last December.