ANTHRAX will issue an EP of cover songs in September to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the release of the band’s latest album, “Worship Music”. “It started out as what I call ‘The ’70s EP’,” ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante tells Loudwire. “It’s made up of some cover songs from our favorite bands — consisting of RUSH, THIN LIZZY, BOSTON, JOURNEY… We’re still working on it now, but I think it’s gonna be really cool.”
The following covers are expected to appear on the forthcoming EP:
* AC/DC – “T.N.T.”
* BOSTON – “Smokin'”
* JOURNEY – “Keep On Runnin'”
* RUSH – “Anthem”
ANTHRAX also recorded a cover version of BLACK SABBATH‘s classic song “Neon Knights” for inclusion on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album which is being assembled by the singer’s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio.
Video footage of Benante laying down the drum track to a cover version of RUSH‘s “Anthem” (from the Canadian rock band’s second album, 1975’s “Fly By Night”) can be seen below.
According to guitarist Scott Ian, ANTHRAX‘s sold-out March 15 concert at O2 Islington Academy in London, England was filmed for an upcoming DVD.
ANTHRAX‘s latest album, “Worship Music”, sold 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart. 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.