The new Anthrax album “Worship Music”, the band’s first studio album in eight years and its first with vocalist Joey Belladonna since 1990’s Persistence Of Time, has entered next week’s Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #12, the band’s highest chart debut in two decades, and second-highest in its career, selling 28,500 copies.

Worship Music also debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart, #3 on the Hard Music Core Chart, and #2 at both the Indie and Indie Core Stores charts. “I am most proud of our fans who came out and gave us the amazing support they did,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “To have our record debut at #12 is a great accomplishment.”

Added the band’s Scott Ian, “I’m absolutely thrilled with the fact that our Anthrax Army came out in force this week to show the world that good music matters. Thank you to all our friends, old and new! It’s a privilege to do this for you.”

Anthrax hits the road beginning October 14 on a five-week, coast-to-coast tour with TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL.

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante hit another Major League Baseball ballpark besides Yankee Stadium, where he played recently with Anthrax at the Big 4 (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax) concert. Charlie went from American League to the National League and threw out the first pitch at the September 21st Chicago Cubs/Milwaukee Brewers game played at the legendary Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Cubs actually came through with a 7-1 win over the Brewers. Nice form Charlie!

photo: Gene Ambo

While at the star-studded Metal Masters 2 clinic, which took place a few days before the Big Four concert at Yankee Stadium, Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde caught up with some of the performers for exclusive interviews. In this installment of our Zakk Wylde takeover, he asks “Who are the Big Four Yankees?” Check out what Slayer’s Kerry King, Megadeth’s David Ellefson, drummer extraordinaire Mike Portnoy, Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian, and Rob Caggiano, DJ Lady Starlight, and Eddie Trunk have to say.