Anthrax have released another track from the upcoming ‘Anthems’, the band’s eight-track E.P. that pays tribute to the classic songs by some of the band’s favorite acts from the 1970’s. The E.P. will be released in North America on March 19nd (MRI/Megaforce), and on March 22nd in Europe (Nuclear Blast). After bringing forth their version of the Rush classic ‘Anthem’, they are following that up with their rendition of AC/DC’s ‘T.N.T.’, and it kicks ass! Listen to the track below.
“Anthems” full track listing
1. Anthem (Rush)
2. Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)
3. TNT (AC/DC)
4. Smokin’ (Boston)
5. Big Eyes (Chaep Trick)
6. Keep On Runnin’ (Journey)
7. Crawl (album version)
8. Crawl (special remix)
Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna said about the E.P., “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!”
Drummer Charlie Benante told Loudwire, “Back in the day, when we would do encores we would play AC/DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie.’ We never recorded it back then, but when we were in the studio making ‘Worship Music,’ we decided we wanted to. But [singer] Joey [Belladonna] really wanted to do ‘T.N.T.’ He felt it was more in his style, and he knew the song backwards and forwards, so we recorded that, and it’s great. We recorded the track in Chicago and in Los Angeles [and] the sessions were really easy, felt really good. The thing about ‘T.N.T.’ for me is that there’s not a lot of drumming on it. So the challenge for me was to not go crazy with fills, but to pay tribute to the original recording, and keep it AC/DC.”
‘Anthems’ was produced by Anthrax with Jay Ruston and former guitarist Rob Caggiano and recorded throughout 2012 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.
The ‘Anthems’ E.P. will be available on CD and digitally via iTunes and other online retailers. Benante and artist Stephen Thompson have 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.