Release Date: Sep 13, 2011
Record label: Megaforce
The Big Four—Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax—were the kings of thrash metal in the ‘80s. Nothing was more prevalent in American metal than those four bands. But as time passed and music changed, The Big Four changed as well, each taking a different direction in attempts to stay relevant and popular. Anthrax encountered the most difficulty of the four bands, and their releases became less and less frequent with time, even though they seemed to be doing fairly well with vocalist John Bush.
Anthrax fans have had no choice but to be very patient waiting for the arrival of the group's tenth studio album overall, 2011's Worship Music. Doubling as the first Anthrax studio album since 2003's We've Come for You All and the first with singer Joey Belladonna since 1990's Persistence of Time, Worship Music was also recorded once before with singer Dan Nelson, and was to be released in 2009. After the group parted ways with Nelson shortly before the album's projected release, Belladonna was welcomed back into the fold, and all the vocals were re-recorded.
Worship Music the tenth studio album by New York thrash metal pioneers Anthrax, is the culmination of some of the most turbulent years in the band's career – surely saying something for an outfit who know more than most about intra-band strife. During their late 80s heyday while sparring with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer for thrash metal's top spot, Joey Belladonna's unique, upper-register vocal delivery was – along with a zany comic-book sense of humour – the attribute that clearly separated Anthrax from their peers, while also opening up other cross-over avenues courtesy of a successful collaboration with rappers Public Enemy. Then began slow meltdown...