Friday, January 6, 2012 at 5:38PM
Having made one of 2011's most impressive rock'n'roll comebacks that included the 9/13/11 release of the band's long-awaited new album Worship Music that landed on boatloads of "Best of 2011..." lists, metal masters ANTHRAX will keep the pedal to the metal in 2012. The band launches the New Year with the delivery to radio of a second single from Worship Music, "I'm Alive," and plans to tour extensively beginning January 22 with round two of a U.S. co-headline tour with fellow thrash titans, Testament (dates are below).
Worship Music debuted on Billboard's Top 200 Albums charts at #12; the album and the track "Fight'em 'Til You Can't" both went to #1 on Mediaguide's Metal charts. Worship Music was named one of the year's best albums in media outlets including Revolver, Guitar World, SPIN, Metal Assault, Metal Sucks, Blistering.com, the UK's Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, Canada's Lithium, the Copenhagen Post, JAM Magazine, Powerline, Lou Brutus' HardDrive, Eddie Trunk/VH1's That Metal Show, and SiriusXM's Jose Mangin. In addition to naming Worship Music the #1 Metal Album of the Year, Loudwire singled out the track "The Devil You Know" as the site's #1 Metal Song of the Year, SiriusXM's Mangin named "Earth on Hell" as the #1 track on his Liquid Metal/Octane Countdown, About.com named Joey Belladonna as its "Man of the Year," and Revolver celebrated Anthrax as one of the Top 10 Stories of the Year.
Twenty-eleven also saw Anthrax play two Big Four shows in the U.S. with fellow thrash/speed metal architects Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, the second taking place at New York's Yankee Stadium, making it an emotional hometown show for the New York born-and-bred members of Anthrax.
Last fall, immediately following The Big Four show at Yankee Stadium and in support of Worship Music, Anthrax played to SRO crowds from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, entertaining fans with brand-new songs and favorites from throughout the band's 30 year history. Anthrax will head back out on the road in late January for Leg Two of its U.S. tour with Testament and Death Angel - Leg One was included on a number of "Best Live Shows of 2011" lists. Worship Music, the band's first new album in eight years, and first with "classic era" vocalist Joey Belladonna in two decades, has received stellar reviews, as evidenced below.
As Anthrax's Scott Ian summed it up, "2011 was the best year of my life."
Dates for Leg Two of the Anthrax/Testament U.S. tour are as follows:
22 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
23 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
24 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
26 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO
27 Egyptian Room @ Murat Center, Indianapolis, IN
28 Piere's Entertainment Center, Fort Wayne, IN
29 Expo Five, Louisville, KY
30 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
1 Green Iguana - Stadium, Tampa, FL
2 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
3 Promowest Pavilion, Columbus, OH
4 Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH
6 Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
7 Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
8 Best Buy Theatre, New York, NY