Anthrax founder Scott Ian became obsessed with heavy metal after hearing Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Nite” playing in his parents’ station wagon.
∙ Their debut single, the underground hit “Soldiers of Metal,” was recorded with Manowar guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman.
∙ The term “thrash metal” originated in a review of the Anthrax track “Metal Thrashing Mad.”
∙ In 1987, Anthrax released their breakthrough LP, Among the Living, their first of four consecutive Gold albums.
∙ Their single “I’m the Man” is one of the first rap-metal songs, featuring samples of Beastie Boys, Run-DMC, and Metallica.
∙ Anthrax’s collaboration with Chuck D on “Bring the Noise” brought rap-metal to the mainstream and led to a coheadlining tour with Public Enemy.
∙ In 1992, they appeared in an episode of Married... with Children, titled “My Dinner with Anthrax.”
∙ Their album Sound of White Noise contains “Only,” which Metallica frontman James Hetfield once called the “perfect song.”
∙ Anthrax and longtime singer Joey Belladonna reunited in 2010 to play seven festival shows with fellow thrash-metal icons Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth.
∙ They have been nominated for six Grammy Awards, including one every year between 2012-14.
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