Now considered to be one of the “Big 4” of thrash metal, New York band Anthrax made a name for themselves in the '80s and have carved out a legacy with their unique attire, humorous lyrical content, and memorable songs.
Anthrax was formed in 1981 burst into the public consciousness with their 1983 debut album Fistful Of Metal. From that point, the band would have a successful period that lasted through the early '90s, with several high-profile releases, including Spreading The Disease, Among The Living, and Persistence Of Time.
In 1992, longtime vocalist Joey Belladonna left Anthrax and John Bush replaced him, shifting the band’s sound to a thrash/grunge hybrid that landed 1993’s Sound Of White Noise at #7 on the Billboard charts. The rest of the '90s did not bode as well for the band, who faced label troubles and lineup changes.
Anthrax’s 2003 album We’ve Come For You All got the band back on track, but Bush would soon leave, with Belladonna returning to take his place. The reunion would be short-lived, as Belladonna left for the second time and newcomer Dan Nelson took over the lead vocalist position in 2007. After Dan Nelson exited the band in 2009, John Bush returned for some live shows. After speculation he would rejoin the band permanently, it was announced in May, 2010 that Joey Belladonna would come back yet again as Anthrax's vocalist for the "Big 4" summer tour dates with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, as well as a new album. Their first album in seven years, Worship Music, was released in 2011.