Rock Titan TV had the privilege to catch Anthrax, at the Electric Factory in Philly for the Killthrax tour. To witness the magnificence of one of the most iconic metal bands in American history, that which is Anthrax, made for a most excellent mid-week interlude. Anthrax ruled the night and instigated an evening of utter metal mayhem.
Immediately taking center stage was the man who’s kept the band together for over three decades, Scott Ian. He may be a little bit grayer, but otherwise seems to be timeless with his energy and appearance. Ian simply owns the stage and is possibly one of the best metal rhythm guitarists in the biz! If you’ve seen Anthrax LIVE then you know it’s true. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the evening was Joey Belladonna. His vocals were spot on. Joey sounded incredible hitting all the notes that distinguish Anthrax from any of their peers.
As with Killswitch Engage, Anthrax has had two distinct eras with John Bush taking over vocals throughout the 90’s. Having interviewed John Bush and currently feature Armored Saint on Rock Titan TV, there is no greater class act in the metal industry. Bush also has an amazing set of pipes. However, I think it’s safe to say that most fans identify Belladonna as the voice behind Anthrax’s most classic songs. On this evening Joey sang many classics as well as some new material.
For those Anthrax headbangers that were in attendance, their passion was an honorable display. Moshpits, Crowd Surfing, and Stage Diving were all in effect. It was the story of 2 generations. For those that grew up with Anthrax, there was no curfew on their minds. The millennials, however, did an admirable job at representing those that thrash.
Once again, Anthrax proved why they’re one of the greatest metal bands of all time. The way they energize their fans is undeniable. More than a few concert goers were going to be very sore the next day. The Electric Factory also proved that it’s one of the most quintessential concert venues in the greater Philadelphia region. Killthrax couldn’t have been a better name for this tour. For on this evening, Anthrax absolutely killed it.