This may be a headbanger’s wet dream. Two of thrash’s premiere legends, Anthrax and Death Angel, will play at the Revolution Concert House and Events Center on Saturday, October 15, and tickets are only $25. A weekend show with two headliners for only $25? Sign me up! Local talents Vault 7 will represent for the Treasure Valley metal community.
Both Anthrax and Death Angel dropped brand new albums this year, both of which have received critical acclaim from fans and music journalists alike.
This year the mighty thrash stalwarts of the East Coast, Anthrax, turn 35 years old. To kick off the celebration, they have just released their eleventh studio album, For All Kings. The legendary Big 4 heroes were started by guitarist Scott Ian in 1981, and drummer Charlie Benante jumped on board soon afterward. He and Ian are the only two members of Anthrax to play on all of the group’s recorded works. Bassist Frank Bello, Benante’s nephew, as well as vocalist Joey Belladonna, joined in time for the quintet’s acclaimed sophomore album, Spreading the Disease in 1985. The same core unit remains the same on For All Kings, which finds Anthrax still firmly entrenched near the peak of the heavy metal hierarchy. Over the past 35 years, Anthrax has achieved sales in excess of 10-million. The band has also received multiple Gold and Platinum albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans.
We caught up with Charlie Benante earlier this year to talk about the band’s 35th anniversary and the making of their new record. Benante is Anthrax’s primary songwriter, while Scott Ian handles most of the band’s lyrical content. After spending two-thirds of his life writing music for the group, he admits he sometimes worries about the musical ideas running out, but on For All Kings, Charlie shared that a dry spell did not concern him because the creative energy just flowed out of him.
“That was the best part about it was that it was just flowing. Sometimes it worries me that it won’t flow. You get writer’s block and ‘Uh oh, now what?’ But I was just in such a creative space that the stuff just kept happening. So I was just letting it go and coming up with different songs. It’s no secret that I worked really hard on this record making some of the best songs I’ve felt we ever had. And the other guys did too. We really worked hard on this one.”
You can check out the full interview with Charlie below:
About Death Angel
It has been 15 years since Bay Area thrash legends, Death Angel reformed in 2001, and nearly 35 years since the band’s inception in 1982. The quintet stand alongside the likes of Testament, Metallica and Exodus from the early 80s Bay Area thrash scene. Early albums like Frolic Through the Park and The Ultra-Violence remain influential records from the era, and remain relevant today. Guitarist Rob Cavestany founded Death Angel in 1982 with his cousins. Vocalist Mark Osegueda signed on two years later. Guitarist Ted Aguilar joined in 2001, and the rhythm section of bassist Damien Sisson and drummer Will Carroll replaced founding members Dennis Pepa and Andy Galeon in 2009, rounding out the current line-up. We recently spoke with Cavestany about the band’s brand new record, The Evil Divide.
“It’s very timely,” offers Cavestany of The Evil Divide. “The funny thing is at the time when that title was being chosen, it was before that was going down. It wasn’t even specifically influenced by that particular situation but how much it applies now—I love it. Definitely, within the songs, collectively, the various messages or ideas or feelings that are being expressed in Mark’s lyrics–and the music that is cohesive with the feeling of the lyrics–is various aspects of these type of things that are dividing people, basically. Or even one’s own self within your own self.”
Check out the full interview with Rob below:
About Vault 7
Originally the brainchild of drummer, Dennis Goodman – Vault7 was hatched from his desire to be in a talented, professional hard rock band. Utilizing each member’s distinct influences and multiple decades of experience to bring to the local music scene in Boise, Idaho, a band that would both be able to play side by side with the best local and national hard rock, metal, and even alt-rock acts; but also stand out in what is becoming a full local music scene.
Dennis Goodman, the aforementioned creator of the band that would become Vault7, plays drums and shares his vocal abilities for harmonies and even singing lead from time to time. After quite a few lineup changes, he’s stayed patient and is confident with the four members of the band that he envisioned in the beginning.
Brian Hoyt, aka ‘Bamm Bamm’ was the first member that Dennis recruited for the band. Writing many of the riffs in Vault7’s catalogue, Brian’s experience in music is evident. From playing locally in Boise with bands, ‘Axis’ and ‘Storm’ earlier in his career, to playing in various Seattle bands during the ‘grunge’ era, he’s seen his share of stages, and packed venues. After an extended break from music, Bamm Bamm has found a new spark and love of playing with Vault7.
Nathan Polnow is a veteran of the Boise music scene. He’s currently at the mic covering vocals and playing lead guitar for the band. Bringing a new dimension with his songwriting skills and experience in different cover and original bands, Nate was the final piece. He quickly fell into place allowing the band to move forward with songwriting, publishing original music, and playing live shows.