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Welcome to the Nothing Shocking Podcast Episode 123. On this weeks episode our guest is Charlie Benante of Anthrax. Charlie is the heart and soul of Anthrax.
Pretty much all Anthrax songs start with Charlie. For the most recent For All Kings, the band went into the studio with more songs than they ever had in their career, and ended up recording 20. This was in part due to Charlie’s surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome that caused him to miss quite a number of that cycle’s tour dates. Benante put the down-time to good use and came up with a slew of foundation riffs and ideas for new songs that he took into writing sessions with fellow writers Frank Bello and Scott Ian. Although he plays drums for Anthrax, Charlie does all of his “riff-writing” on guitar. In addition, he designs all of the band’s cover artwork, ads, marketing tools and band merchandise. He’s also the band’s archivist, and if it weren’t for the fact that he’s kept one of everything the band has done – artwork, t-shirts, posters, demo recordings, early rhythm tracks takes, and so on – Anthrax would never be able to release the rich “anniversary editions” that they have been able to.
Most people know Anthrax’s Charlie Benante as the band’s low-key but dynamic drummer, and while that’s true, the totality of contributions he makes to the band – and then some – are immeasurable. Revolver did a fabulous piece on his artwork that you can check out here: https://goo.gl/hr127N
Check out Anthrax here: https://anthrax.com
As part of the band’s 35th anniversary year, Anthrax released one of 2016’s most-anticipated metal/thrash albums, For All Kings (February 26/Megaforce in North America/Nuclear Blast internationally), that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart, and #9 on the Top 200, becoming Anthrax’s highest-charting album in more than two decades. Written by drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Scott Ian, the dynamic triumvirate whose unique composition chemistry is, in part, what sets Anthrax’s music apart from other bands’ in the same genre, combined with Joey Belladonna’s breathtaking vocals and the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, it’s no wonder the album and the band’s live shows have consistently received tremendous reviews.
Over its 35-year career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett put it, “one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands.” Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise,” to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four – with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre – to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to break ground andinnovate. On December 13, 2016, the Epiphone/Revolver Music Awards presented Anthrax with its first-ever “Innovator Award” to acknowledge the band’s contribution to music. On April 27, Anthrax will release “Kings Among Scotland,” a live DVD shot at the band’s 2/15/16 show at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland Ballroom.
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Welcome to the first episode of Nothing Shocking Podcast. On this episode we talk about the 30th anniversary of the PMRC hearings. We discuss the need for the excessive genre labeling within metal. We also get the chance to sit down with The Winery Dogs front man Richie Kotzen and talk about the new Winery Dogs album Hot Streak.
Our Albums of the Week include:
John Christ – Flesh Caffeine
The Butcher Babies – Take it Like a Man
John Neilson – Tomorrow Comes the Spring
Welcome to The I Hate Critics Movie Review Podcast. This week Aaron Paul tries to cash in on his “Breaking Bad” success by ripping off “Fast and the Furious” and taking all the fun out of it. In an attempt to not spend a dime Warner Bros released “Veronica Mars” in AMC theaters only and on demand. Despite the lack of interest Warner Bros has in it, the movie is pretty good…as good as the television show.
Tyler Perry’s career seems to take another step closer to the end, but lucky for him he’s loaded. With “Single Mom’s Club” he takes on the hot button issue of single moms. All they need is a man right? We took in two documentaries this week. Sean saw “The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg” which was the heart-breaking story of how the US government ruined this woman’s life. She was an actor from Iowa, became an activist for the Black Panthers and was ultimately destroyed by the FBI. Then Bob and Josh watched “As the Palaces Burn.” The film was about the rock band Lamb of God who were just filming a simple documentary to go along with their newest album when the lead single was arrested for murder in Croatia.
Our Undisputed Classic this week is “Tokyo Story.” Sean had ripped into Josh and I for not trying very hard, so Josh tried real hard and watched possibly one of the greatest films of all time
In 1984 nothing of substance came out so we talked about this unbelievable article about the making of the “Street Fighter” movie starring Jean Claude Van Damme. It was a fascinating article, check it out here. http://www.polygon.com/features/2014/3/10/5451014/street-fighter-the-movie-what-went-wrong
Trailers this week:
Get Up On It
Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies – yes seriously this is a movie
The Quiet Ones
If you’re into heavy music you know about what went down with Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe this summer. If you follow the news in general you may have heard this story. On June 27 Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic for essentially manslaughter. Two years prior, a 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek had allegedly jumped on stage (as many as three times) and allegedly was pushed off stage by Randy Blythe in which he fell on his head, went into a coma and died a month later. Nobody in Lamb of God knew about this incident until the arrest. Blythe remained in prison until early August garnering tons of a support from not only the metal community but also the music community as a whole.
Randy’s out now and they’re out on tour with In Flames, Sylosis, Hatebreed and Hell Yeah. They released a great new album “Resolution” back in January. I got the chance to chat with drummer Chris Adler regarding the incident in Prague as well as the upcoming tour and “Resolution.”
All of us that are out there covering the music industry, whether it be bloggers or paid professionals, we all started out as fans. It’s important to be professional, but we should never lose that inner fan. I’ve been a Sevendust fan for as long as I’ve known they existed. I’m also a big fan of Alter Bridge’s music. So when I found out there was a band called Projected that was basically made up of the guys in Sevendust Alter Bridge and Creed, I jumped at the chance to cover it.
Between Sevendust and Alter Bridge there are five side projects, Slash & Myles Kennedy, The Tremonti Project, Call Me No One, Projected and Hello Demons Meet Skeletons (and I suppose we could count Creed to make six). Between those bands, they’ve released four albums and each album is fantastic, beginning to end. The album, “Human” by Projected was probably the most surprising of the bunch, for the simple fact that I knew Mark Tremonti and Clint Lowery were good singers, but I had no idea John Connolly had it in him.
Beginning to end “Human” is a high-energy solid hard rock album. I got the chance to chat with John Connolly about the new album “Human” which is out now, along with what’s going on with Sevendust and the possibility of a super tour with Alter Bridge Sevendust and a couple of the side projects…hey it could happen, I’m going to do everything in my power to get a rumor going.