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Friday, January 18, 2013

Anthrax's cover of Rush's Anthem now available for streaming online
11:34AM EST | comments (15) |

UPDATE - 1/21@1:06PM: Reader kevin has uploaded the track to YouTube at this location.

UPDATE - 1/18@2:24PM: Ultimate Classic Rock has already reviewed the track, giving it an 8 out of 10 rating.

Anthrax cover of Rush's AnthemBack in April of last year we first heard that thrash metal pioneers Anthrax would be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on an upcoming tribute EP. The track is now available for streaming online at RollingStone.com at this location (thanks Brian C). The EP will be titled Anthems and be released on March 19th:

Perennial thrashers Anthrax are prepping the release of a new EP, Anthems, that will hit shelves on March 19th on Megaforce. It finds the group covering songs by some of their favorite artists, including Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" and Boston's "Smokin.'"

Now you can take a listen to their thundering cover of Rush's "Anthem" done with a fresh, metal twist. "When I was first learning to play drums, I would strap on my headphones, play along with [Rush's live album All the World's a Stage] and be transformed," Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante tells Rolling Stone. "I remember talking with Cliff [Burton] and Kirk [Hammett of Metallica] back when we first met, and we all agreed how much of an influence Rush was on all of us. I don't [know] if you would hear anything that sounds like Rush in Anthrax's music, but the passion, the drive, the musicianship and the appreciation is all there."

You can listen to the track online at the RollingStone.com website here.

Related Posts:
[Anthrax's Anthem covers EP due out in March]
[Anthrax members discuss covering Rush's Anthem in new interview]
[Anthrax to cover Rush's Anthem for upcoming tribute album]

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#15 - Posted 1/19/13 @7:08PM by random_sample [contact]

#13- haha! ohhhhh...hadn't thought of that. I guess maybe it is middle aged star man. ;)
#14 - Posted 1/19/13 @2:23PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

If Scott Ian considers 'Anthem' to be difficult, can you imagine Anthrax covering 'Xanadu?' Speaking of which, a version of 'Xanadu' with Garth Brooks done in a country western style might be quite interesting. The point is that the songs in Rush's vast catalogue would sound great performed by great musicians in any style, that is the mark of truly great music. As I far as I am concerned, VH1 ranking them as 75th was a huge insult; even amongst all artists. Rush deserves to be ranked 2nd, just behind The Beatles. Meanwhile, as far as I am concerned, AC/DC deserves to be placed towards the bottom of that list, 75th is far too high for them. No Yes, nor Moody Blues, nor Jethro Tull, nor Jefferson Airplane, nor Heart on that list, pretty much invalidates it. Pink Floyd should rank higher and Michael Jackson should be ranked lower.
#13 - Posted 1/19/13 @1:22PM by kjbird [contact]

#12 - it's middle-aged Starman
#12 - Posted 1/19/13 @12:46PM by random_sample [contact]

umm...is that picture distorted or something? the star-man looks kinda like Homer Simpson, or something
#11 - Posted 1/18/13 @7:29PM by jaeger [contact]

"A non sequitur is a conversational and literary device, often used for comedic purposes." One can hope.
#10 - Posted 1/18/13 @2:43PM by wright166 [contact]

Love it! This is really awesome!
I've never listened to Anthrax before.
I'm going to have to look up the Red Barchetta cover. I love Dream Theater.
#9 - Posted 1/18/13 @2:28PM by cdandrea [contact]

This rocks! Nice touch with the cowbells too.
#8 - Posted 1/18/13 @1:54PM by coachblaschke [contact]

Very good cover... will purchase at least that track.
#7 - Posted 1/18/13 @12:43PM by kjbird [contact]

Respect
#6 - Posted 1/18/13 @12:13PM by stang

What a great cover. That's an album I'll be looking to snag when it gets released. I can't say Anthrax was on my list of favorite bands but I have a newfound respect for their musicianship and the way they kept a great tune intact. The PTB drum salute at the end was nice, too!

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