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Live Gig Review by Mark Dean (Journalist/Writer/Contributor) Myglobalmind Webzine
Thrash overkill in Belfast this summer.Following straight on the heels of back to back Slayer shows at the same venue, another of the legendary Big four Thrash monsters Anthrax were in town. There were twin points of interest to the show specifically the return of original drummer Charlie Benante to the Anthrax ranks. Secondly that the band would be playing the entire Among The Living album.Released in 1987 the Among the Living release heralded the bands breakthrough with the rock and metal scene, and is still much revered by the bands fans.
Opening the bill at early doors were By Conquest or Consent. First time for myself witnessing their brutal live assault, and it certainly wont be the last. Unfortunately the early doors opening time hit their audience figures. However this did not stop the band delivering a full pronged assault on the senses both visually and aurally. The band have built up a steady following by gigging regularly since 2010. They have forged their own path by traversing several musical styles to fuse and create their own musical identity. Their debut album”Empires”has recently been released to great reviews and acclaim.
For many in the packed to capacity this was a chance to recapture youth to”mosh”to ever-lasting metal anthems. As the chords smashed into opener”Among the living”fans stage dived,formed pits and sang along. Sweat was running down the walls and the evening had just kicked off. True Anthrax were paying homage to their past but they clearly were not just living off past glories. Songs were played out with both power and passion and certainly were not just the band treading water. Generations of both new and old fans were united in a cohesive experience of musical delight.
Despite the bands on-off relationship with singer Joey Belladonna in recent years its apparent for many fans that Anthrax is where he belongs musically. Both parties thrive and work better together both in the studio and also on the world stages when playing live. The band members all still seem to enjoy and relish playing a selection of old favourite anthems and some newer material. Technically sounding great and the energy that they presented to the die hard audience was reciprocated back by them towards the stage. It was like the intervening years had not passed. The hairlines may have diminished in the crowd, but there was certainly no diminishing in the respect that the Belfast metal fans had for the returning Anthrax.
Gallery taken at Dublin venue @ The Academy
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