When it comes to treating their fans well nobody does it better then Anthrax. To thank their fans for their support of the Big Four and Worship Music the band has released a six song cover EP called Anthems, which pays tribute to the bands that have influenced them the most.
Joey Belladonna steals the show on Anthems. You don’t know how versatile he is until you hear the whole record. The EP opens strong with Rush’s “Anthem.” Joey sounds exactly like a young Geddy Lee. It’s remarkable. One would’ve thought Geddy was singing on the record. Another strong vocal outing from Joey was Boston’s “Smokin’,” where the band captures the sound of seventies arena rock then filters it via their trademark speed and heaviness. That heaviness comes into play again on Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” where Joey’s voice takes a deeper turn with the bluesy groove.
Anthems is Anthrax's love letter to the music that shaped them into the band they are today. Despite being only six songs in length it packs a powerful punch. While you may wish the band chose different songs, you can't deny after listening to this record that the band does a stellar job on the tracks they've chosen. They've made these songs Anthrax songs, and when you're talking about bands like Rush, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, Journey, and Boston, that's saying a lot. If you love Anthrax, Anthems is a must listen. Definitely check it out.