Author: Melanie Falina

Anthrax’s ‘For All Kings’ Limited Edition 7-inch Vinyl Box Set (2017)

Anthrax’s ‘For All Kings‘ limited edition 7-inch vinyl box set fit for all the kings and queens of thrash metal (release date March 24, 2017) Review by Melanie “Sass” Falina It was only a year ago at this time that Anthrax was kicking off a massive North American tour with Lamb of God and celebrating the unleashing of their eleventh studio album For All Kings – the first studio release from the band with Jonathan Donais on lead guitar, and the second with Joey Belladonna leading the charge as front-man again. And when Feb. 26, 2016 (release day) finally...

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Anthrax’s Frank Bello

It’s become somewhat of a trend to celebrate birthdays now on more than just the day itself. Some people celebrate for the entire week of their birthday, and others for the whole month. But there’s no one more deserving than thrash-legends Anthrax to celebrate their band’s birthday – if you will – or rather their anniversary, by doing so all year long – – – especially when it’s their 35th. 2016 began for Anthrax with a tour with Lamb of God, and then in February they released their newest and eleventh studio album, For All Kings. Entering the charts...

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Anthrax in Chicago – Frank Bello: ‘Let’s go have a ball!’

Anthrax to play Chicago January 30 – Frank Bello: ‘Let’s go have a ball!’ Originally published January 18, 2016 by Melanie Falina A thirty-fifth anniversary is an impressive feat for any band, but particularly in this day and age. With the unfortunate accessibility of illegal downloads having ruined more than one band, the current climate of the music industry resembles that of the Wild West. And yet, there are still some bands out there who have stood the test of time, faced and then conquered challenges, and still managed to do as artists should – grow as performers and...

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Memories of Lemmy

Story by Melanie “Sass” Falina (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015) It was the evening of Saturday, December 26, 2015 and I was out with friends celebrating the end of the holiday season. We were talking about music as we always do, and Lemmy came up in the conversation (as he tends to do). Being the music journalist of the bunch, I reminded everyone that he had just turned 70 years old, and I realized that I had said that with a certain sense of pride. Here’s this rock star – but not just any rock star –...

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Hawks landing – an interview with Dan Nelson’s Hawks of Metropolis

If anything in life is certain, it’s that things change. It’s a simple enough expression that one hears and thinks, “Yeah, I get that.”  But it isn’t until a person wears some scuffs from the bumps and knocks in life that they really get that expression. We have arguments with our family members, friends move away, we change jobs or schools – an entire cluster of things can happen and life changes – but that’s not to say that all change is bad – change is one of the primary forces in the personal evolution which we all need...

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