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APRIL 22nd 2018
ANTHRAX: KINGS AMONG SCOTLAND DVD

Review By: Ruben Mosqueda

Anthrax have been on a productive streak since reuniting with the classic line-up singer Joey Belladonna. The band took part in The Big 4 which took them to Europe and a couple of North American appearances. They released ‘Worship Music’ that same year [2011] and toured “till the wheels fell off” in support of that record. The band stayed on tour for what was like 4 years, they were offered the support slot opening for Iron Maiden. They issued a DVD ‘Chile On Hell’ that documents their tour of South America in 2014.

Anthrax reconvened after a much needed break to work on what would become 2016’s ‘For All Kings,’ the album still seems fresh and new. Anthrax promptly hit the road and they have been on the road ever since. They completed a couple of North American legs with Killswitch Engage which went over incredibly well. They were tapped to support Slayer on their ‘farewell' tour which will have Anthrax locked in through late spring through the end of the summer of 2018.

2017 was the 30th Anniversary of ‘Among The Living,’ Anthrax celebrated the album by performing the album live in concert that year.

‘Kings Among Scotland’ documents the band touring behind ‘For All Kings’ performing new material but taking a slight detour to pay homage to one of the fans’ favorite classic records ‘Among The Living.’ As mentioned in the title the performance was filmed Scotland and captures Anthrax delivering a fun, energetic and no frills set. One thing that stands out from their last DVD ‘Chile On Hell’ is how much Belladonna ‘smiles' and how genuinely ‘playful’ he is with his bandmates. It's no secret that he's been the private member of the band, over the course of the years of this reunion he seems to finally become comfortable with the role as frontman. Did I mention how incredible he still sounds? Belladonna hasn't lost anything vocally.  Lead guitarist Jon Donais who stepped in for the departed Rob Caggiano in time to take part in ‘Chile On Hell’ has settled into the role and looks like he's been there all along.

Anthrax performed new tunes; “Blood Eagle Wings,” “Evil Twin,” and the catchy “Breathing Lightning” from ‘For All Kings’ in set one, followed by set two which was the entire ‘Among’ album with “Antisocial” closing out the show. The highlights are; “Evil Twin,” “Breathing Lightning,” “Caught In A Mosh,” the rarely performed “Imitation Of Life,” and “Anti-Social.” If you haven't caught Anthrax in a while or if all, ‘Kings Among Scotland’ will motivate you see them the next time they're in town; this is what you get from Anthrax live. So when are they back in the Northwest again?