Anthrax at House of Blues – Sunset Strip

anthraxrev1Anthrax, House of Blues – Sunset Strip, July 29, 2015

The House of Blues on the Sunset Strip has been host to many a metal show since its inception in 1994. 21 glorious years of epic entertainment was to come to crashing halt, thanks to Hollywood developers who believe the corner property would be much more suited for yet another hotel. Whether relocation is an option remains to be seen, but the music and memories experienced at this iconic venue are those that will last a lifetime. One such unforgettable night would be July 29th, when the legendary Anthrax took to the stage in what was billed as the final metal show at the House of Blues om West Hollywood, CA!

The much revered established was packed to the rafters and beyond, and you could feel the excitement in the air as the capacity crowd awaited the arrival of the mighty Anthrax. The place was about to explode, and when Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna, and Jon Donais took to the stage, the thunderous thrash metal assault was wondrous to behold!

anthraxrev2Opening with the staggering sounds of A.I.R. from their classic 1985 album Spreading The Disease, Anthrax sent the room spinning, with mosh pits in overdrive and horn held high and proud in the air. The music flowed as rapturously as the beer, while Anthrax crowd favorites such as Lone Wolf. Madhouse, and Caught In A Mosh reverberated with a spiraling sense of conviction. A heavier than hell new cut Soror Irrumator was unleashed, showing that Anthrax still has what it takes to thrash their fans into sonic oblivion and beyond.

Tributes to fallen metal heroes such as Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell were exhibited. and vastly appreciated by the audience. This would include a live performance of the Anthrax Grammy nominated cover of Black Sabbath’s Neon Knights –  definitely one of the show’s many standout moments. Anthrax’s set will filled to the brim with their own classic brand of auditory artillery, including Indians, Antisocial, and the always sensational I’m The Man. Another grand moment was when none other than Chuck D (from Public Enemy) joined forces with the band onstage for a fiery rendition of Bring The Noize.

The House of Blues was literally shaking as Anthrax blew the roof off the soon to be closed nightclub. Although Anthrax has been infected the planet with their diabolical thrash since 1981, the band shows no signs of slowing down. In 2015, Anthrax rages with a ferocity showing an iconic band at the very height of their craft.  And those lucky enough to catch Anthrax on the historic metal night at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip will remember this tremendous event for a lifetime!

Anthrax is in the final stages of recording the follow up to Worship Music that is expected out in early 2016. The still yet untitled album will be their 11th thrashing masterwork!

(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)

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