With lead guitarist Rob Caggiano’s recent and seemingly sudden departure from Anthrax to join Danish metalheads Volbeat, many fans of the group, like me, wondered what the future would hold for the Thrash legends.
But going back through the band’s 30-year history, I’ve come to find that Anthrax’s career has not only been built around several lineup changes (there are 16 former members of the group), the remaining members seem to thrive on them, using the “new blood” to creatively expand their sound.
With creator and undeniable foundation of the group, rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, Anthrax is reminiscent of well-run sports team, a team who has persevered through trades, losses to free agents and retirement to continually be an elite staple within the league.
Scott Ian is to Anthrax what Tim Duncan is to the San Antonio Spurs. This is a player who is loyal to his team. This is a player who cannot only recruit the best talent he can find, but can coach them to fit the team’s overall agenda as well. This is a player you can build around.
Even with the loss of a great player like Rob Caggiano, Ian will continue to find a way for the band to go on, ensuring Anthrax’s spot as a top-notch Metal outfit for years to come.The band’s current “Metal Alliance Tour” features a cool mix of Metal torch-bearers new and old. Anthrax is playing its classic Among the Living in full.
ANTHRAX performs Sunday, April 7 with Exodus, High On Fire, Holy Grail and Municipal Waste at Bogart's in Corryville. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.