Anthrax will drop covers EP featuring Rush, Thin Lizzy, Journey tunes and more on March 19

The mighty Anthrax have released a taste of their new covers EP “Anthem,” unveiling a reworking of the Rush classic “Anthem,” originally released on 1975′s “Fly By Night.” (listen here courtesy Rolling Stone.)

The new eight song EP will also feature classics such as Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak”, AC/DC’s “TNT”, “Smokin’” by Boston, “Big Eyes” by Cheap Trick and “Keep on Runnin’” by Journey. In addition the EP, which drops on Megaforce Records on March 19, will feature the album version and a remix of the song “Crawl” a Anthrax original from 2011′s “Worship Music.”

The EP will also feature different cover art for each of the cover songs, each based on the track’s original album cover art, but remade by Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and artist Stephen Thompson.

Anthems was produced by Anthrax, Jay Ruston and Rob Caggiano, and recorded for the most part throughout 2012 literally all over the world:  at Benante’s home studio, in Ruston’s New York studio, on the band’s tour bus while on last summer’s Mayhem Tour, in hotel rooms, and backstage at their Berlin show last December.

In other news, the band has reported that longtime guitarist Caggiano, who has played with the band off and on since 2001, has left the band to concentrate on his career as a producer.

Caggiano released the following statement:

“I’m extremely proud of my time in Anthrax. Actually, that’s an understatement! We accomplished so many great things together over the years and I shared some of the best times of my life with these guys. As a band, we also weathered quite a few storms along the way. It’s been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn’t change one single thing about the last 12 years. This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. I’ve always been one to follow my heart in everything that I do and while this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time. Scott, Charlie, Joey, Frankie (and John Bush) will always be part of my family and this decision doesn’t change the way I feel about that in the slightest. I would also like to say thanks to all the amazing fans I’ve met and hung out with worldwide over the years. You guys always were and always will be the reason why I make music! In this day and age, being a musician isn’t always easy -also an understatement- but the fans truly make it worthwhile for me. I hope to see each and every one of you again really soon. The fact that Anthrax is at the top of their game right now and totally ‘out for blood’ after all these years is a testament to this band’s longevity and conviction! I’m truly honored to have been a part of their brilliant legacy.”

Anthrax also released a statement regarding Caggiano’s departure.

“Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend.  His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road. With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly.”

Anthrax, from left, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Rob Caggiano and Joey Belladonna.


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