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Summary: For All Kings is the upcoming eleventh studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax, set to be released on February 26, 2016. It will be the band's first studio album to feature Jon Donais on lead guitar, replacing Rob Caggiano.
Genre(s): Thrash Metal
Record label(s): Megaforce Records, Nuclear Blast
For All Kings is a near flawless album where even the guitar solos do not appear as a filler to any of the tracks.
When you can be a band that has played together for well over 30 years and still put out quality music like “For All Kings”, it’s nothing short of magic.
Consistency is the order of the day here, which is what makes For All Kings at least a marginal improvement over Worship Music.
For All Kings finds Anthrax merging its past with the present, creating music that breathes fire into tomorrow.
Thirty-five years down the line and they haven’t lost any of their bite, but the songs snarl nowadays where they once barked.
Does it stand up to their classic back catalog? Not really, but I think it’s much better than what they did when Belldonna was out.
It will make you nostalgic but also surprise you with some new tricks. All you need to do is to just keep an open mind and give it a chance to grow on you as you spin it multiple times.
As Metallica tries to tamp down expectations for their “long awaited” follow up to Death Magnetic, Anthrax drops an album good enough to follow Among the Living or State of Euphoria.
All in all it is not Persistence Of Time but more than a worthy addition and certainly a late career victory of huge proportions from some true veterans we owe a lot.
Despite Metallica being vastly more popular and Megadeth probably a bit better, Anthrax combine talent with superior songwriting and decent production values. They might not be as brutal as Slayer, but still… hail to the kings and pray that Joey De Maio doesn’t feel too butt-hurt…