Anthrax

With Seven and 7 Tongues. Sunday, December 7, at the Odeon.

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The Last Samurai
In recent years, Anthrax has received more press for its unfortunately timely moniker than for its new releases. The erstwhile shredders now stomp at a slower speed, playing melodic, mid-paced metal without compromising intensity. This year's We've Come for You All proves that the group's longtime lineup fixtures (guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, and bassist Frank Bello) can still craft colossal backdrops, and robust singer John Bush remains the perfect fit for songs that are as meaty and chunky as any "hearty" soup on the shelf. The enhanced version of the album comes with a medley of "Among the Living," "I'm the Man," and "Caught in a Mosh" that hints at the group's old-school-heavy set lists. On record, Anthrax embraces its maturation, but at live shows, it still goes metal-thrashing mad.
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