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.
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 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7 with Exodus, High On Fire, Holy Grail and Municipal Waste at Bogart's in Corryville. $32. bogarts.com.