Anthrax never quite made it to the heady heights of the rest of The Big Four, but they still inspire a lot of love and devotion from metalheads and are a reliable festival band to this day.
Having played the Bohemia Tent on Friday, performing their seminal 1987 album “Among The Living” in full and prompting so many people to go and watch that I couldn’t even get in to review the damn thing, Saturday saw the old school thrashers hit the main stage for a crowd pleasing set of old and new tracks.
Opening with the arse kicking ‘I Am The Law’, new guitarist Jon Donais (who joined after Rob Caggiano left for Volbeat) seems like he has always been there, peeling out solos that quite frankly were better than most of Kirk Hammett’s playing the following night. Clearly loving being back in the band, vocalist Joey Belladonna, seems to go from strength to strength every time they play, expertly leading the band through ‘Fight ‘Em til You Can’t’, from latest album “Worship Music” and classic Anthrax cover of Joe Jackson’s ‘Got The Time’.
A quick breather for the crowd is then allowed as large pictures of Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell Abbott are brought onstage and Joey dedicates ‘In The End’ to “anyone who loves metal”, prompting several thousand cheers and horns to be raised in the crowd.
Ending on two of the band’s biggest singalongs ‘Indians’ and ‘Antisocial’, you could be forgiven for being disappointed there was no ‘Caught in a Mosh’, but then you should have just got to the tent earlier yesterday.