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Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys about your favorites. Each week I’ll post two bands to choose from and I”ll also reveal my favorites as well.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite. Last week it was Iron Maiden vs. Judas Priest and Iron Maiden edged out Judas Priest, but it was close. While I am a fan of  both my choice is:


Judas-Priest-metal maniacs

This week our two bands are:





overkill old band pic

I look forward to reading your responses. Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!




L to R: Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna, Dan Spitz and Scott Ian

Today we take a trip back to 1985, to the second album, the first to feature singer Joey Belladonna, by Anthrax,”Spreading The Disease” for the track “Madhouse”.

The album, produced by Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records, was the last album that former singer Neil Turbin contributed any song writing credits to and “Madhouse” was the only track released off the album. The video was banned by MTV, who felt that the song may be considered offensive to some. The song however, has become a staple for the band at their live shows and was covered by Pantera in 1987.

The band lineup for “Spreading The Disease” includes: Joey Belladona – vocals, Scott Ian and Dan Spitz – guitars, Frank Bello – bass and Charlie Benante – drums. The track was ranked at #46 on VH1’s 2009 Best Hard Rock Song countdown.

It’s a Madhouse or so they claim…it’s a Madhouse, Am I Insane?



It’s Wednesday and today we go back to 1985 to the first EP by Anthrax called Armed and Dangerous and the first to feature singer Joey Belladonna.


L to R: Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna and Dan Spitz

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia and Geeks of Doom

The last two songs on the  EP, “Soldiers of Metal” and “Howling Furies” were recorded with the previous lineup of  Anthrax which included: Neil Turbin – vocals, Scott Ian and Dan Spitz – guitars, Greg D’Angelo – drums and Dan Lilker – bass.  Charlie Benate who joined Anthrax in 1983 re-recorded many of the drum tracks for the EP, while Dan Lilker went on to join Nuclear Assault and was replaced by Charlie’s nephew, Frank Bello.

The song “Armed and Dangerous”  which also appears on Spreading The Disease is similar to the EP version, however it was remixed to include a fade-in intro leading into the acoustic guitar melody. The song “Raise Hell” was an original recording for the EP, and the band did a cover version of the Sex Pistols song “God Save the Queen.” Definitely a classic!




One step closer to #1 but first let’s take a look at #2:



Dave Lombardo, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, and Tom Araya

Formed in 1981, Slayer is one of the greatest thrash bands to come on the scene. Slayer have released 12 studio albums, including selling over 5 million albums in the US and winning a grammy in 2007 for “Eyes of the Insane” and one in 2008 for “The Final Six” both from their Christ Illusion album.

Slayer has been credited with being very influential in the death and black metal genres  and their 1986 album “Reign in Blood” is considered to have set the bar for death metal. Slayer has come under controversy for the topics of their songs which include murder, Satanism, war  and terrorism to name a few.

The band which has gone through several lineup changes including the unexpected death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013, announced their farewell tour currently in North America with Lamb of God, Anthrax., Napalm Death and Testament. The band which includes original members Tom Araya and Kerry King is rounded out by drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt, who does double duty in both Slayer and Exodus.


Don’t forget to stop by for Friday’s Metal Rewind and I’ll reveal my #1 favorite next Wednesday!! Keep it METAL!!!