Words and Images by David Turcotte

The brutal force of Anthrax, along with thrash legends Testament and Death Angel, destroyed a packed house at the Philadelphia Electric Factory last Thursday night.

Along with finishing up the Big Four tour with Metallica, Megadeath and Slayer, Anthrax has just released its first highly anticipated studio album in eight years called Worship Music.  The album and tour marks the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna, whose last studio work with the band was the 1990 release of Persistence of Time. “When we’re together and things are on the up and up, it’s as good as it gets,” Joey recalls. “Unfortunately, it took so long to decide whether it was time to do it again” – theaquarian.com.

Death Angel kicked the night off with a relatively short 35 minute set. Testament followed – led by singer Chuck Billy and guitar extraordinaire Alex Skolnick.  Although Testament had arguably the best performance of the evening, Anthrax got the most love as they opened with two brand new tracks: “Earth on Hell” and “Fight Em” from Worship Music.

With Scott Ian challenging the Thursday night crowd to pick up their energy, Anthrax ripped straight into “Caught in the Mosh” and “Anti-social” off of their 1988 album, State of Euphoria.  Anthrax  closed the night out with “Got the Time” and “NFL” before returning to the stage for a blistering three song encore.

Anthrax will be finishing up their US tour with dates in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Milwaukee before heading overseas to Indonesia and Japan in December.  You can follow the rest of the tour here and here. Also, be sure to pick up their latest release Worship Music.

Check out the photos from all three bands at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia below.  Enjoy.