Anthrax – Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donias – have been celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary since the festivities kicked off in late April. But even with the actual Big-40 having taken place on July 18, the band is not quite done saluting that milestone.
“I had a great time up at Hillrock,” said Bello of the experience. “Everything there is homegrown, and all done by hand. Jeffrey, Cathy, Alex, and everyone who works there are all really nice people who care so much about what they do and how they do it. I’m very, very happy with our ‘Anthrax XL’ whiskey. It’s smooth, has a great aftertaste, and creates a great vibe. Right after my first taste, I wanted more.”
“Anthrax XL” is the band’s most recent collaboration with the multi-award-winning Hillrock Estate Distillery, located in the luxuriant Hudson Valley Highlands in New York State. Built from the ground up by husband and wife Jeffrey Baker and Cathy Franklin and the legendary late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, Anthrax continues to return due to the high level of care and attention that the Hillrock trio puts into what they do.
According to Franklin, Baker, and Alex Eckstein, owners of Hillrock Estate Distillery, “This ‘Anthrax XL’ Anniversary cask is the band’s fourth Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon selection. Over that time, we have become very close with Scott and have enjoyed getting to know all of the other band members, either up here with us in person or virtually. We hope to have Scott and Frank, as well as Charlie, Joey, and Jon all up here together soon to taste, create and finish more beautiful craft whiskey together for many more years.”
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ABOUT ANTHRAX: Twenty-twenty-one marks Anthrax’s 40th anniversary, during which time the band has released 11 studio albums, been awarded multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the media, the music industry, and fans. In 1991, the band helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on the track “Bring The Noise,” and was the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover in 2012. Along with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth, Anthrax is a card-carrying member of The Big Four, the four bands that defined the speed/thrash/metal genre. Anthrax has also introduced a series of now sold-out signature whiskeys and bourbons as well as the band’s 2021 Anniversary “Anthrax XL” bourbon whiskey, and partnered with the Stockholm-based NEZUMI Studios for a high-end, limited-edition Baleine dive watch. Twenty-twenty-one also has seen the release of Z2 Comics’ “Among the Living” graphic novel with a track-by-track storyline inspired by Anthrax’s iconic 1987 album, Among The Living. The book pulls together a “who’s who” of names from the worlds of comics and music who created “bubble dialogue” and original artwork to express what the songs meant to them. Taking advantage of COVID-19’s prohibition of concert touring, the band has been hard at work writing the next Anthrax album.