Thrashers Anthrax are preparing for the release of a new EP, Anthems, and now you can take a listen to their cover of Rush's "Anthem" on Youtube. The eight-track EP Anthems pays tribute to the classic songs by some of Anthrax's favorite bands from the 1970s and will be released in North America on March 19th (MRI/Megaforce), and on March 22nd in Europe (Nuclear Blast).
The EP will be available on CD as well as digitally via iTunes and other online retailers. In addition to Anthems' cover art, Benante and artist Stephen Thompson have subtly redesigned each track's original album cover art to 'Anthrax' it. The Anthems EP will first be housed in one of the "re-imagined" digipak covers, and then inserted inside the main CD cover sleeve. The main cover sleeve has been designed in such a way so fans will be able to see which one of the six "re-imagined" covers is inside.
Anthems was produced by Anthrax, Jay Ruston and Rob Caggiano, and recorded for the most part throughout 2012 at Benante's home studio, in Ruston's New York studio, on the band's tour bus while on last summer's Mayhem Tour, in hotel rooms, and backstage at their Berlin show last December.