Charlie Benante: Reunion feels like 1987 for Anthrax

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Thrash Masters Anthrax seem to be enjoying life at the moment, and Charlie Benante has put the spring in their collective steps down to a massive relationship improvement with returning frontman Joey Belladonna.

The drummer filled in on why this current reunion is proving more fruitful than past reformations of the classic 'Thrax line-up.

He said: "Now it feels like the Anthrax of 1987, like that period, because it just seems to be gelling easier with Joey and things are moving together a lot quicker."

Despite a rosy picture in the Anthrax garden, Benante doesn't seem to be resting on his laurels, adding that he's recently taken some musical inspiration from Neil Peart and Rush.

Benante revealed: "The other night we got a copy of this Rush Classic Albums Moving Pictures documentary. I just watched it and got totally inspired again."

You can read more about Benante and the rest of thrash's big four in Rhythm 179, which you can order right here.

Rich Chamberlain

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