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Exodus - 100% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal
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Testament - 95% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US thrash act was one of the first to emerge from San Francisco’s Bay Area in Metallica’s wake in the 80s. Originally formed as Legacy in 1983, becoming Testament two years later, the line-up included vocalist Steve Souza alongside Alex Skolnick (29 September 1968, Berkeley, California, USA, replacing original guitarist Derrick Ramirez), Eric Peterson (b. 14 M Read more

Overkill - 88% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This thrash metal quartet was formed in New York, USA, in 1984 by vocalist Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth, guitarist Bobby Gustafson, bass player D.D. Verni and drummer Rat Skates. Together they self-financed the recording of a mini-album. Desperately short of cash and exposure, they sold the rights to the small Azra label and made a net loss. They were soon picked up by Meg Read more

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Megadeth - 80% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This thrash metal quartet was founded in San Francisco, California, USA, by guitarist Dave Mustaine (David Scott Mustaine, 13 September 1961, La Mesa, California, USA) after leaving Metallica in 1983 (he co-wrote four songs on the latter’s debut album, though he did not actually appear on it). Recruiting bass player Dave Ellefson (b. David Ellefson, 12 November 1964, Ja Read more

Slayer - 78% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This intense death/thrash metal quartet was formed in Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, USA, during 1982. Comprising Tom Araya (Thomas Araya, 6 June 1961, Valparaiso, Chile; bass/vocals), Kerry King (b. 3 June 1964, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Jeff Hanneman (b. 31 January 1964, Oakland, California, USA; guitar) and Dave Lombardo (b. 16 February 1965, Havana, Cuba; dr Read more

Kreator - 75% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Essen, Germany, in 1984, under the name Tormentor, this heavy metal band originally comprised Milan ‘Mille’ Petrozza (guitar/vocals), Rob Fioretti (bass) and Jürgen ‘Ventor’ Reil (drums). Their vicious thrash style was inspired by the filth and industrial pollution problem that Essen, on the River Ruhr, was experiencing. After changing their n Read more

Annihilator - 66% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This thrash metal band is a vehicle for the talents of classically trained Canadian guitarist Jeff Waters (13 February 1966, Ottawa, Canada). The initial line-up of Annihilator was formed in 1984 by Waters, John Bates (vocals), Paul Malek (drums) and Dave Scott (bass). After the break-up of this line-up, Waters set the underground scene alight with a demo entitled ‘Phan Read more

Death Angel - 66% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This group was formed in San Francisco, California, USA, the home of the Bay Area ‘thrash’ phenomenon, in 1982. The band comprised five cousins, namely Mark Osegueda (vocals), Rob Cavestany (guitar), Gus Pepa (guitar), Dennis Pepa (bass) and Andy Galeon (drums). Their debut, The Ultra-Violence, was a brutal blend of high-speed thrash riffs and thunderous drums. The ba Read more

Destruction - 64% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Along with Kreator, this speed metal band was at the forefront of the 80s German thrash scene, although Destruction never quite achieved the former’s level of success. Destruction was formed in 1983 in Weil am Rhein, Germany by Schmier (Marcel Schmier Schirmer; bass, vocals), Mike Sifringer (guitar) and Tommy Sandmann (drums) made a rather raw debut with 1984’s min Read more

Sodom - 63% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This German black metal/thrash trio was formed in 1983 by Tom Angelripper (bass, vocals), Aggressor (vocals, guitar) and Chris Witchhunter (drums), drawing inspiration from bands such as Motörhead, Anvil and Venom. Aggressor was replaced by the similarly pseudonymous Grave Violator on the agenda-setting debut EP, In The Sign Of Evil. By the time Obsessed By Cruelty emerged Read more

Nuclear Assault - 62% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in New York, USA, in 1985, this extreme and influential outfit initially comprised John Connelly (guitar/vocals), Dan Lilker (18 October 1964, USA; bass), Mike Bogush (guitar) and Scott Duboys (drums), although Anthony Bramante and Glenn Evans quickly replaced the latter pair. Lilker formed Nuclear Assault while still a member of Anthrax, making them one of the earlie Read more

Judas Priest - 55% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This enduring heavy metal outfit was formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969, by K.K. Downing (Kenneth Downing, 27 October 1951, West Bromwich, Warwickshire, England; guitar) and close friend, Ian Hill (b. 20 January 1951, England; bass). As another hopeful, struggling young rock band, they played their first gig in Essington in 1971 with a line-up completed by Alan Atkins (b Read more

Accept - 51% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This German heavy rock quintet originally comprised Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Gerhard Wahl (guitar) and Wolf Hoffman (10 December 1959, Mainz, Germany; guitar), Frank Friedrich (drums) and Peter Baltes (bass). Formed in 1976 in their home town of Solingen, Jorg Fischer replaced Wahl in 1978. The band’s power metal sound was characterized by Dirkschneider’s guttur Read more

Pantera - 51% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Suicidal Tendencies - 50% match to Anthrax

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mike Muir (14 March 1964, Venice, California, USA; vocals) formed Suicidal Tendencies in the early 80s in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles, California, USA, enlisting Grant Estes (b. Canada; guitar), Louiche Mayorga (bass) and Amery Smith (drums). Despite an inauspicious start, being voted ‘worst band and biggest assholes’ in Flipside magazine’s 1982 polls Read more


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