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On stage: Anthrax

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Anthrax & After All - March, 20th 2003 - Bochum (D), Matrix -

The American thrashers of Anthrax came over to Europe for a few shows. I wasn't sure, if there is still a lot interest in the band. But the fans came to see the band and so the shows were almost sold out! The opening act were the Belgium After All who just released their album Mercury Rising through Mausoleum and took the chance to introduce themselves to the metal fans. Even if the Belgium band is well-known in Belgium and the Netherlands, they are nobodies here in Germany.
The Belgium quintet entered the stage and about 350 fans were already there, later the venue was packed when Anthrax started. After an intro the band started with Beneath The Flesh. During the 45 min. performance the band of guitarist Dries van Damme presented power metal with thrashy and also complex parts. With Rectify they played another new track, just to be followed by some older tunes like Candle Of Burning Red and Exhale. Even if they have a new drummer who joined them after the recordings, the rhythm section presented themselves tight and delivered a decent basis for guitarists Dries van Damme and Christophe Depree. Singer Piet Focroul shortly introduced the songs, not wasting time and let the music do the talking. At the end of the set they played the La Muerta cover Black God White Devil and as a surprise they covered Metallica's Metal Militia. For an unknown band it's a challenge to heat up the fans who came to see the headliner - today Anthrax - but during the set they convinced some, even if there is a long way ahead of them. During Metal Militia hell broke loose and gave an impression what will follow.
After a break the New Yorkers of Anthrax entered the stage and from the first note they rocked the house! Singer John Bush and mainman Scott Ian and their pals presented a lot of songs from the Belladonna era like Madhouse, I'm The Man, Indians and the Trust cover Antisocial. But also a few newer tracks made it into the set list. A firework of their hits. The five-some was always in motion and so were the fans, they banged and moshed. Time was flying and soon the show was over. No words to give you an idea about the atmosphere of this event!

Claudia Ehrhardt

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