On July 28 2019 Legendary New York Thrash band Anthrax were inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History by Pat Gesualdo, Hall Of Heavy Metal History founder/CEO, along with Jimmy Kay board member of the Hall ( EIC-The Metal Voice) at a press conference at this years Heavy Montreal Festival in Canada.
Drummer Charlie Benante said at the press conference," this means a lot to us because we take out music very serious, we are very passionate about Heavy Metal and many people here in Montreal are very passionate. The first time we came up here to Montreal we just felt this vibe and we never stopped coming over here."
Hall of Heavy Metal History Founder/CEO Pat Gesualdo stated, “We are so proud to induct Anthrax, one of The Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax) for the band's pioneering of a genre and continuous contribution to Heavy Metal for the past 38 years. “
Over its nearly four‐decade career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal. Anthrax has sold in excess of 10‐million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans, including 2016’s inaugural “Innovator Award” presented at the the Epiphone/Revolver Music Awards. From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on "Bring The Noise," to becoming a card‐carrying member of The Big Four ‐ with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth ‐ as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre, to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played "Got The Time" to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to break ground and innovate.
The Hall of Heavy Metal History is a non-profit organization dedicated to enshrining forever, those iconic musicians and music industry executives who are responsible for making rock and metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring fans throughout the world, from generation to generation.
The Hall has an annual Gala and inducts bands at Festivals and Shows, last year JUDAS PRIEST and 'The Metal Queen' Doro Pesch were inducted at Wacken Open Air.
Inductees awarded in previous years include Ronnie James Dio, Randy Rhoads, Lemmy Kilmister, David Ellefson, SCORPIONS, Mike Portnoy,SAXON, Lita Ford, Bill Ward, Billy Sheehan, Jordan Rudess, Nick Menza, Munsey Ricci, EXODUS, Jon and Marsha Zazula and many more.
The Hall of Heavy Metal History is part of the D.A.D. Program to help children fight disabilities on a Global basis, and joins with the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund annually.
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