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Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Announces “Silver Linings” Covers Album


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Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has compiled the various covers from his ‘quarantine jam video series’ which ran across the past year into an album dubbed “Silver Linings“. Megaforce Records will have that outing on May 14th and a portion of the profits from it will go towards the Neal Casal Music Foundation, an organization that provides musical instruments and lessons to students and makes donations to much-needed mental health organizations that support musicians in need. Pre-orders are available here.

Run-DMC Medley” has been launched as the first official single from “Silver Linings” and finds Benante joined by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC fame along with Volbeat/ex-Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano and Suicidal Tendencies bassist Ra Diaz.

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Benante commented of the album:

“Back in February of last year with COVID and all the other B.S. that was going on, I was glued to the 24-hour news cycle on the TV and my phone, and I started to get really depressed. My girlfriend said I needed to turn off the news and suggested I do something creative, whether it was art or drumming or writing new songs, and she was right.”

He continued:

“I knew a lot of my musician friends were going through the same thing I had been, so I started asking them if they wanted to get involved, play some songs with me, maybe make a video – that’s how it all started.”

“This isn’t a solo album. This is a record of my favorite songs done with some of my friends during a very dark time. We found a shining light and this is the result of that light. I was really happy that my musician friends came on board and helped make this record what it is. I appreciate all of them, and they all did such a fantastic job. Despite all of the darkness we’ve experienced this past year, there are ‘silver linings,’ that’s why I chose that title for the album.”

The track listing for the album runs as follows:

City Of Blinding Lights” (U2 cover):
(Feat. Frank Bello of Anthrax and Mark Osegueda of Death Angel)

Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns” (Mother Love Bone cover)
(Feat. Mark Menghi of Metal Allegiance and Mark Osegueda of Death Angel)

Teardrop” (Massive Attack cover):
Feat. Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies and Ra Diaz of Suicidal Tendencies)

Run-DMC Medley” (Run-DMC cover):
(Feat. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC, Rob Caggiano of Volbeat and Ra Diaz of Suicidal Tendencies)

Rhiannon” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
(Feat. Mark Menghi of Metal Allegiance, Jennifer Cella and Randy McStine)

Yer So Bad” (Tom Petty cover)
(Feat. Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies and Ra Diaz of Suicidal Tendencies)

Transylvania” (Iron Maiden cover):
(Feat. Snake Sabo of Skid Row, Frank Bello of Anthrax and Jon Donais of Anthrax/Shadows Fall)

Presto Vivace” (U.K. cover):
(Feat. Ra Diaz of Suicidal Tendencies, Alex Skolnick of Testament and Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater)

Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish cover):
(Feat. Ra Diaz of Suicidal Tendencies)

Jimmy James” (Beastie Boys cover)
(Feat. Ra Diaz of Suicidal Tendencies)

All The Way” (KISS cover):
(Feat. P.J. Farley, Joe McGinness and John 5 of Rob Zombie‘s band)

Mr. Speed“:
(Feat. P.J. Farley, Joe McGinness)

Public Image” (Public Image cover):
(Feat. Hank Von Hell, Dave Brownsound of Sum 41 and Jason “Cone” McCaslin of Sum 41)

Funny Vibe” (Living Colour cover):
(Feat. Ra Diaz of Suicidal Tendencies, Corey Glover of Living Colour and Henry Flur of Butcher Babies)

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