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Anthrax’s Charlie Benante & Friends Working On New Rush Covers EP, Debut Their Take On “Subdivisions”


Anthrax, etc. drummer Charlie Benante has announced that he and his friends/peers will be releasing a Rush covers EP for this November’s ‘Record Store Day‘ event. He shared the news of that alongside the debut of the below cover of Rush‘s “Subdivisions“, which finds him joined by Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Suicidal Tendencies bassist Ra Diaz, Crobot vocalist Brandon Yeagley and Trans-Siberian Orchestra keyboardist MeeEun Kim.

Benante commented:

“One year ago I had this idea to make a video while in quarantine. I was feeling pretty down about the passing of Neil Peart and about the Pandemic…I needed to be creative and play! I contacted Alex and Ra about doing a Rush song and video and they both liked the idea. I felt that they were probably feeling the same way I was, and that this would be a great way of jamming and entertaining while we were stuck home.

The response to the initial video was overwhelming! It really made us feel good during a bad time. A whole year ago…I cant believe it! It ended up being a year of making music and videos after all; I now have a record that’s coming out May 14 with most of the Jams. The Rush songs will be out on a special EP on Record store day in November. This song will be included on that.

Subdivisions is probably in every Rush fan’s top 10 songs, definitely one of their best. The keyboards dominate this tune and Neil‘s sound on it is so unique! His drum fills are so precise and powerful…like little hooks throughout the song, an air drummer’s dream! The lyrics tell a tale of life in the burbs and being shunned when you don’t meet a certain standard.

In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out!

@alexskolnik @ra @brandon bring it big time – Alex captures Lifeson’s vibe so well, Ra kills Geddy’s bass parts and Brandon brings his amazing voice. We’d like to welcome @meeeun ,(Thanks to Alex for the suggestion), she is an awesome musician and kills the keyboard parts on this. I hope you enjoy this one, It may be one of the last ones for a bit…unless Alex wants to do that Emerson lake and palmer tune ( hahahahaha)”

As he touched upon above, Benante‘s quarantined cover series has also resulted in an upcoming album dubbed “Silver Linings“. That opus finds him joined by some of the participants mentioned above in addition to members of Death Angel, Dream Theater, Butcher Babies, Volbeat and more. You can find the full track listing for it here. It will be out on May 14th with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Neal Casal Music Foundation.

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