Anthrax is a metal band founded in 1981 in New York by Scott Ian Rosenfeld (the only founding member still playing in the band today) and Dan Lilker. Along with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, Anthrax is one of the so-called “Big Four” of Thrash Metal.
At first, influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal or the varieties Power Metal and Speed Metal influenced by them, Anthrax was significantly involved in Thrash Metal’s development. The first album, Fistful of Metal, and the following EP Armed and Dangerous are stylistically inconsistent.
Still, the second album Spreading the Disease is almost a pure Thrash album. In the course of the band’s history, the band opened up to other styles of music. Anthrax is considered one of the essential bands for merging rock and rap into the crossover, primarily through the EP I’m the Man released in 1987, and 1992 released Bring the Noise, recorded with Public Enemy. Influences from classic rock and alternative metal were added later. Recently there was a return to Thrash Metal.