Multi-Grammy nominated thrash icons Anthrax will see Kings Among Scotland, the band’s long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, arrive in stores and online on April 27. Captured last February 15 at the band's sold-out concert at Glasgow's historic venue the Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour Kings Among Scotland incorporates the band’s entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD will also include a "gear rundown" from each of the band members.
"Playing for our friends at the Barrowlands has always been very special," said Anthrax's Frank Bello. "We all know we're going to get together and have an insanely great time, and we think that incredible interaction and energy really comes through on this video."
With packaging art created by Steve Thompson (Slayer, Motörhead, Iron Maiden), the DVD concert is presented in two parts. For part one, Anthrax performed the "favourites" that had been voted on, pre-show, by the band's fans which includes gems like 'Madhouse,' 'Be All, End All,' 'Breathing Lightning,' and 'A.I.R.' The band augmented the stage production for part two, with ramps and staircases and other production values while they tore into their classic 1987 album Among The Living, performing 'Caught In A Mosh,' 'I Am The Law,' 'Indians,' 'Eflinikufesin (N.F.L.),' and more. "It was a pretty intense show," added guitarist Scott Ian, "especially when the crowd was so insane, the floor actually started moving up and down."
"It was a challenge for all of us to play Among The Living live," admits Charlie Benante. "We've played a number of that album's songs in our shows over the years, but not all of them, and playing a song in a recording studio is not the same as playing it live on stage. So we put in a lot of time to get all of the tracks down perfectly. And I'll tell you, after we finished that set, as arduous as it was, we all felt a sense of exhilaration, like we could go out and do it again."
Kings Among Scotland was produced, directed, filmed and edited for Film24Productions by Paul M. Green (Opeth, The Damned, The Levellers), with the sound mixed by Anthrax studio producer Jay Ruston. For the filming, Green utilised 17 cameras, including a crane and several mobile and stationery Go-Pros.
Over the band's 35-year career, Anthrax have sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum awards, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on 'Bring The Noise'. And, of course, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax helped pioneer the thrash/metal genre as a member of The Big Four.