For All Kings is Anthrax's first studio album in over three years following their 2011 Grammy-nominated effort Worship Music. Jay Ruston, who first worked with the band on the final stages of Worship Music, was enlisted as producer for the new album. "He's become an intregal part of our process, that's for sure," said Scott Ian. "It's cliche, but he really has become a sixth member."
The unique chemistry shared by Anthrax's main songwriters Charlie Benante, Frank Bello and Ian, is, in part, what sets the band's music apart from other bands' in the same genre. Drummer Benante comes up with copious amounts of foundation riffs and ideas for the music, bassist Bello writes the songs' melodies, tailoring them to Joey Belladonna's soaring vocals, and rhythm guitarist Ian has a very particular way of incorporating his intense lyrical ideas into the band's music.
The three together build the songs' arrangements during writing sessions, and everyone contributes his own ideas and suggestions to pretty much every song. In the end, the trio brings it all together to create what can only be described as Anthrax music.
Ten bands re-issue their albums on limited edition pink vinyl, all for one cause. This is the third year for the initiative that helped raise $65,000 for Gilda's Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from the disease at the age of 43 in 1989. This year's limited pink vinyl are from Anthrax, The Black Keys, Courtney Barnett, Ed Sheeran, Jim Breuer & The Loud & Rowdy, My Chemical Romance, NOFX, Opeth, Pixies and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The proceeds will sponsor Gilda's Club NYC.