*STORY, PHOTO AND VIDEO COURTESY OF BLABBERMOUTH.NET*
ANTHRAX's "rock 'n' roll comeback story of 2011" began in 2009, reaching a pinnacle with last month's surprise Grammy nomination for the track "I'm Alive" in the category of "Best Rock/Metal Performance. " The surprise was that the acknowledgement came more than a year after the track's September 13, 2011 release on the band's critical smash album, "Worship Music", which was named one of the best metal albums of the year by numerous media outlets.
There were great highs — Joey Belladonna's return, the "Big Four" concerts, playing Yankee Stadium, the overwhelming acclaim of "Worship Music", the "bare-bones, guerilla" set at last summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the band's "Got The Time" being the first metal song played on Mars — and there were challenges as well, but, ANTHRAX — Charlie Benante (drums), Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano (guitar), Frank Bello (bass) and Joey Belladonna (vocals) — redefined the joy of rooting for the underdog.
A two-and-a-half-minute video clip featuring some of what got ANTHRAX to this 2013 Grammy nomination can be seen below.