Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recently discussed the brotherhood aspect of the thrash scene, going back to the genre's earliest days.
"We all knew each other, we all met each other," he told Metal Hammer. "Our history with Metallica, that's an old story, we've known each other since the day they got to New York.
"We met Slayer very early on too, I could be completely wrong but my first memory of meeting Slayer was at a Mercyful Fate show at L'Amour in Brooklyn. They were all in town, and we were all at this Mercyful Fate show, and I remember having drinks with those guys at the back bar. Maybe I'd met them before that, but that’s my first memory of hanging out with those dudes, and that had to be in 1985 or something like that.
"Obviously I knew Mustaine while he was still in Metallica, met Ellison right after Megadeth started, we knew the Testament guys even when they were still in Legacy, knew Exodus from pretty much day one as well. We did all know each other yeah, it really was a community and the thing is we were all friends."
Focusing on the importance of the rest of the scene for Anthrax, Ian singled out Metallica's many pioneering efforts. "One of the questions I get asked so much is 'What was the rivalry like back then?,' but for us, as Anthrax, there was no rivalry. I always looked at it as anything any of us accomplished is only helping the others.
"So every time Metallica did something it broke down another wall that the rest of us could jump over, or any time we did something it helped everybody," he noted.