Joey Belladonna: 'Anthrax Music Isn't For Everybody'

Singer talks about what makes the band different, Rob Caggiano's departure and more.

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In a recent interview with Australia's Faster Louder, Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna took some time to talk about the current situation within the band, Rob Caggiano's departure and Anthrax music in general.

The singer stated that what the band does is "not for everybody", adding that Anthrax has developed a unique style and sound over the years.

"I take anything that's in front of me. Sometimes things are a little bit more lined up and ready for you, but other things are a little bit more challenging. Overall, I'll try anything. It's a little different when I'm writing on my own, I guide the key, lyrics, everything - melody, the riffs, so it's interesting. I don't think what we do is for everybody."

"We have our own style, the structure of the songs. Everybody's got a different style of actually playing instruments. There's so many things about the way we approach it. I just try to stand on my own. Everybody has a cool style and that's what's cool, you put it all together and you got this thing that's intricate, strong and fast. It's just something about it, I don't know. I guess it's in the ear when you finally hear it. Everyone's got their own interpretation of the band. As a performer, it's just really unique."

As far as Rob Caggiano's recent departure goes, Belladonna obviously doesn't have any bad feelings toward the guitarist, saying it was his own decision and right.

"I just think he wanted to produce and try some stuff of his own. I don't think there's any hard feelings, in fact we're all in touch and everything. He was thinking about it for a while and just finally made the decision to move on."

The frontman ended the talk with an optimistic tone saying the band is "fresh and ready to roll" as long as they can.

"We're fresh and ready to roll as long as we can. It's all about focus and camaraderie and being on the same page and really working together. That's what it's all about. The love of being in the band, of playing this music and not having any distractions. As far as carrying on, that'll keep us going."

So what are your opinions on this one? Is Anthrax music really not for everybody? And do you think that leaving the band was the right thing to do for Caggiano? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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    I don't know if anthrax is for everyone but I know its for me. Joey is great, I saw them in 2011 with testament and death angel and it was the best show i have ever seen. They sound great live. Can't wait to see them again.
    Had the pleasure of meeting Belladonna in 2011, one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Keep on rocking!
    I went to a Sevendust concert a few weeks ago at a tiny nightclub in Clifton Park, NY and out of nowhere Joey shows up and plays the encore with them. Now that is something that I have never seen before and probably never will again, it was epic!
    Not too surprised - he lives in Syracuse and I know he likes them. I'm good friends with Joey, see him solo every couple of weeks when Anthrax isn't on the road.
    I'm glad Joey came back, I liked John Bush but he didn't have that signature high voice that Joey had which made Anthrax unique back in the day. Saw them in November with Motorhead, probably the best gig I've been to in a long time.
    Among the Living.... State of Euphoria... Nuff said! Anthrax should be for everyone! NOT!
    Kinda funny he said that, since back in the 80's they were probably the most ear-friendly thrash metal band out there, mostly thanks to his voice (not hating or anything, just saying).
    No, that was Testament, also know as: the go-to example of watered-down radio/MTV Thrash, as they were known for most of their career... Until they started claiming they were underground legends, and their fans ate it up.