Live Bands

Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Havok

When: Sat., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. 2018

Anthrax is one of the Big Four of thrash-metal, coming to prominence in the ’80s alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer thanks to rapid-fire riffs, punky attitude that made the hair-metal bands of the era looks ridiculous, and live shows that inevitably turned into swirling, sweaty masses of bodies slamming into each other and flying through the air. Anthrax always had a sense of humor the other Big Four bands lacked, and that made me a lifelong fan. The fact they’re still cranking out rock-solid albums (2016’s For All Kings was a killer) and touring like crazy makes it easy to keep loving them. The current KillThrax tour pairs them with political headbangers Killswitch Engage.

Dan Nailen