Iconic Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has once again released another jam for his quarantine series. With a reunion of sorts of their cult crossover band Stormtroopers of Death, his bandmates Scott Ian (also of Anthrax) and bass pioneer Dan Lilker (also of Nuclear Assault) have been dropping songs, covers and jams via home-filmed footage. This time, they recruited growler of Virginian metal stalwarts Lamb of God, Randy Blythe, for some absolute ripping, carnage-given covers of Discharge’s “Doomsday” and “The Final Blood Bath.” Check them out below.
On his YouTube page, Benante wrote his reasons for covering the hardcore legends: “The influence of @discharge.official on modern aggressive metal cannot be overstated — their speed and abrasive sound made them true sonic pioneers, helping lead to the creation of the thrash and speed metal genres. The four of us are huge fans, and wanted to pay homage to the ones who paved the way for what we do today.
“The Hear nothing see nothing say nothing record was constantly played, my mix tapes would gave so many of their songs on it. The bass tone on those records was so amazing, it was frightening @wainwright.roy a big influence on SOD. I remember @scottianthrax and I taking #jameshetfield to see #brokenbones at @cbgbofficial back in the day and being blown away. I hope you enjoy this quarantine jam I put together. I [heart] Discharge-thanks to @drandallblythe #danlilker and @pieromedone”
Earlier this month, the trio tore through S.O.D.’s seminal instrumental cut “March of the S.O.D.,” which was the intro song to MTV’s Headbangers Ball for years. Before that clip came another long-distance crusher, teaming up with Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick and and Suicidal Tendencies bassist Roberto “Ra” Diaz for a joint cover of Rush’s classic “YYZ,” with each of them contributing individually from their respective bunkers.