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Z2 Comics & Anthrax Reveal “Among The Living” Graphic Novel

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The Press Release:
Just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Z2 gives music fans something to celebrate with news of one of the publisher’s most ambitious projects yet. The Among the Living graphic novel pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track by track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums. Today’s announcement brings news that Anthrax has teamed with the leading publisher of music tie-in graphic novels to assemble an all-star cast of famous fans to bring the band’s breakthrough album to the printed page for the first time.

“Doing a comic book has always been a huge goal for me” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “I’ve tried for years, but something always comes up and sidetracks me. I was ecstatic when Josh Bernstein brought the idea to us to do a graphic novel based on our album Among the Living. I felt that it was the perfect time and opportunity to fulfill that dream. I am a lifelong artist and have been drawing during the pandemic more than ever, so I had the idea to bring my own artwork to this project. As a fan of the Judge Dredd series since the 80’s, it was an honor to create cover art based off of Dredd and Judge Death. The amount of talent that is going into this project is astounding, I scratch my head just thinking about it!”
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“Among The Living” (remaster) by Anthrax

Artist: Anthrax
Title: “Among The Living” (remaster)
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 11/10/2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 4/5

As I look upon the Deluxe Edition remaster of Anthrax’s “Among The Living” which was released in 1987, I can hardly believe that it has been that long since I first spun this recording on my record player in my parent’s basement. Yet here we are in 2009 and this is very much the case as the band’s most popular recording gets a long overdue upgrade treatment and finds itself bumped up in track number and offering a DVD to the fans as well – talk about cool. To be brutally honest, “ATL” was not my own first Anthrax foray as I had long been a Metal head by the time it had come out but with the “Armed And Dangerous” EP and the “Spreading The Disease” CD already in my hands and head the material being dished out on “Among The Living” was a welcome thing. The video age was upon us now and lucky for Anthrax their short films were beginning to get a little more rotation and songs like “Indians” were regularly seen on The Headbanger’s Ball on MTV. “Indians” was of course one of the albums biggest numbers as was “I Am The Law” which sung about the comic book Anti-hero Judge Dredd whom members of the band really enjoyed the exploits of and the bands anthem of sorts “Caught In A Mosh”. Whew, that alone makes for a solid album but when you factor in the power of “A Skeleton In The Closet” which always drew me in based on the furious double kick drums of Charlie Benante you have something that will last the tests of time. The vocals of Joey Belladonna are great and I think he was really hitting his stride with this one. Guitar wise it’s strong for what the band was intending to do.
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