Anthrax’s Charlie Benante to Release ‘Silver Linings’ Album of Covers

2021-03-25

Promo photo of Charlie Benante of Anthrax.

Charlie Benante of Anthrax – Story by Scarlett Hunter, photo by Jimmy Hubbard

Charlie Benante of Anthrax has complied a variety of covers of Iron Maiden, KISS, Billie Eilish and more to an upcoming album called “Silver Linings”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has spent the past year releasing a video series of covers performed virtually with other musicians during the worldwide lockdown. Now, Benante has rounded up a collection of those cover songs for an upcoming album.

The album, called “Silver Linings,” is due out May 14. It offers covers of a range of artists from several genres, including Billie Eilish, Iron Maiden, KISS, U2 and Fleetwood Mac performed by Benante and members of a bevy of bands, such as Living Colour, Volbeat, Suicidal Tendencies and Butcher Babies. Part of the proceeds from the sales of “Silver Lining” will go to the Neal Casal Music Foundation, an organization that provides musical instruments and lessons to students and makes donations to mental health organizations that support musicians in need.

“Back in February of last year, with COVID and all the other B.S. that was going on, I was glued to the 24-hour news cycle on the TV and my phone, and I started to get really depressed,” Benante said in a statement. “My girlfriend (Carla Harvey) said I needed to turn off the news and suggested I do something creative, whether it was art or drumming or writing new songs, and she was right.”

“I knew a lot of my musician friends were going through the same thing I had been, so I started asking them if they wanted to get involved, play some songs with me, maybe make a video,” he added. “That’s how it all started.”

Benante added that “Silver Linings” isn’t a solo album. Instead, it’s a record of my favorite songs done with some of my friends during a very dark time. We found a shining light and this is the result of that light.” He says all of his musician friends did a fantastic job, and that the title of the record comes from the fact that, “Despite all of the darkness we’ve experienced this past year, there are ‘silver linings,’ that’s why I chose that title for the album.”

“Silver Linings” will also feature Benante’s medley of Run-DMC tunes featuring Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano and Suicidal Tendencies bass player Ra Diaz. The Run-DMC track is currently available for digital download.

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