ANTHRAX Posts First Photo Of New Lineup With SHADOWS FALL’S Jon Donais

Thursday, 15th August 2013

ANTHRAX has posted the first band photo featuring new guitarist Jon Donais (SHADOWS FALL). Donais has been touring with ANTHRAX since Rob Caggiano’s departure in January.

ANTHRAX rhythm guitarist Scott Ian recently told Alexander Milas of Metal Hammer Magazine: “Jon’s been with us since February, and I think I can safely say he’s passed the audition… [laughs]. I know we haven’t said anything official yet, but in my mind, he’s the guy. I’m sure some type of official announcement… because in this world, people apparently need that kind of information so they can sleep well at night. But as far as I’m concerned, Jon is the guitar player in ANTHRAX.”

Donais previously stated about playing with ANTHRAX: “I grew up on ANTHRAX, they’re the thrash scene, they’re one of the ‘Big Four,’ I’d be crazy to not want to play with them. Initially, Rob called and told me he was leaving the band, and asked if I’d be interested in filling in. Then Scott called me and everything fell into place.”

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante is recovering from surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. He is expected to rejoin his bandmates on the road on September 13 in San Bernardino, California.

ANTHRAX’s current touring lineup includes former TESTAMENT/SLAYER and current ANIMETAL USA drummer Jon Dette.

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral