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One of the original architects of speed and thrash-metal, Anthrax will bring its uncompromising, combustible mix of bone-crushing riffs and earth-quaking beats Friday to the Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester. Touring behind "Worship Music," the band's first album in eight years (and the first with Joey Belladonna on vocals in 20 years), the 30-year-old rock `n' roll juggernaut sounds like a hell-spawn reborn, thanks in great part to the recent globe-stomping "The Big Four" tour that had Anthrax sharing the stage with other head-banging luminaries Slayer, Megadeth and old pals Metallica. "Joey was the band's vocalist from '85 to '92, the time period when `The Big Four' started," Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian said, "so we felt he had to be the guy to represent us on these Big Four shows, and he had to be the guy on the new record."
"We all met with him in New York and while the vibe was really good, none of us really knew what to expect," Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano added. "Then we did the first Big 4 show with Joey, I think that's when we all knew that this was right. The vibe was amazing, he sounds better than he's ever sounded, including the reunion tour." Testament and Death Angel will also be playing at the Worcester gig. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Cost is $26 in advance, $30 at the door.