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Style and influences Anthrax is one of the bands responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal. It exhibited a typical thrash-metal sound on its early albums and was known for humor and comic-book references in the lyrics, distinguishing the band from its contemporaries.<ref name="Allmusic Bio">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> According to Rolling Stone, Anthrax was one of the few heavy-metal bands to receive critical praise and redefine the genre during the 1980s.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Original guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz' styles were described as "aggressive and head pounding", with power chords and "chugging" pedal points providing the sonic drive.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Author Thomas Harrison wrote that Anthrax played metal at a faster tempo because of its punk influences, noting the group's "antimetal stage persona" with "bright clothes more fit to surf culture than to metal".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> The band's sixth album, 1993's Sound of White Noise (its first with singer John Bush), incorporated grunge and alternative metal influences in a darker vein. Critics consider the band's studio releases from the Bush era as having a more alternative and groove metal sound.<ref name="villagevoice">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The band's latest album, Worship Music, marked a return to thrash metal and the return of singer Joey Belladonna. Although the songs are credited to the whole band, since Spreading the Disease the music has been written almost entirely by Charlie Benante and the lyrics by Scott Ian.<ref>Songfact Interview with Charlie Benante</ref> Although John Bush made some lyrical contributions during his tenure in the band.

Anthrax was influenced by classic rock artists on its Anthems EP, which includes covers of 1970s bands Rush, Cheap Trick, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Boston and Journey.<ref name="anthems">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The band has been influenced by punk bands Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and Discharge and traditional heavy metal bands Black Sabbath, Kiss, Judas Priest, Anvil, Iron Maiden and Motörhead.<ref name="Allmusic Bio"/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Anthrax is a member the "big four" of thrash metal with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The band has been credited for laying the groundwork for rap and nu metal,<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> and was one of the first bands combining rap and hard rock.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> According to Nielsen SoundScan, Anthrax sold 2.5 million records in the United States from 1991 to 2004,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and 10 million worldwide.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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