Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello, and guitarist Jonathan Donais have teamed up with Skid Row guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo for a ripping cover of Iron Maiden's 1980 track "Transylvania."Here's what Benante had to say about the cover.
Iron Maiden, Who doesn't know them? They changed the face of Heavy Metal, literally, with "Eddie". The 4 of us – SNAKE, FRANK and JON have so much respect for Maiden. They made every band that were influenced by them aspire to be Like them.
When I was learning to play guitar, Practicing along with Maiden,Ac/dc, priest, etc helped my coordination get better and better. Transylvania had so many cool guitar parts and I learned them all (at least I thought I did ). Maiden had something different, they brought out that Primal roar from us. This was a New style of Hard Rock and Metal: they had a Punk Drive to them with Boston styled guitar licks. They changed the game! I often say, "no Maiden, no Big 4”
Here is our version of Transylvania, a Classic Maiden Instrumental that to this day makes the hair stand up on our arms! Up the Irons! “Oh well, wherever, wherever you are, Iron Maiden's gonna get you, no matter how far." Scream for us YOU TUBE!!
Anthrax is currently working on a new album.