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Last Updated: October 24, 2010 8:08 PM




THE DAMNED THINGS: 'Ironiclast' Cover Artwork Unveiled - Oct. 21, 2010
THE DAMNED THINGS — the new band featuring members of FALL OUT BOY (Joe Trohman, Andy Hurley), ANTHRAX (Scott Ian, Rob Caggiano) and EVERY TIME I DIE (Keith Buckley, Josh Newton) — will release its debut album, "Ironiclast", in North America on December 14 (one day earlier internationally) via Island/Def Jam.

Commented Trohman: "This art is meant to represent a example of an 'ironiclast.' The $1 bill is one of the most iconoclastic images we, as a band, could think of. Every time we kept musing on other widely recognized bits of imagery, we always came back to this bank note for some reason. It felt relevant, regardless of the meaning one decides to attach. It can that represent everything from the American dream and total independence, to capitalism and a loss in sight of what's really important in this world. It could be representative of not just the current American economy, but also of the world economy and its piss-poor state of being. This could also conjure up the old 'money-is-the-root-of-all-evil' adage. Maybe you just hate George Washington and you feel like this is really sticking it to him...FINALLY! Or maybe you love George Washington and have been dying to give him a cool makeover. This is all left up to you. Many meanings can be attached to this imagery. It's all in how you choose to interpret it."

A song from the CD, "We've Got a Situation Here" is available for streaming on the group's MySpace page.

Commented Scott Ian: "I just wanted to let you know how proud we are of this song and this whole record. It really feels special to us and I think we've written something that DESERVES to be heard. From top to bottom, every song rocks. Sick riffs, killer grooves, ripping leads, HUGE hooks aka ROCK. "

THE DAMNED THINGS made its live debut on June 1, 2010 at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York.

While each individual in the band has experienced their own successes, THE DAMNED THINGS' debut CD, which combines their love of classic rock anthems and powerful melodies with a heavy metal intensity, turns out to be much more than the sum of the separate parts.

"This is an amalgam of three very different bands," explained FALL OUT BOY guitarist Joe Trohman, who was first introduced to ANTHRAX's Scott Ian three years ago, when the two became fast friends and immediately began writing together. "It seemed unlikely, but it turned out we were on the same page musically. We were both interested in putting together a heavy/classic-rock, blues-oriented, riff-based band while trying to stay away from what makes that sound generic and overplayed."

"We're trying not to over-think it," chimed in Ian. "Nobody's arm is being twisted to be here. We're just doing it as we go along, and this is the natural progression. We're able to do things exactly how we want to do them by keeping it simple and comfortable for everyone."

With Trohman and Caggiano handling the production duties, the group began writing and recording songs mostly in Brooklyn, Chicago, and Buffalo (where Buckley resides). The template began to take shape, combining those elements of classic rock with the heavier aspects of ANTHRAX and EVERY TIME I DIE, and the hook-laden choruses of FALL OUT BOY.

THE DAMNED THINGS is:

Keith Buckley: Lead Vocals
Scott Ian: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Rob Caggiano: Rhythm, Lead Guitar, Vocals
Joe Trohman: Rhythm, Lead Guitar, Vocals
Andy Hurley: Drums, Percussion
Josh Newton: Bass





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posted by : akp666
10/22/2010 10:20:48 AM
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How far is this going to go Scott Ian? Enough is enough already. Stop putting out records or learn how to play something besides your rehashed thirty year old riffs.


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posted by : TufnelForPrez
10/21/2010 7:47:19 PM
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For a band trying to not sound generic, they're not doing a very good job. That song 'we've got a situation here' has no hook and sounds sloppy.

All this band is, is another distraction for the eyes on Anthrax, because deep down Anthrax know they're beyond fucked and the world's tiring of the 20 year old songs.

This isn't the answer though and having shared a house with a Fall Out Boy fan, the tracks on myspace sound WAY too much like FOB for my liking. I'd rather listen to baboons in heat.


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COMMENT | @101proof
posted by : bigrickdempsey
10/21/2010 6:54:07 PM
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Yes. It was a tastefully done expression for what most fans feel for anthrax these days, A picture of a man taking a shit on another man. I dig the artwork here but I would never consider buy this album.


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COMMENT | Very interesting so far
posted by : GoToHell666
10/21/2010 6:18:20 PM
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This is one of the most exciting records this year (so far). "We've got a situation here" is powerful, catchy, and definitely not "side project" material. Can't wait for this release!


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COMMENT | Cover
posted by : RiotAct666
10/21/2010 5:53:32 PM
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Looks good. this is a interesting project.


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posted by : leprosyhead
10/21/2010 5:31:11 PM
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Hearing this rather.


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posted by : leprosyhead
10/21/2010 5:18:23 PM
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Interested in hearting this - Every Time I Die are the shit and Keith is a mad lyricist


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COMMENT | Worship Music
posted by : 1o1proof
10/21/2010 3:50:15 PM
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Did anyone ever see cover artwork for Worship Music?


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COMMENT | WTF?
posted by : Excalibur786
10/21/2010 3:18:28 PM
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Scott in some band with a Fall out boy member??


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COMMENT | Thats really great...
posted by : Ray Finkle
10/21/2010 2:13:35 PM
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Congratulations on completing your useless project that no one cares about.

Prioritization, man! Anthrax fans need NEW Anthrax, not Things that rock...


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