Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante spoke in an interview with “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” and explained how Metallica’s Black Album changed everything for heavy metal genre.
He remembered the time when they released their classic album “Persistence Of Time” in 1990 and said:
“It was such a great time for the band and for music. We were, I felt, way more experienced. And even the bands that came up with us too had breaking moments at that point too; Metallica were putting out the Black Album. So things were totally changing. This was around 1990, and I think heavy metal was starting to become a different source for people.
I think the ‘Persistence’ record and the vibe that was around it was so much more… We were so free at that point to do what we wanted, and we weren’t worried like we were with the other ones.
And the tone of it was just kind of darker, but I think that’s because of what we dealt with the prior year or two. We also had a fire during that time [at the band’s equipment storage space, destroying over $100,000 of their prized instruments and other gear].
So we were going through just life challenges as a band. And invididually too, we were going through things. So I think that record is a complete reflection on us at that time.“
In addition, Anthrax will release a 30th-anniversary edition of their classic album “Persistence Of Time”.
You can listen the entire interview from below.