Anthrax’s founding guitarist Scott Ian relies on four guitars in the studio: his Jackson signature Custom Shop King V, his Jackson signature T-1000 soloist, a 1981 Gibson Flying V, and a Jackson Randy Rhoads model. Photo by Atlas Icons / Chris Schwegler

The 6-string teammates talk soloing strategies, building explosive rhythm chops, signature gear, and the back-to-thrash game plan for the band’s latest, For All Kings.

Hate thrash metal? Blame Anthrax.

Anthrax was built on outrageous tempos, extreme heaviness, and too much testosterone. Founded in 1981, they were the second band Jon Zazula signed to his new label, the influential Megaforce Records (Metallica was the first), and in 1984 released their debut, Fistful of Metal.

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