Anthrax have covered eight rock classics including AC/DC’s ‘TNT’ for their new ‘Anthems’ EP.

‘Anthems’ also features Anthrax covers of songs by Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, Boston, Rush and Journey.

“These are all bands I grew up with and have listened to forever. It’s just great music,” Joey Belladonna said in a statement. “I had fun singing these songs and I was happy recording together with Anthrax, doing classic rock songs. Fun stuff!”

Tracks on the EP include ‘Jailbreak’ by Thin Lizzy, ‘Anthem’ by Rush, ‘Smokin’ by Boston, ‘Big Eyes’ by Cheap Trick and ‘Keep On Runnin’ by Journey.

Drummer Charlie Benante says they are big Boston fans. “If ever there were a perfect first album, it’s Boston’s first album,” he said. “The harmony leads they did would later be heard by Iron Maiden, which of course would lead to thrash metal.”

‘Anthems’ was recorded all over the world during the Anthrax world tour and at Benante’s home in New York.

Anthrax will tour Australia for Soundwave with fill-in guitarist Jon Donais of Shadows Fall following the departure of Rob Gaggiano.

Nuclear Blast will release the Anthems EP in March.

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