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Anthrax Performs ‘Breathing Lightning’ Acoustic in our Studio

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When Anthrax and Slayer stopped by the El Paso County Coliseum at the end of October, they also ducked in to our studios to perform an exclusive acoustic set for us. It’s only the fourth time in the band’s history that they’ve stripped it down, which makes this a fan’s dream.

“Breathing Lightning” is the fifth song from the band’s 2016 album For All Kings. Writer Scott Ian told Blabbermouth the song was influenced by none other than Stephen King — specifically, his Dark Tower series of books.

I kind of wrap it up all in this giant ball of this Roland character from The Dark Tower series, because I just love that world so much. So I’m kind of weaving in and out of reality and fantasy in that song. And ‘Breathing Lightning’, of course, is a metaphor for shooting.”

It also seems to give a nod to Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains the Same,” but survives the translation to to a three-guitar acoustic attack easily. The lyrics also perfectly fit the album’s theme, which Ian described to Overdrive as:

The meaning, to me, for this title is that everybody can be a king. Everybody can have control over their own lives, control over their destiny, just by growing up and becoming a responsible human being. I’m not necessarily saying that being a “king” is being the boss in your relationship, or any relationship for that matter. A king of yourself is what I mean. Taking responsibility and ownership for your own sh*t is basically what it means to me.



More Acoustic Live From the Q Performances — Ghost

If this song doesn’t give you the feels, maybe you’re dead?



If the Anthrax video got you excited, Ghost also dropped by our studios earlier in the year, where they performed an amazing cover of Roky Erickson’s “If You Have Ghosts.”


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