Anthrax‘s new Among the Living graphic novel, based on the band’s 1987 album of the same name, has arrived. It includes contributions from metal-loving artists such as Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor, whose chapter in the book is being previewed at Consequence.net.
For his section, Taylor took inspiration from the Among the Living song “A Skeleton in the Closet.”
“The thing I loved about that song and I loved about that title, ever since I was a kid, is that it resonated with me on a level where everyone has skeletons in their closet,” Taylor tells Heavy Consequence. “Once I started thinking about that, I took it in a weird supernatural vibe.”
Beyond his personal love for Anthrax’s music, Taylor also has another connection to the band, having been in talks with Scott Ian and company about becoming the thrash group’s new lead singer in the mid-2000s. The gig eventually went to Dan Nelson, who fronted Anthrax until longtime vocalist Joey Belladonna rejoined in 2010.
“To this day, it’s one of those ‘what if’ moments,” Taylor muses. “However, because I’m a massive fan, I realized this was the starting point for them getting Joey back.”
Other Among the Living contributors include Rob Zombie, Gerard and Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance, and Fall Out Boy‘s Joe Trohman.
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