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Anthrax Announces Shadows Fall Guitarist Jon Donais as Temporary Lead Guitairist

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Less than an hour after announcing a release date for their new covers EP, Anthem, Anthrax have now revealed that Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais is going to be playing lead guitar for them on the upcoming Metal Alliance tour (get dates here). From the official press release:

“Jon is a bro and he’s also a total fucking ripper,” said Scott Ian. “I’ve worked with him twice before on side projects and he tears it up. I’m excited to have him on my right burning up the stage with Anthrax. 13’s gonna be a good year.”

“I grew up on Anthrax, they’re the thrash scene, they’re one of The Big Four, I’d be crazy to not want to play with them,” said Donais. “Initially, Rob called and told me he was leaving the band, and asked if I’d be interested in filling in. Then Scott called me and everything fell into place. Rob and I are using Skype to work on solos and other guitar parts, so he’s being great. I also have to give special thanks to my band – Brian, Matt, Jason and Ed – who have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to do this.”

Donais makes perfect sense — Anthrax is a clear influence on Shadows Fall, and his bandmate, drummer Jason Bittner, has also filled-in with ‘Thrax before. I wonder if there’s any world in which Donais would be offered or accept the gig full-time? I guess we’ll find out…

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