Meaning and History
The group’s logo shows its name. Scott Ian suggested using the word “Anthrax” in this role. He saw him in a biology textbook and decided that it looked pretty intimidating. Lead guitarist Daniel Alan Spitz was responsible for the graphic design of the emblem. Drummer Charlie Benante did the cover design.
The first studio album, Fistful of Metal (1984), was adorned with an original pink Anthrax label. The geometry of the letters was initially violated: their edges went beyond the imaginary line. At the same time, the printed characters were so close that the horizontal bar “T” literally lay on “N” and “H.” And on top of them was a long line that stretched from the top of the “R.”
In 1993, an album with an updated logo Anthrax appeared. The changes affected only two letters. First, the line that stretched from “R” to “N” disappeared. Secondly, the long “X” stroke became short.
The old version of the graphic sign returned to the covers of the music group in 2011. Moreover, for the collection Worship Music, an unusual version was used with a yellow-orange gradient and black shadows that gave the word a three-dimensional effect.