Anthrax is a metal band from New York City that formed in the early 1980s. The group is considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene from that era and is part of the "Big Four" of the genre, along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. Anthrax is one of the bands responsible for the emergence of speed metal as well. The band exhibited a typical thrash metal sound on their albums and are known for humor and comic book references in the lyrics. They continue to tour and make music today.