Former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson has joined forces with Dan “Shaggy” Hoffman and Joe Post in a brand new Levittown, New York-based “rock / blues / punk / metal / hardcore / fun” band called FAREWELL TO WASHINGTON. According to Nelson, the group will enter “our junkie little studio a.k.a. ‘Potato Junction,'” next week to record its first demo.

When asked in a brand new interview with Dose Of Metal what fans can expect from FAREWELL TO WASHINGTON, Nelson said, “People should expect very little from us, as we expect even less from each other.”


Dan Nelson – Vocals/guitar
Dan “Shaggy” Hoffman – Bass/vocals
Joe Post – Drums/vocals

Nelson’s new band BLACKGATES also features drummer Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, ex-EXODUS, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN), guitarist Jeremy Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE) and bassist Uriah Duffy (WHITESNAKE). Dan previously stated about BLACKGATES’s musical direction, “It’s thrashy and heavy, so it will appeal to ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT fans. But has the groove and brutality of PANTERA, and is also very melodic. The guitarist is a kid from the Bay Area named Jeremy Epp, who’s an unknown, but sensational. People are gonna love him.”

BLACKGATES just finished mastering its first demo, which the band recorded in the San Francisco Bay Area with producer Tim Narducci (SYSTEMATIC, SPIRALARMS).

Regarding his split with ANTHRAX in July 2009, Nelson told The Metal Den, “I never live my life with any regrets and never look back and wish I did something different. I chose instead to look forward to the future. We did some great things in the time we wrote and performed together, and I am very proud of that.”