5 time Grammy nominated metal lifers Anthrax are about done with their follow-up to the widely praised and fan recent favorite Worship Music (the “comeback” album to many followers of the band).
I’m extremely stoked to hear Jon Donias’ contributions, as the band reports he’s played leads on 7 or 8 tunes so far. Jon, of course, was part of the great Shadows Fall and replaced longtime fan fave Rob Caggiano. Fans can catch both on tour when Caggiano’s current band, Danish hellions Volbeat, tour with Anthrax this year (dates below).
Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – started recording the new album in November last year. According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy.”
Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that, especially on this new record.”
“The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry,” Ian added. “Lots of people said that ‘Worship Music’ was a return to the roots of the band…well, this record is even more so. Unlike ‘Worship Music,’ we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world. Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit. Everything that was great about him on ‘Worship’ is there even more on this new record.”
“I know that there are a lot of expectations out there for this new album,” Bello admitted, “but that doesn’t really affect us because we write the way we write. We’re all from New York, so we love a challenge, and while I’m happy to have people say that Anthrax is back and that ‘Worship Music’ was the best album of our career, we raised the bar on this one, I think we have the goods with the new songs, and I’m proud to say that. At the end of the day, all you can do is have it come from the heart, do your best, and hope that people like it. That’s what we did with ‘Worship Music,’ and look what happened.”
Anthrax’s new album, as yet untitled, will likely be released later this year.
Dates for Leg One of Anthrax’s 2015-2016 tour are BELOW (as well as their recent contribution to the new Game Of Thrones mix tape).