ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian says that the band’s follow-up to “For All Kings” album will be “f*c*ing amazing.”
Released in February 2016, “For All Kings” was called by some critics ANTHRAX‘s strongest album to date. Its arrival followed a five-year period during which the band experienced a rebirth of sorts, beginning with ANTHRAX‘s inclusion on the 2010 “Big Four” tour with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH, and continuing with the 2011 release of comeback LP “Worship Music”.
Asked earlier this month by radio personality Eddie Trunk if ANTHRAX has begun thinking about a follow-up to “For All Kings”, Ian said: “There’s some ideas kicking around. [Drummer and main songwriter] Charlie [Benante] recently sent some killer riffs. I heard them, and, in my opinion, they’re awesome, and that makes it very exciting moving forward.
“I always kind of get a little bit of anxiety after we make a record and then you go out on tour and a year goes by you start to think, ‘All right. Are we gonna do this again? Did we use up our quota of riffs?'” he continued. “‘For All Kings’ is a great record, and where we’re at now. And then Charlie sent some riffs over, and I’m, like, ‘All right. The next record’s gonna be f*c*ing amazing.'”
Benante told “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” in a recent interview that the new ANTHRAX music he has been writing is “sounding very pissed off and angry again. I think maybe it’s just a reflection of the world and everything in general in this so-called business,” he said. “I don’t know why it’s coming out like that, but it’s coming out very — like I said — angry and pissed off and just very aggressive.”
ANTHRAX‘s upcoming disc will be the band’s third full-length release since the return of singer Joey Belladonna, who came back into the fold for the “Big Four” shows, in the process helping inspire a new wave of creativity.