Anthrax Are Working On “11 Musical Arrangements” For Their Next Album

During a recent interview with Metal Edge, Anthrax offered an update on their new album. The band are currently working on “11 musical arrangements” for the effort.

Guitarist Scott Ian said the following:

“We’re getting close. I can tell you we have 11 musical arrangements, and there’s lyrics to some of them. Obviously, I’m going to be working on more words and we’re getting there. I’m hoping at some point we’ll be able to get into the studio [this year] and record them.”

Drummer Charlie Benante also discussed the possibility of releasing EPs instead of full-length albums:

“What if it wasn’t a full album? If we released six songs and then we released another six songs. I know from a record company’s point of view that really doesn’t work, but in these days…”

Ian also shared his thoughts on that model:

“Yeah. It’s all so different now. SLIPKNOT’s saying now why even make full albums anymore. I get it. I get all sides of it. I still love a full album, but at the same time I totally understand the idea of what’s the point of giving someone 11 songs. Most people don’t listen to albums anymore. So, yeah — why not parse it out? I don’t know. All I know is at some point in the next few months we’ll probably have 14 or 15 things and then we’ll have to decide when we’re going to record it and how we’re going to release it.”

Benante continued:

“Think about it. If ANTHRAX released five songs and you have these five songs, and you absorb it in such a different way nowadays, too. I think that may be the way to go, rather than give everybody 11 songs and it’s like, ‘Oh — I only had a chance to listen to the first four or five.’ I don’t know. I just think maybe the business model is different.”

Ian added:

“And even for us, playing songs live it’s like, you put out a record with 10 or 11 songs on it with the idea that, ‘Oh man, I can’t wait to play this one live and I can’t wait to play this one live.’ On ‘For All Kings’, we definitely didn’t play all of those songs at any point. I think there’s maybe six songs on the record that got played – and that’s it. I almost feel like you’re wasting them. I understand album tracks, but if you put out just five songs it would be easy to play all five of those on a new tour.”

Benante concurred:

“And easier to digest, too. You would appreciate it more if it was just five songs and, ‘These five songs are fuckin’ killer. I can’t wait for the next five songs,’ knowing that we will release another five or six.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante To Miss Immediate Live Shows

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante will be missing the bands immediate live dates while he undergoes “a minor procedure.” The band commented:

“Our man who beats the beat – Charlie Benante – has stepped away from the tour for a few days to have a minor procedure done and will not be at the next few shows. Never fear, the formidable Derek Roddy is filling in while Charlie is away – and no worries, Charlie will be back soon. In the meantime, the metal is still heavy and the show must go on. We’ll see you there!”

Watch Charlie Benante Perform Pantera And Anthrax Songs With Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline

Yesterday (January 8), Charlie Benante joined the Seahawks Blue Thunder drumline for some performances of Pantera’s “Walk” and Anthrax’s “Indians” at Lumen Field in Seattle, WA. You can see footage of that below:

Pantera Producer Says Zakk Wylde Wasn’t The Only Guitarist Considered For The Band’s Current Lineup

During a recent interview with Reckless Rock Radio 89.3 KNON FM, Pantera producer Sterling Winfield discussed the band’s current lineup. Notably, he also confirmed that Zakk Wylde was not the only guitarist in consideration for the gig.

Winfield said the following about attending the band’s November dress rehearsal in New Orleans, LA:

“When I was in New Orleans, I knew it was gonna be huge because I got to see how serious they are taking this, how to heart they are taking this. Phil [Anselmo] and Rex [Brown] are different people now; they are not the same people from 20-something years ago. You mature, you grow up, you own your mistakes, you move forward in your life and you hope to make a better way for yourself. And that’s exactly what I see here.”

He went on to say that “this is not a reunion”:

“It is not PANTERA 2.0, at least not at this point. Whatever you wanna think, that’s fine; go ahead and make your assumptions. But it was the media that called this a reunion; it was the media that called this the reformation of PANTERA — not them. They never put this out there as that; they put this strictly out there as a tribute to the brothers [Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell Abbott] and for the fans and for the music and for the legacy of this music, to bring it to another generation of people.

There’s little kids out there wearing PANTERA shirts, and it’s amazing to watch, because, yes, since Dime got killed, there’s a whole generation of people that have been born on this earth.”

Sterling also added:

“I cannot think of anyone better to handle the duties of Dime and Vinnie than Zakk [Wylde] and Charlie [Benante]. I’ve known both of those dudes for a very long time. And Charlie is just a model human being himself and a monster drummer and loved the brothers like you wouldn’t believe. And same goes for Zakk.

They’re not trying to be Dime and Vinnie, guys; they’re not trying to be that. That would be disrespectful. But they are being themselves and they are having fun. And I think you should come out and do it too. Even just watch some of the videos. You’ve seen ’em on YouTube. These crowds are insane, and I think you’re gonna be missing out if you don’t come check it out.”

He continued when asked if other drummers and guitarists were considered:

“There was no doubt in my mind that [Charlie] would be the one to take over for Vinnie. [It was a] no-brainer — absolute no-brainer. Now, there were some other guitar folks that were brought up. I’ll just say this — that it would not have been a good fit, and quite honestly, they would not have been able to pull it off. But it always kept circling back around to Zakk. And after a couple of times, it was, like, again another no-brainer. Because he knew Dime better than most any other guitar player on the planet knew him. Is it gonna be Dimebag Darrell’s exact notes and riffs and everything? No. It’s Zakk Wylde, you idiots. It’s Zakk.”

Winfield also addressed the possibility of new music from the band:

“It’s not unheard of, it’s not blasphemous. I will say that it is entirely plausible, it is entirely possible, but at this point in time, I don’t know that anybody’s looking that far down the road. They’ve got a world tour to tackle, man, for the next two years, and they are gonna be busy doing that. Now, could it happen? Yes.

It depends, man. Again, it has to be done right, like this whole thing; the whole tour that’s happening has to be done properly. And I don’t really feel comfortable — if it were to happen, I would not feel comfortable calling it PANTERA. I don’t think that would be classy. I’ll put it that way. And I’ll just leave it at that for now. [But] this lineup could make some very badass music. And the music is all that matters.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Charlie Benante Shares Video Compilation From Pantera’s 2022 Shows

Earlier this month, Pantera’s new lineup, vocalist Phil Anselmo, bassist Rex Brown, guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax), took the stage for the first time during a Latin American tour. Footage from the trek has been in abundance, but Benante has since decided to share more in a new video compilation. You can check that out below. Notably, several concerts took place without Brown, who was battling COVID-19. Benante commented:

“Here is our view of some clips Compiled by techs, friends and Family members of our first tour as Pantera. I was blown away by the reaction from the audiences, there were times I wanted to stop playing and just enjoy the sea of passion. The fans down there are a different kind, they get involved and they even put their phones down at times.”

Former White Zombie Bassist Sean Yseult Shares Footage From Pantera Rehearsal She Attended Last Month

On November 21, former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult attended a “secret rehearsal” that was conducted by Pantera’s current lineup, Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and Charlie Benante (Anthrax). She shared a photo and video footage from the session, which you can check out below. Pantera’s updated touring schedule can be found HERE.

Watch Fan-Filmed Footage From Pantera’s Third Live Show In Over 20 Years

Last night (December 9), Pantera’s new lineup, Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), and Charlie Benante (Anthrax), took the stage at Knotfest Colombia in Bogota, Colombia. You can see some fan-filmed footage from the set below. The concert served as the third Pantera show in over 20 years.

Watch Fan-Filmed Footage From Pantera’s Second Live Show In Over 20 Years

Last night (December 6), Pantera’s new lineup, Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), and Charlie Benante (Anthrax), took the stage at the Monterrey Metal Fest in Monterrey, Mexico. You can see some fan-filmed footage from the set below. The concert served as the second Pantera show in over 20 years.

Charlie Benante On The Return Of Pantera: “This Was Never A Reunion”

During an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Charlie Benante (Anthrax) opened up about his first show with Pantera. The drummer says the band’s return is more of a tribute and it was never meant to be a “reunion.”

Benante said the following:

“Basically, we get up there and there’s a big kabuki curtain in front of us and the four of us just up there. And Philip [Anselmo] came up to the drum riser and we just had this moment where we were shaking hands. We were so excited. And then I looked to Rex [Brown] and I looked to Zakk [Wylde], and the four of us just had this connection.

And before I knew it — boom — we were right into playing ‘A New Level‘. And it was off from that point. And I was looking at the setlist, and I saw the next song coming up, and I was excited about that song. And then that song would finish, and I looked down, and I’m, like, ‘Oh, I fucking love this song. Yeah!’ It was that all night for me — just getting super hyped up about the next song and what was coming up. So I enjoyed myself.”

“Before we went on, Sterling Winfield, who was very close to Dime and Vinnie — he basically engineered the last three records that Pantera did — he brought me a pair of Vinnie‘s old gloves, and he brought me one of Darrell‘s old wristbands that he wore. And I put the wristband on and I played the show with that wristband. And I put the gloves in my pocket. So I had both of them with me that night.”

“This was never a reunion. How can it be a reunion without Vinnie and Dime here? Sometimes people will send me something, and I see things online, and it’s so disrespectful to both Darrell and Vinnie, and it’s totally disrespectful to us too. And it’s just, like, ‘Man, if you don’t wanna come, you don’t have to come.’

One of the first things I said to Philip on the phone, I said, ‘This, to me, is more on an emotional level than any other level.’ This means a lot to me personally, to go out there and represent those guys and represent the Pantera name. And that’s all I’d ever want for me. I don’t care about it financially and stuff like that; this, to me, I had to do this. I didn’t wanna see anybody else playing these songs but me up there.”

Benante further commented on social media as well:

“If I say I wasn’t nervous I’d be lying. The excitement , the fear, the emotions, the love and the work that went into doing this all played a part of what was in my head. When I got up there it had all seemed to disappear ( except for the cold 50 degree weather, 🥶) I looked at @philiphanselmo @rexbrownofficial and @zakkwyldebls and felt the connection, Bam!!!!

New Level started and we were off. I kept looking down at my set list and was getting hyped up for the next song . Thank you #sterlingwinfield for bringing me an old @dimebagdarrell wristband and a pair of @vinniepaul3 old gloves . I wore the wristband and brought the gloves up with me. I had some moments up there like I felt I wasn’t there, I went to some other place.

I think I was Metal meditating , don’t laugh… I’m serious. Thank to the @panteraofficial family, thank you to the crew and the amazing fans who have always been so positive about this. Thank you to @carlaharvey and @miacbenante for listening to me play Pantera songs day in and out. I look forward to seeing you all and having a great time playing these songs and reliving the feeling of what a great band they are!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Multi-Camera Fan-Filmed Footage Of Pantera’s Entire First Concert In More Than 20 Years

On December 2, Pantera’s new lineup, Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), and Charlie Benante (Anthrax), took the stage at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Toluca, Mexico. Now, multi-camera fan-filmed footage of the entire show has surfaced online. You can check that out below. The concert served as the first Pantera show in over 20 years.