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]

Watch Slipknot Members Perform “(sic)” With Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares, Etc. In 2005

As previously reported, Roadrunner United, the project that was organized to commemorate Roadrunner Records’ 25th anniversary in 2005, will be reissuing “The All-Star Sessions” on March 10, alongside a live album featuring the group’s December 15, 2005 show at the Nokia Theatre in New York, NY. Now, footage of “(sic)” from the concert has been shared online. The performance found Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Paul Gray, and Joey Jordison rocking the track with Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) and Tommy Vext (ex-Bad Wolves). Ian said the following about taking part in the set:

“It was incredible to be part of a lineup of such insanely heavy hitters. WOW. And to have had the opportunity to play with Joey and Paul that night, with Corey singing — definitely a Make-A-Wish moment for me”

Sepultura Joined Onstage By Pantera, Anthrax, And Trivium Members During Knotfest Brasil

During their December 18 set at Knotfest Brasil, Sepultura were joined onstage by several special guests including: Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, and Trivium’s Matt Heafy. Fan-filmed footage of the band performing “Arise” with Anselmo, “Cut-Throat” with Ian, and “Slave New World” with Heafy is available below:

Joey Belladonna Says Anthrax Have Made “Some Progress” On Their Next Album

During a recent appearance on That Fuzzing Rock Show, Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“There’s progress. It’s really hard to put it all in words right now. It’ll happen when it’s done and ready, or at least ready to even start. But, yeah, there’s some progress, for sure — there’s movement. And you know what? Good things come… We obviously don’t rush anything.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Anthrax’s Scott Ian Discusses “War Dance” Riff From “Indians” On Jackson Guitars’ “Behind The Riff” Series

Jackson Guitars have released a new episode of their “Behind The Riff” series. The clip finds Anthrax’s Scott Ian discussing the “War Dance” riff from “Indians.” You can check that out below:

Scott Ian Offers Update On New Anthrax Album: “We’re Getting There”

During a recent fan Q&A organized by Metal Hammer, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“We’re getting there! Everything got thrown for a loop for a couple of years. We had started writing before COVID, but then eventually we jumped back in, so we do have eight arrangements and half of them with lyrics. We’ve got at least another six really, really great things that we just need to start bashing out as a band. We’re not that far off!”

Scott Ian Says He Once Invited Faith No More’s Mike Patton To Join Anthrax

During a recent interview with mxdwn.com, Scott Ian revealed that he actually invited Faith No More’s Mike Patton to join Anthrax “a million years ago . . . just before Joey [Belladonna] came back.” The offer was ultimately denied, but the duo did get to collaborate years later on the current incarnation of Mr. Bungle. Ian said the following:

“I had said, ‘Hey, do you want to sing on the next Anthrax record?’ We were drunk in a bar in Melbourne, Australia on a festival together. He was with Faith No More. He was like, ‘Oh, man. You don’t want me in your band. I’m a pain in the ass.’ I was like, ‘No, no, no. I think we could deal with it.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, but I got seventy-two projects and I could never commit.’ I’m like, ‘I know, really. I’m asking but I’m not really asking.’ He’s like, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll do something together someday.’ So then when he hit me up, he goes, ‘Remember in Melbourne when I said we would work together?’ I’m like, ‘Uh huh.’ He goes, ‘Guess what?'”

[via Loudwire]

Charlie Benante Says Pantera Will Only Play “Select” Shows

As previously reported, vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown are planning to play some Pantera shows next year with guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax) set to fill in for the late Abbott brothers. Now, while chatting with fans in Orlando, FL, Benante and his Anthrax bandmates commented on Pantera’s return and the impact it will have on their plans.

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Frank Bello said the following about their plans:

Ian: “The Pantera thing is not gonna change anything we’re doing.”

Bello: “We’ll still be working.”

Benante also revealed that Pantera are only planning to play “select” shows. He continued when asked about a full-length tour: “I don’t think so.”

The drummer also had the below exchange with a fan regarding the “flak” Pantera are receiving:

Benante: “Why is there flak?”

Fan: “People are stupid.”

Benante: “There you go”

Benante then addressed the haters, saying “don’t come.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Anthrax’s Scott Ian To Guest On New Album From Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian will be guesting on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s new album “…And Jasta For All.“ You can find a clip of him in the studio below. Previously confirmed guests include: Testament frontman Chuck Billy, Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza, Viol-lence guitarist Phil Demmel and Nuclear Assault bassist Dan Lilker.

Watch Anthrax’s Scott Ian Cover Slayer’s “Raining Blood” & Mastodon’s “Blood And Thunder” With His Son

Anthrax’s Scott Ian has shared footage of himself covering Slayer’s “Raining Blood” and Mastodon’s “Blood And Thunder” with his 10-year-old son Revel Young Ian (Honeybee). You can find those performances below: