If you thought that Anthrax couldn’t get more intense with their new music, think again. According to drummer Charlie Benante, the current climate calls for music that will be “a little more aggressive and angrier.”
The band’s last album, ‘For All Kings,’ released in 2016, was a rebirth. It was part of a five-year period that included the 2010 “Big Four” tour with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, and continued with the 2011 release of its comeback LP ‘Worship Music.’
In an interview with Metal Rules about sessions for the new album, Benante said: “This songs that we are working on now for the new album, are a little more aggressive and angrier, only because the climate we are all living in is reflected in our music.
Benante added that group input has helped flesh out the pictures of songs as he sees them in his mind: “When I come in with something, I have hopes and dreams that the song is going to be as great as I hear it in my mind. I think the other guys stepped up as well and want to hit a home run on each song.
Benante also spoke about lead vocalist Joey Belladonna: “The momentum from ‘Worship Music’ to ‘For All Kings‘ was great, because I knew I was writing for Joey’s voice.” Belladonna’s return to the band for the “Big Four” shows helped inspire a new wave of creativity. The new album will be the band’s third full-length release since his return.
In the meantime, Anthrax continues its support of Slayer on the first two legs of the latter outfit’s last-ever North American run of dates. Also appearing on the bill are Lamb of God, Testament and Behemoth (with Napalm Death replacing Behemoth for the second leg).