Although it's been three years and some change since Anthrax's latest album, Worship Music, was unleashed, it really doesn't seem all that long ago in some ways. But that's probably because these last three years have been chock–full of major accomplishments and firsts for these legendary thrashers, and even some firsts for bands in general - like being the first metal band to have a song played on Mars. (And yes, that's the planet Mars in case you were wondering!)
Unremitting in their touring regimen and putting on some of the biggest, high-energy shows in thrash and metal today, Anthrax toured this planet a few times over in the past three years, still riding high on the success of both Worship Music and thirty-plus years - and counting - in the industry, which includes more than 10-million units in album sales, both gold and platinum sales certifications, and six Grammy nominations. But despite the fact that there are bands out there who are willing to go long and undetermined amounts of time without putting out any new music, Anthrax is not one of those bands - and the time has come for a new Anthrax album.
In some ways, Anthrax is a new band and in other ways, they're still powered by the driving force that has made this group a contender in music for more than three decades - and that dichotomy seems to have created the perfect setting for some killer new music. The highly anticipated follow up to Worship Music is due out on February 26, 2016 via Megaforce in North America, and that day cannot get here a moment too soon. The forthcoming release entitled For All Kings is the eleventh studio album for the band and marks the in-studio debut of lead guitarist Jonathan Donais (also of Shadows Fall) and this is also the first Anthrax album written specifically for vocalist Joey Belladonna's singing voice since the 1990 release Persistence of Time.
And now a new video released by the band has its members explain, in their own words, how the song writing process worked and evolved for the new album...Guitarist Scott Ian began in explaination: "We had more material, let's say, to work with initially because Charlie was home a lot of the last touring cycle. He had carpal tunnel and he needed surgery so there was like a period of time when he was home and he was able to just stay home and work on material and write."
Frank Bello, Anthrax's bassist offered his views: "I just think we had a lot more time. There was no deadline for us so stuff just kept coming and I think that's good for us. Having more to choose from is always welcome."
And drummer Charlie Benante added: "Never in our career have we gone in to making a record and having more than maybe twelve, thirteen songs, the most. But again that was because we were on a schedule too, because back in the day you would write a record, record a record, tour. But these days, it's not urgent to put another record out. And that was the one thing we said, if we had the material we'd put another record out, if we didn't have the material we wouldn't put a record out."
Click here to watch the entire video.
For more information on For All Kings and pre-order packages, visit the official Anthrax website.
Having just wrapped up a European tour with Slayer, in the new year Anthrax will be back out on the road again for a four-week U.S. stint with Lamb of God. Visit the website to purchase tickets and learn more about VIP opportunities where you can meet the band.
For All Kings official track listing:
01. You Gotta Believe
02. Monster At The End
03. For All Kings
04. Breathing Lightning
06. Evil Twin
07. Blood Eagle Wings
08. Defend Avenge
09. All Of Them Thieves
10. The Battle Chose Us
11. Zero Tolerance
Anthrax tour with Lamb of God:
15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
17 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
19 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
22 Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA
23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
24 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
28 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
29 Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN
30 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
31 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
2 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO
4 Revention Music Center, Houston, TX
5 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
6 Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX
8 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
9 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
11 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
12 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA