Now that it's officially 2016, the new album by thrash legends Anthrax is getting closer and closer to landing in the hands - and on the devices - of lovers of the band. Having begun work on the new album late in 2014, Anthrax spent much of 2015 deviating between going into the studio to pound out the followup to 2011's Worship Music entitled For All Kings, and doing what this band does best — touring the hell out of whatever continent they happen to be taking the stage on.
With a Feb. 26 release date in sight, fans will soon get to hear for themselves just how much For All Kings will have been worth the wait. Loaded with giant hooks and harmonies in addition to insanely fast and aggressive tunes — the eleven songs on For All Kings demonstrate just how good an already great band can get when they continue to create and hone their craft. And now fans can hear a little more of the forthcoming album, as the song "Breathing Lightning," the first official track from the upcoming album, was released to radio today.
Both "Breathing Lightning" and the track "Evil Twin" (released to iTunes and as a lyric video) will be available at indie retail stores beginning Jan. 15. There will also be a download card included in each box of the Anthrax's gorgeous customized, limited-edition full, 52-card deck of playing cards, then on Feb. 26, the card will enable the holder to download the entire album.
Also released today is a video with Anthrax's primary song-writers, drummer Charlie Benante, guitarist Scott Ian, and bassist Frank Bello each explaining what makes their new song, "Breathing Lightning," so special...
"'Breathing Lightning' was a song that I would call more of an accessible song on the record," explained Benante. "It just came out that way, it just had this really nice, pretty intro, and then it built into this song and it has a really, really catchy chorus."
Bello added: "If you talk about 'Breathing Lightning,' again, this is one of those big hooks, you just say, 'That should be the biggest song Anthrax has ever had...It's got everything you want. The music's great, the hooks are just enormous in that song."
And Ian explained where the lyrical inspiration came from: "Lyrically, it's another song that's influenced by Stephen King. I hadn't been there in awhile, I feel like, and Stephen King has been such a giant part of my life. His Dark Tower series, if I had to pick the one thing that I love the most from him, would be his Dark Tower books because there's seven books so I don't have to choose one. The character Roland, it's just something that stays with me a lot - this character from those books, and so I kind of re-entered that world again because I wrote the gunslinger ["Lone Justice"] way back when on the Spreading the Disease record, which was based on that character and I decided to revisit it. Because metaphorically there are so many things you can use it for, but then I kind of wrap it up all in this giant ball of this Roland character from the Dark Tower series because I love that world so much, so I'm kind of weaving in and out of reality and fantasy in that song."
Click here to check out the entire video.
Anthrax will also head out on their first tour of the new year beginning on Jan. 15 — click here to purchase tickets for both the show and VIP options.
Anthrax on 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, N.Y.
24 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, Conn.
28 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Mich.
29 Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
30 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Ill.
31 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, Mich.
2 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, Mo.
4 Revention Music Center, Houston, Texas
5 Bomb Factory, Dallas, Texas
6 Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, Texas
8 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, Texas
9 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, Okla.
11 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, Nev.
12 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Calif.