Anthrax Guitarist Says Dozen Songs Written For New LP

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The lads over at Metal Insider got a hold of Scott Ian of Anthrax, and spoke at length with the guitarist about the band’s new album, which they’re currently working on.

“It’s really coming along,” Scott said. “It’s crazy to think that we’re already in January of this year; it seems like we just finished touring in August and we said decided to start writing again.

“We decided not to take a break and we’re jumping right in because everyone felt we could. We’re sitting here right now with 12 songs musically arranged and really focusing on lyrics now.

“At the end of the month, after the NAMM show, is the next time we’re getting together at [producer] Jay’s [Ruston] studio to work on vocals.

“I like to think at the pace we’re going we would be ready to start recording maybe in April. I hate to ever put a stamp on something like this, because you just never know. But where we’re at musically right now, this shit is just so killer. It’s not like we have that far to go.”

That’s a lot of information.

But wait — there’s more.

“Sometimes as a band when we’re writing — and I’m sure this happens to other bands too — you could sit down and listen to where you’re at and think ‘this stuff is good, but maybe there’s too much mid tempo stuff, or we don’t really have an album opener yet.’ There are just certain ways you listen to it in the context of how are to sequence and pace it, things like that. I think we’ve got all our bases covered and we’re ready. If we come out with some better shit in the next couple of months, that’s awesome, but the 12 things we have musically so far we’re really happy with.

“Things came together really fast for us and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that we just came off such a good run with ‘Worship Music’. We were all really excited about getting back in a room and writing songs together, and it was the first time in a really long time that we weren’t going into writing a record coming off a really shitty time. [laughs] So for us to have come off such a great run with Worship Music, we were all really excited about it and I think it really shows in the music.”

Most importantly, Scott was asked about Shadows Fall guitarist Jonathan Donais, who is the newest member of the band, and his status in the group.

“For all intents and purposes, he’s in Anthrax. He’s going to be there for everything we do moving forward. As far as how you title it, yeah. As far as I’m concerned, Jon is in Anthrax and will be playing leads on the record and will be touring with the band starting at the end of May 2014.”

That’s fucking cool.

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