Anthrax hope to start tracking their next album this May, according to Scott Ian.
He tells Rolling Stone the band’s been working a while on the new stuff.
“Frank [Bello, bass] and Charlie [Benante, drums] came out here to my house and we jumped right in in November. Not to jinx anything, but things have been going pretty fast creatively, which normally isn’t the case. We’ve got a ton of material; I’m talking 12 songs now, musically arranged. I’m on my fifth and sixth lyrically, and Charlie sent over ideas for two more songs. He even wrote in an email, ‘Now the really good stuff is coming.’ And I was like, ‘Really? The shit we have right now is pretty fucking killer.’”
Rad. I was into that last record, even though some folks hated it.
“This could probably be the first time in this band’s history that we’ll go into the studio with more original material than we need. Normally we have nine or 10 songs then do a bunch of covers, but I can safely say this time, we’ll be recording about 15 of our own songs, if not more, which we’ve never had before.”
He says the vibe “has been great. I think we’re all just happy to be doing it because we came off this great run with Worship Music, two years, 207 shows, and people all over the planet really love that record. It just afforded us the opportunity to do what we love to do, so we can’t wait to get back in and start.”
He says studio time’s set for May, with producer Jay Ruston handling the sessions.
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