ANTHRAX members Scott Ian (guitar), Joey Belladonna (vocals) and Frankie Bello (bass) recently spoke to Louder Noise about the songwriting sessions for the band's forthcoming follow-up to 2011's "Worship Music" album, tentatively due in early 2016.
"It all happens in the room, most of it," Scott said (see video below). "Someone will come in with a riff as a catalyst. It's not like it just pops out of thin air. In a sense, it does, because you come up with an idea and you can wonder where you got the idea from. But, yeah, when it comes to the music, Frankie, Charlie [Benante, drums] and I get in a room together, and Charlie will have a riff or something, or Frankie, whoever has a riff, and you just start working on it, you just start putting together… 'All right, that sounds like a verse.' Or, 'That sounds like this,' or, 'That sounds like a lead break.' And it just starts arranging. Sometimes it'll arrange itself. But a lot of the time, it's just a case of knowing what you wanna hear, and I think we've gotten really good at that over the years."
ANTHRAX's new CD, which is once again being produced by Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER), will include such songtitles as "The Battle Chose Us", "You Gotta Believe" and "The Evil Twin".
ANTHRAX recently completed a six-week North American tour with VOLBEAT. The band's setlist included the new song "Soror Irrumator (Lords Of The Rock)", ANTHRAX's contribution to the the second installment of "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape", for HBO's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series "Game Of Thrones".