Jump to content

New Anthrax album


Fat Freddy
 Share

Recommended Posts

Y'all read it here first, unless it's on Blabbermouth already (which it probably is...) :whistle:

 

ANTHRAX TO "WORSHIP MUSIC" FOR THEIR 25TH ANNIVERSARY

New Album, New Singer, Global Tour

 

Los Angeles, CA - January 26, 2009 -- ANTHRAX, one of heavy metal's all-time great acts who, along with Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth, are credited with co-founding the thrash genre, will be returning with "Worship Music," the band's first new studio album in six years and a full-on supporting world tour. "Worship Music" is set for a June release on Megaforce Records. The album marks the studio debut of new singer Dan Nelson who joins long-time members Scott Ian (rhythm guitar), Frank Bello (bass), Charlie Benante (drums), and Rob Caggiano (lead guitar). According to early reports, "Worship Music" is Anthrax's heaviest album to date.

 

In addition, 2009 marks the 25-year anniversary of the release of Anthrax' debut album, 1984's "Fistful of Metal." "I can't even process that it's been 25 years," said co-founding member Ian. "It's insane to me, because when you think about it, who does anything for that long, let alone in the same band? Start making a list of bands that are still around 25 years after their first album, and it's going to be a pretty short list."

 

About Anthrax's new "Worship Music," Benante explains, "This album has been in the making for two and half, maybe three years. After the reunion tour ended, we all went our separate ways. I started to write songs again, but I had no voice for them in mind, I didn't know who would be the singer. So Scott, Frankie and I got together and just started putting some songs together. This was pretty much the way 'Spreading the Disease' was done, too - we wrote those songs without a definite singer in mind. Then, in October of 2007, I was talking to Rob Caggiano who said he found this guy in Long Island who he thought would be really good - Dan Nelson. So I did some research, called him up, and few him o ut to Chicago."

 

According to Bello, it didn't take much time to realize that they had found their man. "Dan brought in the obligatory 'breath of fresh air,' but it really WAS. He has a killer voice and he's a good guy, and really fits Anthrax. The guy sings like nobody I've heard - I'm really proud of what he's done. This is the new Anthrax - yes, it does sound different, but it's in the same heavy/melodic vein. I don't compare it, I just see it as, 'I love the challenge of having a new Anthrax.'"

 

"While making this album," added Nelson, "I found that if I just tried to approach my vocals from the heart, to not over think anything, I could bring a fresh, heavier yet still melodic approach to an already brutal style of music. Being the singer of Anthrax has already proven to be a great opportunity to play with great musicians."

 

Shortly after the line-up was solidified, Nelson was welcomed into the Anthrax fold via a true baptism by fire - opening up a pair of sold out shows for the mighty Iron Maiden in California. "The second night, we're backstage," recalls Ian, "[iron Maiden singer] Bruce Dickinson came over to our dressing room to say hi, and he says to me, 'Your new singer, Dan, is amazing. I was watching you guys from the side of the stage last night - he totally fits you guys, he's perfect. His voice is incredible and strong. I loved it!' And I was like, 'Would you come inside and tell Dan? He'd love to hear it from you.' We walk in the dressing room and I'm like, 'Where's Dan?' And I hear from the bathroom, 'I'm in here, taking a crap!' It was so great - not that we're looking for validation, but when Bruce Dickinson comes up and is congratulating you on your new singer, it's a pretty cool moment."

 

With sessions just about to wrap for "Worship Music," Benante already has a few favorite songs that he can't wait for the band's fans to sink their teeth into. "This one song called 'Down Goes the Sun,' is probably, for me, the most epic song that I've come up with, it has a lot of life in it. There's a song called 'Earth on Hell,' which is a play on the words 'hell on earth.' That could have been on our 'Among the Living' record. There's another song called 'Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't,' which is about zombies - who doesn't love a good zombie song?" Other standout tracks include "Vampires" (Bello: "It's a dark, heavy groove with some serious, amazing vocals and a great, big chorus"), "Crawl" (Bello: "Another dark song, it's going to throw people for a loop"), "The Devil You Know" (Ian: "It's an almost AC/DC groove filtered through an Anthrax lens"), and "The Giant" (Ian: "It's so brutally in-your-face").

 

The release of "Worship Music" also sees Anthrax's "return home" to their original label, Megaforce Records. "I just had a nice conversation with Missi Callazzo [Vice President of Megaforce] about how terrific it is to be home again. It's come around full circle. Missi has done above and beyond for this band - including getting us on 'Married...With Children'! Missi absolutely knows how to work a record, she is someone who believes in and lives Anthrax, and we haven't had that in a long time. She knows the band inside and out. She's like a sister of ours." Callazzo herself voices the same sentiment. "It is a thrill and an honor to be releasing the new album by such a pioneering artist. Anthrax and Megaforce always defined one another and it will be great fun to do it again in 2009."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I find it kinda funny that they're back on MegaForce Records... I guess that means they've already burned their bridges at every other record label in the universe and had no choice but to go back where they started :rofl:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I find it kinda funny that they're back on MegaForce Records... I guess that means they've already burned their bridges at every other record label in the universe and had no choice but to go back where they started :rofl:

 

They got f#@ked by Electra Records after 'Sound of White Noise' when the label was swallowed up and the next one 'Stomp 442' came out on East/West and was hardly promoted at all. Then they were on the horrible Tommy Boy records which I think was a hip hop label and then they moved to what should of been a good label in Sanctuary but turned out to be another horrible label. Yes they have bad luck.

 

But on the bright side Megaforce used to Rock!!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'll buy it but I'm still skeptical until I hear it.

Hopefully it's good but now that they're on their 4 singer it's kind of ridiculous.

 

I've heard a few pre-production tunes from this, & I'd be very surprised if you don't like this. Nice crunchy/thrashy Heavy Metal, with scorching guitar work & really killer vocals... :banger:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'll buy it but I'm still skeptical until I hear it.

Hopefully it's good but now that they're on their 4 singer it's kind of ridiculous.

 

I've heard a few pre-production tunes from this, & I'd be very surprised if you don't like this. Nice crunchy/thrashy Heavy Metal, with scorching guitar work & really killer vocals... :banger:

 

I've seen a few of new songs live on youtube. :tumbsup:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I would like to hear Bush back but I'll check it out anyway.

 

 

Hopefully Mr. Bush will forge forward with Armored Saint!

 

Apparently there is indeed a new Armored Saint record in the works... there was news about it on Blabbermouth a few weeks back, I posted it around here somewhere...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I would like to hear Bush back but I'll check it out anyway.

 

 

Hopefully Mr. Bush will forge forward with Armored Saint!

 

Apparently there is indeed a new Armored Saint record in the works... there was news about it on Blabbermouth a few weeks back, I posted it around here somewhere...

 

I'm looking forward to the Armored Saint, but not the Anthrax. I haven't cared for Anthrax at all since Persistence of Time. It wasn't because of John Bush, it was because I thought the music was uninspired and that Bush wasn't quite the right fit. Never could get in to any of the albums he was on. They just felt "bleh" to me.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm looking forward to the Armored Saint, but not the Anthrax. I haven't cared for Anthrax at all since Persistence of Time. It wasn't because of John Bush, it was because I thought the music was uninspired and that Bush wasn't quite the right fit. Never could get in to any of the albums he was on. They just felt "bleh" to me.

 

Ditto. Bush-era Anthrax just never sounded "right" to my ears.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm looking forward to the Armored Saint, but not the Anthrax. I haven't cared for Anthrax at all since Persistence of Time. It wasn't because of John Bush, it was because I thought the music was uninspired and that Bush wasn't quite the right fit. Never could get in to any of the albums he was on. They just felt "bleh" to me.

 

Ditto. Bush-era Anthrax just never sounded "right" to my ears.

Backed...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I saw this on blabbermouth yesterday, and yea I AM excited about a new Anthrax album.. The last few with Bush didn't do much for Me.. Well the last one was pretty good, but....

 

Should watch the clips of the new singer.. He's pretty damn GOOD!!!! :headbanger:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Should watch the clips of the new singer.. He's pretty damn GOOD!!!! :headbanger:

 

...if you like Phil Anselmo wanna-be's. <_<

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm looking forward to the Armored Saint, but not the Anthrax. I haven't cared for Anthrax at all since Persistence of Time. It wasn't because of John Bush, it was because I thought the music was uninspired and that Bush wasn't quite the right fit. Never could get in to any of the albums he was on. They just felt "bleh" to me.

 

Ditto. Bush-era Anthrax just never sounded "right" to my ears.

Backed...

 

Sorry guys but BUSH>BELLADONA IMO.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

WHIT CRANE FOR ANTHRAX! WHIT CRANE FOR ANTHRAX!!

 

... shoot, I guess Whit missed the boat. Oh well. :(

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm looking forward to the Armored Saint, but not the Anthrax. I haven't cared for Anthrax at all since Persistence of Time. It wasn't because of John Bush, it was because I thought the music was uninspired and that Bush wasn't quite the right fit. Never could get in to any of the albums he was on. They just felt "bleh" to me.

 

Ditto. Bush-era Anthrax just never sounded "right" to my ears.

Backed...

 

Sorry guys but BUSH>BELLADONA IMO.

 

Backed 1000%

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.