FRANK BELLO on next ANTHRAX album: “It’s Gotta Be Right, So There’s No Rush”

In a new interview with Radioactive MikeZhost of 96.7 KCAL FM program “Wired in the Empire”, ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello spoke about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s 2016 sequel “For All Kings” Album. He said (as transcribed from BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “There will be a new record. We’re really excited. We’re writing it right now. It is difficult. That’s all I can say. I’m very excited.”

When Radioactive MikeZ asked if fans will get the new one ANTHRAX album in 2022, bello said: “No. We have to tour a bit this year. See if it’s right, it will be right. And people know us, man. We digest these songs. We’re fans, so it has to come from there, it has to come from the fans’ point of view. It has to be right – the right record – so there’s no rush. We’re itching, believe me, but there’s no rush. But we know it has to be true before we say it out.”

last May, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian said Kyle Meredith that he and his bandmates will focus on playing live over the next few months. “We didn’t go on tour [for our actual 40th anniversary in 2021]so we’re doing the 40th anniversary tour in our 41st year,” he laughed BLACK LETTERING [SOCIETY] and hatebrood. And we call this part of our 40th anniversary. After that, we have 40th anniversary dates in Europe in the fall. And who knows? I like to think about this US run BLACK LETTERING is going to do pretty well and maybe we can do a second series of these dates sometime early next year. And then I’ll definitely be there at some point next year should be a [new ANTHRAX] to record depending on when we get to the studio.

“So, yes, things are looking up again,” he continued. “Finger fingers that it doesn’t all go to waste. But I’m very optimistic that things are moving forward and everyone can go back to work – which means we can play shows again. And I’m very excited about that.”

In April, Scott confirmed to metal injection the ANTHRAX had already written some songs for the upcoming LP. “All I can say is that we’ll hit the studio when we’re ready, which is hopefully this year,” he said. “I would love that. I think we’re getting there. I think we have great songs. I think people will be very happy.

“Not to make a weird comparison, but it’s our third record together [singer] Joey [Belladonna]. Actually, it’s a strange comparison. I should just say that it’s our third album since our kind of reboot in 2010 and was our third album back then ‘Among the Living’. I am not saying this is the case [like that album]because it isn’t ‘Among the Living II’ kind of, but I just think we have some great songs and there’s a heck of a ton of great riffs. I think people will be very happy.”

Jan previously discussed ANTHRAX‘s forthcoming LP during a July 2021 performance Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. He said at the time: “We’ve been at this for a while now. We actually started writing 19 – before COVID – and sort of retired from things when COVID happened. We’ve all been apart and apart and we’ve been rewatching some of the demos, but we haven’t been actively working on it.

“Yeah, it’s the same as always,” he said. “I’d have to think until we get to the other side of the writing process and decide we’re ready to record it, I’d have to assume it will certainly be representative This time in our lives. And after the world has gone through a pandemic, I would certainly imagine that in some way, shape, or form that will come out through this next album. I can’t tell you how yet, but I have to believe it’s going to happen.”

As previously reported, ANTHRAX and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be teaming up for a 24-date North American tour this summer. The five-week hike begins Tuesday, July 26, at Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona and ends Sunday, August 28 at Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both bands will play headline sets. hatebroodcelebrates the 20th anniversary of the “Persistence” Album, will be the special guest.

ANTHRAX celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021 with a series of special activities and events. Formed by Jan and bassist Dan Liker in Queens, New York on July 18, 1981, ANTHRAX was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the east coast and quickly became recognized as a leader in the genre METALLIKA, SLAYERS and MEGADETH.

Active over the last five decades, ANTHRAX has released 11 studio albums, has been certified multiple gold and platinum, received six grammy nominations, has toured the world since 1984 playing thousands of shows including headlining at Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium with the “Big Four”.

“For All Kings” was cited by some critics ANTHRAXs strongest album to date. His arrival followed a five-year period in which the group experienced something of a rebirth, beginning with ANTHRAX‘s inclusion in the “Big Four” tour and the continuation with the release of the comeback LP in 2011 “music of God”.

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