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Interview:
Anthrax rock snow, readies new music for 2016
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Time is somewhat relative in Anthrax's world.

The thrash metal group's last album, the critically lauded "Worship Music," came out in 2011, which means it's been a minute. But guitarist Scott Ian says that in some ways the quintet -- which is wrapping up a new release for 2016 -- doesn't feel like much time has passed at all.

"In some aspects, yeah, it does feel like it's been awhile," Ian, 51, says by phone from his home in California. "We're four years, basically, on from when that record came out, and in some ways it feels like a long time ago.

"But then at the same time, we've been playing shows, probably somewhere around 300 shows over this time period, too, between records. It does make things go faster. If we would've done, like, one tour and called it a day, then yeah, it might seem like forever. But for us it almost feels like it just happened."

The new album, Ian says, is currently being mixed -- though he adds that a couple of new songs have popped up recently that the group would like to work on, though he doesn't know if they'll be finished in time to add to the dozen tracks already recorded. The group has kept the material largely under wraps, and Ian is deliberately circumspect when talking about it.

"It sounds great, and when you hear it you can formulate your own opinion," says Ian, who's also started a new band called Motor Sister with his wife Pearl Aday, Meat Loaf's daughter. "We jsut do what we do. We write songs, and when we think we're ready to go in we record them. It's just a case of knowing when we're ready and feeling right, and at the same time knowing when we're done. It's like an artist doing a painting; he or she has to know when to stop painting."

Ian does say there's "a good chance" Anthrax will preview one of the new songs during its fall touring cycle, most likely on its upcoming European run with Slayer that starts Oct. 25 in the Netherlands.

"It's not necessarily a single but just something that we're really excited about," Ian says. "I think our fans are very excited to hear what we've been doing, so we may play that and that'll kind of get the ball rolling as far as the next record."

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