axeman Scott Ian
gave an update on the band's progress with writing new material, confirming seven new songs and an aggressive approach.
"Charlie, Frankie and I are working hard at new Anthrax," Ian wrote in an official blog post. "We've had a couple of writing sessions and things are moving along well, fast for us actually. We've got seven songs arranged musically and we're getting together again in a week and a half."
The guitarist then focused on the sound, saying, "The new stuff is aggressive, fast, even riff-ier than the last record and some of it is difficult to play. Nothing like writing parts that are above my ability as a guitar player! When that happens the drill sergeant in my brain yells 'Practice you lazy f--k!' So I do. And I nail that sh-t."
After noting that lyrics and song titles are yet to be figured out, Scott went on to praise guitarist Brendon Small, the co-creator of "Metalocalypse" series.
"Speaking of guitar playing above my ability ... Brendon Small is an insane guitar player," Ian said. "We were rehearsing for the Mr. Show Experience at Festival Supreme and just watching him f--k around is ridiculous. We went to the premiere of 'Metalocalypse: the Doomstar Requiem' and the music he wrote is incredible. Hearing it all with a huge orchestra (conducted by Bear McCreary) really loud in a theater was so awesome. The soundtrack is available as of today. Get it."
The latest Anthrax studio effort, "Worship Music," saw its release in September 2011, landing at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart with 28,000 units shipped in the US within the first week.