Anthrax: 'We're Getting the Itch to Write New Music'

Bassist Frank Bello reveals the band is getting the ideas for news songs, saying that is "how it all starts."

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Thrash veterans Anthrax are keeping themselves quite busy these days. With their current tour dates stretching all the way to mid-August, the band even seems to be finding time to work on some new material.

Group's bassist Frank Bello recently spoke with Metal Titans, revealing that his bandmates are anxious to get some work done and are already recording new ideas.

"You can see that we're getting the itch to write new music. Guys are starting get ideas recorded, which is how it all starts," the bassist said.

The current Anthrax release "Worship Music" came out in 2011 and still remains fresh to most fans. When asked whether the band would ever consider playing it live in full, Bello seemed excited about the idea and replied:

"I would love that! When we released the album all these great reviews started rolling in. Critics were calling 'Worship Music' the album of our careerthat was all good. The truth is that we're just better song writers right now. I think that we are at a point in our career where we know what we are. There are so many songs that I'd like to do off this record to be quite honest with you. I'm with you I'd love to one day be able to do the entire 'Worship Music' record live."

As far as the departure of guitarist Rob Caggiano goes, the bassist seems to share the opinion with the rest of the group, saying that there is absolutely no animosity between them and that he can only give Caggiano his full support in pursuing whatever he wants to do.

"I love Rob. I'm at a point in my life where I just want people to be happy. If you're not happy somewhere, then move on. I think people would assume that there would be some animosity, but there isn't. I don't feel that way. I feel very fortunate that we have Jon Donais from Shadows Fall stepping in on guitar. It's all good. I love Rob; we're still friends. If you're not happy somewhere, then move on. I thought he had left to do more production, but then he joined Volbeat. That's a great band. We're all good. Like I said earlier, I just want people to be happy."

"Worship Music" was released via Megaforce Records in September 2011, receiving generally good reviews from both fans and critics. With 28,000 copies sold within the first week, it debuted at No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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    nice, and they just realeased the anthem EP! I'm going to one of their concerts in august
    Same here, I can't wait! This year will be much better with all the new material from bands like Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Judas Priest.
    Face R1pper
    I hope they spend more time writing this one. I really wanted to like the last album but there was nothing impressive about it.
    Hopefully the band will keep their lineup stable so that we don't have to wait another 8 years But I'm convinced that they can do it, they seem happy enough with themselves and the band despite Caggiano leaving
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