Thrash veterans Anthrax gave an update on the new album sessions, confirming a dozen songs ready to go, as well as giving a tentative release date.
Guitarist Scott Ian did the talking as he explained to Metal Kaoz: "We're in the middle of writing right now. That's just basically all we've been doing, is working on songs. We're just hard, hard, hard at work, with the goal - hopefully - of before the summer, before we go to Europe to start playing festivals, we would love to be able to go into the studio and start recording it."
Ian continued by laying down a rough timetable, adding (via Blabbermouth), "We're going to Europe in the summer to play shows, and then maybe [we can get the] album [out] sometime later this year, but we don't have any definite schedule yet. We're just gonna keep writing until we're happy, until we're ready.
"We're really happy with where we're at right now, and we've got about 12 songs written. Because it's going so well, we figure, why stop? We're gonna just keep writing, and if we have too many songs, then we can just pick what we wanna put on the record."
Briefly addressing the contributions of new guitarist Jonathan Donais, Scott said, "He hasn't contributed to the songwriting at this point, but he's writing leads, that's for sure."
As previously reported, the band is going for the thrashier vibe with the new material. The latest Anthrax studio effort, "Worship Music," saw its release in September 2011 via Magaforce Records.