guitarist Scott Ian
gave another update on the band's new record, confirming a tentative late spring release.
Chatting with Examiner
, Ian noted: "We're in the middle of it. Not recording, but in the middle of writing the record. We just had a session on Monday. Charlie and Frankie were out here in Los Angeles and we were at the studio all day working. So we're in the thick of it right now, with the hopes of getting in the studio in like, late spring or early summer."
During the rest of the interview, Scott focused on the matter of musical open-mindedness of each Big Four
band, naming Metallica
and Anthrax as the acts most prone to experimentation."Certainly, Metallica kind of stretched and spread their wings later on. We did stuff like that early on, whereas Metallica kind of changed their sound in the '90s after the 'Black Album,' and - obviously - by doing something with Lou Reed later on. And I think they might even have done a rap thing of their own with that guy, Swizz Beatz. I just think musically, it’s about who you are as an individual. That's what it comes down to."
The guitarist then focused on Slayer
, adding, "Slayer's Kerry King himself has said, 'We've been called the AC/DC of thrash.' And you can only take that as a compliment, you know? Because Slayer is Slayer, and you know exactly what you're gonna get, and you're not going to suddenly hear Slayer doing a collaboration with Bruno Mars or whoever. And I'm just pulling Bruno Mars' name out of the ether."
When it comes to Anthrax, Ian said: "We never felt like we were in a box. Or felt that we could only play one type of music all the time. Because we loved the diversity within the band. You had Charlie
], and I as the big rap fans - but at the same time there was Joey
], whose favorite stuff even now is classic stuff. He loves Rush and Deep Purple and Yes and things like that. There was just a huge amount of diversity going on within us."
As the latest Anthrax studio effort, "Worship Music
" saw its release in September 2011 via Megaforce Records.