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Anthrax “For All Kings” could be their last album

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Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante says For All Kings could have been their final album: “I’d rather go out on a high”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has said there’s a chance For All Kings could be the band’s final album.

That’s because he’s not sure they can top the success of their 11th title, coupled with the acclaim of previous release Worship Music.

But he’s not thinking about splitting the thrash icons any time soon.

Benante tells EonMusic: “I don’t even know if there will be another record. This may be our last record – I’d rather go out on a high.”

He adds: “Certain sports teams will have the greatest tam one year, then come back next year and a lot of those players are missing.

“I’m not saying any of us will be missing, but Maybe I think that inspiration may not be there. So let’s enjoy it.”

But the co-founder and co-lead songwriter emphasises: “I didn’t say we’d wrap it up. I just said it may be our last record. That’s how I feel.”

For All Kings is Anthrax’s second album since the return of classic-era vocalist Joey Belladonna in 2010.

 

Ulrich on the new Metallica album

lars-ulrichEarlier this week that Metallica announced they’d be issuing a cassette version of their 1982 demo No Life ‘Til Leather, and Lars Ulrich also got talking about the band’s next album.
“We are f–king in it,” Ulrich says “We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re honing them and tweaking them. It’s pretty close.”
Metallica have been working on the follow-up to 2008′s Death Magnetic for a while now, and Ulrich reveals they are making progress. He says they have written nearly 20 new songs and will likely begin pre-production soon, though they haven’t yet finalized who will produce the album.
“The creative elements are getting close to being done,” Ulrich says. “Just remember, this is still ‘Metallica time.’ When I say we’re close to being done, it means the next month or so. There’s a lot of stuff going on as life continues with family and personal events … But we are certainly down there [writing] pretty much every day.”
Ulrich says they are planning on trying some new things with this album: “In our world, there’s been a distinct difference between the creative phase and the recording phase. With this project, we’re trying to bridge the two a little more organically and not have there be such a great divide between the processes. We want to see if we can bring some of the creative curiosity, the impulsive stuff that happens when you’re first playing a song into the studio.”
Ulrich continues, “You want to tweak it and get it good, but you also want to record it in a way where it doesn’t feel laboured over and overthought,” he continues. “We’re trying to figure out where that line is.”
Metallica will be “Escaping from the Studio” as usual and Ulrich says he hopes the band will have some new material to play during upcoming shows.