Speed Metal icons and one of the “Big 4” Anthrax have announced the title of their new album – Worship Music. The record will be Anthrax’s ninth studio record and the first record with returning vocalist Joey Belladonna.
The album has been four years in the making and is produced by the guys themselves. In the press statement the band talk about how great it is to have Joey back in the ranks and detail some of the songs that will appear on the album.
Judas Priest is a nod to the huge influence that band has had on the members of Anthrax and metal heads everywhere. I’m Alive is beautiful and grand with a build that demands audience participation. Crawl is dark and moody, and filled with a lot of the emotion and stress the band was feeling when it was written. Fight ‘em ‘til You Can’t is a song about killing zombies, and who doesn’t love a good zombie song? It’s the one new track that Anthrax has played live since they started touring with Belladonna a year ago, and has been getting tremendous audience response. The song Earth on Hell is classic Anthrax thrash. The Devil You Know is best-described as “an AC/DC groove filtered through an Anthrax lens,” while In The End is epic-sounding and Anthrax’s way of remembering the late Ronnie James Dio and “Dimebag” Darryl.
The album is due to be released September 13. September is shaping to be a big month for metal fans. Firstly, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Devin Townsend, Danzig and more are touring with Soundwave Revolution, plus expect new albums from Machine Head, Dream Theatre and Biohazard.