ANTHRAX Guitarist: ‘We Have A Long Way To Go Until The End Of The Cycle For This Album’ editor-in-chief Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Did you write any of the new material with the show in mind?

Scott: When we write, we don’t really think that way. Once a song is written — or there’s even a bare-bones arrangement — there have been many times where we’ll say, “I can’t wait to play this one live. This is going to be crazy.” That’s already after something is together, though. I can’t say we start with an idea that’s going to be crazy live because I don’t know how we would do that. If you’re trying to do that, I don’t know how you’d accomplish it. It seems like you guys are always ready for war when you hit the stage.

Scott: I kind of look at it that way. We’re not doing battle with anybody else. It’s us and the audience going to war together. If war was fun, that is. [laughs] We want to get on stage and do the best we could possibly do for the people who pay their hard-earned money to see us and want to have a good time. From the time we get on stage, it’s our responsibility to show those people how good of a time they can have at an ANTHRAX show. That’s really the most important thing to me. All I care about is the show and making sure we’re the best band we can be for those 40 minutes. Have you begun writing for the next record?

Scott: I can’t say we’ve officially started writing. There are a couple of ideas from the “Worship Music” sessions that didn’t get finished which are close. They still need some work. That’s why they’re not on the album. I’d think maybe at some point we’ll start working on those and take it from there, but our attitude is even though we’ve been on tour since September when the album came out, it’s still so early. We feel like we have a lot of work to do and a long way to go until the end of the cycle for this album. There’s no reason to rush anything.

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