Rolling Stone magazine and MetalMachine.netconducted separate interviews with ANTHRAX members Scott Ian (guitar) and Charlie Benante(drums), respectively, after the band’s performance this past Wednesday (September 14) at the “Big Four” concert at the Yankee Stadium in New York City. Check out the footage below.
“Worship Music”, the new studio album from ANTHRAX, is likely to sell between 24,000 and 27,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 13 via Megaforce Records.
ANTHRAX‘s previous studio CD, 2003’s “We’ve Come For You All”, opened with just under 10,000 units to debut at No. 122 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The CD cover artwork for “Worship Music” was handled by renowned comic book artist Alex Ross, who has worked with Marvel Comics and DC Comics and is known for his “Marvels”, “Kingdom Come”, and “Astro City” illustrations. Ross also did the original artwork for ANTHRAX‘s “We’ve Come For You All” and “Music Of Mass Destruction” albums.
“Worship Music” was produced by ANTHRAX, Rob Caggiano and Jay Ruston and recorded over a four-year period at studios in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Singer Joey Belladonna‘s return to the band prompted some of the songs originally recorded with previous singer Dan Nelson to be re-crafted with fresh lyrics or tweaked to better suit his overall vibe and energy. Some of the songs were completely replaced with brand-new songs and, of course, all have Belladonna‘s inimitable vocal stamp on them.
Rolling Stone interview with Scott Ian:
MetalMachine.net interview with Charlie Benante: