“Worship Music”, the long-awaited new album from ANTHRAX, is due in the U.S. on September 13 via Megaforce Records (one day earlier in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records). The band’s first studio release in eight years marks the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna, whose last studio work with the group was 1990′s “Persistence Of Time”.
According to Amazon.com, “Worship Music” will feature the following track listing:
01. Worship (intro)
02. Earth On Hell
03. The Devil You Know
04. Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t
05. I’m Alive
06. Hymn 1
07. In The End
08. The Giant
09. Hymn 2
10. Judas Priest
12. The Constant
13. Revolution Screams
The “classic ANTHRAX-sounding” “Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t” is a song about killing zombies, and is the one new track that ANTHRAX — Belladonna, guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello — has played live since they Belladonna rejoined the line-up a year ago. ANTHRAX offered the track as a free download last month, and fan comments in chat rooms have been overwhelmingly ecstatic.
In addition, ANTHRAX has revealed the CD cover artwork for “Worship Music”. 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, created the original painting for the cover. Ross also did the original artwork for ANTHRAX‘s “We’ve Come For You All” and “Music Of Mass Destruction” albums.
The early feedback from press on “Worship Music” has also been simply stellar: Alexander Milas, editor of Metal Hammer called the album “a riff-shitting, fire-breathing, doubt-crushing monster of a record. Welcome back, boys!,” while VH1/“That Metal Show”‘s Eddie Trunk said, “This album is fucking amazing! Metal album of the year so far! Congratulations. Just killer.”
“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. Belladonna‘s return to the band prompted some of the songs originally recorded 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.
“Worship Music” is loaded with stand-out tracks. While “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 Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott.
“Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t” audio stream: