ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante spoke to Jonathon Moran of Australia's The Daily Telegraph this week about the group's upcoming "reunion" tour, which is scheduled to hit Australia in May.
After a 13-year break, ANTHRAX's "classic" lineup of Benante, Joey Belladonna (vocals), Frankie Bello (bass), Scott Ian (guitar) and Danny Spitz (guitar) will tour together, beginning with three warm-up shows in the U.S.
"Back when we started, there was just heavy metal," Benante said from Chicago.
"And then it got branched off to like speed metal and thrash metal.
"We definitely took something and made it what it is today."
The heavy metal outfit will perform dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Scarborough on their Australian tour.
"I'm anxious and nervous," Benante said of the reunion tour.
"Until we get a few shows under our belt I probably won't even look up."
The band's most recent vocalist, John Bush (ARMORED SAINT) gave his blessing for the "classic" ANTHRAX lineup to reform for the reunion tour.
"We are just doing this reunion tour and then we'll take baby steps," Benante said.
That said, the group has no plans on releasing a new album together but will record a documentary DVD of the reunion.
"Most of us now are much more mature," he said.
"We are better players now so I just feel the shows are going to be very, very, very exciting."