Joey Belladonna has revealed to The National Student that he is preparing to return to the studio to complete a mystery recording that may or may not be ANTHRAX-related.
"I'm going to record something when I get back [from ANTHRAX's current run of European shows] — a couple of songs — but that's right in the middle of it," he said. "If something needs to be done, I've got to get in to do it. I hate to be rushed; I wish I could have done it two months ago but now there's a window."
He continued: "I don't like being, 'Oh, if it isn't done today, that's it!' It's got to be right. People write in the back of the bus on their way to their next city. I could do that, but we don't."
Joey also talked about the five-year gap between ANTHRAX's latest album, this year's "For All Kings", and its predecessor, 2011's "Worship Music".
"I don't think anybody's in a hurry to make a record if it's not going to be good," he said. "The ideas have to be fresh and have to be thought out, and even then, you never know. I go in pretty quick; once I finally get everything sent to me, I just wing it. It's laid out, but I still need to make something happen. It just takes time. It wasn't a rush; I'd love to be able to put something out every year, but once you finish it, you need to absorb it. It's hard to keep putting stuff out fast. Then it isn't genuine too. We're on the road too. We don't even get the chance to write anything when we're on the road. It's not, 'Do you have any good ideas?', it's, 'When are you available?' When we started tracking drums, we only did eight songs, then stopped. We took a minute, then went back and did some more."
"For All Kings" sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart.
ANTHRAX will join forces with SLAYER and DEATH ANGEL this fall for a seven-week North American tour. The dates start in Cleveland on September 9 and will hit both major and secondary markets across the continent.