ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante has told EonMusic that the band's latest album, "For All Kings", could be its last, explaining the "inspiration" to make a follow-up effort "may not be there."
"I don't even know if there will be another record, is all I can tell you," Charlie told the site. "This may be our last record. I'd rather go out on a high."
Pressed about whether it would mean the end of ANTHRAX, Charlie said: "I didn't say we'd wrap it up; I just said it may be our last record. That's how I feel."
The drummer went on to make a sporting analogy. He said: "You know, certain sports teams will have the greatest team one year, then come back next year and a lot of those players are missing — they suck. I'm not saying any of us will be missing, but maybe I think that inspiration may not be there, so let's enjoy it."
"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. According to Billboard, ANTHRAX was last in the top 10 back in 1993 with "Sound Of White Noise", which debuted and peaked at No. 7. "For All Kings" also gave ANTHRAX its largest sales week for an album since "Sound Of White Noise"'s second week on sale (40,000; it debuted with 62,000).
"For All Kings" was ANTHRAX's first studio album since 2011's "Worship Music" (No. 12 peak with 28,000 sold in its first week) and followed the 2013 covers set "Anthems" (No. 52; 8,000 sold in its debut frame).
"For All Kings" also topped the Hard Rock Albums chart in both the U.S. and Canada, and landed at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, on the U.S. and Canada's Top Current Albums charts. Additionally, "For All Kings" debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, No. 2 on the Independent Albums chart, No. 4 Physical Albums, and No. 5 Vinyl Albums chart.