Metal Wani's Jackie Mtz conducted an interview with ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 11-14 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked about a comment he made to the EonMusic web site back in June when he said that ANTHRAX's latest album, "For All Kings", could be the band's last, explaining the "inspiration" to make a follow-up effort "may not be there," Benante responded: "So, I should clarify that. That was taken completely out of context. [The interviewer] asked me…. This record, he felt, was probably the greatest thing we've ever done. Where do you go from here? And then that led into the conversation, 'I don't know. Maybe this could be the last one, and I would be happy with that.' That's what I said. But, of course, fucking idiots, like on that Blabbermouth site, I hate them. They twist it, and they just want people to go to their web site, so… And it's, like, that's not what I said. I think we have a lot more music in us. And that's basically what was said. So, you know, whatever."
Benante previously told The Aquarian Weekly that he was motivated to conjure a vintage ANTHRAX vibe during the early stages of writing "For All Kings".
"The first three or four songs I had for this record were flat-out thrash, a throwback to the old days, and they needed to be written," he explained. "I became possessed by my guitar. It was like my guitar was making me write these songs."
After penning the first few speed-laden tunes, the band chose to get adventurous.
"We wanted to explore different types of songs, and have this musical landscape that takes you somewhere from start to finish," Benante said.
"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.