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Hey Look, New ANTHRAX Riffs!

Courtesy of Charlie Benante.

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Anthrax wrapped up their tour with Black Label Society and Hatebreed last week, which means it's time to get back to working on a new album! Anthrax drummer (and super talented multi-instrumentalist) Charlie Benante has taken to Instagram to post one of the first teases of new music in the form of a few riffs. Obviously it's not much to go off of right now, but is anyone else getting some serious groove metal vibes from Benante's playing?

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In a recent interview, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello said there's no real rush and that Anthrax isn't interested in putting out something that isn't "right."

"No [it won't be out in 2022]. We have to tour a little bit this year. Look, when it's right, it'll be right. And people know us, man. We digest these songs. We're fans, so it's gotta come from that, it's gotta come from the fans' point of view. It's gotta be right — the right record — so there's no rush. We're itchy, believe me, but there's no rush. But we know it's gotta be right before we put it out."

Guitarist Scott Ian added in a separate interview with Metal Injection earlier this year that the band was working through a "fucking mountain of great riffs" and that Anthrax fans are gonna love it. "We were just together writing. We have songs and all I can say is we will get in the studio when we're ready, which I hope is this year," said Ian. "I would love that. I think we're getting there. I think we have great songs. I think people will be very happy.

"Not to make a weird comparison, but it's our third record back together with Joey. Actually, it's an odd comparison. I should just say it's our third album since our kind of our reboot in 2010 and our third album back in the day was Among the Living. I'm not saying that this is, because it's not Among the Living II in any sense, but I just think we have some great songs and there's like a fucking mountain of great riffs. I think people are going to be very happy."

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