Scott Ian Says Anthrax Have Roughly Fourteen New Songs In The Works, Admits Stormtroopers Of Death Would Be Cancelled If They Came Out In 2022


As part of a recently published fan Q&A over at Metal Hammer, Scott Ian, guitarist for legendary thrash metallers Anthrax, revealed where the lone East Coast representatives of the Big Four are with their twelfth studio album.

When asked by a fan why Ian was doing the Q&A instead of working on the band’s new album, Ian responded:

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“We’re getting there! Everything got thrown for a loop for a couple of years. We had started writing before COVID, but then eventually we jumped back in, so we do have eight arrangements and half of them with lyrics. We’ve got at least another six really, really great things that we just need to start bashing out as a band. We’re not that far off!”

In the same Q&A, Ian was also asked if he would be cancelled if Stormtroopers Of Death had released their 1985 debut album “Speak English Or Die” today. That side project was controversial by design and deliberately intended to offend people with its unapologetically non-pc lyrical content. Ian conceded that it would definitely not go over well, offering:

“If it had never existed in 1985 and we tried to put that out today, no matter how hard we tried to explain the joke, yes, certain sections of people would cancel it. It’d have a much harder time now. We didn’t have internet back then! If people don’t know, Sargent D is a character I created because I wanted to try and make a comic book. I didn’t know how to write a comic book, so I wrote songs about this character who’s dead! He’s unliving, and hates anything alive. We explained it a few times in interviews back then, but either people want to hear it or they don’t.”

You can read all of the questions and Ian‘s answers over at Metal Hammer. Anthrax will be heading to the UK in October with Municipal Waste and Sworn Enemy for the following shows:

09/27 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
09/29 Manchester, UK – Academy
09/30 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
10/01 Newcastle, UK – O2 City Hall
10/03 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
10/04 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
10/06 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
10/08 London, UK – Brixton Academy

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