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Anthrax Plans Meet and Greet In Long Island

Sam Ash in Huntington, NY is celebrating their grand reopening on Thursday April 24th in epic fashion with discounts, artists and industry reps to help them commemorate the occasion. Randall, Washburn, Samson and Zoom have joined the festivities, bringing in thrash metal icons Anthrax to sign some autographs and mingle with the customers. As New York natives, the members of Anthrax had been consistent customers of Huntington Sam Ash as kids and are excited to lend their time to help them ring in a new era of cutting-edge merchandise and unrivaled service. Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Rob Caggiano and Dan Nelson of Anthrax will be appearing at 7 p.m.

A staple within the Long Island music community for over 40 years, Huntington Sam Ash has revamped their historic location, remodeling the interior and adding stock to ensure they can offer the best gear and best service at the best prices. The party goes from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will feature refreshments, giveaways, prizes and heavily discounted gear in addition to the artists and brand representatives attending. So don’t miss your chance to find some incredible deals and meet some of the biggest names in the industry.

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Anthrax Post New Song Clip Online

An audio clip of a rehearsal/demo version of a brand new ANTHRAX song, entitled "Fight 'Em 'Till You Can't Fight No More," can be heard on the intro page to the band's official web site. ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian previously described the track as "straight-up 1988[-style thrash] through a 2007 filter."

In a December 2007 online chat, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante stated about the group's new material, "It's hard nowadays to try and relive 1986. We were different in 1986. We can reach inside and pull out some of the old school and make ourselves make that music, but we don't. The song 'Fight 'Em 'Till You Can't' is as organic as it gets; it's not forced and it is like an old-school thrash song."

New photos of the group can be found at this location. More...

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Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Launches New Band

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has formed a new side project called METHUSALEH. According to Ian, the group features "some lovely fellows that play in some major bands. I can't say shit about it right now other than the songs are fucking heavy, like a more metallic KYUSS."

Scott Ian will take part in a meet-and-greet following PEARL's performance at the Barfly in Camden, UK on March 21.

PEARL is the band fronted by Pearl Aday, Scott Ian's fiancée and daughter of legendary crooner Meat Loaf. The group's current lineup is completed by Eric Bradley (THE YOUNG ROYALS, JERRY CANTRELL) on lead guitar, Eric Andrews (ROYAL FEVER, 286) on drums, and Dominique Davalos (THE GO-GO'S, THE BLUEBELLES) on bass.

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Anthrax Release In Studio Photos

ANTHRAX' Scott Ian released new photos today exclusively to NoneLouder.com of the band working in the studio.

The photos, taken by photographer Chad Lee, show the band working in their studio in Chicago preparing for their next release.

The new Anthrax lineup includes Scott Ian (rhythm guitar), Frankie Bello (bass) and Charlie Benante (drums), new vocalist Dan Nelson (ex-DEVILSIZE) and lead guitarist/producer Rob Caggiano.

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Anthrax Guitarist To Be On Battlestar Galactica

According to Mark Strigl of "Talking Metal", ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian will appear in the upcoming "Battlestar Galatica" half-hour special "Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon", which is described as a "celebrity-studded celebration" of the show's impact on pop culture. The program, which is scheduled to air on Friday, March 28 at 10:30 p.m., will also include interviews with such other celebrities as Seth Green, country music's Top Male Vocalist of 2007 Brad Paisley and "Talk Soup"'s Joel McHale.

Video footage of Scott Ian prepping a Viper for takeoff during a visit to the set of "Battlestar Galactica" can be viewed below.

When asked what got him hooked on the show, Ian said, "The webmaster for ANTHRAX is a huge fan and he kept raving about it to me in the first season, about how great it was, but I just couldn't get past the title: it's so cheesy. Then he sent me the series on DVD, and he said, just give it 15 minutes, and as soon as I started watching it, I was hooked. From the first minute, you see it has nothing to do with the original show except character names." More...

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Anthrax Drummer Goes Back To School

Charlie Benante, drummer for thrash legends ANTHRAX, spent Monday, February 11 back in the classroom. Benante turned the Woodlawn Middle School in Lawn Grove, Illinois into his own "School of Rock!" The accomplished Grammy-nominated musician was invited to the school to speak with seventh-graders about his experience with music, both as a student and a performer.

Benante commented: "My stepson comes home one day and says that he learned how to play 'Smoke On The Water'. I'm like, 'What?! That was one of the first songs I learned how to play too. They're still using that?' I thought it was great. He asked me, 'Would you come to the school and show the class some things?' He convinced me and I ended up doing it."

Benante spent a class period speaking to 75 music and art students about his experience learning how to play music, as well as all things ANTHRAX.

School librarian and technology director Howard Frishman, who organized the event, had this to say: "Charlie had a profound effect on the students. He's a great motivational speaker. There was a buzz going around school. When we first came up with this, we said, 'Let's do something cool the kids won't forget.'"

One lucky student was asked to come up in front of the class and received some one-on-one schooling from Benante. "Because of guitar hero, these kids who are 12 years old know songs like 'Madhouse' and 'Paint It Black'," said Benante. "They asked me to play those, as well as some LED ZEPPELIN."

"I also told them about how I went and took guitar lessons. I told them the lessons seemed boring at the time and that the last thing I wanted to do after a week of regular school was go to music school. But I told them later on that it all made sense to me, because I benefited from doing that. When I'm playing with the band, a certain rudiment will come out of me, and I can always trace it back to when I took lessons."

Benante and Frishman are already considering a second information session at the school, and the drummer hasn't ruled out the possibility of having the rest of the members of ANTHRAX there as well.

Benante and Ovation Guitars will be donating several guitars to support the music programs that are so important to today's youth.

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Joey Belladonna Announces Solo Shows

JOEY BELLADONNA, former lead singer of the legendary group ANTHRAX from 1985-92 and 2005-06, has been featured on over 10 albums that have sold over 8 Million records worldwide.

During that time, Belladonna has shared the stage with IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, MEGADETH, KISS, OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER, ALICE IN CHAINS, DIO, PUBLIC ENEMY, LIVING COLOR, PRIMUS, MOTLEY CRUE, BON JOVI, WHITESNAKE, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, EXODUS, HELLOWEEN, ROB ZOMBIE, JUDAS PRIEST and many others.

Also during this time Joey sang the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden and the Metro Dome in Minnesota for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. In 1988 he starred in the underground cult classic film, Pledge Night.

While Belladonna was with Anthrax, the band was nominated for three Grammy awards, appeared on the Fox sitcom Married with Children, and was voted #1 metal singer two years in a row by Metal Forces Magazine.

In the mid to late '90s, Joey Belladonna released his first two solo albums with great press and reviews from around the world. After his successful worldwide reunion tour with Anthrax in 2005-06, Joey is now onto his solo project. With a world tour for 2008 entitled Never Look Back, Joey has recruited a new powerhouse band and is currently working on a new Belladonna album to be released in the fall of 2008.

Tour dates:

April
2 - Jack Rabbit Slims - Albany, NY
3 - Underworld Concert Club - Columbus, OH
4 - The Lighthouse - Imperial, PA
5 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
9 - Kings Tavern - Denver, CO
11 - Roadhouse - Apple Valley, CA
12 - Tremors - Riverside, CA
13 - The Museum Club - Flagstaff, AZ
14 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
16 - Fat Cat - Modesto, CA
18 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
23 - Big City Night Club - Farmington, NM
25 - Acadia Bar - Houston, TX
26 - Tiffanys Billiards - San Antonio, TX

May
1 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA

More dates to be announced.

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Gigantour CD/DVD Details Revealed

The second coming of Megadeth's acclaimed traveling metal festival Gigantour arrives on both DVD and CD April 22 via Image Entertainment. Conceived in 2005 by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Gigantour resurrects metal's focus on stellar musicianship.

The Gigantour DVD and CD follow Image Entertainment's fall 2006 release of the debut Gigantour CD and DVD, which featured performances by Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Anthrax (CD only), Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex.

Gigantour 2 features over an hour of performances by iconic and influential heavy metal pioneers Megadeth, along with Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, The Smashup, and Into Eternity. Recorded in DTS 5.1 surround sound, the DVD version also features a behind the scenes look at the 2006 tour, while both the DVD and CD offer a hidden bonus track--Megadeth's "Peace Sells."

The release of the Gigantour 2 DVD and CD coincides with this year's Earth Day--perfect, really, since MUSTAINE has said, with a laugh, about Gigantour's mission of emphasizing true musicianship and virtuosity: " I think that in a small way, we are cleaning up the environment of crappy bands."

Meanwhile, in February Megadeth heads to Europe--where recently announced new guitarist Chris Broderick (Nevermore, Jag Panzer) will make his debut with the band alongside Mustaine, drummer Shawn Drover, and bassist James Lomenzo, before returning for this year's Gigantour.

The 29-date North American trek kicks off April 12 at The Fillmore in Denver and criss-crosses the U.S. and Canada until its May 22 finale at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Phoenix . Joining Megadeth on this year's tour are Scandinavian death metal band In Flames, Finland's Children of Bodom, Arizona's modern extreme Job for a Cowboy, and Oakland, CA heavy power trio High on Fire.

The DVD and CD tracklisting: More...

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New Anthrax Singer To Appear On Hard Attack Radio

Dan Nelson, the new singer for metal legends ANTHRAX, will stop by the Hard Attack studios for an exclusive interview with ANTHRAX super fan and Sirius host Jose Mangin. Fans will have the opportunity to hear the entire story of how Dan went from local New York band to fronting one of the world’s most heard of metal acts. Somewhere along the way there will also be a Sirius Anthrax Trivia challenge to see if Nelson really knows about the band he just joined.

The show airs Thursdays at 7 pm ET, and is rebroadcast Fridays at noon ET, Saturdays at 3 pm ET and Sundays at 6 pm ET

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Anthrax Guitarist To Appear At Sundance Festival

Anvil! The Story Of Anvil is the name of the documentary on ANVIL directed by Sacha Gervasi, who wrote the Steven Spielberg movie, The Terminal. It will be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival which runs January 17-27, 2008. Sacha is an old friend of the band's that used to do some roadie work for them back in the 1980's. The website for the film is at Anvilmovie.com. The site recently added still-shots from the film.

Screening times for Anvil! The Story Of Anvil at the Sundance Film Festival:

Friday, January 18, 5:30pm - Library Center Theatre, Park City
Saturday, January 19, 9:00pm - Tower Theatre, SLC
Sunday, January 20, Noon - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Saturday January 26, Midnight - Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Monday, January 21, 11:00am - Yarrow, Park City (press screening)

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Anthrax Guitarist Checks In

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently launched a column on SuicideGirls.com called "Scott Ian's Food Coma" where he writes about his food and travel experiences. An excerpt from the latest installment follows:

"Aloha, my friends, from sunny Oahu. I'm here with my lady and four other couples in a rental house living out our 'Real World' fantasies, except without the drama and the token gay. The booze menu above actually lasted us almost three days and then we had to restock. The cops did come Friday night, so the trip is a success. Three acoustic guitars and eight people drunkenly singing 'Wonderwall'… It was me that called the cops.

"Besides all the liver damage, I have been eating my way across this fine island. The meal at Nobu the other night was the best Matsuhisa created meal in my life (and I've been eating his stuff for 20 years) and Sasabune here is on another level as well. I'll get to the details of those meals in a minute, first you gotta hear about Car Chicken.

"We were coming back from the north shore yesterday and stopped in Haleiwa for some shaved ice (get the Lilikoi, that's passion fruit to us Haole's) and other sundries like a Solo Pipe (I don't smoke but if you smoke weed this is the best thing ever invented.) Haleiwa is a really funky little surf/hippie town populated by locals and Haole's that wanted to escape the reality of the mainland man. There are surf shops, head shops, shaved ice shops and lots of BBQ. People BBQ at their house and set up stands to sell it. You just walk in to their house and they take the whole BBQ chicken and throw it in a plastic bag. No utensils, no napkins. I guess you're supposed to take it home and cut it up and eat it but when you're driving back to the south side of the island and you're hungry, Car Chicken. Five people passing around two bags with whole BBQ chickens in them tearing chunks of meat off with their hands. Messy and good. It had to be done. Ya see, it's not all about fancy-pants meals here."

Read the full article at suicidegirls.com.

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New Anthrax Singer Wants To Record Album Quickly

The following report is courtesy of The Canadian Press:

The tagline for the 2001 movie Rock Star - 'The story of a wannabe who got to be' - might as well have been about Dan Nelson. The part-time singer and personal trainer from Long Island was just a regular working Joe until last week, when heavy metal icons ANTHRAX announced that the 31-year-old would become their new lead singer.

"The other night my friends took me out for dinner and one of them bought me Rock Star as a joke," Nelson said Tuesday. "So I watched it and it was weird - the whole beginning of the movie is similar to what's happened."

It's really a case of life imitating art that imitates life: The flick's hero, played by Mark Wahlberg, is a photocopier technician by day who scores the ultimate gig when his favourite band asks him to become their singer. The movie is loosely based on the true story of Tim Owens, singer in a JUDAS PRIEST tribute band who was chosen to replace his idol.

Now Nelson gets to rock out with Anthrax, the group he idolized as a kid.

But unlike Wahlberg's cautionary character, whose life spirals out of control with the pressures of fame, Nelson doesn't plan on letting it go to his head. He has no plans to trash hotel rooms, either.

"No, I'm not that type," the married rocker said, with a laugh. "I'll be trashing stages. Every stage I play I'll be destroying."
Nelson's big break comes courtesy of MySpace: Nelson met Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano several years ago and, buoyed by encouragement from his wife, Kim, recently contacted him through the social networking Web site to discuss a possible collaboration of sorts. Caggiano admired his pluck.

"I sent him my stuff on Myspace and he sent me a (message) back with his number and said, 'Call me immediately,' " Nelson recalled. "I called him up and his response was, 'What rock have you been hiding under?' "

Anthrax had a reunion tour with former singer Joey Belladonna last year, but talks to continue fell through. With that doubtless in the back of his mind, Nelson flew to Chicago to meet with Caggiano for a project he was working on.

After a 10-hour jam session, Caggiano delivered a doozy: "I think you should try singing for Anthrax."

Nelson auditioned for the band - Caggiano, guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frankie Bello - in late October. He said they had him "on pins and needles" for a month until breaking the good news.

"I was in shock," he said. "I'm still in shock. I mean, who am I kidding? You know, I'm the luckiest guy in the world."

He's ready to get to work on the band's upcoming album.

"It's gone from the excitement and disbelief to 'OK, let's go,' " he said. "I want the next thing. I want to get in the studio. I want to record the album. I want to be on the road. I can't wait for that. It's my dream to do that - and I can't wait."

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Ex-Grim Reaper Guitarist To Play With Belladonna

Former GRIM REAPER guitarist Nick Bowcott will join ex-ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna for both New York City shows at The Filmore NY @ Irving Plaza on December 20 and December 21 during Joey's opening slot for TWISTED SISTER. Bowcott and Belladonna will reportedly perform a couple of "classic songs" together each night.

Belladonna last year made three full albums' worth of solo material available for paid download via his official web site.

Commented Joey: "These songs are assorted experiments that I have done and are varied in style. They are sort of 'one-offs,' basically just songs that I wanted to record for fun."

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Anthrax Guitarist Speaks On Response To New Singer

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has issued the following update:

"The response to us announcing Dan [Nelson] as the new singer has been great, thank you. I can't wait for you to hear what we've got going on. Thanks for the patience, support and loyalty!!!"

Nelson, 32, is a virtual unknown, having fronted several local bands in the Long Island/New York area, including DEVILSIZE and ME, MY ENEMY.

"I was actually looking for a band," Nelson said in a press release. "Long Island is a pretty dead scene. I was in UNBROKEN, and through that I met Rob a couple years ago. I had gone through some stuff on a personal side where I took time off from the music. When I got back to the scene, I couldn't find a band, so I contacted Rob through MySpace and offered my services. We sent music back and forth, got together, and jammed for 10 hours straight. After 10 hours, he said, 'I think you'd be right for ANTHRAX."

"There's no place else I'd rather be right now," Nelson added. "It's a great vibe. I feel great, and I'm ready to go. It's lit that much more of a fire under me. I'm getting to live the dream, and it feels amazing. I can't wait for all these people who think ANTHRAX is done to be proven wrong. The naysayers are gonna be shut down, and the true-blue fans are gonna be pleased.”

ANTHRAX, featuring Nelson on vocals, guitarists Ian and Rob Caggiano, bassist Frankie Bello, and drummer Charlie Benante, is currently working on all-new material. "We wrote these songs and they fucking kicked ass," said Benante. "It was cathartic. We also want to take our time. This record will be under the microscope, more so than the others. We want to make sure it's 100% perfect."

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New Anthrax Singer Talks About Landing The Job

Anthrax recently announced new singer, Dan Nelson. Nelson is a virtual unknown, having fronted several local bands in the Long Island/ New York area in the past. Says drummer Charlie Benante, “Rob [Caggiano] called me and said, ‘I have a singer, you should check him out.’ We gave him a shot, and he floored us.”

After a successful reunion tour with former singer Joey Belladonna in 2006, there were rumors of recording a new album with that lineup. However, talks fell through and the band was left, once again, without a singer. Enter Dan Nelson.

“I was actually looking for a band,” commented Nelson. “ Long Island , NY is a pretty dead scene. I was in Unbroken, and through that I met Rob a couple years ago. I had gone through some stuff on a personal side where I took time off from the music. When I got back to the scene, I couldn’t find a band, so I contacted Rob through MySpace and offered my services. We sent music back and forth, got together, and jammed for 10 hours straight. After 10 hours, he said, ‘I think you’d be right for Anthrax.”

“There’s no place else I’d rather be right now,” Nelson said. “It’s a great vibe. I feel great, and I’m ready to go. It’s lit that much more of a fire under me. I’m getting to live the dream, and it feels amazing. I can’t wait for all these people who think Anthrax is done to be proven wrong. The naysayers are gonna be shut down, and the true blue fans are gonna be pleased.”

Guitarist Scott Ian commented on the new singer saying, “It feels great working with Dan. The first time we jammed, we ran through a bunch of old songs, songs from the John Bush/ Joey Belladonna eras. Right from the first second Dan started “Room For One More” we knew. We said, ‘Now that we’ve got that, let’s work his ass off.”

Anthrax, featuring Nelson on vocals, guitarists Ian and Rob Caggiano, bassist Frankie Bello, and drummer Benante, is currently working on all-new material. “We wrote these songs and they fucking kicked ass,” says Benante. “It was cathartic. We also want to take our time. This record will be under the microscope, more so than the others. We want to make sure it’s 100% perfect.”

In related news, two classic Anthrax records - “Sound of White Noise” and “Stomp 442” - are going to be available on iTunes on December 18. They will be expanded editions with bonus tracks, and it’s the first time the records will be released digitally. The online versions of the albums will also include commentary tracks from the band members themselves.

Anthrax has not yet announced a release date for an upcoming album, but the band is in the middle of the writing process, so stay tuned for more updates.

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Anthrax Announce New Vocalist

ANTHRAX have announced that they have recruited former DEVILSIZE and ME, MY ENEMY vocalist Dan Nelson as the replacement for Joey Belladonna as the band’s new singer.

Band members Scott Ian and Charlie Benante have revealed in a recent online chat that there are no hard feelings between themselves and former band members. They also stated that John Bush has claimed that he wants nothing more to do with music, not just Anthrax.

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Anthrax To Re-Issue Albums This Month

ANTHRAX will release "Sound Of White Noise (Expanded Edition)" and "Stomp 442 (Expanded Edition)" as digital releases for the first time via Anthrax Ltd./ Megaforce Records on December 18, 2007. In addition to being available at digital outlets such as iTunes, Rhapsody, etc., ringtones will also be available via all major cell phone providers.

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently told MTV.com that he, drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello have spent most of 2007 writing and fine-tuning a batch of new songs, which Ian said are along the lines of the band's 2003 album, "We've Come for You All".

At this point, ANTHRAX have a pile of songs, and they're just waiting for the right guy to fill the frontman position so they can proceed. While they've got a short list of singers with whom they're in discussions, there's no word regarding who will fill John Bush and Joey Belladonna shoes.

"It's getting to be a little bit of a problem with the material we're writing," Ian admitted. "Because the singer we use will obviously have some bearing on what kind of songs we write. But we know that we want to make a proper follow-up to 'We've Come for You All', which we all loved. But we want it to be even better: heavier, faster, hookier. As songwriters, you try to improve on your craft. And fortunately, we've got the time to make that happen. We have no deadline at all because we've got no label deal, so my attitude is, 'Let's make the most metal record we've ever made in our lives,' and I would have to say that's coming to fruition."

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Anthrax Guitarist Reveals Favorite Albums Of 2007

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has revealed his top albums of 2007 in the latest installment of his regular column on SuicideGirls.com (dubbed "Scott Ian's Food Coma"). They are as follows:

01. MACHINE HEAD - "The Blackening"
02. MASTODON - "Blood Mountain"
03. HEAVEN AND HELL - "Live At Radio City"
04. EVERY TIME I DIE - "The Big Dirty"
05. SERJ TANKIAN - "Elect The Dead"
06. FOO FIGHTERS - "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace"
07. LED ZEPPELIN - "The Complete Led Zeppelin"
08. DOWN - "Over The Under"
09. ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS - "Raising Sand"
10. PEARL - "Pearl" EP

To read Scott's thoughts on each release, go to this location.

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Anthrax Guitarist Filming New Fox Poker Show

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has issued the following update:

"Played poker for 16 hours [in Las Vegas] yesterday. Online and live tourney and then the Poker Room at the Palms. You can say I'm hooked. Finished sixth in the 'Beauty And The Bet' tourney. Phil Hellmuth was very proud of his pupil.

"Filming the 'Best Damn Poker Tournament Ever' this week for Fox.

"Gearheads, check this out. The H4 is sick. It's a studio in your hand (and it looks like a Taser!!!).

"New ANTHRAX is killing."

Scott Ian recently told MTV.com that he, drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello have spent most of 2007 writing and fine-tuning a batch of new songs, which Ian said are along the lines of the band's 2003 album, "We've Come for You All".

At this point, ANTHRAX have a pile of songs, and they're just waiting for the right guy to fill the frontman position so they can proceed. While they've got a short list of singers with whom they're in discussions, there's no word regarding who will fill John Bush and Joey Belladonna shoes.

"It's getting to be a little bit of a problem with the material we're writing," Ian admitted. "Because the singer we use will obviously have some bearing on what kind of songs we write. But we know that we want to make a proper follow-up to 'We've Come for You All', which we all loved. But we want it to be even better: heavier, faster, hookier. As songwriters, you try to improve on your craft. And fortunately, we've got the time to make that happen. We have no deadline at all because we've got no label deal, so my attitude is, 'Let's make the most metal record we've ever made in our lives,' and I would have to say that's coming to fruition."

Read the full article at mtv.com.

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Anthrax Guitarist Talks Music, Movies And More

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently answered 20 questions about music, movies, comics and life for the Our World's At War web site. A couple of excerpts follow:

Our World's At War: Being a New York guy, what's it like living in LA?

Scott Ian: The NY I grew up in and lived in until 1989 is long gone. I'm back there at least once a month to see friends/biz etc and it's great for 3-4 days but that's it. Manhattan is a different place that I don't identify with. LA is a much easier place to live in every way (unless you live in Malibu and your house burned down) especially coming from the NY I come from. LA has everything NYC has without the chaos and you don't have to be rich to live here. And, I have winter on my terms. I can go snowboard and then be back in 70 degrees and sun.

Our World's At War: Do you think the Internet is a good thing or the devil?

Scott Ian: Like all good things, moderation is the key. I think it's easy to fall into the trap of your whole life existing on the internet and never leaving your house. The internet is a tool for me and nothing more. I'd rather interact with other humans (as horrible as that can be) than live behind a firewall.

Our World's At War: Which is better, ninjas or samurai? Why?

Scott Ian: Better? I don't know. If Ninja's have supernatural powers than they would be better. If it's just man vs. man, I'll go with Samurai, the Bushido code an d all that.

Our World's At War: Top five favorite and least favorite movies?

Scott Ian: Off the top of my head, "Godfather 1" & "2", "Raging Bull", "Goodfellas", "Blue Velvet", "Casablanca". Least? "Godfather 3". "Spider-Man 3". "Lost Highway". All disappointing. I can't think of any more right now. My movie-filter is very strict and I usually don't see crap. I'm sure there's more but I've blocked them.

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