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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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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Scott Ian of Anthrax to Appear on Travel Guide

"Your Travel Guide: Aruba Poker Adventure" is a one hour special in which Travel Guide and Host, Shane O takes viewers on an exciting and personalized tour of Aruba. More...

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John Bush Featured In Podcast

The Shockwaves/HardRadio podcast #23 is now available. According to a show update, "this episode features a classic metal discussion between podcast host Bob Nalbandian and vocalist John Bush (ARMORED SAINT, ex-ANTHRAX). Rather than the standard interview Nalbandian and Bush each give their insight on some of the much publicized recent classic rock/metal reunions including VAN HALEN, HEAVEN AND HELL, LED ZEPPELIN, QUEEN, ALICE IN CHAINS, THE DOORS and many others. Also on this episode Nalbandian interviews William Irwin, the author/editor of METALLICA And Philosophy: A Crash Course In Brain Surgery. Topics include the philosophical aspects of James Hetfield's lyrics, Napster, the band's forthcoming release and the ongoing debate of Metallica 'selling-out.'"

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Joey Belladonna To Support Twisted Sister

As previously reported, TWISTED SISTER recently announced a second show for New York City "due to overwhelming demand," set for December 20th. Former ANTHRAX frontman Joey Belladonna, who was originally confirmed for the scheduled December 21st show, will be on the bill as support. Ex-GRIM REAPER guitarist Nick Bowcott will once again join Belladonna on stage for the December 21st show, as he did at The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, New York on October 30th.

Belladonna's schedule is as follows:

December
3 - CC Club - London, UK (with ADLER'S APPETITE)
4 - Yardbirds Rock Club - Grimsby, UK
5 - JB's - Dudley, West Midlands, UK
7 - Rio's - Leeds, UK
20 - The Filmore @ Irving Plaza - New York, NY
21 - The Filmore @ Irving Plaza - New York, NY

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Anthrax Guitarist Wries Suicide Girls Column

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

"I've been in Los Angeles for 18 years now and I know I've developed a disaster callous because driving on a freeway next to a hillside in flames is just interesting enough to get me to stop typing on my iPhone (yes, I am THAT GUY or that gay. Either one works.)

"I do love this city and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I'm a New Yorker that would rather live in La La Land than back in the 'old neighborhood.' Fuck the old neighborhood. Small-minded bitter assholes hanging out in dank, old-man bars, drinking from their mugs of sadness and failure as life passes them by. I'm not judging, maybe I'm stereotyping a bit, but I've been there. It smells bad.

"I come from a New York that doesn't exist any more so there's not much for me to miss. I used to miss the restaurants…"

Read the entire column at SuicideGirls.com.

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Metal/Rock Drummers Featured On Ferocious Drummer

Hall of Fame drummer Marky Ramone (RAMONES) and paid a recent visit to the set of "The Most Ferocious Drummers Ever" — a featured television special currently in production which chronicles the lives and careers of over 50 legendary drummers in jazz, funk, rock, metal, and alternative music. Other drummers that appear in the special include Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) and Steven Adler (GUNS N' ROSES)

The TV special is hosted and produced by former Atlantic Records rock drummer Billy McCarthy (a.k.a. ex-D'MOLLS member Billy Dior) and feature film producer Braxton Pope of Ithaka Entertainment and features a kinetic mix of personal interviews, commentary, and performance clips entirely shot in high-definition. The special is projected for a 2008 release.

"I'd say it's about time a program came along and paid due respect to the drummer — after all, without a great drummer, something terrible happens to a band. Nothing," said McCarthy.

Notes Pope, "Every drummer featured is featured for one reason and one reason only — they are the foundation to the heaviest bands, the hit songs, and even the hit solo artists they helped define."

"The Most Ferocious Drummers Ever" delves into the drummer's childhood, the first arrival in the audition room with their chart-busting band mates, the sewing of that first hit song — their high (and lows) with those band-mates and then there's "every drummers hero," according to McCarthy, "agreed upon from Max Weinberg to Chad Smith of the CHILI PEPPERS to Charlie Benante of ANTHRAX. The king of the back-beat is Ringo Starr."

Billy McCarthy is a former Atlantic Records recording artist and Los Angeles radio talk show host. He is the author of the debut novel "The Devil of Shakespeare", the first novel ever to include a title song to a novel written by the author. Aside from producing film and music, Billy continues to write. His next book is "Beat Me Til' I'm Famous". Billy McCarthy currently resides in Chicago and is a member of the Society of Midland Authors.

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Anthrax Drummer To Play With Heavy The Fall

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante will make a special guest appearance at Illinois-based modern rock/alternative band HEAVY THE FALL's November 2 concert at Martyrs' in Chicago.

Three songs from HEAVY THE FALL's debut EP, featuring Charlie Benante, have been posted on the band's MySpace page. Charlie also produced the CD, which was engineered and mixed by Asim Ali (MUDVAYNE, LEFTSETTER).

HEAVY THE FALL features in its ranks former AVERNUS guitarist Erik Kikke. The group's current linup is rounded out by vocalist Daniel Graunke and bassist Michael V.

Acording to HEAVY THE FALL's official bio, the group's sound is characterized by "unique note-driven guitar riffs and melodies, tight rhythmic bass lines, strong vocals and passionate lyrics."

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Get Thrashed Expect April DVD Release

The makers of Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal have issued the following brief message:

"For all those who have been asking - Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal should be out on DVD April, 2008. More details coming soon!!!"

Get Thrashed documents the history of thrash metal by dissecting the genre from its head banging beginnings to the present day resurgence. The film features some incredible vintage live footage as well as interviews from legendary acts such as EXODUS, SODOM, ANTHRAX, METALLICA and more!

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Joey Belladonna Comments On Rejoining Anthrax

"The Classic Metal Show" recently conducted an interview with ex-ANTHRAX vocalist Joey Belladonna. When asked about the persistent rumor that he is once again working with ANTHRAX as they move forward on their new album, Joey said, "I don't know much about that kind of stuff. I don't know where that comes from, to be honest with you. There is a rumor going around. I see that. It's interesting when that stuff pops up." In response to the suggestion that ANTHRAX may "wise up" and bring him back, Belladonna said, "Well, my answer to that is we never really had to go through this phase. They could have just left it alone. Granted, they had fun doing whatever they did for the five records without me, but they could have just eliminated all of this malarkey if they wanted to."

Joey has lined up several solo dates during the coming weeks, including a few shows in the UK in December and an appearance with TWISTED SISTER at The Filmore at Irving Plaza in New York City on December 21.

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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Whit Crane Denies Anthrax Rumours

The Classic Metal Show, heard Saturdays from 9PM-3AM EST exclusively at www.cmsradionetwork.com, recently conducted an interview with vocalist Whit Crane (ex-UGLY KID JOE, MEDICATION, LIFE OF AGONY) to talk about his new project ANOTHER ANIMAL, which also features members of GODSMACK and DROP BOX. During the interview, Crane was questioned as to the rumors that he is the next vocalist of ANTHRAX, which he denied. He also admitted that he has never in his life touched a computer. Below is an excerpt."

The Classic Metal Show: You are obviously out on tour right now with Another Animal. Is this your warmup for taking the gig in Anthrax?
Crane: "Ha! These are my first interviews I've ever, ever done. I did one before this one. The guy before said there's this thing called Wikipedia out there that says that I'm the Anthrax singer."

The Classic Metal Show: It was out there on (the internet) that you did have the gig, then you didn't have the gig, then Corey Taylor had the gig. So we're just curious.
Crane: "Well, I'll tell you. I'm in a band with Scott Ian called Hossie DC, which is a tribute to AC/DC's Bon Scott era, but we dress up like Hassitic Jews. So they might have gotten that mixed up. We play in New York about two times a year. Scott's one of my closest friends, but I think I would know if I was in the band. I can categorically say that, as of yet, I am not in Anthrax."

The Classic Metal Show: Would you consider being in Anthrax?
Crane: "I don't think so. I think I've got my band, for now. I think it's my destination."

The Classic Metal Show: Where can people find out about you on the (world wide) web?
Crane: "You know, I think there's a MySpace presence. I think you would go to the myspace and then go to the music area of that and put in Another Animal. I think that's how you find that. You know, I'm pretty much computer illiterate. You know, I guess I could ask somebody. I've never been on a computer before."

The Classic Metal Show: Really?
Crane: "Yeah. I've never touched a computer key on my earthly visit."

The Classic Metal Show: Wow! Is there any reason why? Do you just not like them?
Crane: "No no no. I'm not anti-computer. It's just a cumbersome item. I travel really light. I've got a backpack. You know, I do have the telephone, which I guess is a form of a computer something. I think you can even get the internet on this thing. I'm pretty much down with my telephone. Text messages is enough for me to make it through the day."

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Joey Belladonna Announces More European Shows

Former ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna has confirmed more solo dates for his upcoming European run. His schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Oct. 30 - The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY (w/ LIZZY BORDEN)
Dec. 01 - Atarfe Vega Rock Festival 2007 - Granada, Spain
Dec. 03 - CC Club - London, England w/ ADLER'S APPETITE)
Dec. 04 - Yardbirds Rock Club - Grimsby, UK
Dec. 05 – JB's - Dudley West Midlands, UK
Dec. 07 - Rio's - Leeds, UK
Dec. 21 - The Filmore @ Irving Plaza - New York City, NY (w/ TWISTED SISTER)

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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Joey Belladonna To Do U.K. Shows

Former ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna has confirmed more solo dates for his upcoming European run. His schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Oct. 30 - The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY (w/ LIZZY BORDEN)
Dec. 01 - Atarfe Vega Rock Festival – Atarfe, Granada, Spain
Dec. 05 - JB's – Dudley, West Midlands, UK
Dec. 07 - Rio's - Leeds, UK

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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Scott Ian Retracts Statements About Joe Belladonna

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on his MySpace page:

"I wanted to post something here regarding an interview that was recently posted on MTV.com. It was an interview with Jon Wiederhorn about the S.O.D. release Rise Of The Infidels (which I'm actually really digging!!!). After the S.O.D. questions we spoke about Anthrax and the situations with Joey Belladonna, John Bush and Corey Taylor.

I need to clear up my comments regarding Joey. Some of the things I said were of an inflammatory nature and at the time I was not in full possession of the facts. From then til now, all the information has been brought to light and it was unprofessional of me to speak without all the facts and for this I apologize. I know how to admit when I am wrong and I retract what I said about Joey. I consider Joey a friend and I never meant to cause him distress in anyway and I hope we can move forward from this as friends.

Cheers, brother."

The statement comes after Scott Ian criticised Belladonna for not giving a straight answer as to whether or not he would be committed to a new Anthrax album.

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Former Anthrax Singer To Perform At Motorcross

Neil Turbin (DEATHRIDERS, ex-ANTHRAX), Andy Walo (JUNIOR WELLS), Mitch Perry (ex-MSG), Roger Bueno (PHILLIP SAYCE, KENNY ARONOFF), and Michael Leasure (ex-EDGAR WINTER) will perform on Saturday, September 29 at Pomona Fairgrounds at World Championships Freestyle Motorcross, Pomona, California. The band will play a number of short sets of metal covers just for this event.

The nationally televised world championship freestyle motorcross event is scheduled to air on CBS on October 13.

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Anthrax's Scott Ian To Appear On "L.A. Ink"

Tuesday, September 18, the High Voltage Tattoo Parlor will open its doors to Scott Ian, main axe-man for the legendary thrash metal band Anthrax. The heavy metal veteran will be appearing on the next episode of TLC’s “L.A. Ink,” which airs at 10PM EST. In the ultimate heavy metal tribute, Ian will be inked up with a tattoo of another hard rock hero, AC/DC’s Angus Young.

Ian commented on his appearance on the show, saying: “Kat Von D is the best and her shop is called High Voltage, so who and where better to get a tattoo of Angus Young?!?!”

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Scott Ian Speaks On Van Halen Reunion

Last Night Scott Ian of ANTHRAX went to see a VAN HALEN rehearsal. Here is a blog off of his Myspace about the night:
"I went to see Van Halen rehearse last night (September 12th). They were fucking amazing. Seriously, the hair on my arms was standing up. Dave (Lee Roth) sang great, Eddie (Van Halen) was shredding, Alex (Van Halen) is a fucking monster and Wolf (Van Halen) was perfect. Great on bass and hit every high note. The set list was 2 1/2 hours of the best shit. 'I'm The One', 'Atomic Punk', 'Romeo Delight', 'Somebody Get Me A Doctor', 'Mean Street', 'Unchained' and so many more. Do whatever you gotta do to get tix to see this. FINALLY!!!!! A real full blown arena rock act!!!!! It's like listening to the soundtrack of America since 1978. THE KINGS ARE BACK!!!!!!!"

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Anthrax Guitarist To Present Kerrang! Awards

ANTHRAX' Scott Ian has been confirmed as the presenter for this year's Kerrang! Awards, which take place in London on August 23.

"I'm excited, I think it's gonna be a lot of fun!" says the guitarist. "I've never hosted an awards type of thing before, but I was the minister at my brother's wedding, so I had to get up there in front of everybody and actually be the guy running the whole show, so after doing that this should be pretty easy!"

Ian's memories of K! Awards past, made the decision to get involved this year a no brainer: "I went a couple of years ago when Anthrax got an award and I had a blast, so, I figured it'd be even better this time because I get to be more of a part of it."

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Taylor Blames Label Politics For No Anthrax Work

ANTHRAX has abandoned plans to utilize the services of SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor on its next album due to scheduling conflicts with Taylor's other projects. ANTHRAX is said to be currently looking for a new singer to join the fold, although this has not yet been officially confirmed by the band or its management.

Until recently, Taylor had harbored hopes of replacing Joey Belladonna, who himself had taken John Bush's place in order to reunite the New York thrash group's best-known lineup.

As recently as June, Taylor was refusing to rule out the possibility that collaborating with ANTHRAX on the follow-up to "We've Come for You All," recorded with Bush in 2003, might lead to something a little more permanent. Having written lyrics to fit nine songs for the album, Taylor said he was "taking baby steps" towards what would happen next, though he was clear to point out his responsibilities towards SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR.

Talking on the latter's latest U.K. tour, Corey tells Metal Hammer magazine: "All I'm going to be able to do is help ANTHRAX with the album. I'd known all along that it would come down to how much time I had. Unfortunately but fortunately I've got a new album to do with SLIPKNOT. The SLIPKNOT guys got together for a brief meeting before I left home [in Iowa], and it was a lot of fun. There was a lot of laughing and goofing on each other. We all felt really stoked about starting up again. We've already started to put together a plan for the album and tour, everything starting to come together."

The flipside is that thoughts of doing anything meaningful with ANTHRAX are now impossible.

"Various people at the record company [Roadrunner] put their foot down about that," reveals Taylor. "So the way we've left it is that I will do a couple of songs with them, and not the whole album."

That must have been incredibly frustrating?

"Of course," Corey tells Metal Hammer. "I was so stoked that the ANTHRAX guys would consider doing anything with me. So the last thing I wanted to do was let them down. I have no idea of what they'll do now [that I'm unavailable], but the fact that they would still want to do something with me is very exciting. We'll have to see what happens."

Having broken ties with Ross Robinson to work with Rick Rubin, SLIPKNOT is still undecided as to who will produce the successor to 2004's "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", but drummer Joey Jordison has already revealed that preparation for their fifth studio album (1996's independent debut "Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat" is often overlooked) begins in October.

"That's when the writing is due to start," clarifies Corey. "Recording will hopefully be in January, that's the plan at least."

Expect to hear the album in the spring, possibly preceded by live dates. Meanwhile, has the singer been stockpiling plenty of material?

"Oh, I've got an absolute ton of stuff, man," Corey tells Metal Hammer. "I got three notebooks

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