Back in the dark ages—1981!—some guys started jamming in Queens. They called themselves Anthrax, and they'd go on to become the only non-California members of thrash metal's Big Four, alongside Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth. As they celebrate their 35th band-birthday, they're still slaughtering with the focus and intensity they showed on Fistful of Metal, Spreading the Disease and Among the Living.
Legendarily goateed shredder Scott Ian recently stopped by Fuse to talk about Anthrax's new album, For All Kings. The follow-up to 2011's Worship Music is a momentous record, with Shadows Fall's Jon Donais replacing Rob Caggiano as lead guitarist (Donais is the same age as the band!) and original vocalist Joey Belladonna singing the first songs Anthrax wrote specifically for him since 1990's Persistence of Time. (Worship Music was initially penned for another vocalist the band prefers not to name.)
Belladonna rejoining the group in 2010 left them "nothing to worry about other than just being Anthrax," Ian says. Now it's full-steam ahead, as it's more or less always been. "I play every show like it's my last show; I make every record like it's my last record," Ian tells us. Watch the interview above, where Ian also explains how For All Kings "makes us move, it makes us smile, it makes us happy. And therefore hopefully it'll make a lot of other people feel the same way."
Looking back on Anthrax's 35th anniversary in the video below, Ian recalls the band's earliest days. "We liked the sound we were making, and we were banging our heads to our own music. Because we didn't hear what we were doing anywhere else, and it's still the same now." Complacency and repetition isn't an option, since "metal fans would really see through the bullcrap."
And rest assured, Scott Ian still loves the hell out of his job. "It's all I've ever wanted to do. Before I was in a band, as a kid, my only goal in life was to be able to do something that I wanted to do every day."