Backstage with Anthrax: Joey Belladonna and Charlie Benante Go Metal Thrashing Mad - Page 2
I talked about hearing the Anthrax influence in other bands, mentioning the rap-metal mix that's become prominent in the nu-metal and alternative metal bands that are popular today. I asked if they heard that as well. If they had people coming up to them to tell them that Anthrax influenced their sound?
Joey said, "Well yeah. It's hard to take credit for anything anymore."
To which Charlie responded, "I don't know if I want credit.", making us all laugh.
"People even thought we came up with the punk stuff," Joey said, "that we started the mosh."
Charlie joined in, "Yeah, the mosh thing came from the lower east side. Going to CBGB's on Sundays and hearing the term "mosh". Out in LA they had "skank" or "slam dancing"."
I asked if the new album would be picking up where the last album, released in 2003, had left off or if it would be more of a Joey Belladonna era Anthrax album.
Joey said, "I think it'll just happen naturally."
Charlie seemed to get a little perturbed, "How can you say that? He's gonna sing on it... so it's gonna sound like Anthrax."
Joey said. "I think if you were to take Bush out of some of the stuff and I would've walked in and sang, it would've sounded like what we've always sounded. That's why, when I heard it myself, I never thought I couldn't have sang on that stuff.
They were looking for something else."
"Yeah. Absolutely.", Charlie said. Making us laugh again.
Audio Interview: Charlie Benante and Joey Belladonna of Anthrax
We ended the interview with the guys talking about up-coming plans. They said they'll be heading to South America after this tour and possibly even playing India in December. In the meantime, we here at home will be waiting for the new album. We'll definitely make an announcement here on Technorati.com when that time comes.