Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has once again conveyed his confidence that the band’s current lineup will stay intact for the remainder of its career.
Speaking with the Georgia Straight, Ian said that the success of the band’s 2011 album ‘Worship Music,’ which was the first to feature singer Joey Belladonna since 1990s ‘Persistence of Time,’ is proof enough for him that Belladonna is Anthrax’s greatest frontman: “I’ve gone on record saying this will be the only version of Anthrax until there is no Anthrax. That’s how I feel, absolutely, in my heart. I don’t see why we would do anything different. This band sounds so great; we made a great record. And I’m super-excited about the future of this band creatively.”
Ian added that Belladonna’s unique live performances give the band an electrifying onstage vibe: “There’s a certain maniacal energy that Joey has onstage and that’s his thing. I mean, if I just compare him to our contemporaries in the ‘Big Four’, between James [Hetfield of Metallica] and Dave Mustaine [of Megadeth] and Tom Araya [of Slayer] you’ve got three frontmen that are all attached to the microphone — but Joey’s all over the place on-stage. He’s a maniac, and I always felt like that was one of the things that gave us the kick in the ass we needed way back when to be able to break through and make it, so to speak.”
Ian also described his upcoming web-series ‘Fangoria’s Blood and Guts With Scott Ian,’ which is expected to premiere on October 3 at www.nerdist.com: “It’s basically me going behind the scenes with a lot of the top effects people and them figuring out really fun ways to kill me. I get killed in almost every episode. I’m like Kenny from South Park.
“It’ll just be a web series,” Ian continued. “So now I can compare it to Jerry Seinfeld’s new ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.’ That’s something really cool and really successful, and it’s a web series. So now when people say, ‘What’s a web series?’ I can say, ‘Well, Seinfeld does one.’”