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“It May Be Our Best Record”

Brian Aberback of Patch.com recently conducted an interview with ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante about the 30th anniversary edition of the band’s seminal 1985 sophomore album, “Spreading The Disease“.

Benante also chimed in on the band’s upcoming album, “For All Kings“. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Patch.com: “Spreading The Disease” sounds as urgent and vital now as it did 30 years ago. That really says something in this day and age.

Benante: We approached it as this band of young guys on the verge of something. When I listened back I thought, “This is really exciting.” We had a mission. It was a moment where you either shined or you didn’t shine. I think we really started to sound like ourselves, to come into our own, on that album. I remember going into “Spreading” with more of a direction [compared to first album “Fistful Of Metal“], compared to guys going into the studio for the first time with eyes wide open.

Patch.com: “A.I.R.” is brimming with intensity. Did you know that would be the album’s first track right away?

Benante: The funny story about that song is the record was already done and “A.I.R.” wasn’t even written. I went back from Ithaca (where the band recorded “Spreading“), listening to the album all the way home, and spent a couple of days with it and I felt something was missing. I had this other song with a title and everything and I made a demo and sent it up there. Scott [Ian, guitar] called me and said, “This is awesome. Come back up here. We need to record this.” You could tell the difference between “A.I.R.” and the other songs on the record. I think it was a sign of what was coming, a bridge from “Spreading” to “Among The Living“.

ANTHRAX

(via Blabbermouth)

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