Anthrax bass player Frank Bello has spoken about the band’s new song ‘Evil Twin’, saying that they are playing it with renewed vigour following the attacks in Paris last month, which left 130 people dead.
The first single to be unveiled from forthcoming album ‘For All Kings’, ‘Evil Twin’, was lyrically inspired by the Charlie Hebdo shooting, which occurred in January in the city.
Speaking exclusively to Gigs And Festivals ahead of the band’s gig at Brixton Academy on Monday (30th Nov 2015) where Anthrax were playing as special guests to Slayer, Bello said that the events had saddened him, and that the song had taken on a new significance for fans.
Bello said: “I don’t see how killing innocent people helps your cause in any way”, continuing“when we sing that chorus every night – “you’re no martyrs”, there’s a new gusto going on there because I don’t understand how anybody feels good about killing. I just don’t get it.”
The bassist, however, was magnanimous, adding: “I don’t want to promote my song because something tragic happened.”
Going on to speak about ‘For All Kings’, Bello praised vocalist Joey Belladonna in particular for his performance on the album.
He said: “I think Joey – and don’t tell him this because he’ll get a big head – he’s singing better than ever.” He continued: “To have a singer after all this time, to keep up with us, to do what he’s doing right now? You’ll hear the new record, and he’s singing stuff that he’s never done on an Anthrax record.”
Bello also singled out new guitarist Jon Donais for his contributions – his first on an Anthrax album – stating: “We’ve always been very lucky in the lead guitar department. All our lead players were great, but nobody expected what he’s coming around with.”
“It took it to another level. I don’t think people understand how great he is – he’s amazing. Wherever we were at, he wanted to stay above that, and he really did.”
‘For All Kings’ is set for release on the 26th Feb 2016 through Nuclear Blast. Anthrax have also just been announced as one of the main acts appearing Bloodstock Open Air. The band will appear alongside headliners Slayer, Mastodon and Twisted Sister at the Midlands’ festival, which takes place at Catton Park in Derbyshire from the 11th – 14th Aug 2016.
First published on gigsandfestivals.com, 3 December 2015.