EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Benante has sensationally revealed that Anthrax's 'For All Kings' could be the final album from the band. The drummer made the startling revelation while speaking exclusively to eonmusic ahead of the New Yorkers' show with Slayer at Dublin's Olympia Theatre, on Tuesday night (14th June).
Released in February 2016, 'For All Kings' followed up 2011's career resurrecting 'Worship Music'; the first Anthrax album to be recorded with singer Joey Belladonna in an incredible twenty-one years.
Speaking to eonmusic, Benante admitted that it was the pressure of following up the pair of well-received releases that have made him consider the band's future. Said Charlie; "I don't even know if there will be another record, is all I can tell you. This may be our last record - I'd rather go out on a high".
When pressed on whether it would mean the end of Anthrax, Charlie said: "I didn't say we'd wrap it up - I just said it may be our last record. That's how I feel".
Going on to make a sporting analogy, the drummer said: "You know, certain sports teams will have the greatest team one year, then come back next year and a lot of those players are missing - they suck. I'm not saying any of us will be missing, but maybe I think that inspiration may not be there, so let's enjoy it".
'For All Kings' sold 34,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States, outselling 'Worship Music' and entering the Billboard 200 at number nine. The album is the band's first top ten charting release since 'Sound of White Noise' which debuted at number 7 in 1993. In the U.K. 'For All Kings' peaked at number twenty-one, again giving the band their highest chart position since 'Sound of White Noise' which peaked at number fourteen.
Look out for eonmusic's full interview with Charlie Benante, to be published shortly.