Anthrax‘s next album has been in the works for quite some time now, but the good news is that they certainly don’t have a shortage of material.

Speaking to ABC Audio, drummer Charlie Benante says that writing for the follow-up to 2016’s For All Kings dates back to before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“We had about eight songs before it, and then someone just kinda pulled the plug and said, ‘Alright, stop,’” Benante recalls.

“Those first eight songs are really good,” he continues. “But in between that time and now, I have another eight songs which I think are better than the [original] eight songs.”

The next step, Benante says, is for him and his bandmates to “evaluate what we have.”

“I guess it’s a good thing to have more than enough, right?” he muses.

Meanwhile, Benante will tour in the reformed Pantera. He and Black Label Society‘s Zakk Wylde are filling in for the late Abbott brothers, Vinnie Paul and “Dimebag” Darrell, respectively, alongside Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown.

“In between the Pantera stuff, I’m going to try and record some of these [Anthrax] songs so that it’s ready for ’24,” Benante says. “Hopefully, we can do that.”

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