Album action: Anthrax, Last In Line, Shinedown
Anthrax, Last In Line and Shinedown are all hard at work on their next albums – and Motley Crue have dropped a hint that they’re about to announce their final project.
Thrash giants Anthrax – who last year recruited guitarist Jon Donais in place of Rob Caggiano, who quit and joined Volbeat – are gearing up to lay down the follow-up to 2011′s Worship Music. Guitarist Scott Ian tells Metal Insider the record will be “more brutal with crazy riffs” and adds: “It’s really coming along. We’re sitting here right now with twelve songs musically arranged, and we’re really focusing on lyrics now. At the pace we’re going we would be ready to start recording maybe in April.”
Dio offshoot outfit Last In Line recently confirmed they were starting to write material after a string of successful shows. Def Leppard axeman Vivian Campbell last year re-formed the original Dio line-up alongside Vinny Appice, Claude Schnell and Jimmy Bain, with vocalist Andy Freeman at the front. Campbell says via Facebook: “We got together in a rehearsal room this week to kick around ideas for some new songs. It’s so much fun to play with these guys, and we soon came up with a bunch of great starting points.”
Shinedown – who are waiting to release an acoustic covers album that’s been blocked by Bon Jovi – are expected to start recording the follow-up to 2011′s Amaryllis in the coming months. Drummer Barry Kerch says: “There’s quite a bit of material out there. It’s just, is it going to work? Is it going to flow? Records are a time capsule of what you’re going through at that period in your life. You have to go through a whole process. It can be painstaking, but in the end you get a great record.”
Meanwhile, Crue have announced they’ll hold a press event titled RIP: All Bad Things Must Come To An End in Los Angeles on January 28. It’s thought they’ll confirm their last work before splitting up, and the project could involve an album, an extensive world tour and the movie version of their book The Dirt. The band have been discussing their demise for some time, with bassist Nikki Sixx having stated: “It’s important when you do a farewell tour that people understand. When you put a bullet in the back of the horse’s head and it goes down, it’s not a plastic bullet – it’s a fucking shotgun blast. Blow its fucking brains out. It’s never coming back.”