"He's become an intregal part of our process, that's for sure," said Anthrax's Scott Ian. "It's cliche, but he really has become a sixth member."
In this video clip, Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna and Jonathan Donais talk about Ruston's invaluable contribution to the making of For All Kings, due out February 26 (Megaforce/North America, Nuclear Blast/International).
With 2016 marking the band's 35th anniversary, Anthrax has just kicked off a four week U.S. tour with Lamb of God in support of For All Kings. Dates are below.
15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
17 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
19 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
20 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
22 Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA
23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
24 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
26 Starland Ballroom, Sayerville, NJ
27 Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH (HEADLINE DATE)
28 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
29 Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN
30 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
31 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
2 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO
3 George's Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, AR (HEADLINE DATE)
4 Revention Music Center, Houston, TX
5 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
6 Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX
8 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
9 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
10 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM (HEADLINE DATE)
11 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
12 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
In 2016, Anthrax will celebrate its 35th anniversary as a band with the release of one of the year's most-anticipated metal/thrash albums, For All Kings, due out February 26 (Megaforce). The eleven-song crusher that the band's drummer Charlie Benante promises will be "aggressive and super-thrashy," was written by Benante, bassist Frank Bello and rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, the dynamic triumvirate whose unique composition chemistry is, in part, what sets Anthrax's music apart from other bands' in the same genre. Add to that Joey Belladonna's breathtaking vocals and the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, and it's no wonder the band is so excited for fans to hear what will be their 11th studio album.
Over its 35-year career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica's Kirk Hammett put it, "one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands." The band has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on "Bring The Noise," to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four - with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth - as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre, to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played "Got The Time" to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to demonstrate it's just all about the music.