As we head to the end of another year, many bands are reflecting back on 2011 and everything it delivered. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recently checked in on his website, heralding 2011, saying, “I can safely say it was the best year of my life.”

Ian celebrated highlights in both the personal and professional department, most importantly welcoming his son into the world with wife Pearl Aday back in June.

Anthrax had a banner year with both with the release of ‘Worship Music,’ the band’s latest album, released eight years after their last, as well as their participation in ‘The Big 4’ festivals alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer in various locations throughout the world. Of all ‘The Big 4’ shows, none were seemingly more memorable to Ian than playing Yankee Stadium, home to his New York Yankees.

All in all, Ian said, "It’s been a great year and I plan to keep it going all month and into 2012. Being home with the family after the amazing tour of the States we did has been great. Family, friends and parties all month, Santa help my liver.”

Ian has a busy December planned, he’ll be hitting up the Metallica show tonight (Dec. 7), playing in a poker tournament at the Venetian in Las Vegas on Dec. 9 and participating in the annual DimeBash on Dec. 14th in honor of his friend Dimebag Darrell. In addition, Anthrax just announced a 2012 leg of their co-headlining tour with Testament.

It certainly was a great year for Ian and Anthrax, as evidenced by their multiple nominations in the 2011 Loudwire Music Awards. Click here to place your votes.