Anthrax have been working on songs for the follow-up to 2011's Worship Music for quite a while, and guitarist Scott Ian says the band continues to write and record tracks for the album.

In a new interview with the Tulsa World, Ian says, “There’s really no reason for us to put an end date or cap on the writing if you keep coming up with ideas. You just kind of go with it. We felt like we had a lot of really strong ideas. Certainly now on the back of that, having recorded a lot of it, I’m just glad we have so much great material.”

As far as the quantity of new material, Ian reveals, “We do have a lot of songs; it’s not like we’re just working on 10 songs — we have 17 songs. So it’s quite a bit of material.” As to when the album will be released, Ian says, "When it’s done and we’re happy, then we’ll make a decision."

Anthrax have been around for more than three decades, and Ian attributes that to their strong connection with their audience. “Every time we play to new fans, people who had never seen us before, I think once they’ve seen us one time, they’re hooked. That’s one of the main reasons why we still do what we do.”

Anthrax are currently on the road, wrapping up a tour with Volbeat along with a couple of festivals. They're also on the bill for the Shindig Festival in Baltimore on Sept. 19. For all their dates, go here.

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