Scott Ian Shoots Down SOD Reunion and Talks New Anthrax Album

02/18/2014
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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was the featured guest on the latest edition of the Metal Injection Livecast where he discussed the forthcoming Anthrax album, his new Speaking Words tour and had some bad news about the possibility of a SOD reunion.

The show sent over some excerpts from the episode. Ian had this to say about the new Anthrax album, "We're pretty much in the thick of it. We've got a lot of material written but with no schedule. We just don't really work with a deadline... it's when we're happy. When we think we're ready and we're 100% happy and we know we've got the record, that's when we go in and start recording it. I don't think we're that far off. I'd like to think we'd start recording it in May but I can't say for sure that's going to happen."

After stating that it's currently himself, drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frankie Bello jamming on new music, Scott was asked if new guitarist Jon Donias would be contributing to the new album :"He'll be writing all the solos. If he has riff ideas that he ever decides to come in with and wants us to check it out, we'd certainly be open to that."

In wake of Ian performing "March of the S.O.D" at the Metal Masters 5 show, Ian was asked about the possibility of any live S.O.D. shows. He said, "I don't think somebody could pay us enough money to make that happen. I think of S.O.D. as being much bigger than it actually is. To get me to do it, someone would really really want it to happen. People talk about it, and people look back on it, and I know a lot of people love that record but I'll just say it again. When we did it, it's not like people came out like gangbusters and went crazy for it… some shows in Europe they did, and Japan. But we toured the States in 1999 and 2000, we made two runs through and it's not like we were selling a lot of tickets. People had their chance.

"That kind of had a lot to do with, in my mind, we did too much. We came out, we gave people a chance to see it and people had a great time but I didn't need to go do it again after that and turn S.O.D. into a regular band with a regular gig with baggage. I already have a regular gig, I don't need another one. S.O.D., for me, was only supposed to be for fun and then it wasn't fun anymore. It became work and I already have enough work." Stream the full episode here.

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