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Metal masters: Anthrax tour with Killswitch Engage, Havok has been ‘great every night’

Anthrax has played many shows around the world that the band wishes had been caught on tape.

The thrash metal giants finally listened to the voice in their heads and captured a sold-out show last year at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow, Scotland. The result is the DVD “Kings Among Scotland,” which will be released on April 27.

“There’s certain places you say, ‘Man, we should’ve taped this,’ ” Anthrax bassist Frank Bello said. “We took our own advice and did it at the time because that place there’s an energy there, from the band to the audience, and it becomes this one great big energy.”

Anthrax is back on the road with Killswitch Engage for The Killthrax Tour. The bands rotate headlining duties, with Havok opening each show.

“We’re having a lot of good laughs, and the show is a good payoff because everybody wins on this tour because the fans are coming out in droves,” Bello said. “We’ve had a lot of sellouts already, and if they’re not sold-out, they’re packed. It’s been great every night.”

Anthrax’s touring schedule has not allowed time to work on a follow-up to the album “For All Kings,” released in 2016. It just signed on to join thrash metal icons Slayer on its final tour, which starts in May.

“When we write, we’re never afraid to try things. That’s what I always loved about this band Anthrax, being in it and being a fan of it,” Bello said. “I always think we want to go to the edge and try different things. I think it’s really important to keep it fresh.”

Constant touring has not deterred Bello from taking on vocal and guitar duties for his side project Altitudes and Attitude with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and A Perfect Circle drummer Jeff Friedl.

“We put a three song EP out,” Bello said. “…. People want to hear more and have been asking us for a long time but David and I have been on the road.. We finally got some time. We wrote some more songs. We have a full record coming out in the fall. We’re pretty excited about it.”

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