Anthrax have released a lyric video for “Evil Twin”. It’s the first track to appear from their upcoming 11th album. As the state on their website “The track and lyric video point the finger at those who have contributed to today’s religious and political barbaric extremism”
Guitarist Scott Ian explained how he was inspired by the Charlie Hebdo magazine killings when it came to the lyrics. “I was very affected, as I have been with all the shootings at schools and movie theatres. I can’t figure out what would cause someone to think that was the right thing to do. I’ll show the world. I’ll make my God happy. It’s just such bullshit. I’m not bagging on religion but people who go to that extreme, who feel they have become judge, jury and executioner over their fellow man, because you or I don’t believe the same thing they do. I think that’s the evil twin of humanity.”
Anthrax began working on the new album, their first with new lead guitarist Jon Donais, of Shadows Fall, last fall and they recorded around 20 songs, much more than usual.
Musically, “Evil Twin” is a full-on thrash-metal tune that blasts off with a raging guitar riff, accelerates expeditiously and is completely uncontrollable.
“Yeah, that opening riff is really evil,” laughed the band’s Charlie Benante. “We had done a lot of touring with Death Angel and Exodus, so I was in a really thrashy state of mind when I starting writing the riffs for that song. I think along with Scott’s lyrics and Frank’s melodies, we came up with a really great, old school thrash metal feel.”
As Anthrax bassist Frank Bello put it, “it’s a song that begs to be played live.”
Here is the lyric video for “Evil Twin”