Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is going to sit out Anthrax’s current European Tour with Slayer. Filling the throne, once again, will be Jon Dette, who knows a thing or two about playing with Anthrax. Dette initially temporarily replaced Benante in 2013 during Australia’s SoundWave festival, again for the Metal Alliance Tour and most recently the first few weeks of this year’s US tour with Volbeat. Dette credits Anthrax’s album Fistful of Metal as having shaped his drumming style, so he didn’t have any hesitations when agreeing to play with one of his biggest influences this fall. Dette has also had the opportunity to work with bands such as Slayer, Testament, Iced Earth, Antimetal USA and Impellitteri, making him the only drummer to have played with 1/2 of the Big 4 bands.
The tour with Slayer began with a sold out show October 25 in Tilburg, The Netherlands and will concludeDecember 9 in Moscow, Russia.
While Anthrax is focusing on touring, fans are anxious to hear more of the band’s forthcoming album after “Evil Twin” debuted last week. The band began working on the album in 2012. Benante calls it “next level” and expects it to be released early next year.