Frank Bello and Rare Bird have announced the ANTHRAX bassist’s debut solo EP, “Then I’m Gone“. Issued as a deluxe gatefold split 12-inch, the EP contains three songs alongside excerpts from his 2021 autobiography, read by the author and accompanied by additional new music.
Bello performs all instruments (except drums) on “Then I’m Gone“, “It Won’t Be Long” and “See Me Now“, as well as the score accompanying the narrated pieces, each selected and read from the book released with Rare Bird last year, “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax“.
“I revisited some really dark times in my life when I was writing my book, and writing these songs was the result of reliving them,” explains Bello, who appears on every ANTHRAX release since 1985. “Music has always been a great outlet for me as a coping mechanism. I felt it was a good time to put out these songs for people who connected with the book and maybe some who haven’t yet. Thanks for listening!”
A cornerstone of the legendary “Big Four” of metal alongside METALLICA, MEGADETH and SLAYER, ANTHRAX has sold over ten million albums, traveled the globe countless times, and collaborated with a diverse list of creative icons, including PUBLIC ENEMY, Keanu Reeves and the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons” details the tragedy and triumph of the music industry and Bello’s intense personal life.
Like the book, the songs on “Then I’m Gone” are intimate, revealing, and powerful. “Then I’m Gone” EP deluxe gatefold vinyl is available for preorder now in limited-edition purple and white/purple splatter variants, as well as standard black vinyl, direct through Rare Bird (www.rarebirdlit.com) and Experience Vinyl (www.experiencevinyl.com). All preorders include a digital download code with the full vinyl audiobook in the sealed vinyl jacket and a monthly email with links to audio, video, instrumentals, and bonus material.
“Then I’m Gone” is scheduled for release on November 4, 2022.
Frank Bello “Then I’m Gone” track listing:
01. Then I’m Gone
02. It Won’t Be Long
03. See Me Now
01. First Kiss
02. Compass Point
03. See Me Now (Revisited)