Anselmo solo in the works

Phil Anselmo extreme metal album in early 2013

Well this one came as a shock. Phil Anselmo, frontman for Down (of Pantera fame, of course) will be releasing a solo effort in early 2013. In a recent issue of the UK’s Terrorizer magazine, Phil had the following to say:“I am a lover of all sorts of music but really my heart is … really I love extreme music, underground music, whether it be grindcore, death metal, thrash, black metal, [or whatever other] subgenre, and I find beauty in a lot of this stuff.”

I wanted to do an extreme record that didn’t necessarily fit in any of those aforementioned categories, really, but it’s metal. It’s very tough for me to describe, man. I really wanted to do an extreme record again. I did it out of pure, fucking need — need — and love. I just needed to do it for myself.”

Explaining why this is a solo effort, and not part of his other projects, Anselmo said,

“if I was to name it something, to me, it may be tough on the fans, or people, that might be interested in hearing what I’m doing, just to buy into a whole new band, where in all truth, I’m very, very, what’s the word, just very guarded and I wrote every fucking goddamn note of it and that’s just how its going to fucking be. [...] I don’t want another all-star band, I don ‘t want another supergroup, if you will, I don’t want it to be misconstrued, and this is something I can take as a solo artist, as a free agent, I can take this wherever I want to go. If I want to make the next record a completely different style, yet still extreme in its own right, I can do that … So it’s gonna be up to y’all to figure it out: it’s really not my place to say it’s death metal or it’s extreme thrash or black metal, I’m not gonna put it in a category. It is extreme, though, in its own right. Anything that was completely traditional, I would stop it and fuck with it a little, make sure it wasn’t so paint-by-numbers, because that’s the last thing I wanna do, and as a matter of fact, I believe that’s what people will be expecting.”

The album, Walk Through Exits Only, is due out in early 2013 on his own label, Housecore Records. I, for one, am a huge Anselmo fan and can’t wait for this to come out. I think his guitar work with Necrophagia is what made the band, and his vocals have always lent them self to extreme music as he’s progressed over the years. While Superjoint Ritual wasn’t entirely my bag, and his hardcore projects neither, if he can do a black-death-thrash fusion band in his image…this should be good.

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