While Phil Anselmo has sold tens of millions of records over his career, life wasn't always that peachy. At some point, he had to get an actual job. We've all had shitty jobs (some of us still do) and Phil is no different. During a recent video interview with Fuse, Phil sat down, talked about his favorite TV shows, his favorite Jew, and his least favorite job ever: (more…)
Today, we have official details on a new split EP, featuring the first of Phil Anselmo's solo material, as well as a band on his Housecore Records roster that crushes, Warbeast. The album artwork and release date for that upcoming split has been released.
Titled War of the Gargantuas, the four song split will be released on January 8, 2013 via Housecore Records. This will be the first we've heard of Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, which features Marzi Montazeri (ex-Superjoint Ritual) on guitar, Bennett Bartley on bass, and Warbeast's José Manuel Gonzales on drums. (more…)
The music business is so unstable, who knows where we'll be in five years. Phil Anselmo is not scraping by, by any means, but if a recent video is any indication, the Down frontman may have a new career path in the next few years… pro wrestler. (more…)
A few weeks ago, the internet got all excited because Phil Anselmo stated that he discussed a potential Pantera reunion with guitarist Zakk Wylde, but ultimately said in order for it to happen drummer Vinnie Paul would have to make amends. Now, Phil is retracting the statement, and saying it was all taken out of context.
UPDATE: The video has been released and can be seen here.
Can Down just wear these outfits all the time? MetalSucks got their hands on some photos from the shoot for the track "Witchtripper" and look at these mofos, they look amazing. Kirk Windstein never looked better. Do you think he dresses like that regularly, and just showed up and the director was like "Oh, you're good?" That's what I'd like to think. After browsing through the photos, I found the scariest part of the shoot. Be careful, this next photo might haunt your dreams… (more…)
I do believe that we have delivered a record that will be accepted and hopefully enjoyed by the DOWN horde — if you will…If you're looking for a DOWN record, it's very pure and real.
-Phil Anselmo, Rolling Stone Interview
As a proud member of the "DOWN horde", I had very high expectations for this release. These expectations soared even higher when I listened to Witchtripper (and then listened over and over and over again), a song I think already deserves to be named one of the best Metal songs of 2012. With its gloomy and spooky purple cover art, Down IV Part 1 is the first in a series of EPs due to come out over the next few years. After listening to this EP several times through, I would say this "Purple EP" is a strong, if slightly uneven first chapter to the new DOWN saga. (more…)
Down's long-anticipated new EP, Down IV Part 1: The Purple EP comes out this Tuesday, but why wait? You can now stream the entire EP, courtesy of Billboard.com. And, in case you're wondering? The album absolutely RIPS. I mean, it's so sludgy, and riffy, it's Down at it's finest. Guitarists Kirk Windstein and Pepper Keenan have really outdone themselves. Phil's voice sounds as great as ever. Look, I'm just going to shutup and let you listen to this one. Spark one up, and hit play, let's get Down! (more…)
Yesterday, Down frontman Phil Anselmo appeared on SiriusXM Liquid Metal and we learned a few things from his interview with Jose Mangin. First, the band's upcoming EP will definitely be called Down IV Part 1: The Purple EP. It will come out on Septmeber 18th. And, we got our first taste of ANOTHER new Down song, Misfortune Teller, which was oh so kindly ripped for our listening pleasure on the internets. Check it out above and make sure to listen to yesterday's new Down track, "Witchtripper". [via MetalSucks]
We haven't heard new Down music since 2007's Down III: Over The Under but that all changes today with the release of their first single, "Witchtripper." As we previously reported, the band plan to release one EP every year for the next four years, and it all kicks off with the Sepetember 18 release of EP One, which we've heard will actually be called Down IV Ep One: The Purple Record (oh hey, nobody reported that yet). Why am I still talking? Let's get to the music: (more…)
For those of you who have been living under a rock, Phil Anselmo has been working on his solo project over the last few years. And it's getting really fucking close to be released. MetalInsider is reporting that two of Phil's solo songs will be featured in a split with Dallas / Ft. Worth's Warbeast. The two songs that Phil will contribute will be called It and Birth of a Psyco, which will be also be featured on his solo album Walk Through Exits Only. The Warbeast songs will be exclusive to the split. The Texas trash band just finished recording their second album, which will be released via Housecore Records. This split is going to be fucking sweet! (more…)
Down was interviewed at this year's Rock On The Range festival, which happened a few weeks ago by Artisan News, about the upcoming release of their next EP. The release is set to be the first of four EPs, set to be release in the next few years, all which showcase different aspects of Down's sound. I'm pretty interested as Phil Anselmo says their upcoming EP is "very stripped down" and will be as raw sounding as their Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus influences. Phil also says that each EP will "have its own life" with each one being "unique" but still "classic Down". (more…)
I don't understand this desire for a Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde filling in for Dimebag. Just…no! Forget about the fact that Vinnie Paul and Phil Anselmo still aren't talking to each other, Vinnie Paul has said that while Zakk would be the guy, that a reunion will never happen. Because of this hearsay, during a recent radio station interview, Phil Anselmo was asked if there will ever be plans for a reunion with Wylde, and not surprisingly, his response was: (more…)
Down guitarists Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdom of Sorrow) and Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity) spoke to Guitar World shortly before their last two Texas shows in Fort Worth where they talked about the band's plans to put out four EPs in a series tied together, the state of the music industry, and staying oblivious: (more…)
In the High Times interview we posted a few weeks back, Phil Anselmo told the stoner mag that Rex Brown couldn't stop drinking and that ultimately led to Rex getting fired from their band Down. The "Metal Maiden" interviewed Rex and his new band Kill Devil Hill, and he gave his side of the story, in which he claims he quit: (more…)
Phil Anselmo recently sat down with High Times senior editor Bobby Black to do two things: light one up, and have a discussion. The four-part interview that resulted is a captivating must-watch for any fans of Anselmo. Phil opens up about the first time he smoked weed (at age six), how he cleaned up from doing harder stuff, his thoughts on Rex Brown's alcoholism and of course, the topic of Pantera comes up. Phil talks about talking to the guy who shot Dime's murder in the head, and the resulting anecdote gave me chills. Part one is above, and watch the rest of the interview on the High Times website.