It is so easy to praise Mastodon and Ronnie James Dio. Mastodon are believed to be one of the best bands from metal’s new school and Dio is a much-revered and dead metal icon. It would have been more Phil of Phil to go against the proverbial grain and say something disparaging about Mastodon, like I have. I mean, am I the only person who is over that band and kissing their ass? I am? Oh, shit!
Anselmo must have been sober for this interview he did with Ultimate-Guitar.com, because he really doesn’t say anything Phil-like.
Anselmo was asked if he was a fan of Dio, and while he sort of dodges the question, maybe he doesn’t. I mean, he was asked if he was a fan of Dio, not Dio’s music. So instead, he goes into how nice Dio was. “I’ve got to say it right here and right now: Ronnie was probably one of the — you’ll hear this a million times but if it were ever true — Ronnie was the nicest guy you could ever meet, man,” says Phil. Everyone knows that! “He was one of the good guys. I’ve known him since 1993 and he’s always kept in touch with me someway, somehow. We played more gigs together with Down a few years back and it’s a big loss.”
He added that Dio’s death marked “an end of an era,” and “Ronnie was alone. Probably one of the best heavy metal rock and roll singers around; maybe even a little underrated. I think he was right up there; him and Glenn Hughes and Paul Rodgers and even Chris Cornell. Let’s go for it.”
Then Anselmo talked about the “respect” he has for Mastodon. “I think they play very well for what they do. I think the drummer is very, very entertaining to watch; he’s a fuckin’ excellent drummer. Super-cool guys to hang out with; a lot of fun. I think that music is a wide open world.”
The easiest thing to do is say what a million metal fans have already said: Mastodon are good and Brann’s a fucking killer drummer. If you haven’t already fallen asleep reading this interview, read more here. Phil even reflects on how important Pantera have been to metal. Phat!
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