As this very moment, you can purchase — online and in stores — former Pantera and current Down and Superjoint Ritual frontman Phil Anselmo’s split with Warbeast, called War Of The Gargantuas.
On it, we get our first glimpse at Phil’s solo career. But Anselmo says the two tracks on the split are sort of mellow compared to what’s on his upcoming solo LP, Walk Through Exits Only.
“To do an extreme metal record is something that is well within my capacity as a musician to write stuff out of the box, write stuff that’s probably more extreme than the band I’m in at the present time, and it’s something that needs to come out of me one way or another,” says Anselmo in a new interview.
“The two songs of mine that are on this split are some of the more straightforward, and honestly, tame in comparison to what the full-length will offer,” he adds. “So I guess I’m really glad [people] think it’s any good at all.”
The songs are good, actually. You should consider getting the split. It does not disappoint.
“The full-length really touches on a lot of the same stuck-in-my-room, agonizing in fucking pain, what the fuck do I do besides bounce off these fucking walls?,” Anselmo elaborates. “But I may touch on some other interior things that I’d like to put into plainer words, but it’s best that it comes out in music. Because it can get kind of ugly or might be taken the wrong way, so I guess it’s kind of like the freedom of having the stage to vent as one platform without harming anyone else’s reputation or integrity in music. But as far as subject matter, it’s not the be-all-end-all. I’ve got so much fucking material to sort through that I did get recorded, and there’s about three songs that I haven’t even touched vocally yet. I’m just sitting back to see how these songs, and the full-length down the road — we’re aiming for early summer release — run. Not everything’s been tapped, subject-wise. There’s a lot of irons in the fire, a lot to cover.”
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