Phil Anselmo: "I Get Annoyed By My Laziness"
Phil Anselmo has been a pioneering metal vocalist ever since coming on board with Pantera in 1987. Since then, he's contributed vocals to more than three dozen acts--most notably as the front man of Down and Superjoint Ritual--and has been involved in twice as many other projects, including voicing Satan in 2003's "The Manson Family" film, and founding Housecore Records, which reps several underground bands and hosted the first Housecore Horror Film Festival last year. In 2013 he released the brutal and raw Walk Through Exits Only, his first solo album with his band Philip Anselmo & The Illegals, and 2014 holds endless touring kicked off by an appearance at Metal Masters 5, a jam session with industry heavyweights.
It's a productive career by any reasonable measure. But the one thing Phil Anselmo says he can't stand about himself is his laziness. "I get annoyed by my laziness, and it's definitely well documented on Walk Through Exits Only, especially the 'Bedridden' video. It's a very realistic peek in to my life."
You might well be surprised to learn that, because Anselmo's entire creative process seems to be the opposite of lazy: ever since stage-diving head first into his heavy metal career at the age of 14, he's been all about rebuilding and regenerating. For example, he helped Pantera rebuild after vocalist Terry Glaze left by defeating the myth of the club band and earning the trust of a new audience.
"I had my idea of what heavy should be, and they [Pantera members] had their idea of what heavy was," explains Anselmo. "Eventually we did rebuild that fanbase through heavier music and many different chapters of earning and learning the respect of super-underground heavy metal music."
Since the mid '90s he's had to rebuild his own physical strength, following intensive back surgery necessary from constant touring injuries. After founding his label Housecore Records, he's been hell bent on regenerating the underground hardcore and metal scene, bringing artists to light that no one gives a chance. Housecore does the same thing with the horror movie industry by throwing the Housecore Horror Film Festival, where he combines the best of both the underground horror and heavy music worlds. Case in point: the recently released Housecore Horror Film Festival EP.
One of the tracks, "Pigs Kissing Pigs," is "one of the more epic songs I've ever been a part of," according to Anselmo.