frontman Phil Anselmo
stressed on numerous occasions that he's an old-school kind of a music fan, so it comes as no surprise that the singer isn't coping too well with modern technology.
During a recent Metal Hammer
interview, Anselmo discussed crowd inertness, a trend occurring at increasing rate at various rock shows.
"Oh my God!"
he started. "The song 'Battalion Of Zero,' when I say, 'Heads up, hands down,' it's about everyone noodling around with those little f--king phones. Dude, it drives me f--king bananas! I don't text, I don't even have a phone! I won't do it! God damn, man, whatever happened to a f--king conversation and looking each other in the face?"
Anselmo continued his rant, "I know I'll have to do it eventually because for work it's crazy important and for people with children, but everybody's tapping on these motherf--king things! You're not gonna remember the f--king stage dive you could have whipped out! It's not the same. There are no real pits in America any more."
The vocalist then focused on today's underground scene, singling out Australian death metal act Portal as the genre's greatest modern representative.
"There's an Australian band right now and what's funny about you asking this is that I never thought I'd be back into death metal like this but there's this band called Portal, and they are the single-handed greatest death metal band today!"
he said. "They're just insane compositions of, pardon the terminology, but technical death metal. I don't think a day has gone by in the last year that I haven't listened to Portal."
Anselmo's debut solo effort, "Walk Through Exits Only
," dropped on July 16 via Housecore Records featuring a total of eight new tracks.