Pantera and Down front man Phil Anselmo has been recently working on his debut solo album. He had some thoughts to offer on the whole process, including the breakdown of the writing and recording process, and how the record differs from his work with Down:
"Well, I was writing songs and I've been doing Down for a long time. When it comes to Down, there's no real surprises for any of us in the band. When we step into a room and the core members are there, what we write is going to sound like Down. I'm one who has always adventured in music, because music is a very vast place. And there's an extreme love in my heart for I guess what would be called extreme music, or heavy metal in general. So I wanted to basically just get this mad nagging out of my system, these songs, whatever they were going to turn out like."
Anselmo was also asked why he had billed the project as Philip Anselmo and the Illegals, rather than coming up with a new band name:
"That would, once again, be a whole other thing people would have to get into. And honestly, I was very selfish about this thing. I wanted the songs the way I wanted them, and the musicians were going to do it or they weren't going to do it. And luckily, they did it. So I'm the boss here as far as that solo stuff goes. And like I said, it's best to call it me so people know it's fucking me. Music fans are smart, and they delve into who actually played what in the band. So that will all come later."
"War Of The Gargantuas" the first record from Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals will be released on January 8th, 2013.